Stag's Guide to

Last Updated 04/04/2017

This expansive area of London remains one of the coolest and most exciting areas to party in the whole of London. From the epic Camden, famed for its plethora of late night bars and live music venues, to the vibrant and extremely lively Finsbury Park – housing some of London’s biggest and best independent bars and clubs – North London is brimming with awesome places to celebrate. And, with some awesome happy hour deals and totally affordable pubs and bars, you won’t need a bank loan to splash out here. Get yourselves on the Northern Line, and prepare to party like rock stars in N4.

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Camden Town

Camden is, without doubt, one of London’s most famous and popular places to grab yourselves a pint in North London. The unique, quirky and charming atmosphere is unrivalled, and really must be experienced to be believed. The renowned area is filled with quirky bars to chill out and refuel, before heading out to experience what Camden has become known for. One of the most characterful and chirpy bars in the whole of Camden, The Camden Eye, never feels overcrowded – despite its compact size. Located just across the road from Camden Town Station, the pub really stands out amidst the wealth of pubs in the area. As can be imagined from a place hosting live music, and massive DJ sets, the clientele are rather varied - attracting everyone from hipsters, musos, locals, goths and in-betweeners. Not only does it have a wealth of ales, draught, wines, spirits and cocktails to offer, but a variety of culinary gems to boot. For a true taste of North London, The Camden Eye is a must.

Three tiled images of Proud Camden club, including one of the polar bear themed room and one of the garden themed beer terrace

Set in the heart of Camden, the outlandish, rowdy Proud Camden, is the place to let off some steam. The decadent Grade II listed former horse hospital is a relaxed bar and gallery space through the day and a late night burlesque boozer after dark – it has even seen some of the biggest names in music grace their stage. Past performers have included ALT-J, Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Moby and The Libertines to name but a few. It’s all atmospheric neon lighting, massive skylights, quirky rooms (including a snowy landscape with polar bears) and foosball table, this one of a kind venue ticks all the boxes.

Angel and Islington

Just a short distance from Camden, we arrive at the popular Angel and Islington areas – where all the effortlessly cool North London bars lie. These famous bars have a serious hipster vibe, without the usual commercialism, and draw in crowds of lively drinkers every night of the week. With a long strip of bars between the two areas, it’s a great spot for a burly bar crawl. Don’t be fooled by the Apothecary Off License shop frontage on Essex Road – it’s shielding one of London’s most inventive speakeasy bars. Head inside for an experience you’ll never forget. Areas including ‘Doctor’s Waiting Room’, ‘Apothecary Off Licence and Tasting Room’ and ‘Alcohol & Entertainment Room’ make up the completely unique concept of The London Cocktail Club.

Three tiled images - one of a man pouring a cocktail, and two of example cocktails from the Angel and Islington bars

Another must visit when partying in the Angel and Islington area is the Nag’s Head (unfortunately, not the one from Only Fools and Horses). This traditional, yet quirky pub offers a warm Cockney welcome to all guests, and is fantastic value for money – with reasonable food, and epic happy hour drinks offers through the week. The muted interiors, low lighting and eclectic clientele make this an ideal backdrop for your celebrations.

North London nightlife is not for the faint-hearted among us. It’s rowdy, hedonistic and just waiting to be explored - make sure to check out our London stag weekends page if this sounds right up your street.