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'The whole pub's a stage', as we like to say at the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar: a small but perfectly formed North London venue with a rich history of stand-up comedy. From upcoming theatre groups to the likes of Russell Brand and Jimmy Carr, acts at 'the Chicks' have proved as wonderfully diverse as our list of speciality drinks. Enjoy the best of the fringe over your favourite tipple and embrace both the characters treading our boards and those propping up the bar.

The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar in Highbury is a pub with vibrant atmosphere and vintage character in equal measure. The building may be trad, but our top-drawer drinks range is light-years ahead of the average alehouse offering. Plus there's plenty on during the week, so you'll have everything you need to settle in for an after-work session or a weekend well spent in your favourite local.

The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar is within easy reach of Canonbury, Islington and Barnsbury. It's also a great place to refresh your senses and take the weight of your feet while visiting Hen and Chickens Theatre or The Estorick Collection.

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Beer gardenDogs allowedFamily friendlyFoodReal aleWiFi freeComedyCricketFootballRugbyTerrestrial TVCask Marque

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4.4/5

Lat inoUK

5 months ago

As someone that spends an unhealthy amount of time at this pub, I can honestly say that it is a wonderful place. It’s not a huge establishment or a place that plays loud music and has vast crowds, it is instead an intimate, quaint pub that has an abundance of character and something akin to a zen vibe. It’s located a stone’s throw from Highbury and Islington station so you’d expect it to be heaving with an overcrowded energy, but instead it exudes a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The staff behind the bar are all top notch, particularly the manager, Lucas who charms with an easy humour and also Nadine, who has such a lovely vibrant energy. This is the ideal place for when you’re having a bad day and better yet, a perfect place for when you’re having a good one. I’d say it’s a hidden gem and I encourage you to NOT visit, because you could very well take my favourite seat of one of the comfy leather, Chesterfield arm chairs.

Adele DMO

5 months ago

A really vibey place with a great selection of beers and non-alcoholic cocktails! They have a theatre space on the 1st floor, which shows comedy on most nights, so if you're looking for a place to see a show and have a drink it's a really good shout. The service was quick and friendly, so we'll definitely be coming back!

Martin Conroy-Edwards

5 months ago

Met a friend here on 23rd December for a pre Christmas meet up and a few drinks. I'd always passed it on the bus and always thought 'i must pop in' well I'm really glad I did. Really cosy venue with a great atmosphere. I met a really lovely bar server called Nadine who mad the evening even better. She was so friendly and offered a really warm welcome. Drinks are a reasonably priced and they offer a range of bar snacks. Will definitely be in again as we were made to feel so welcome. Thank you so much!

Marie Selina Brigitte

6 months ago

I put 1 star for food because there is none but they have snacks, I got served by Lukas. Nadine and I believe Alex brilliant service with a smile and a little chat, Atmosphere is nice chilled if packed you might need to stand but other then that I will be coming back again with friends. Thanks

Dave Selkirk

7 months ago

As always, very hard to review a theatre without also reviewing the show you saw there. I saw "Yoga and sex...for women (over 40)". The show was superb! Side splittingly funny! See it if you get a chance. The bar was good, with relatively quick service, even though it was quite busy. You can take in drinks, but they need to be in a plastic cup. One star off because they don't offer food.

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Mon16:00 – 23:00
Tue16:00 – 23:00
Wed16:00 – 00:00
Thur16:00 – 00:00
Fri12:00 – 00:00
Sat12:00 – 00:00
Sun12:00 – 22:30
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