A-Z Pub Crawls: Where Is The Best Pub In Angel?

Can you recommend a good pub near Angel station?

We’d like to try a simple but intoxicating experiment of the boozy kind. Here’s how it works.

  1. Let us know (in the comments or on Facebook) your favourite pub(s) in the Angel area.
  2. After a few days, we’ll tally up the votes.
  3. We’ll then arrange a pub crawl around the three or four most popular choices. You’re welcome to join us.
  4. If it’s a success, we’ll do monthly sequels in other parts of town, moving through the alphabet each time. So March could be in Borough or Bermondsey or Bloomsbury, for example.

But we’re starting with A for ‘Angel’. You can nominate anywhere in reasonable walking distance of the Tube station. So a pub in Barnsbury, for example, would still be OK, so long as Angel would be a sensible Tube station to use. Oh, and by ‘pubs’, we’re using a shorthand — you can also vote for bars. And you can nominate more than one place.

So, where shall we go?

The Angel, Islington by Gaz-zee-boh in the Londonist Flickr pool.

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  • Foucault’s Shallot

    This is a trick question

    • Anonymous

      Is that a trick answer?

  • Anonymous

    Harlequin! (Arlington Way)

  • Rob

    Camden Head is pretty good :)

  • http://twitter.com/nigeljeffries Nigel Jeffries

    Island Queen, Noel Street great pub!

    • Abi

       Yup – I regularly sail right past the Narrowboat to the IQ. I wish they hadn’t removed the awesome corner sofa, though as it was a lovely place to bunk up on a Sunday evening.

  • Anonymous

    The Angelic.  57 Liverpool Rd.

    • olly

      Hmm, full of Suites…

  • http://twitter.com/nigeljeffries Nigel Jeffries

    Or the Charles Lamb, Elia Street i think – another great pub

  • Lou w

    yes I second the Island Queen & the Angelic.

  • http://twitter.com/allanw Allan Whatmough

    Exmouth Arms on Exmouth Market

    • Dave H

      The Exmouth Arms is, in its new incarnation, a great pub for beer lovers. However, its location is somewhat stretching the definition of ‘Angel’, I fear!

      • http://twitter.com/allanw Allan Whatmough

        Good point – it’s definitely stretching the definition! However, increasing the length of a pub crawl can surely only be a good thing ;)

  • http://twitter.com/allanw Allan Whatmough

    Islington Tap on Liverpool Road

  • Axs235

    The Theatre pub: the Old Red Lion on St John St

  • Hsaxon82

    The Regent, Liverpool Road

    • olly

      Great pizza – awful furniture.

  • Kay

    Cant wait for the pub crawl, I love everything Angel! The best crawl will be when you hit S(horditch) though. :)

  • http://www.kri.sh Krishna

    Island Queen, by far

  • Dave H

    I quite like the Bull on Upper Street.

  • Raoul

    The George Orwell on Essex Rd., almost at Balls Pond Rd. but worth the extra walk.

  • Molly

    Filthy McNasty’s Whiskey Cafe on Amwell St

  • Ewan

    I’m partial to the Crown on Cloudesley Road, and also the Charles Lamb.

  • http://twitter.com/eddfawcett Edd Fawcett

    The Charles Lamb has excellent food, excellent beer and an excellent dog.

    • Jess

      Sorry Edd, cruel for you to find out in the comments on Londonist, but Mascha died :( The Charles Lamb is slightly less brilliant for it :( 

      • Abi

        Even though I live around the corner and *still* didn’t ever seem to meet Mascha, I still loved all the little references at the CL to our gone (but not forgotten) woofy pal. Sad face.

  • Chris

    Harlequin, Old Red Lion Theatre Bar, The Mucky Pup, The Island Queen, The Kings Head Theatre… pub crawl done.

  • Lorraine Claridge

    The Angelic Liverpool Rd, The Bull Upper St, The Castle on Pentonville Road, I also love the Drapers Arms and the Albion but suspect they are more Islington than Angel

  • RK

    that one with no name.

  • http://www.thisismikehall.com/ Mike H

    The Island Queen for me, at least for its gorgeous interior.

  • Mark

    The Albian – Crab a creeky table by the fire and chow on pork belly with an ale.

  • http://twitter.com/rob_s_smith rob_s_smith

    Island Queen for me

  • Mark

    The Albian – Crab a creeky table by the fire and chow on pork belly with an ale.

  • olly

    Gotta agree with Chris here, but with the addition of The Crown in Cloudsley Sq – they keep a superb cellar……

  • http://twitter.com/londondear doreen

    The Charles Lamb, Island Queen and Mucky Pup are favourites of mine in the area. Do enjoy the pizza at The New Rose as well.

  • Greg

     Island Queen and Charles Lamb, as have been mentioned.

    Also like King Charles I on Northdown Street, which might be considered too far from Angel and too close to King’s Cross to count, but I must give it a mention.

  • Mary

    The Charles Lamb!

  • Jtoseland

    Slim Jim’s whisky bar

  • David

    Island Queen or Harlequin. Good beer at both. Friendly places. Harlequin is small and off beaten track, good cheeseboard. Island Queen food is fairly standard pub grub, but well done for that, and it is a listed pub, and on Camra historic interiors list.

  • Lucy

    The Harlequin is the best pub, not just near Angel.