George & Vulture, Old Street
I was there last night and it was great. You don't come across pubs like this very often. 4 live bands played. All really good. The pub was 'nicely' busy. I ordered two tasty pizzas for friends - we enjoyed a few drinks and the atmosphere was great. The refurbishments don't distract from the fact this is a pub with a lot of history and character. I just hope that not too many people discover this little gem....
It still does a really decent pint of Pride, and I'm told there are acoustic nights, a quiz with live piano afterwards and they had a BBQ there last weekend in the sun. What more could you want from a backstreet boozer in Hoxton?!
63 Pitfield Street, Old Street, London, N1 6BU
Take the Great Eastern Street exit out of Old Street tube (exit 3) and wander down Old Street for a few minutes. Keep an eye out for the left turn for Pitfield Street: once you find it, head up there and you'll find the pub on your left just after passing Charlie Wright's International Bar.