Bars and Restaurants near Koko
Picture the scene; you've got tickets to a gig at the world famous Koko. Things don't kick off until 9 PM but you don't fancy spending a crazy amount of money on a lukewarm pint in a plastic cup. And after the show, as things quieten down around you, you're still craving that one last cocktail of the night. We've all been there. Luckily, Koko is buried deep within a web of great bars and restaurants, all offering the perfect way to kill a few hours before the main event. Whether you're tucking into some delicious food in one of Camden's stellar casual dining spots or sinking deep into a tall cocktail, you don't have to feel lost anymore during that pre/post-gig period. Check out our recommendations for the best bars and restaurants near Koko.
Last updated on 1st February 2017
The Simmons name has become legendary around London's cocktail scene. Spread throughout the whole of London, the venue draws in cocktail-lovers with its vibrant concoctions and even quirkier decorations. Picture jewel-encrusted skull disco balls and splashes of taxidermy. The Mornington Crescent venue is only a short stroll away from Koko and is perfect for anyone looking to either get the ball rolling before a gig or enjoy a late-night cocktail after things have died down.
Belushis in Camden has something of a reputation when it comes to kicking your night into life. With a stage of its own, the vibrant bar near Koko combines fun vibes and great cocktails with all your favourite comfort food treats. Sink your teeth around a delicious burger, sip on an ice-cold cocktail or get the ball rolling with a few frivolous games of beer pong.
Blues Kitchen in Camden is quite possibly the perfect bar and restaurant near Koko. Head there before the show and tuck into a few of the venue's delicious Southern-inspired dishes - think buttermilk fried chicken, massive burgers and spicy ribs. After the show, the venue's impressive whisky-based cocktail menu offers the perfect way to keep the fun-vibes lasting long into the night.
Hosting regular live performances itself, the Forge venue is only a stone's throw away from Koko and couples ace South American cocktails with fiery, palate-exploding Latin dishes. Beautifully decorated, with its walls drenched in street art and vibrant colour, it's the dinner menu that really steals the show here. Tuck into a steak chimichurri sandwich or chomp your way through a portion of succulent jerk chicken.
Camden's Jazz Cafe has become a stalwart in the area's nightlife scene. Coupling amazing live jazz music with delicious dishes of food and amazing cocktails, it thrives off the area's energy and has a totally unique charm that draws in the crowds every week. Carefree, laid-back and full of life, the venue seems to perfectly embody what Camden is all about.
Camden's Miusan is a restaurant near Koko that's mad about all things Cantonese. Showcasing the very best Chinese recipes but producing each dish in a contemporary way, guests will be treated to dishes like jasmine tea smoked ribs and freshly made dumplings. Decorated with the secretive opium dens of old in mind, the venue's great flavours will always leave you with a beaming smile.
Mad about all things craft beer, Brewdog deals only in daring tastes and intriguing flavour combinations. From sweet, fruity tones to bitter tastes that linger, the venue's homemade beers and real ales touch upon every flavour in the book. The bar is located near Koko on Bayham Street and is perfect for both a pre-show pint and an after-gig tipple.
Sleek and stylish, York and Albany is unquestionably near the top of Camden's restaurant ladder. Sitting only a short stroll away from Koko, the venue's kitchen plates up an inventive menu of contemporary recipes and daring ingredients. With some carefully crafted cocktails and fine wines thrown in for good measure, this venue is perfect for anyone looking for a suave dinner before a show at Koko.