The best bars in Islington can be found not only on the main throughfare of Upper Street but also in the squares and small streets in the surrounding area. Some of the best Islington bars offer killer cocktails and awesome party vibes including The Ladybird, Four Sisters and Dirty Martini. Gastro pubs, wine bars and late night bars are just some of the other drinking dens on our list of the best bars in Islington.
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Found on the site of the previous Colebrookes, 69 Colebrooke Row is a welcome addition to Islington offering with a 'speakeasy' theme and an extensive range of cocktails.
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, N1 8AA
Chilled during the day and nicely boisterous in the evenings, the Angelic has a Heaven, Earth and Hell theme with classy decor and dungeon-like toilets.
57 Liverpool Road, Islington, London, N1 0RJ
(020) 7278 8433
Barrio North has managed to create a venue that, despite its Latino flavour, fits into the Islington location perfectly with quirky decor, outstanding cocktails and service with a personal touch.
45 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 2SF
(020) 7749 3940
The Canonbury in Islington offers a varied menu of simply prepared food and a wide selection of drinks including British and Continental beers. The large garden allows you to enjoy alfresco drinking and dining during good weather.
21 Canonbury Place, Islington, London, N1 2NS
(020) 7704 2887
29a Penton Street, Islington, London, N1 9PX
(020) 7833 4090
The Chapel Bar brings smart and sophisticated style to Penton Street. This multi level venue including an enclosed roof terrace is fitted out with a state of the art Turbosound system and serves an impressive assortment of drinks.
After a subtle makeover to The Charles Lamb, a young arty crowd mix with the locals making this hidden gastro pub a welcome alternative to the main strip of bars in Angel.
16 Elia Street, Islington, London, N1 8DE
(020) 7837 5040
Comedor Grill and Bar is a warm and welcoming venue serving a range both exciting and flavorful dishes. The South American inspired menu includes dishes such as Argentinian steaks, meat and fish, as well as a wide choice of chicken, prawn, seafood and vegetarian lighter options.
176 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RG
(020) 7354 2843
The Crown is a lively, upbeat venue popular among locals and visitors to the area alike, with comfortable seating areas and classic decor.
116 Cloudesley Road, Islington, London, N1 0EB
(020) 7837 7107
74 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7632 2212
At Dirty Martini Islington expect an effortlessly cool interior, excellent service and a great choice of both classic and signature cocktails.
After undergoing a change in ownership and an extensive refurbishment The Drapers Arms in Islington has opened its doors once again, serving a daily changing menu of classic British cuisine using fresh seasonal produce.
44 Barnsbury Street, Islington, London, N1 1ER
(020) 7619 0348
This impressive pub offers gastro food and a vast selection of ales and lagers. And it is soon to become a brewpub too.
25 Danbury Street, Islington, London, N1 8LE
(020) 7424 5828
25 Canonbury Lane, Islington, London, N1 2AS
(020) 7226 0955
This cocktail bar shakes a mean cocktail on Canonbury Lane.
This unique drinks concept arrives on Upper Street but transports visitors a million miles away thanks to exotic decor and a classic steam train travel design.
153 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RA
(020) 7226 1375
The Hunter S is a chic gastro pub with a 1930s art deco inspired main lounge and dining room. The Hunter S drinks list includes all the usual favourites as well as interesting choices from inspiring brands. Meal choices at The Hunter S are freshly made and include dishes such as beef Wellington, pan fried sea bass and chocolate spring rolls.
194 Southgate Road, Islington, London, N1 3HT
(020) 7249 7191
With a picturesque setting, friendly bar staff and a great food and drink offering, Island Queen has an old gin house feel accentuated by its classic original decor.
87 Noel Road, Islington, London, N1 8HD
(020) 7354 8741
70 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7359 1710
The Ladybird is a funky cocktail bar based on Upper Street.
An American lounge and whiskey bar in Islington sounds pretentious, but the laid back Lexington manages to pull it off.
96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
(020) 7837 5371
The Lord Clyde is a refreshing surprise amidst the growing popularity of gastro pubs.
340-342 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 3PB
(020) 7288 9850
173-174 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RG
(020) 7354 6280
Head to Lucky Voice Islington where you can book a private karaoke room and warble away to your heart's content in front of friends or family only. If you're thirsty you can order drinks to be delivered to your room at the touch of a button.
The New Rose is all very new; its ideas deserve applause and the overall gleam of the venue’s quirky nuances keep people smiling.
84-86 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LU
(020) 7226 1082
The Old Queens Head, a splendid gastro pub on Essex Road, offers a spectacular setting with its bespoke chandeliers and its 16th Century fireplaces.
44 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LN
(020) 7354 9993
The charming Rosemary Branch is a popular destination for everyone from trendy arty types to Sunday lunching families and well behaved dogs and their owners. The award winning Victorian theatre upstairs has an all year round programme of drama and music.
2 Shepperton Road, London, N1 3DT
(020) 7704 2730
Being located by Islington Green makes The Slug and Lettuce a very convenient meeting spot for those in the area looking for a lively bar.
1 Islington Green, Islington, London, N1 2XH
(020) 7226 3864
Located just down the road from Finsbury Park, on Grosvenor Avenue, The Snooty Fox serves a variety of beers, wines and spirits alongside a food menu of traditional British light bites and main meals.
75 Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury, London, N5 2NN
(020) 7354 9532
The Talbot on Mortimer Road is an upbeat gastropub-cum-local.
109 Mortimer Road, Islington, London, N1 4JY
(020) 7241 2995
The Vineyard is another gem on Upper Street full of Islingtonians , with a great atmosphere filled with chats and good laughs – an ideal spot for a casual, vibrant atmosphere accompanied by cheap food and drinks.
179 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RG
(020) 7226 6276
The Winchester is a vibrant pub that offers a variety of drinks alongside a food menu of British meals and traditional Sunday roasts and snacks. Regular DJs at weekends make this an ideal choice for a fun night out.
2 Essex Road, Angel, London, N1 8LN
(020) 7704 8789