The Craft Beer Co.
As the name suggests, this place has more than enough beer to whet your appetite. Here you will find a selection of more than 40 different craft beers and ciders. If in doubt about what to drink, don’t be shy – ask for a taster and you will be pleased by the good service. Get your pint and sit at a comfy chair by the fireplace or in one of the different rooms.
If you are alone, don’t waste time staring at your phone. Instead take time to learn about the brewery process with the large billboards and infographics. You may also enjoy the paintings hanging on the walls. The motifs vary greatly: ships, dogs, horse racing. Our verdict: come here every day and work your way through the huge selection of beers.
Where: 55 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PP
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: 16:00 – 23:00. Thursday: 16:00 – 00:00. Friday: 12:00 – 01:00. Friday – Saturday: 12:00 – 01:00. Sunday: 12:00 – 22:30
The Craft Beer Co: more than 40 craft and nice ales just off Angel. https://t.co/LhB8qvWHjX
— Keila C. Guimarães (@keilacguimaraes) March 11, 2015
The Narrow Boat
This hidden gem is the only pub in Islington to be situated on Regent’s Canal. Here you’ll find a small but good selection of real ales, with a highlight being those from Wells & Young’s Brewery, including Young’s Bitter, Young’s Special and DNA IPA.
This pub has a lovely atmosphere, with great sunlight coming from its big windows and glass doors looking out to the canal. If it is sunny, you can have a sit at one of the colourful tables and chairs at the balcony and enjoy the view. If you get a bit chilly, you can grab one of the blankets available for customers and feel cosy with your pint of ale. Our verdict: come here early in the afternoon and stay until late.
Where: 119 St Peters Street, N1 8PZ
Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday: 11:00 – 23:00. Wednesday – Saturday : 11:00 – 00:00. Sunday: 11:00 – 23:00
The Island Queen
The Island Queen is a typical classic pub, situated on Noel Road. The best place inside is the table close to the large windows. There are also seats outside. We came here in the afternoon on a sunny Wednesday and it was quiet and silent, but we can see it getting busy in the evenings and weekends. Our beer of choice here was the Wild Beer Bibble, a fruity ale from the Somerset brewer Wild Beer Co. Our verdict: come here and play board games. They have some options hidden in the Parlour room.
Where: 87 Noel Road, N1 8HD
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 – 23:30. Friday – Saturday: 12:00 – 00:00
The Old Red Lion
The best thing about the Old Red Lion is the fact that it’s below a theatre. The second best thing is that here you will find good beer for reasonably cheap prices. Our choices were Harveys Sussex Best Bitter, the most famous brand from Harvey Brewery, and Harvest Pale, from the Castle Rock Brewery. The place also has a garden. Our verdict: come here if you love the atmosphere of a great old pub.
Where: 418 St John Street. EC1V 4NJ
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 – 00:00. Friday – Saturday: 12:00 – 01:00. Sunday: 12:00 – 00:00
The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker
This pub is often packed in the evenings – usually with people from City University, London, which is just opposite the pub. It has a quiet atmosphere during the day and gets lively after 5pm. The place has a selection of four rotating real ales: Blacksmith Golden Ale (BGA), Deuchars APA, Caledonian Flying Scotsman and Courage Directors. Our go-to choice here is BGA, a smooth and light beer. Our verdict: come here if you don’t mind listening to The Smiths.
Where: 292-294 St John Street. EC1V 4PA
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – Late (2am)
The Steam Passage Tavern
If you are in Upper Street, this pub might be a good option. Pop in and ask for a pint, then choose a seat in one of the different areas or sit outside. The service is friendly. Our beer choices here were Sharp Atlantic and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. Our verdict: come here if you don’t mind TVs and gambling machines.
Where: 44 Upper Street, London N1
Opening times: Monday: 11:00 – 23:00. Tuesday – Wednesday: 11:00 – 00:00. Thursday: 11:00 – 01:00. Friday – Saturday: 11:00 – 02:00. Sunday: 11:00 – 22:30