Taproom | Islington, Greater London
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Good based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar

163 Upper Street
Islington, Greater London England N1 1US [ print map ]
020 7288 1606

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Hours: 12 - 11pm Mon - Sat, 10.30 Sun.

Taps: 16 | Bottles: 20+


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12 reviews for Taproom
 Ambiance  63%
 Service  68%
 Selection  65%
 Food N/A 
 Value  72%
 Overall  68%
 Rating  74%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton  (793) London, England | June 10, 2015
An OK spot. They have a good selection of beers and ciders here, spread across casks (hand-pump and gravity), keg and bottle. However, I have had some beers here - on gravity - that were in absolutely dreadful condition. Truly shameful condition. So keep that in mind. The prices are a little high but you can get a flight, which is nice. The service is friendly if a bit uncaring. It seems a little damp and musty in this pub, but otherwise the ambiance is pleasant. Not a must-visit by any means.
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | January 11, 2015
Easy walk from Highbury & Islington tube to get here. No frills bar with a selection of London breweries and beyond. Dead quiet on my visit during the afternoon. Service was pretty relaxed and friendly. Only stuck around for a quick half.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
StoutHead  (50) , Denmark | December 22, 2014
Great little bar with a basic and cheap looking interior, but with a okay selection of craft beers. Probably not a place Iíd go back to on my own choice but if someone suggested a visit or I was nearby anyway I might go in for a beer...or two.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer  (186) London, England | September 14, 2014
Small place, some local beers on tap, very basic otherwise. Small outside spaces in front and back of the place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | July 8, 2014
The Taproom is a pop up bar, as evidenced by the rather spartan decor (which I liked). Itís really very good and has a great range of beer - eight barrels, four hand pumps and six keg taps. Well worth a visit; I hope it continues to thrive. (Visited 6 June 2014).
Brugmansia  (505) Jylland, Denmark | April 24, 2014
Visited easter 2014. Great place, cosy in its own way.. Went there since we havenīt been there before and had 7 winners :-).. and a toast.. Friendly staff, beers served in good condition, funny deco with some great paintings on the walls. Benches and tables as known from the german beergartens. For sure worth a revisit.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (799) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 19, 2014
Another rating in Fin & Lozs bimble today Saturday 19th April 2014. We found it very easy just 3-4 mins from where the No:19 dropped off and just 1min from Ottelenghis where Loz was hoping for a better Deli than that which we found. It is a spartan place with long wooden benches, long tables, and a fairly basic industrial look. It is quite busy 4:32 on a Saturday, as you enter the bar is halfway down on your right, one of the barmen is sporting a 70ís village people look with leather flat cap and trendy beard. The cask beers are behind the bar in a perspex chilling stillage type thing much like the pub in Hereford. Beer choice is clearly focusing on London micros we opted for Cronx and Five Points both fine without ever exciting, my Five Points was getting tired. Its ok but if seeking permanency it would need to up its game to get anywhere near the Earl of Essex or Craft Islington. Ian Brown (I think) playing on the stereo lifts this up to be one if the better musical outlets today, stereo sounds half decent as well.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
jackl  (590) Minneapolis, Minnesota | March 10, 2014
The pop-up bar that wonít close. I visited on a Sunday evening and pretty much had the run of the bar to myself. Most punters were probably scared off by the harpist playing Jason Mraz covers who was stinking up the place. Either she was dating one of the bar staff or the managerís insane. The selectionís solid. Some Kernel, gravity offerings from Dark Star etc. The valueís definitely good for the area. Overall, itís not a destination, but itíd be a nice stop if youíre in the area to check out The Earl of Essex or Craft Islington.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | February 27, 2014
Located at the top end of Upper Street the Taproom N1 is well served by a number of buses and is a 6/7 minute walk from Highbury&Islington station (Victoria line and Overground). The decor is pretty sparse with wooden boards for flooring and bare brick and concrete walls with posters and paintings adorning some. The bar, located in the far right corner, hosts 4 cask lines (2 cider/2 beer on my visit), 5 keg lines and 8 gravi-casks located inside fridges. The selection was quite interesting mixing local and nationwide micros, a new beer from Hackney, one of London Fields Bootlegger series on cask and a black ipa (hell yeah!) from Scotlands Alechemy were available amongst others. Keg beers included offerings from Kernel and Camden, cant say i took too much notice of the bottled selection as this was a brief visit. Service fine, prices fair - £4.30 for a pint of 6.5% ABV. They also offer a tasting flight comprising 3 times 1/3 pints. Food available included toasted sandwiches and charcuterie plates. Just the 3 other punters during my 1630 visit so hard to judge ambiance. Decent enough line up of beer none the less and somewhere id certainly revisit!
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 6/20
worldfusionrad  (1) , | October 16, 2013
A dive bar, but a dive bar with good ales. They have decent range of ales but the whole place and the service feels slapdash and uninspired. I donít feel any interest much less love for the ales from the staff. But you can get a nice brew and if you donít mind sitting in what feels like a garage, you will enjoy it.

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