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Pubs & Bars

Oh yes, we know what’s important! Here is a list of all the pubs, bars and music venues in Stokey together with some short reviews. Please let us know if we’ve missed anything or if any of the information is wrong and we’ll fix it for you… cause we care.

The Auld Shillelagh
132 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0JX
Phone: 0207 9239256
The only proper Irish boozer on Church Street (though the Defoe is also trying hard lately), with good theme nights (think Tom Waits, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, etc.) and a lovely pint of Guinness. They also have a nice little beergarden in the back. All in all a great place to drink and watch sports, though it can get a bit busy when big games are on.

Bar A Bar
133-135 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 8BT
Basement bar that’s apparently so cool everybody thinks it’s in Dalston. I haven’t been yet.

Bardens Boudoir
36 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 7XJ
Phone: 0207 2499557
One of the best live venues in Stoke Newington, and home of the awesome Gypsy Hotel. Easy to miss, especially when it’s closed… look for an entrance just a few doors down from the Marquis of Lansdowne.

8 Cazenove Road
London N16 6BD
Phone: 0207 9239202
Stoke Newington’s premier lesbian bar/pub offering a great Sunday Roast, pub quiz, gigs, and a good Karaoke night.

The Birdcage
58 Stamford Hill
London N16 6XS
Phone: 0208 8066740
Once a Stokey favourite this is now a strange mix of Turkish restaurant and pub… great if you like that sort of thing.

The Coach and Horses
178 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 7JL
Phone: 0207 2546697
My personal favourite… a pub with nice atmosphere, great Thai food and the Bonfire Band playing (almost) every Thursday.

The Daniel Defoe
102 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0LA
Phone: 0207 2542906
Good solid pub with classic pub food (think Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, etc) and a good selection of beers. Great little beer garden as well.

The Drop
175 Stoke Newington High Street (below the Three Crowns)
London N16 0LH
Phone: 0207 2415511
A nice little new live venue underneath the Three Crowns. The Drop has a late license to 4am and offers great live gigs as well as DJ nights.

Gold Bar
125 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0UH
Unfortunately this little gem burned down recently due to a fire that spread through the gardens from Marton Road… closed until further notice.

18 Northwold Road
London N16 7HR
Phone: 0207 2414236
A Belgian bar with a very good selection of beers, and a weird little back yard. Extremely quiet most of the time. Jazz every last Sunday of the month.

The Jolly Butchers (aka Stokie’s Bar, Father Ted’s)
204 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 7HU
Phone: 0207 2542970
This place has recently been bought up by the folks behind the Rose & Crown. It has changed from being a toilet to a proper free house that offers a great selection of beers and good food.

The Lion
132 Stoke Newington Church St
London N16 0JX

The Londesborough
36 Barbauld Road
London N16
Phone: 0207 2545865
This pub used to be part of the group responsible for the Three Crowns. New owners have given it a makeover but it hasn’t changed much. Good food, nice beer garden.

Moustache Bar
54 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 7XB
Phone: 0750 7152047
Dangerously close to Dalston, which probably explains the queues of twats that sometimes spoil the fun. Otherwise a good bar with good nights. Worth a shot if you’re in the area.

The Others
6-8 Manor Road
London N16 5SA
Warehouse space offering gigs, art and other events. Check their website for details.

The Prince
59 Kynaston Road
London N16 0EB
Phone: 0207 9234766
Oh John and Lucy, we miss you! The Prince is a nice little pub a bit off Church Street. It’s  a gastro pub, with the focus going more and more in the gastro direction. I hardly know anyone who goes here to drink anymore, which is a shame really, but it always seems like you’re bothering people who are eating when you do. The food is good though, if a bit pricey, and the menu covers pub standards as well as some inventive creations. Decent wine list as well.

Question Mark Bar
129 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0PH
Phone: 0793 2879476
A great new addition to the Stoke Newington party scene, this is the sister bar to the Moustache Bar further down the road. Hidden away below the pool hall you will find a small party venue with great parties, lovely staff and a big terrace that sometimes offers BBQs as well as a smoking area.

The Robinson Crusoe
177 Green Lanes
London N16 9DB
Phone: 0207 3597229

The Rochester Castle
145 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0NY
Phone: 0207 2496016
The Rochester has a history (apparently the Sex Pistols played here in the 70s) but now it’s a Wetherspoons. Cheap booze, old men and the smell of urine… an acquired taste.

The Rose & Crown
199 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 9ES
Phone: 0207 2547497
A Stokey favourite for Sunday Roasts, the Rose & Crown also offers a great pub quiz (currently on Tuesdays), lovely staff, and cozy open fireplaces. Upstairs is a recently reopened, slightly pricey boutique B&B, the only one in the centre of Stoke Newington as far as we know.

The Royal Sovereign
64 Northwold Road
London E5 8RL
Phone: 0208 8062449
The Sov is a bit off the beaten track but offers the occasional interesting gig, BBQ or party.

Ryan’s Bar
181 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 OUL
Phone: 0207 2757807
Ryan’s offers decent Thai food, a large beer garden, and good gigs in their slightly dingy basement.

The Shakespeare
57 Allen Rd
London N16 8RY
Phone: 0207 2544190
A nice boozer down towards Newington Green, the Shakepeare has one of the best jukeboxes in Stokey.

The Three Crowns
175 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0LH
Phone: 0207 2415511
The Three Crowns, sister pub to the Londesborough, Spurstow and Talbot, is Stoke Newington’s biggest (and most expensive) pub. On the weekend it can be hard to find a seat but if you don’t mind the crowds it’s a good place. The food is as good as you’d expect from the hefty prices, and the same is true for the cocktails. If you are planning to eat with a bigger group, make sure they put you in the restaurant area, not in the main pub: Friends of mine had a birthday dinner here with 10 people and were sat on the big table by the window left of the bar, resulting in no table service, some food arriving when others had finished eating already, and a general not-so-great experience.

The Wheatsheaf
6 Windus Road
London N16 6UP
Mainly an old men’s pub, The Wheatsheaf offers darts, pool, and all the other important bits a pub should have.

The White Hart
69 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 8EL
Phone: 0207 2546626
The White Hart offers by far the best beer garden in Stokey, a great green oasis for summer drinking that unfortunately closes at 9:30. Also in the summer you will find BBQs in the garden, and all year round traditional pub food is available. A good place to watch the football or play pool, and a convenient base for trips down to Dalston later at night.


  1. Review: The Shakespeare is the soul of N16 and the reason why many people will never leave the neighbourhood. Never mind the jukebox, nothing has changed about this pub in the last 20 years (except maybe the prices). No food (other than crisps), but it does what a pub does best: a warm atmosphere, friendly regulars, great chat and no distractions. Oh, and a famously good pub quiz on Monday nights.

  2. Had a cracking time in the Lion the other night. Recently moved to the area.. and I must say, I LOVE CHURCH ST.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    7 December 2011 at 19:05

    had a good night in Bar A Bar but the people working the cloakroom are thieving &*#%~@. tried chasing them up and no luck, basically stay clear unless your a fellow &*#%~@, its not even like the night was amazing either. much better local alternatives.

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