Southampton Arms                                                            The Coronet                                                             Twelve Pins  
For Arsenal I would normally suggest drinking in central London before and after a match, but I have regularly seen Arsenal fans coming into Paddington use the Mad Bishop and Bear situated at that station, and a good mix of fans there, with no trouble, is the norm.  Similarly, you could drink close to whatever station you enter London by and use London Underground to reach the Emirates stadium nearer the start of the match.

However, The Southampton Arms, 139 Highgate Road, NW5 1LE, has been recommended to me by Rob Myers, not necessarily just with Arsenal in mind, but as a great place to visit for a drink on the way back from that side of town, and if heading to/from Euston, Kings Cross or St Pancras stations.  With 18 handpumps and, consequently, a large selection of real ales, and ciders, all from independent producers, you are faced with a great choice.  Ales from Brodies, Redemption and Williams Brothers are reported as regulars.

The Southampton Arms is a good 30 minute walk to Arsenal, but is a friendly hostelry, with bare wooden floorboards, old photos adorning the walls and a real fireplace to warm up by in colder months.  Food includes bar snacks, such as good quality pork pies and sausage rolls, and roasted pork to slice into rolls.  As I said, Rob highly recommends this pub, cheers!

However, if you want somewhere much closer to the Emirates Stadium, The Coronet, 338-346 Holloway Road N7 6NJ (020 7609 5014) is a Wetherspoons pub converted from a cinema designed by William Glenn, opening as a cinema in 1940 until its closure in 1983.  The frontage still appears cinema-like, with a great hall inside lined with tables and a centrepiece of even more dining tables joined by an old projector.

The bar lies along the right-hand side as you enter and there is a friendly atmosphere with a stage and screen décor that provides interest as well as grandeur.  As a Weatherspoons pub, you know what you get, good value drinks, usually local ales included, and the food, though not great, is always reliable and not expensive.  Also, it is best not to wear colours if you wish to drink here on match days.

Finally, if you like to drink Guinness, Duncan Adams A Fan’s Guide to Football Grounds suggests the Twelve pins, 263 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park N4 2DE (020-8809-0192), “normally a good mix of home and away fans and about a ten minute walk from the ground”.