Whilst we are excited by all the new openings in 2012, we were pleased that a true institution swept the board in the end for this category. And people’s responses were passionate; you’re obviously a hard-drinking bunch.
Lots of colour: Delancey Street’s Crown & Goose (an ‘always reliable oasis’), the Torriano, Dartmouth Arms, Star and Palmerston; there was even a well-placed vote (just the one, mind) for timeless waterside boozer The Constitution.
At #4 is newcomer The Grafton, who have already scooped two awards, and #5 long-established party pub The Abbey. Camden Brewery just misses the Top 5 (but ‘feels like a little bit of Berlin has come to Kentish Town’, says one reader). Others hovering between 5 and 10 include Junction Tavern (for its ‘warmness’), Oxford, Lion & Unicorn and Vine.
You lot have a thirst for cocktails too. And whilst this was an award for ‘boozers’ new subterranean speakeasy-style haunt Shebeen fared remarkably well: ‘Love Shebeen for fantastic cocktails at reasonable prices,’ said a thirtysomething male, ‘the whiskey sours and espresso martinis are as good as any I’ve had in London.’
The last word? Let’s listen to one female thirtysomething, evidently a regular barfly around town: ‘We are so spoilt for boozers up here. The stupendous Southampton Arms, charming Junction, louche Torriano, and about half a dozen others that in most other neighbourhoods would be undisputed star attractions. But right now we love Shebeen best: a civilised late-night spot, delicious cocktails, well-judged decor, and the excellent Dave.’
Tomorrow: Our Final Category – Best Evening Meal
Main Pic: Tom Storr