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Bars in North London The experience of drinking in north London can be whatever you want it to be - a casual afternoon at the pub or a trendy night out sipping Cosmopolitans… the choice is yours.

The Social [map] (N1) at Arlington Square is where you can spend those lazy afternoons enjoying a pint and some good food. The wood panelling and red velour give this pub a distinctly local feel but when the weekend comes this venue is transformed into one of the area’s top DJ bars - perfect for that weekend vibe.

However, the Embassy [map] in Islington also vies for the title of best DJ bar in north London, giving the feel of a club without the entrance fee. This bar had a former life as a working men’s club but today it’s right up there on Islington’s cool list – and it’s the music, the DJs and the funk soul brothers and sisters that have given the Embassy its worthy reputation.

Meanwhile in Kings Cross, jazz and hip hop music plays as drinkers bask in the red glow at the Ruby Lounge [map] . Truly a place for trendy young things, patrons can dance, look at the fabulous chandelier or simply watch the world go past the huge windows.

For drinking into the wee hours the Medicine Bar [map] should be on your list. The décor is as modern as you would expect from an Islington bar but it’s the cocktails and the music on a funk/house/soul vibe that people usually queue up for.

Islington is also home to The Retreat [map], a welcome alternative to the many average pubs and bars on Upper Street. This is one of the most chic venues in the area and is a great place to enjoy a drink for business or pleasure.

When it comes to laid back cool The Elbow Room [map] is definitely a good bet. It’s surely London’s trendiest chain of pool halls and north London has one in Angel. However the low lighting, purple ambience and live DJs make this a stylish hangout even if you aren’t cued up.

For something slightly different you could try the Duke of Cambridge [map], London’s first organic pub. Does organic mean non-alcoholic? Hell no! You’ll find organic beer, wine and spirits all available over the bar. Are organic pubs full of hippies talking politics? Well yeah, but no, you’ll just have to try it and find out!

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