Late Night Local: Stay up Way Past Your Bedtime

Written by: Violet Myers

It’s getting late and the group is waning. Big Lee is eyeing up that end of the night kebab, Sarah seems pretty set on getting that German teaching assistant back in an Uber, the bars are closing and it looks like the night is over. But you’re not ready to quit, it’s too early, what is this?! Maybe there’s an epic pile of adult responsibilities with your name on it back at home, maybe you still haven’t quite killed that snake running riot in your wardrobe, maybe you just don’t fancy another night bus into Soho. Well slap that kebab right out of Lee’s hand, there are plenty of late night treats a mere stumble away here in North London.

Call your mum and tell her not to wait up, we’re staying up late!

The Silver Bullet:
5 Station Pl, London N4 2DH
Until 3.30am Wednesday – Saturday
The pop up that never popped back down. An intimate venue with a casual vibe. Showcasing up-and-coming bands and club nights that don’t take themselves too seriously.


The Garage:
20-22 Highbury Cres, London N5 1RD
Until 4am Friday – Saturday
A landmark North London venue for a large range of live music. Former acts include The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Cat Power. Runs Brit Pop club nights on the first Saturday of every month.

Rowans Tenpin Bowl:
10 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 2DF
Until 2.30am Friday – Saturday
Bowling, karaoke, arcade games and a dance floor, it’s every nostalgia lovers dream. ‘Fuck it Dude, let’s go bowling.’


Orleans Wine Bar:
259-261 Seven Sisters Rd, London N4 2DD
Until 4am Wednesday – Sunday
One of North London’s longest running nightclubs, a basement bar playing a wide mix of urban music including ska, funk and jazz.

The Faltering Fullback:
19 Perth Rd, London N4 3HB
Open until 1am Friday – Saturday
One of North London’s most beloved pubs, with the capital’s most celebrated beer garden. This multi room pub is a bit of a maze of a place after a bevy or two, but not to be missed.


The Finsbury:
336 Green Lanes, London N4 1BY
Until 2am Friday – Saturday
A music and comedy focused pub with a cool, indie mood. A powerful sound system and plenty of dancing space makes it the ideal late night venue.

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Harringay Arms:
153 Crouch Hill, London N8 9QH
Until 2am Friday – Sunday
A warm, friendly pub with a very ‘are you local?’ vibe. Proudly selling 150 craft beers and with weekly open mic reggae jams, it would be rude not to.


T-bird Bar:
132 Blackstock Rd, London N4 2DX
Until 1am Friday – Saturday
A relaxed American style saloon with a welcoming atmosphere and an old school jukebox. Offers weekly open mic nights, popular with students and locals.

Big Red:
385 Holloway Rd, London N7 0RY
Until 3am Friday 4am Sunday
The best late night dive bar you’ll find this side of Tennessee. Boasting regular live music, table football and artery stuffing comfort food.


12 Bar:
203 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DL
Until 2am Thursday – Saturday
Having been chucked out of Soho for being far too good, 12 bar has been welcomed with open arms to it’s new home in Holloway. Offering huge late night metal bands, such as a little group known as Megadeth.


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