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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.

125 Church Street
125 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0UH
We much preferred Barracuda and the Gold Bar, especially because these guys managed to completely refurbish the once amazing basement to death. Cafe and cocktail bar that seems to be mainly empty these days. There’s potential there though.

The Auld Shillelagh
105 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0UD
Phone: 0207 9239256
The only proper Irish boozer in Stoke Newington (and in fact the best Irish pub outside Ireland!) serving a truly lovely pint of Guinness. They also have a nice little heated beer garden in the back. All in all a great place to drink, the only pub in Stokey to catch live Irish music, and good for watching the sports, though it can get a wee 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. We haven’t been yet.

Barden’s Boudoir
36 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 7XJ
Phone: 0207 2499557
We used to love the downstairs venue, which is now The Nest. The Gypsy Hotel nights were the best nights in London at the time, and now The Nest is a nondescript electronic oompa venue. What’s left is a nice cafe & bar upstairs.

Blush (CLOSED)
8 Cazenove Road
London N16 6BD

The Birdcage (CLOSED)
58 Stamford Hill
London N16 6XS

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 lovely people.

Fontaine’s Bar
176 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 7UY
Quite possibly the best cocktail bar in Stoke Newington, Hackney and way, way beyond. By far the best place for a first date in the area (though you will look like a complete dick if you ask for a beer), so please don’t tell anyone!

Mascara Bar
72 Stamford Hill
London N16 6XS
Phone: 07432 255357
The only bar around that’s always open late these days, and also the only one left in Stokey that has great random live gigs, spoken word and other events on a regular basis. Basically the last remaining piece of the original, vibrant Stoke Newington. Really nice and vibrant bar then, though with some maybe slightly odd rules… Good behaviour is definitely recommended and appreciated, but anything else can get you kicked out or barred at the drop of a hat depending on the mood of the bar staff, unless you’re part of a special crowd that gets away with murder and more. It’s weird like that. They will never make you go home in the pouring rain though, or fail to look after you if you need looking after. Old school Stoke Newington, for sure!

Stoke Newington Tea House
102 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0LA
It’s a pub, no matter what it says on the tin. Decent new pub with a silly name and a silly table style bar where the Daniel Defoe used to be.

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

Jan’s Bar (ex Cricketers)
18 Northwold Road
London N16 7HR
Phone: 0207 2414236
Not sure if this still exists actually… was boarded up last time I went past, but rumour has it that it’s open sometimes. Zombie Pub maybe? If anyone has more info, please let us know!

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, including a nice German sausage platter. Roast prices have come back down to normal, but so have meat cut standards.

The Lion
132 Stoke Newington Church St
London N16 0JX

The Londesborough
36 Barbauld Road
London N16 0SS
Phone: 0207 2545865
This pub used to be part of the group responsible for the Three Crowns. The new owners have given it a makeover but it hasn’t changed much. Best roast in Stokey by miles, and a nice little beer garden.

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

Original Sin
129 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0PH
Busy cocktail bar.

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 but totally lovely 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 Road
London N16 8RY
Phone: 0207 2544190
A nice boozer down towards Newington Green, the Shakepeare has one of the best jukeboxes in Stokey.

Stereo 92
92 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 7NY
Phone: 0207 241 1579

The Three Crowns
175 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0LH
Phone: 0207 2415511
The Three Crowns, 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. If you are planning to eat with a bigger group, make sure they put you in the restaurant area, not in the main pub.

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.

Yucatan Bar
121 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 8BT
Phone: 0207 254 6198


  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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