The Best Bars in North London

London’s Best Bars According to the London Lifestyle Awards

We’re chuffed to announce that Pall Mall Barbers is in this year’s running for the London Lifestyle Awards Hair Salon of the year! We’re in good company – the list features some of the capitol’s best bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. You can check out the shortlist and cast your vote here until October 14th. In the meantime, here’s our take on the nominees for the best bar award, looking at the best bars in North London.

Dry Martini by Javier de las Muelas

Albany Street, NW1
Nearest Tube: Great Portland Street

The clue is in the title of this one. A native of Barcelona, Javier de las Muelas has been described as “The High Priest of the Martini”. A youthful obsession with James Bond films (of course) and the detective novels of Raymond Chandler shaped his belief that the martini is not just a cocktail, but a cultural icon that distills film, literature and history into one perfectly chilled glass. There are other drinks on the menu, if you insist, but Dry Martini is a temple to this classic concoction and there’s no better place to partake of the sacrament.

Happiness Forgets

8-9 Hoxton Square, N1
Nearest Tube: Old Street

Happiness Forgets promises “high end cocktails, low rent basement”. We think “low-rent” is a bit harsh. There’s not a gold-plated tap in sight, but the candle-lit basement has plenty of cozy seating and tables for two to recommend it. They say they keep half the tables free for walk-ins, but don’t get too optimistic. The place is deservedly popular, so be sure to book if you’re hell-bent on getting a seat.

Ladies & Gentleman

2 Highgate Road, NW5
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town

There’s no shortage of places in London promising dishes made with “local ingredients”, but Ladies & Gentleman really means it. This Highgate bar not only sources fruit from nearby Hampstead Heath and honey from Kentish Town bees, but it also has a 16 litre copper still which produces its own label “Highwayman Gin”. If you’re around on a Tuesday night, pop in for Gin Club at 7pm – you’ll be taken through the history of the spirit before creating your own bespoke bottle to take home.

The Dead Dolls House

181 Upper Street, N1
Nearest Tube: Angel

Dead Doll’s House started its life as a pop-up in Dalston, but it’s climbed to the top of the housing ladder since then. It now resides in an impressive three-story Victorian Townhouse situated on the prime real-estate territory that is Upper Street. You could stop in for drinks, dinner and dancing at the ground floor Parlour Bar, but events are where the House really comes into its own. This year they’ve teamed up with Go Glam Productions (who list their clients as Secret Garden Party, Lovebox and Soho House, among others) to offer a full party-planning service for up to 450 people – making it not only one of the best bars in North London, but one of the best party venues too!

The Gilbert Scott Bar at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Euston Road, NW1
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross St. Pancras

Kings Cross has undergone a revival in the last decade. What was once an area steeped in vice is now home to some of the world’s top tech companies, restaurants and of course, the Eurostar. The Gilbert Scott Bar (named for the prolific English architect who designed the original building) sits on the ground floor of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – its painted ceilings and bell chandeliers exuding the sort of romance that was once part and parcel of rail travel. This is the place to get you in the mood before you hop on your train to Paris. The cocktail menu changes with the seasons, but their signature 1873 – made with Bombay Sapphire gin, cranberry and rhubarb – is a year-round favourite with newly-respectable locals and passing travellers alike. Also, it’s perfectly located for grabbing a drink after a haircut in our forthcoming Kings Cross store!

What do you make of the lineup of the best bars in North London? Are your favourites missing? Don’t forget to cast your vote here for your favourite bar and of course, your favourite barber!

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