40-42 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8BG

Music, booze and food…that’s how The Monarch advertises itself and that’s exactly what they do. As well as live music in the week, they also host club nights on Fridays and Saturdays; they’ve got a solid beer selection and a good little gin range; and they serve up burgers, hotdogs and loaded fries. You want a pint, a burger and some bangin’ tunes, you come here.


178 Junction Road, London

You won’t be short of entertainment in this Irish pub right by Tufnell Park tube. They’ve got pool and darts, regular karaoke and live music (and gigs in the neighbouring Boston Music Rooms and The Dome) and sport on the telly. If you just want a drink though, they can do that too with a decent pint of Guinness.


163 Upper St, London N1 1US

Given that it’s called The Taproom, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that this place is all about the beer. It originally opened as a pop-up serving just cask ale but was so popular (obvs the locals were thirsty) that it went perm in 2013. They’ve got eight gravity dispensing casks and seven keg lines, with even more bottled beers so you are defo spoilt for choice. And they serve pizza because nothing goes better with beer than pizza.


614 High Rd, London N17 9TA

Formerly the Pride of Tottenham, a pub you’d avoid unless you wanted things to get a bit tasty on matchdays, The Bluecoats is now somewhere you’d actually want to go for pint. The team behind Night Tales is responsible for the new look, including 20 lines of craft, keg and cask beer and Lucky Chip burgers in the kitchen.


51 Leverton St, London NW5 2NX

The Pineapple is so beloved by Kentish Town locals that when the place was threatened with redevelopment, a community campaign not only got it saved but listed by English Heritage. The Grade-II listed bar is home to a changing selection of ales, the kitchen dishes up Thai food and it’s also got a gorge conservatory that’s perfect if you’re hosting a little party.


Earl of Essex, Danbury Street, London

Tucked away on a residential Islington Street, the Earl of Essex is well worth seeking out if you’re serious about your beer. They have a changing selection of around 20 craft beers up on their hymn board and they’ve got their own brewery on-site too. And every dish on their menu comes with a beer recommendation. Obvs you can get other drinks here but why would you want to?


The Albion, Thornhill Road, Islington, London

The Albion is another North London pub with an excellent beer garden. This one has got to be one of the prettiest though thanks to all the fruit trees and hanging wisteria. Thankfully the inside of the Georgian pub is just as good too with log fires for when it’s cold, a solid gastropub menu for when you’re hungry and a well stocked bar for, well you know.


The Hawley Arms, Castlehaven Road, London

Once the playground for all sorts of night dwellers like Amy Winehouse, Noel Fielding and Alexa Chung this Camden pub still offers up a night out to remember…all those impromptu and secret gigs mean you don’t know what you might stumble upon. There’s a tiny outside area you’ll struggle to manoeuvre around but the real gem is the upstairs terrace. The staff look younger than your newborn cousin and couldn’t give a shit what band you are in. Just don’t cause trouble and have a bloody good time.


Southampton Arms, Highgate Road, London

A guaranteed minimum of 18 ales and ciders are on tap here. GAU-RAN-TEED pal. Not only that, this very old school boozer also does a very good line in sausage rolls and pork pies too. You can’t book, reserve a table, a seat or an area though. You can’t pay by card either. And they don’t have a phone, just beer, cider and a fridge full of meat. How do you like them apples?


The Flask, Highgate West Hill, London

After you’ve scaled the rather steep hill and are back on level ground with a puff and a pant your mood will be lifted with the sight of The Flask. It’s a fine looking establishment that’s also a local to a certain Mr Gallagher (the angry one anyway), with a huge beer garden with booths and tables, a cracking roast, local and guest ales. What’s not to like…oh the hill, yes well.


The Faltering Fullback, Perth Road, London

Arguably the biggest attraction to The Faltering Fullback, just up from Finsbury Park tube, is the multi-level beer garden…staircase, beer garden staircase….it’s like a bloody maze. Admittedly weather depending, the garden offers secluded pockets of seating where you can chat into the early hours. The pub itself is a traditional one, except it does Thai food, which isn’t traditional at all, but you’ll find all your usual friends behind the bar. Great pub.