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The Library is the perfect place for a night out with friends. Here you will find the best in live music, comedy nights and all the latest sporting games.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

17:00 - 01:00, 17:00 - 01:00




17:00 - 01:00


17:00 - 01:00


17:00 - 03:00


12:00 - 03:00


12:00 - 00:00

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The Library reviews

By Keith D.

Over priced and poorly run.Almost a pub with no beer.It's bottled and from around £5 a pop! Perhaps it's better they don't serve draught. God knows what they'd do to it. If you like sticky tables and cider you might still find a Yate's out there!

By Alison J.

Great Thai food and cocktails! However I have never received such poor customer service from such surly bar staff! Takes an age to get served and when you do, not once do they crack a smile and always running out of the ingredients needed for the cocktails ( suspiciously only during happy hour!) Also cocktails are advertised as buy one get one free yet the are priced at £7.50 and for two is £9.00!

By Ken T.

The bar&food sevice is extremely good and the Thai food is very nice all come as the big portion nice!

By Siobhan O.

Who said libraries were old news? This late night bar two minutes from Highbury and Islington station, is well worth a look-in and has a delicious Thai menu that's required reading.

The Venue
You'd expect The Library to be cool, wouldn't you? It's on Islington's trendy Upper Street after all, plus a bar needs to be pretty special to get away with a name normally associated with quiet, dusty old buildings. Well, it is cool, and it certainly doesn't look or feel like a library. There are a few bookshelves, but nobody will make you use them. Dark green wood-panelled walls, geometric wallpaper and Chesterfield sofas give the place a really grown up feel, as does the framed fine art on the walls. There's plenty of seating out front too, if you fancy a spot of people-watching.

The Atmosphere
The Library doesn't open until 5pm, which instantly gives it a bit of an exclusive edge: if you want to come here, you’ve got to wait. It also means you're mostly likely to find after work drinkers and late night party-goers in here, especially at Wednesday's open mic or Thursday's comedy night. The background music is louder than in most pubs, which adds to that 'night out' vibe, but you can still hear yourself talking and the song selection is a chilled mix. Think The Smiths and The Cure with some smoother tunes thrown in. Sitting in a pub called The Library listening to Morrissey sing about his girlfriend in a coma could really make you feel like you should be wearing a woolly cardigan. The place isn't enormous; a staircase divides the bar in two, which means both sides feel intimate and cosy, particularly if you're sitting in a booth or on the 'stage' behind the door.

The Food
The kitchen serves an extensive, delicious-sounding Thai menu. Starters at The Library include duck spring rolls (£4.95) and a mixed platter (£9.95), while mains are so varied you'd have to be really picky not to find something you like. The chef's specials include steamed sea bass (£10.95), weeping tiger (£10.95) - actually grilled sirloin - and drunken crispy duck (£8.95). Not a Thai fan? Well you can sate yourself with chips. There's also Sunday roast every week.

The Drink
There's a varied selection of wines on offer - by the glass and the bottle. Pop in for happy hour between 5pm and 7pm and cocktails are £4.50. A small coke will set you back £1.80 – rather reasonable for these parts. There's plenty of beer on draught too, including Beck's, Aspell, Grolsch and Guinness.

The Last Word
It's louder than a library but there's still that classy, luxe feel of a reading room. When a bar's this close to the station, it's worth popping in on the way home and seeing for yourself - especially during The Library's happy hour.

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