Post-work Highbury haunts

Post-work Highbury haunts

London is a world of possibilities, and nowhere is this more evident than the buzzing streets of Highbury. Part of the borough of Islington, it’s a proverbial stone’s throw away from the up-and-coming Clerkenwell, the fiercely independent Camden and the sophisticated Kings Cross. Highbury manages to blend these features into a unique character of its own, providing an ideal home for a number of wonderful bars to visit after work. From the lively to the luxurious, the tiny to the titanic, join us on a tour of the best bars Highbury and Islington have to offer. You won’t be disappointed.

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Hoxley & Porter

Not so much a bar as a time machine, visitors to the remarkably well heeled Hoxley & Porter may just wonder if they’ve stepped into a nineteenth century explorers lounge. Adorned with vintage wallpaper, carved wooden facades and the kind of decor that makes you question if Dr Livingstone’s been found yet, it’s both luxurious and welcoming at the same time. Even more welcoming are sheer number of drinks available, for Hoxley & Porter stock no fewer than forty varieties of gin and forty-eight stylings of rum; perfect neat or mixed into the array of classic cocktails on offer.

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London Cocktail Club

A branch of the infamous LCC, the Islington version takes inspiration from a nineteen thirties pharmacy. In true speakeasy style it’s hidden behind an Apothecary Off-Licence’ shop front, offering a regular schedule of madcap events and excellent drinks. If you’ve always fancied yourself as a mystro behind the bar the LLC also offer masterclasses where they’ll happily teach you how to make three of their signature cocktails just like a true Londoner – Plus you get the bonus of a free cocktail on arrival. Just what the doctor ordered.

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69 Colebrooke Row

The self styled “bar with no name”, this award winning cocktail bar verges on the painfully hip. From drinks served in oysters, to esoteric ingredients such as “buckwheat honeywater”, “tomato yolk” and the genuinely intriguing “voodoo essence”, there’s every chance you’ll have no idea quite what you’re ordering. What is certain however, is that it’ll be amazing, and all things considered, not as expensive as it’s appearance suggests. The decor is very much nineteen fifties Italy meets art noir, making it a great place as a quiet yet atmospheric venue in which to talk over the day, cement new friendships or simply enjoy a drink in the company of your own thoughts. No matter what you do, it’ll be in style, that’s for sure.

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The Canonbury tavern

For those who simply want somewhere to sit, grab some food and sneak an honest pint (or three) the Canonbury tavern is an excellent choice. Home to a frankly endless garden and spacious function rooms, the high ceilings and inoffensive decor make the georgian architecture the real feature of this humble boozer. Located only only an eight minute walk away from Highbury and Islington station it’s not only convenient to get to but offers excellent transport links if you wish to continue your adventure into central London.

Should you chose to stay (and we wouldn’t blame you) it’s worth taking a look at their comprehensive food menu, bringing a plethora of British classics to the party.  The Canonbury burger is worth every penny but if you feel like sharing, the Highbury ploughman really is something else.

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The Vineyard

Built underneath a rather spacious railway arch, the vineyard is the perfect choice for a summer evening that keeps on giving. On entering you’re greeted by funky retro tiles on the bar and an excellent choice of beers, wines and soft drinks. The exposed brickwork overhead is a welcoming rather than intimidating sight, providing excellent acoustics for when the lights fade down and the music starts pumping. A generous courtyard is the ideal place to shoot the breeze, providing a location to enjoy their extensive food menu alfresco.

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Lucky Voice

If you’re tired of hearing your colleagues talk, why not make them sing instead? Lucky voice is the premier spot for karaoke and cocktails in Islington, possibly north London. With a photobooth, a selection of over nine-thousand songs and a dedicated “thirsty button” in each room, even the worst singers won’t adversely affect your mood. Tasty nibbles are available on request and the friendly staff are more than happy to guide you through a range of their signature cocktails. Besides, if hearing your boss murder ‘take on me’ isn’t enough motivation to go we don’t know what is.

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