A-Z Pub Crawl: Where Is The Best Pub In Dalston?

It's not always this grim.

Can you recommend a good pub or bar in the Dalston area?

This is the fourth part of our two-year-long alphabetical pub crawl of London. Previously you voted for the best in Angel, which we subsequently visited (pictures here); the cream of Brixton (photos here); and the best pubs in the City of London (pics here).

Our attention now turns to part ‘D’, and we’ve chosen Dalston (sorry to anyone holding out for Dagenham). This notorious hipster hang-out has its share of concept bars and trendy speakeasies, but there are also plenty of traditional pubs lurking in the back streets.

But which pubs or bars do you rate the highest?

Here’s how to play:

  1. Let us know (in the comments, on Facebook, or by tweeting #bestDalstonPub) your favourite pubs in the Dalston area.
  2. We’ll tally up the votes early next week.
  3. We’ll then arrange a pub crawl around the three or four most popular choices. You’re welcome to join us.
  4. You can nominate anywhere in the Dalston area. How far that extends is entirely up to you.
  5. By ‘pubs’, we’re using a shorthand — you can also vote for bars.
  6. You can nominate more than one place. All nominations count as one vote, whether you rank them or not. Likes on Facebook and retweets of someone else’s vote are also counted as new votes.
  7. Venues should be open to the public with no pre-booking, entry fee or membership required.

So, where shall we go?

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  • DJH

    Duke of Wellington

  • Dave

    Prince George

  • Alicoomer

    The Duke of Wellington – good pub, friendly staff, hipster but pleasant crowd, great beers/ ciders
    Prince George – still a bit raffish and dive-ish, lets hope it doesnt get ‘done up’
    The Lord Clyde – Essex Road (can that count?) – lovely lovely staff and great food
    Railway Tavern (on St Jude St) – pretty interior, great drinks and good Thai

    • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

       If I’m allowed a vote(s) I’d go for the Duke of Wellington, the Junction Room and the Haggerston. And new-ish cocktail bar Ruby’s, although it might be a bit too hipster-wankerish.

  • Tobe

    Another vote for the Duke of Wellington. A bit of a beacon in an area of mediocre or plain rubbish pubs. Equally good for a pint, to watch the sport, or for the film screenings they put on.

  • @mcstuio

    I’d second the Duke of Wellington 
    The Hunter S, mainly because the taxidermy is amazing. Oh yeah, and the BURGERS
    The Haggerston
    What about Dalston Roof Park – great if the weather’s good and one of only a few outdoor spaces in the area

  • http://twitter.com/mikpollitt Mike Pollitt

    Another for the Duke of Wellington, also the Talbot just behind it is alright if you can stomach £4+ pints.

  • Gruenmarie

    Pub/Bar/Club: The Aliibi
    Bar/Club: Junction Room/Hysteria

  • Guest

    Duke of Wellington, and The Scolt Head.

  • Fixytrixy

    shaklewell arms but not for oap londonist readers. the music round up on this site would embarass my nan.

  • Guy2p

    The Stags Head or is that Hoxton?

  • Guy2pence worth

    The Talbot could have been a contender but the bar manager wouldn’t serve us cos last orders had been called as we stood at the bar waiting to be served (10:30pm) :( even with people on full pints around us #jobsworth We went to the Scolt Head where they served us and even gave us a sausage roll.

  • Dawn Westley

    definately  the wellington  in haggerston,  had a reunion there  in dec 2011 . the  hospitality  from  sean and his wife  was wonderful.nothing was  tomuch trouble,true  eastend atmosphere,,,

  • Simon

    Marquis Of Landsdowne. Get a mixture on a weekend – Cool, Weird, Scary, and beutiful people with pretty good music thrown in for good measure. Isn’t The Talbot and The Scolt Head based in the N1 postcode? Not E8

    • Anonymous

      The postcode’s not really that important here. We’re just looking for stuff in the Dalston area. If it feels Dalstony, and is close enough to fit into a pub crawl, then it’s a welcome suggestion, even if it’s not technically Dalston.

  • Sandi Mahlli

    dalston superstore, ridley road market bar or the scolts head.

  • Sandi Mahlli

    that talbot – wicked roasts!

  • Patrickwatson2002

    Yucatan Bar please.

  • Rob

    Prince George.

  • pete

    Scolt Head

  • http://twitter.com/ewebber Emily Webber

    The Prince George, The Three Compasses (for fatburgers), The Fox (for a fantastic ale selection), The Scolt Head.

  • Laura

    i love the lord clyde, essex road – the food is greeat and they have lovely garden at the back