Top 4 'It's Basically Friday' After Work Pints

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Ready for an after work drink by noon on a Monday? Look no further than our list of the best after work pints in N4. Whether it’s 6pm on Friday or not, ain’t no judging round these parts. Get amongst it worker bees, you deserve these amber brews.

1. The Jolly Butchers

Real ale and facial hair approvers.

For our first taste of well-earned brewski we skedaddled up to Stokey. If you are the proud owner of some facial hair and fear being taunted for your hipster inclinations, you can relax at The Jolly Butchers. They were voted ‘Most Beard Friendly Pub of the Year’ 2015. So stroke your chin decorations in peace and happily accrue beer foam in your ‘tash to save for later.

Suits-r-us? We can hear ourselves trolling Theresa May on a weekday.

Nice head? Tasty as. Decided on a real cider and were not disappointed.

How you getting home, mate? Just getting started! On to the next…

2. The Faltering Fullback 

The all-rounder. Live music, sports, pool table, treehouse.

Next up, the Fullback’s treehouse was calling out to us through the sunshine, the gardenias emitting a heavenly come-inside-and-drink-sweet-nectar vibe. We practically floated there. This Finsbury Park pub is like the bastard love child of the Ewok village and your great aunt’s living room – but with enough flora and fauna to satisfy even the most ardent horticulturist.

Suits-r-us? Busy in the best possible way. Complete mixed bag of happy, shiny people with the occasional red-faced drunk thrown in for good measure.

Nice head? They may not have given in to the craft beer riot but, in the almighty words of the Spice Girls, these guys offer what you really want, what you really really want. Cold pint innit.

How you getting home, mate? Not just yet! One more round of pool first.

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3. The Three Johns

A veritable smorgasbord of beers.

Two pints down our necks and we make a beeline for our third at The Three Johns. Just a jaunty little walk away from the chain pub haven of Angel, this Victorian-era booze haven awaits your order and if you’re getting peckish by now you’ve come to the right place – their website landing age proudly declares they serve ‘beer and pizza’, which is a life-affirming combination. Try a sourdough pizza (bolognese topping option for the win) and one of over fourteen beers on tap or try your luck with one of the 70 bottled varieties they stock. That’s a lot of beer. Open til midnight on school nights.

Suits-r-us? Fairly full for a Tuesday night, so get in there early and grab yourself a table. The tall ceilings make the place feel reassuringly more roomy.

Nice head? I would very much like to go back and sample the other 13 tapped beers, since you asked. Cheers.

How you getting home, mate? Erm, this is most probably a ‘code Uber’ situation. By this point we’re suitably intoxicated in the back streets of Angel and need the soothing reassurance that a couple of taps on a phone and a smiley Toyota Prius driver can bring.

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4. The Snooty Fox

Jukebox, quiz night and Camden Pale Ale.

NEXT! For our final pint, we hop skip it up to Canonbury for The Snooty Fox quiz night. We’ve obviously missed the whole thing but no-one seems to mind.

Suits-r-us? Most seats were taken, but it was quiz night so there was a pretty quiet atmosphere.

Nice head? Oh the mightiest. If real ales are your ting, you’re in luck – there’s loads. The Snooty Fox take their ale very seriously, winning the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) North London 2014 Pub of the Year and are proudly the only pub in the N5 postcode to be listed in the Good Beer Guide.

How you getting home, mate? The chilled outdoor seating sent us into a reverie while we put the world to rights on the Grosvenor Avenue roundabout. Ready for beddie byes now. Bus for us.



Photos: William Temple, Mike Barry

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