OpenTable insider's guide to: Angel

Photo Credit: Garry Knight @ Flickr.


From restaurant-lined Upper Street to the leafy Barnsbury back-streets, Islington is full of great places to eat and drink. Whatever you’re craving, it’s easy to find somewhere to refuel after a day of shopping, a mid-week cinema trip, or a gig at the O2 Academy. If you’re out and about in Angel this week, here are some of our favourite places to drink and dine.

Pre-dinner drinks – For a swift beer or a full-on cocktail crawl, Angel’s got a bar for every occasion. Sip cocktails at Hoxley & Porter and 69 Colebrooke Row, blaze through Happy Hour at Slim Jim’s, or chill out with a proper pint at the Earl of Essex or The Craft Beer Co.

Date night destinations – From first dates to anniversary dinners, you can’t go wrong with a cosy French bistro like Le Sacre Coeur, Le Mercury or La Petite Auberge. If you’re out to impress, book a table at the oh-so-elegant Frederick’s or keep it casual at award-winning gastropub The Drapers Arms. Locals are also fond of Almeida, a modern British restaurant opposite the Almeida Theatre, and Comedor, an Argentine restaurant that specialises in steak.


Photo Credit: Garry Knight @ Flickr

Girls’ night out – Top spots for a girly catch-up? You’ll find Islington’s glamorous ladies enjoying seafood suppers at Vintage Salt, sharing pan-Asian plates at Ziloufs, and chatting over brunch at Kipferl and Ottolenghi.

Cheap eats – For a night out that won’t break the bank, head to Pasha for a Turkish feast, Cabana for Brazilian BBQ, Byron for burgers, or Delhi Grill for delicious home-style curries and smoky grilled meats. We also like the steaming bowls of pho at The Little Viet Kitchen and the excellent (and affordable) sushi and Japanese dishes at Tenshi.

Still hungry? Check out more restaurants in Angel or ask us for tips on twitter.