Probably the closest thing London has to an American dive bar, admittedly the biker-chic look becomes less and less convincing the more that Upper Street continues to resemble Clapham, but it’s a damn good bar with a damn good jukebox nonetheless. Open ’til 2am Mon-Wed, 3am Thurs-Sat…go home on Sunday.
Where: 112 Upper St, Angel, N1 1QN
Travel: Angel tube
The Queen’s Head– 144 Stockwell Road, Brixton, SW9 9TQ- Despite what certain publications would have you believe, Brixton still retains its character. So long as bars like The Queen’s Head are in business Brixton shall prosper. That may be tempting fate somewhat as no-one has ever been able to work out exactly what licence these fellas have…or if they have one at all. Open very bloody late.
The Bar– 36 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1UP- Anomalies are rare in London’s bar scene. Most places are so vividly contrived that they may as well have thematic flow charts on the walls. The Bar is an exception. As the name suggests, it’s never heard of SEO, equally tricky to locate in real life and closely resembles a public toilet. Open until 3am every night. See you there.
Canavan’s Pool Hall– 188 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4NF- Peckham is leading the way in late night drinking these days. Canavan’s is a staple, open ’til 4am every night, although it does seem to vary a bit in both directions. Spend the night at the tables or on the dance floor. If you grew up in London and are under 35, half of your year will probably be there.
Quinn’s– 65 Kentish Town Road, Camden, NW1 8NY- This is probably pushing the ‘late night’ element a touch far. Open until midnight Sun-Wed but 2am Thur-Sat. We include it not because there are no other options, although there are few, but becuase Quinn’s feels like a late-night bar. It’s completely ignorant of trends and, for the most part, taste. However there are few places that exude such a devil-may-care attitude in North London.