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  • 25 Canonbury Lane
    London N1 2AS
    Islington
  • Transit information Victoria Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7226 0955
  • Business website thefoursistersbar.com
  • 5.0 star rating
    9/1/2014

    I've been to The Four Sisters many times now, and it's always been an absolutely delightful experience. The cocktail list is most imaginative and changes constantly, I've tried quite a few now and they were all delicious and well made.
    This place only uses top-shelf spirits, and make their own infused vodkas, gins and syrups with some pretty original flavour combinations (violet anyone?).
    The atmosphere is great, dark and relaxed, the music selection awesome, and yeah, the cocktails are pretty pricey ranging from £8-10 but you definitely get what you pay for. Also, they have a happy hour on every day from 4-7.
    There's great attention to the detail, the drinks were awesomely and creatively presented, and the menu is printed on a mock-newspaper with a little story accompanying each drink description.
    The service was friendly and speedy.
    It is a great place for a date or a catch-up with a friend!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/10/2013

    Awesome cocktails in a retro environment. 4.5 stars

    Highlights:
    - Unique cocktails: list up on the wall was hard to choose from because all looked intriguing. Was very happy with my chili infused vodka, strawberry, lime, and Cointreau one (piquant cocktail). Could see the custom infusions and mixers behind the bar
    - Atmosphere: small bar area and couches in side room. Cozy and understatedly cool

    Lowlights:
    - Were in a rush for dinner so only got to have one cocktail

    I'm not often out this way, but would love to come back for more cocktails

  • 2.0 star rating
    26/3/2012
    1 check-in here

    Formerly 25 Canonbury Lane, now The Four Sisters. Early Sat evening a Low key crowd and same appealing dark wood ambience as the previous bar. Music was OK and not too loud so you could talk.

    Ordered two of the featured cocktails which sounded good but were not well balanced, not chilled enough and weak. I am now quite cautious about ordering cocktails in bars unless I know it's reliable since too often it's just an excuse to charge £7.50 or more for a weak, poorly made drink. For that price the customers deserve better. Maybe they will get their act together and realise that they need to up their game.

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/5/2012
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Angel

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO What happened to 25 Canonbury Lane?

    To be honest I didn't even notice it was a different bar until I was looking at the cocktail list and asked them what type of cocktail the Four Sisters was and why was there no price on it. Either it looks exactly the same or those 4 cocktails I had at Lucky Voice were far stronger than usual...

    My friend was pretty pleased with her cocktail so we didn't experience the cocktail disasters described by other reviewers.

    It lacked a bit of atmosphere but then again, it was only a Thursday night. Not sure why they needed to change the name but not change much else about the place but hey ho.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/6/2013

    I am not sure where the other reviewers went, or if they were really unlucky!

    I absolutely love this place. The cocktails are fantastic (yes I know what a decent cocktail should be like), the bar staff (or mixing geniuses, as I like to call them) are so lovely, always chatty and even, when I just don't know what I want rustle up something amazing for me.

    It is worth noting that the cocktails don't taste or appear strong, as they are very well mixed (you really shouldn't have an over powering taste of alcohol in a cocktail, otherwise it is a bad cocktail......). I certainly notice the alcohol content after two, and perhaps if you want a filthy, strong Sambuca you should go to the Slug and Lettuce!

    These guys also make their own flavoured vodka and gin and use really top notch ingredients.

    They have good bar snacks and comfy seats.

    Definitely worth a visit (or five)

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/8/2012

    I actually liked this place as Four sisters when I went in. Perhaps it's because I only with to 25 Canonbury Lane once and am not as attached to it. The decor seems the same, the music seems the same. The only outstanding difference is that the bartenders were super nice and we just kept telling them to make us drinks based on our preferred alcohols (mine was gin, my friends was vodka). It was like a surprise in a glass.

  • 1.0 star rating
    1/11/2011
    First to Review

    Appalingly bad cocktails and very badly organised.  My first drink since reopening as the Four Sisters (a mojito) was far too acidic and lacked alcohol and the cosmopolitan I ordered next was first made with gin and then when it was finally made with vodka, tasted quite unpleasant - weak and insipid and totally unlike any cosmo' I've ever had before.

    A friend ordered a white wine only to be told there was none and then when he ordered a margarita was told there was no tequila.  This prompted the barman to send a shady looking character who'd been hanging about to go out and buy some - not exactly inspiring confidence.  The music was quite good - 20's and 30's jazz but was far too loud.  Won't be going back there..!

    • Qype User absint…
    • London
    • 81 friends
    • 264 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/7/2011

    You can't fault 25 Canonbury for upmarket cocktails in a stylish setting. A fab destination whether you're hosting a party (the self-contained back room can be booked), meeting friends for a catch-up or even working during the day, as the bar sells mighty fine coffee and has wifi. Must return there soon!

    • Qype User mwl201…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 144 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/2/2010

    Was there on a Wednesday night which seemed relatively quiet. Prices are about average for Islington, which is to say they're not cheap, but not outrageous for London either. My friend had a massaman curry as well which he seemed to enjoy, so keep in mind there's a Thai menu if you're hungry. Music was loud enough to prevent eavesdropping but quiet enough to hear companions - perfect for me.

    • Qype User 78appl…
    • London
    • 36 friends
    • 59 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/3/2008

    Great cocktails, cosy bar, yummy nibbles and nicely tucked away off the main drag of Upper St.

    • Qype User Tink…
    • London
    • 55 friends
    • 35 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/12/2007

    Not only is there a log fire, there is mulled wine which is always nice at this time of year! I love this place. It's really cosy, good value thai food and an impressive selection of cocktails and wine. A stones throw from Upper St but has a completely different feel. Get there early evening if you're with a big group as space is limited!

    • Qype User na02…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 39 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/4/2008

    Very small i.e. intimate cocktail bar, filled with people who all seem to know one another. However, you're never made to feel unwelcome by the friendly and hospitable staff, and the cocktails are the best in the area.

    Due to it's small size, best to visit for one cocktail before moving on.

    It's refreshing to see that places like this can exist in the monotony that is Islington.

    • Qype User Kirsty…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 38 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2007

    25 Canonbury Lanes is just off Upper Street not far from Highbury and Islington tube station. The bar is bigger than it looks from the outside as it does stretch out quite a long way back into the builing. There are comfy sofas, and a little padded seating area in the back which has a Morrocan feel to it - with candles and cushions.
    Food is tapas, tasty enough- maybe a touch on the pricey side, the wine list is good with a wide selection to chose from- the crowning glory I think are the cocktails, very tasty- be warned, it is very difficult just to have the one!

    • Qype User Steffi…
    • Berlin, Germany
    • 1 friend
    • 101 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    31/5/2012

    Really great bar, good vibe, nice people and tasty drinks

    • Qype User mpcogo…
    • Madrid, Spain
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    5.0 star rating
    16/1/2010

    I am definitely not a local. I came from abroad and, chance had it, I was to spend New Year's Eve there. Felt like home - which means a lot to us Madrilians. And we don't settle for just about any ordinary thing, let me tell you. Thanks to the friendly staff, and to J, the best start to 2010. Look forward to seeing you again... if foreigners allowed!

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