Land of Angel.
A fact that is explained by the prevalence of excellent booze-slingers peppering the entire neighbourhood, the very best of which we’ve rounded up for you right here…
69 Colebrooke Row
69 Colebrooke Row also goes by another name: ‘The Bar With No Name’…
… Which is, itself, a misnomer because it seems to have two.
And while we’re on the subject of names, let’s talk about Tony Conigliaro – one of the world’s most respected mixologists and the man behind this award-winning secret cocktail bar on a backstreet of Islington. He and his team are shaking up drinks like a Toffee Apple Fizz as well as other liquid treats made with esoteric ingredients developed at the Drink Factory – their research lab near Broadway Market. READ MORE.
Details: 69 Colebrooke Row, The Angel, N1 8AA
Little Bat is the latest cocktail bar by the Callooh Callay team – hence the Lewis Carroll reference – serving… you guessed it, cocktails. Including the rum-loaded Pan Am which has won awards; probably for its services to great nights out. There’s also a short-but-sweet menu with booze-friendly comfort food. And, thankfully, not a winged mammal in sight. READ MORE.
Details: 54 Islington Park Street, Islington, N1 1PX
It’s the third in a trio of wine bars, opened with the hope of educating people about wine, yet with zero pretentiousness. No question’s a stupid question. Instead the laid-back, friendly staff are on hand to guide you through over 400 options, served alongside cheese, charcuterie, and a selection of other Modern European small plates. READ MORE.
Details: 11-13 Theberton Street, Islington, N1 0QY
It’s a high-energy Tiki bar serving mostly artisanal rum-based cocktails, shaken up with all sorts of tropical fruits and house-made sugar cane syrups, before being served to you in everything from a hula dancer to a silver legged octopus. Upstairs they have there very one micro rum distillery where they host regular rum tastings and masterclasses, some of which include creating your very own bespoke rum. READ MORE.
Details: 144-145 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QY
Four Sisters is a dark, Dickensian-styled cocktail bar whose previous incarnations were haunts of Charlie Chaplin and George Orwell. With a beautifully illustrated menu depicting serious cocktails like barrel-aged negronis and other marvellous concoctions made with house-infused spirits and syrups, it won’t be long before you’re asking ‘please sir, can I have some more’.
Details: 25 Canonbury Lane, Islington, N1 2AS
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