You’re in Dalston, It’s 1am. Pubs have stopped serving, and all you want is another drink without £10 entry or a euphoric trance soundtrack. Enter, Mascara Bar. Open until 3am on the weekend, Mascara Bar is a haven. It’s a rough around the edges bar in Stamford Hill full of excellent characters and staff you never want to get the wrong side of. The landlady takes a Marmite approach to people, and having experienced both, we can say it’s better to be loved than hated. Late licence aside, it also has a fondness for random live performances. Because there’s nothing like a 2am pint of Guinness alongside someone plucking the double bass, right?

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The First Timer’s Guide To Drinking In London

Coming to London for the first time ever is very exciting and a little intimidating. Let us take the pressure off by suggesting where to drink.