Celebrate The End Of Dry January In Islington
Dry January is now officially over! After abstaining from alcohol for 31 days, there is usually an influx of people heading to pubs and bars. The break from alcohol undoubtedly makes those involved feel refreshed and clear but now it’s over, it’s time to explore five of Islington’s best bars:
Dirty Martini: This brand new cocktail bar is just a short walk away from Angel station on Upper Street. With a daily happy hour and martini’s ranging from Espresso to Cherry Ripe, Dirty Martini offers bespoke cocktails and the option to reserve an area, plan a party or book a cocktail making class!
XOXO Bar: With expert mixologists and a vibrant crowd, XOXO Bar on Upper Street is a great place for fresh, bespoke cocktails. Overlooking Islington Green, its in a lovely location and drinks can be accompanied with a range of bar snacks if you get peckish. The bar has a DJ on weekends but it’s also available for private hire.
BeAtOne Islington: Right between Highbury and Islington and Angel station. Be At One is a great cocktail hangout, suitable for midweek dates or weekend parties. It promises ‘great drinks, great services and great atmosphere.’ They also have a daily happy hour and you can request an area of your choice.
Ladybird Bar: A popular place for themed parties and after-work drinks, Ladybird Bar plays music ranging from 80’s and 90’s to classic anthems and old favourites. This cocktail bar on Upper Street is right in the heart of Islington and serves a mix of fun, modern cocktails, where staff are trained to make whatever cocktail you desire.
69 Colebrooke Row: The Bar With No Name has been around since June 2009 and is an award winning cocktail bar in Islington. Located on a back street, it’s only identifiable by an outdoor lantern and gets very busy because of its small interior. Tony Conigliaro is the owner and he has a lab upstairs and the bar downstairs! He was crowned International Bartender of the Year in 2009 so it’s worth trying one of his renowned cocktails!
If you’re planning to overindulge at the end of Dry January, remember that your body has had a break from alcohol and may not be as tolerant as usual so drink carefully! Congratulations on your month off and be proud of the donations you’ve collected.