BDC’s Top 5 Places for a Tipple in Islington
After our September edition of ‘Where to Eat in Islington’ in aid of the London and Partners latest Culture Campaign, we thought we would give you our guide to the greatest cocktail bars and pubs off the beaten track! Whether you are visiting the BDC for our latest conference and exhibition or meeting friends for a catch up before Christmas you are sure to find the perfect place right here in Angel.
London Cocktail Club
Situated just five minutes away from the venue, on Essex Road, the London Cocktail Club (LCC) offers a creative ‘Lab’ themed speakeasy bar for you to discover. The LCC pharmacy is filled with award winning bartenders serving the latest cocktail concoctions for you and your friends to enjoy. If you are also looking for somewhere to host your celebrations then take advantage of their private quirky basement themed ‘Lab’! Upon entry of LCC don’t forget to head past the pill tables and go through the mirror…
Next on our list is Barrio North which offers a friendly and relaxed environment for you to spend your evenings in after a long day at work. This cosy bar brings a fabulous Hispanic feel to Angel through its refreshing cocktails and Spanish chilled cervezas! The theme continues in to the night as Barrio North comes alive through their great line-up of Djs and musicians. Take advantage of their ‘Amigo Hour’ where you can pick up a classic cocktail for just £5.50!
The Bar with No Name
The bar with no name, also known as 69 Colebrooke Row is ideally located in the backstreets of Islington. This beautiful 1950’s Italian style café offers a unique selection of cocktails for you to taste such as the ‘Death in Venice’ made up of Campari, Grapefruit Bitters topped with Prosecco and an Orange Twist. Delicious! This cocktail bar is a great choice if you are also looking for an activity for your next meet up, as you can try out their master classes and learn how to make the all-time classics.
Located just over a 10 minute walk from the venue, the Albion is a perfect place to meet with family and friends for a quick catch up over a drink (or two). Known for their picturesque beer garden at the rear of the venue, this Georgian gastro pub offers a delectable wine list for you to try. After a few glasses of your favourite Malbec you mustn’t forget to check out their bar snacks, the triple cooked chips and Fish Goujons are a must.
Hoxley & Porter
If you are looking for a unique bar to grab a pre-dinner drink then Hoxley & Porter is for you. Situated on Upper Street, this 1930’s style cocktail bar and lounge offers an extensive cocktail menu for you to work your way through over the Christmas period. Catering for up to groups of 12, the venue offers several private booths for you to hire for that special occasion. You can also pull up a seat at the Bar Parlour where you can enjoy a lovely glass (or bottle) of bubbles to celebrate.
If you are looking for somewhere to relax before your cocktails or need some inspiration for your latest dinner reservation, then check out our ‘Two Day guide to Islington’.
Posted by Charlotte