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Barrio North (Bar, Club)

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45 Essex Road, Angel & Islington, London, N1 2SF
Cuisine: Latin Average Price: £10.00
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Barrio North Review

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Best for: trailer-park chic and globetrotting cocktails.

Great: funk soundtrack and lively atmosphere.

Let’s be honest here, Islington’s a lovely place. Vast swathes of it seem to be devoted exclusively to pleasure, and it’s good to know that in this era of suspicion, cynicism and economic strife, one can always pop up the road for a free-range wheatgrass smoothie, outrageous pastries and some sort of delightfully quaint street market to take one’s mind off it all.

No one can stay angry for too long whilst browsing antique lampshades in an idyllic cobbled side street; it just doesn’t seem appropriate.

But over prolonged periods of time – say, during a night out – the incessant cheeriness of the place can become a little tiring and, well, dull. Even the Old Queen’s Head, long considered the epicentre of Islington-based hedonism on Essex Road, can be slightly too decadent for its own good, stunting good honest fun with its roaring fireplace and comfy sofas.

More to the point, everything seems to shut around 11pm. I once went to a relatively early film screening in Angel with a date, and by the time we left the cinema, we had no choice but to seek refuge in Slim Jims on Upper Street. And no one wants that.

So to all the would-be Islington night-owls who have grown complacent and slack-jawed through years of wanton smoothie abuse, Instagram fatigue and antique lampshade overkill, might we point you in the lovably derelict direction of Barrio North?

One of three Barrio venues in London, North is positioned almost directly opposite the Old Queen’s Head pub, and seems specifically and expertly engineered for a cracking night out, with nary an open-top fruit flan in sight.

Of course, this being Islington, it looks great too – colourfully tiled walls, exotic-looking shawls and greenery, low lighting, murals and mirrors aplenty – but the venue’s “ghetto chic” is consciously down-market from surrounding establishments, and all the better for it.

Such is the commitment to bringing vibrant street culture to Essex Road that half of the bar’s main seating area is taken up by a life-size replica of a trailer-park caravan, dolled up with fairy lights and leather seats, and hollowed out to allow for large groups. Thankfully, swarms of flies and open sewers have been airbrushed from the aesthetic, leaving just a hint of edginess that greatly enhances the experience.

The atmosphere follows suit, with a colourful cast of customers and some genuinely lovely bar staff. A roster of soul and funk-oriented DJs bring eclectic rhythms to the table four nights a week, and crucially the bar remains open until 3am at the weekend, providing an increasingly busy haven for partying stragglers.

Barrio North holds its own in terms of refreshments as well, with a brilliantly curated cocktail list (£7-8.50, with 2-for-1 deals between 5 and 8pm) that draws on recipes from around the world. The Rum & Raisin Swizzle with chocolate garnish channels South American barrios to perfection, while the thick, potent Gingerbread Colada will whisk you off to the Caribbean faster than highly skilled kidnappers. All that’s missing is a hammock and a soothing sea breeze.

A thorough and suitably international selection of wines, champagnes and bottled beer rounds out an impressive drinks cabinet. Food is a little thinner on the ground, but a meat- and cheese-heavy Barrio Sharing Platter (£14) provides plenty of nourishment, and tasty nibbles are on hand throughout the evening.

So if you’re on a night out in Angel and are looking for something a little more involving than a really comfortable armchair, why not head down to Barrio North for an evening off the beaten track? All that we ask is that you don’t get too carried away and run off to start a new life in a real trailer-park. Trust us, it won’t be as fun and there will be a lot less fancy cocktails.
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Fergus Price

Customer Reviews for Barrio North

Average (based on 8 votes): 8 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“A good place to socialise.”
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Mr Derek Menson, London (8 months 29 days ago)

“Checked this place out last weekend. Agreed with the review, it's a great place to hang out in Angel, great drinks without stupid prices and it looks fantastic!”
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Oliver Clarke, Lewes (2 years 8 months 15 days ago)

“OMG! Is this not the best bar in London! Please if it's not tell me..................”
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Miss G, London (3 years 19 days ago)

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“Absolutely bloody love this place, great apple mojitos!”
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Kelly, London (5 years 7 months 29 days ago)

