4 Great Places for Live Music In and Around Finsbury Park
Written by: Violet Myers
Because sometimes that second hand walkman you traded a shiny Pokemon card for seventeen years ago just doesn’t cut it. You need the real deal, the whole shebang, someone to appreciate all of your enthusiastic standing ovations and cries for encores, you have a lot of love to give goddammit!
Well applaud your pet parrot no more, he’s getting far too big for his boots if you ask us. We’re counting down the top N4 places to see live music.
1. The Silver Bullet
5 Station Pl, London N4 2DH
Flavour of the jam: It’s an eclectic mix here at N4’s un-poppable popup, from live in-house hip hop acts to blues musicians.
Loud and proud?: Carries a Void Acoustic sound system, which boasts at being the best sound system in the world. Loud they may be, modest they are not.
Can this place handle my moves?: It’s a cosy venue, with a small dance floor that may not be big enough for a jackhammer, but sizeable enough to bust a pretty decent do-si-do.
Bust some ear drums errr’day?: The venue has something on every night – though for live music listings see their website.
2. Bun & Bar
553 Green Lanes, London N8 0RL
Flavour of the jam: Tends to veer on the side of indie. Guitar heavy music that pairs nicely with a beer and a burger.
Loud and proud?: It’s more of a chilled out affair, take a load off, have a drink, request Free Bird.
Can this place handle my moves?: Being a restaurant and all, break dancing is less than encouraged. But who can deny someone an elegant side shuffle?
Bust some ear drums errr’day?: Keeping you entertained Thursday – Sunday, see their website for more details.
3. The Finsbury
336 Green Lanes, London N4 1BY
Flavour of the jam: Proper bands with, like, proper instruments. Beards and button downs definitely make their mark at this moody venue, but there’s a mix of DJ’s and soloists too.
Loud and proud?: These lot aren’t messing about, it’s teaming with speakers, sub woofers and other impressive sounding things.
Can this place handle my moves?: A full on dance floor with enough space to swing several cats, this is the place to strut some serious stuff. It may even be the place to release ‘The Move’ you’ve been working on in the basement all year.
Bust some ear drums errr’day?: The Finsbury are committed to keeping you awake every night with persistently ringing ears. Live bands and comedy almost every single night – see their website.
4. The Harringay Arms
153 Crouch Hill, London N8 9QH
Flavour of the jam: Kickin’ it old school with a bit of blues and a bit of fifties rock. A snug little boozer, loaded with charm and proper beer.
Loud and proud?: Draws a rowdy crowd itching to crack out ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the weekly open mic.
Can this place handle my moves?: Plenty of room to show your support if shy Maude destroys ‘My Heart Will Go On’ on karaoke night.
Bust some ear drums errr’day?: Every Thursday is open mic night, while Friday, Saturday and Sunday are reserved for bands and DJs. See their Website.
When danger reared its ugly head, Brave Sir Robin turned and fled… to his namesake pub on Crouch Hill for a craft beer and a top-notch meal from kitchen residency Cue Point. Warm globes of light hang above intimate booths, specially commissioned wall design offers a rich backdrop, and cosy sofas, deep armchairs and plentiful cushioned stools ensure no one is without a seat.
Flocking to Holloway Road on one of the many Sundays that we’ve spent at the Nag’s Head Car Boot Sale, we spotted a new Vietnamese place called Pho Hot getting ready to open up their doors. Being the nosy folks we are, we peeked inside and spotted a menu. Banh Mi was on it. It's a baguette, but not as you know it. Glory of all glories! It’s been far too long since I last consumed this distinctive sarnie and I'm happy as Larry that there's a new Banh Mi joint on my doorstep.
Baby, it’s getting cold outside, and what better way to aide our frostbitten noses than a chat to a professional skin person? We’re talking to Lee Garrett, founder of The Garrett Clinic, accomplished skincare specialist and heralded by many as the UK’s leading Skin Guru. Read on to find out his insider tips for surviving this winter season with your skin looking as radiant as the moon that breaks a stormy night.
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!