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.
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…
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.
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.
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
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!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.