“I've been checking out barrio since it opened and it's really good to start seeing someone stepping up to the mark in islington and playing some good music. If you know anything about the Latin, funk, soul hip hop scene then you need to check this out, i've just seen on their website that they've hooked up with Mr. Bongo records from Brighton and the Breakin Bread guys, as a DJ myself i can safely say this is the choice for all you beat connoisseurs.”
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Michael Winek, London (7 years 8 months 1 days ago)

“Barrio North is such a find. I've recently moved to the area and its my new favorite place! AMAZING cocktails!”
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genny, london (7 years 9 months ago)

“Really nice place - a definite improvement on the Warwick before it. Good music and great drinks with a hotdog for the journey home - sorted.”
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Jonathan Wrigley, London (7 years 9 months ago)

“I recently had my birthday at Barrio North and hired their caravan. No less than a real life caravan down the end of their bar where I crammed most of my mates and we drank buckets of mojitos. The place was heaving, the atmosphere really friendly and the DJ's Brazillian hip hop got everyone salsa-ing. Me and my mates had such a wicked boozy night - something a little different in Angel finally. I really recommend it.”
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Claire Taylor, London (7 years 9 months 1 days ago)

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Barrio North Opening Hours

Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Friday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am    

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Barrio North Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Latin
  • Average Price: £10.00

Barrio North Food Menu

Our 'Barrio Bites' menu has a tempting selection of freshly prepared dishes with home-made ingredients. We've got you covered from small nibbles to sharing platters, so you can be sure that you won't be left wanting in both the food and drink department! Here are some sample dishes to get your taste buds tingling!

Updated 16/09/2013

Item Description Price
Dips 'n' Tings Dip into our home-made hummus, guacamole and sour cream'n'chives with a stack of grilled flatbread. Accompanied by marinated olives, carrot, cucumber and celery sticks. £ 6.00
Barrio Platter A twist on traditional Latin American and Spanish street food. Spicy wild boar salamis, rolled Tuscan ham, a selection of cheeses, juicy mixed olives, grilled Mexican flatbreads, finished with freshly cut veggies and our tasty colourful Barrio mango salsa. £ 14.00

Barrio North Drinks Menu

We've got all the ingredients to mix up and fix up your favourite concoction just the way you like it. Our cocktail menu takes you on a journey around the world according to Barrio. Drinks are not divided by classic or contemporary, rather by which region they originate from or are inspired by. A menu brimming with original creations and treasured recipes that are the fruits of our labour, pleasant accidents and moments of clarity and madness. Head on down, explore and enjoy!

Updated 09/07/2014

Item Description Price
Brazilian Lady One of our favourite remixes - a take on the classic white lady, with a Brazilian carnaval twist! Abelha organic cachaca and passion fruit samba together with Cointreau and lemon. £ 8.50

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Special offers, discounts and deals at Barrio North

AMIGO HOUR 4PM-8PM DAILY: £5 Selected Cocktails, £3 Bottle of Beer, £5 OFF ANY Bottle of Wine

Updated 09/07/2014

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Events and other great things going on at Barrio North

We love music and we love a good party at Barrio North. We've got a great line-up of DJs dropping beats from all genres and corners of this world. Come down and partay!

Updated 19/11/2009

DJs on Rotation

Type: Music - DJ
Date: 16 Sep, 2013 - 22 Sep, 2016
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 20:00 - 00:00
Resident Barrio DJs playing a mix of funk, soul, hip hop, latin, reggae and old skl party classics!

DJs on Rotation

Type: Music - DJ
Date: 16 Sep, 2013 - 22 Sep, 2016
Day(s): Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 20:00 - 03:00
Resident Barrio DJs playing a mix of funk, soul, hip hop, latin, reggae and old skl party classics!

Barrio North Hire Details

Want to reserve your spot down at Barrio North?

Whether your party is big or small, for pleasure or
business, we’d be happy to attend to your every needs,
wants and desires – get in touch!

Updated 20/11/2009

Name: Barrio North
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 1000
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Provided
Capacity: 175
Notes: You would have exclusive use of the whole bar. Enjoy a large bar, DJ set up and a dance floor.
Name: Front Sofas
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 20
Notes: Comfortable sofa area at the front of the bar where you can watch the world go by.
Name: La Caravana
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 30
Notes: La Carvana started life in 1976 as a 2-birth touring caravan. Now taking pride of place in the middle of the bar, it's the best seats in the house! Min spend applies at weekends, please call.
Name: Trailer Park
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 15
Notes: Comfortable sofa area in the middle of the bar by the caravan and opposite the DJ booth..

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