The Hunter S

The Hunter S, 194 Southgate Road, Dalston, London, N1 3HT
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The Hunter S, 194 Southgate Road, Dalston, London, N1 3HT

020 7249 7191


Nearest Station
Dalston Kingsland (0.34 miles)


Named after the late rockstar writer, Hunter S Thompson, the Hunter S is a charming city pub on the outskirts of Dalston. Expect taxidermy aplenty, imported beers and craft ales and late opening.

Food is served and every Sunday you'll find a selection of roasts.

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The Hunter S

As themed bars go, Hunter S on Southgate Road is fairly muted in its adoration of its subject. And this is a good thing. No hood-down Cadillac, no White Rabbit on repeat and definitely not a shot gun in sight.

Basing your bar on the legendary Hunter S. Thompson is sure to be a winner, right? A man known for his appreciation of alcohol and ‘all sorts’ is bound to provide ample inspiration for a Dalston bar. The Hunter S dangles the homage gently. Beyond his bespectacled image and a pair of pistols printed on the sign, the look is more Americana than strict Hunter S. Stuffed animals, a grand chandelier that dimly down lights and an array of comfortable furniture that turns its many corners into their own little lounge areas. Large in size, the whole thing is tastefully designed - and it stays open late.

Back onto the Hunter theme though, and there is no particular pride of place afforded to the rum of his diaries or the whisky he so liked. Let me not be misunderstood, there are plenty of fine spirits but it’s the beers that make for enlightened drinking. You’ll find Sierra Nevada, Canadian Moosehead lager, Brooklyn Lager and a bunch of other premium imports.

The Hunter S has a reputation for good Sunday roasts and for the rest of the week it’s all about burgers, Scotch eggs and fish and chips.

So for anybody who heard about the Hunter S. and gave a little shudder, just relax. It’s just a lovely neighbourhood pub with a few oddities slipped in for good measure - just wait for the pornographic prints in the men’s toilets…

Reviewed by T.A.O
Published on Aug 15, 2012

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Prepare your Hunter S Thompson quotes because the bar staff at the Hunter S in De Beauvoir absolutely love to hear them. In fact, they crave them. Inspired by the late, great writer, the Hunter S is a loving homage to the man. Well decorated with taxidermy and lounge seating, late opening hours and a killer chandelier.

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Looking for a pub in Dalston to celebrate your birthday, only with a little more je nais se quoi than the next place? Well why not try the Hunter S? There’s the rockstar-writer theme, solid food and drink, some of the finest taxidermy in London and a large area at the back of the pub with a mirrored ceiling to rival the Sistine Chapel for looks. Yes, really.

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If you want to spend a penny in a little style then surely aiming straight for the mouth of Mick Jagger is pretty stylish? Er, what!! Yes, that actually sounds more perverted than it is. You won’t really be peeing on a Rolling Stone; you’ll be peeing into a porcelain urinal shaped like the ruby red lips from the Rolling Stones’ logo. Phew.

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