90 Pubs and Bars found in or around Arsenal (London Underground)

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Tollington Arms

The Tollington has recently been refurbished in true gastropub style and now has the statutory plasma screens (4 of the blighters), blown-up photos of Holloway in ye olden times (quite interesting, actually), giant refectory...

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Bank of Friendship

This pub is definitely one of the best in the area, it's a shame we can't give it a higher rating. It's a friendly place and there's always an interesting selection of locals drinking inside. It's predictably rammed on match...

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The Gunners

There are a few diehard football pubs in Islington that you really shouldn't bother with unless you follow the Arsenal. If you are a fan, though, the Gunners is a treasure trove of signed Gooner memorabilia. That, the giant...

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The Auld Triangle

Formerly the Plimsoll Arms, the Auld Triangle seemingly caters predominantly to a clientele of local alcoholics. You tend to see the same faces drinking here, whether at midday or midnight. But they're a friendly enough bunch,...

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Woodbine

The Woodbine, with its chandeliers, mirrors and swish wallpaper offers a rather different drinking experience than the nearby Gunners haunts. Perhaps the owners think that with Arsenal's move down the road, there is room for a...

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T-Bird

Finsbury Park can offer a lot more than old man's boozers these days (though is still well-served in that department), which means T-Bird doesn't stand out as much as when it first arrived. Comfortably worn sofas nestle with an...

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The King's Head

The King's Head is a solid locals' pub with decent beer and no pretensions. Perhaps not in the same league as the Bank of Friendship up the road but a safe enough bet in a variable part of town.

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Drayton Park

In the shadow of Arsenal F.C.'s ground, this place is very handy for a pre-match pint. It's not an Arsenal pub, though; it gets packed with away fans. The friendly landlord told us that it very rarely attracts trouble on match...

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Bedford Tavern

The Bedford is the sort of pub one could easily pass by on the street without noticing, and once you're inside you may wish you'd done just that. The bitter was off, the pool table vociferously guarded by a large dog, and the...

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El Comandante

Holloway is a surprisingly decent area for pubs, but it was still nice to discover the El Comandante a few years ago. Formerly the Lord Palmerston, with its original name still visible, clues to its reinvention are subtle: a...

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@ club

The dingy old Arsenal Tavern is gone, replaced by something called '@ club' The decor's has been modernised but the clientele of local Gunners seems the same. Hard to recommend when there are nicer pubs nearby.

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The Red Rose

The Red Rose is the bar for the rather more well-known comedy club above, but that doesn't stop it being rather a nice little pub in its own right. It's certainly small, but comfy, giving you the feeling of having a pint in...

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The Blackstock

An often intimidating place packed with long-standing regulars. Unless you're one of them, we don't think you'll find too much to enjoy here.

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The Eaglet

There's nothing particularly bad about this pub, but then there's nothing particularly good, either, apart from the fact that it is rather less grubby inside than the exterior would suggest. The Eaglet seems to be your...

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The Gaslight

Situated directly opposite the tube station, The Gaslight is a sparsely furnished place with little to recommend it. Loud pop usually blares out, making this more a convenient meeting place than somewhere to linger over a pint.

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The Twelve Pins

The sheer size of The Twelve Pins and its proximity to Finsbury Park station limit its appeal a little, but it's not really so bad. The interior is quite magnificent, if a little careworn, a good example of a Victorian pub...

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The Herbert Chapman

You may know this pub by one of its myriad of previous names - The Study and the Hobgoblin being the two most recent. Its latest incarnation is, one assumes, a homage to the nearby stadium and this pub is, unsurprisingly, often...

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The Railway

Located right beside Finsbury Park tube and bus stations, this small, oddly laid out and sparse pub is arguably a convenient place to meet people, rather than hanging around outside the station. The service is friendly enough,...

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The Enkel Arms

This inexplicably popular boozer is, as my drinking companion pointed out, an extension of the street outside - i.e. noisy, dirty and often full of people you'd prefer not be in close proximity to. It feels rather like a...

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The Coronet

Depressing and amazing at the same time: these are the conflicting emotions you experience when you visit this Wetherspoons pub in an old converted cinema. The wonderful art deco exterior, the sweeping lobby (where the bar now...

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Metro

With Spoofers, the ersatz sports bar now dead and buried, a new bar - Metro - has popped up in its place. Ignoring images of free newspapers, first impressions of this two-roomed pub (run by the Faucet Inn group - a name which...

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The Gaff (ex The Old King's Head)

Another pub with an identity crisis. After a refurb at the tail end of 2006, The Old King's Head carved itself out a nice little niche as a rock pub, but that didn't last long and then became an Arsenal heavy football pub...

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The Highbury Barn Tavern

The Highbury Barn is under new ownership / management so we stopped by to check it out on a warm bank holiday weekend. The interior has been brightened up a little and there is new black plastic seating outside, replacing the...

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Big Red

This pub, now resplendent on the outside with flames painted on the walls, is a favourite haunt of students from the nearby university and those seeking a more alternative experience on Holloway Road. The subtly lit interior is...

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The World's End

This is now such a well established pub that we've almost forgotten what it was like before a refit a few years ago, though in part that could be due to a few knocks on the head and the ageing process. There's nothing radical...

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The Swimmer at the Grafton Arms

Whilst it can be easy to criticise gastropubs, when the emphasis is still on the pub rather than the gastro they're often hard to fault - and the Swimmer is a prime example of when it does work. A smart and professional...

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The White House

One of those pubs that, although decently furnished with wooden floors and tables, is let down by its clientele. Booming chart music can also make it difficult to have a conversation. There is little to recommend this place...

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Horatia (ex-The Ashburton, ex-The Lord Nelson)

A distinctive presence on the Holloway Road, the Lord Nelson was a key spot for many a touring Irish band. All change now. Where once you had the <a href="http://www.wolfetonesofficialsite.com/menu.htm"...

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Hercules Tavern

In Greek mythology, Hercules had to perform 12 labours, or seemingly impossible tasks, as a punishment for killing his wife and children. His reward for completing them appears to be the naming of a pub in his honour opposite...

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Robinson Crusoe

When people talk about how much they love Stoke Newington Church Street, it would appear it only applies to two thirds of the road. For right at the end, in a fantastic location overlooking Clissold Park, lies the Robinson...

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The Brownswood (ex The Brownswood Park Tavern)

Having closed for a while, the Brownswood Park Tavern has returned, refurbished and minus half it's name. The interior has been given a clean, almost sparse feel, save for a scattering of original features and the attractive...

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The Plough

If your few regulars are complaining that Wetherspoon pubs aren't actually that cheap, it could be considered a warning sign. Perhaps time to make a bit more of an effort with the place. The Plough consists of one large room...

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Barcosa

Looking very much shut when we were last in the area, we'll keep you posted if Barcosa comes back from the dead.

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Faltering Fullback

Hidden away on a back street just north of Finsbury Park, the Faltering Fullback is one of the best options within the vicinity of the station. This ivy-clad local stocks a decent range of beers, has a friendly, laid-back...

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North Nineteen

North Nineteen is a charming, refurbished pub on the back streets off the Holloway Road. The post-war building is attractive enough and the decor considerate to the building: the two separate bars remain, while a back area with...

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White Lion of Mortimer

Despite the bright colours of its exterior and grand heraldry of its name, this is another rather depressing Wetherspoon pub. There's always going to be a place for pubs catering for punters drinking on a budget but unless...

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Park Tavern

The Park Tavern is a pub of two halves. The front bar is small and dark, slightly tatty with an aged red carpet and a clientele consisting of older gentlemen. The back bar was a lighter, airier affair and seemed to attract a...

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The Alexandra

We said back in March 2007 that we hoped this underperforming pub wouldn't end up as "more flats" when it closed. Well, it's now been demolished and more flats are now being constructed on the site. Deep joy.

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