Best Camden Bars
With its status as a Rock 'n' Roll haven forever in check, people from all over the globe flock to Camden for its lush live music, riff cavorting culture and band tees. But there's more to Camden than just gigs. A haven for liquid nooks and cracking bars, Camden is one of the city's most sought after nights out. Whether you fancy diggin' it to a local metal bad, hoofing creative cocktails or settling down for steak and sizzling drinks, Camden has it all, and so does our list.
Last updated on 28th November 2016
A list of the best Camden bars isn’t fit for purpose without a nod to the Jazz Cafe. An iconic joint renowned for live music, club nights, dinner and drinks, the venue has welcomed the likes of Amy Winehouse, D’Angelo and Bobby Womack on stage down the years. It’s recently been taken over by the Columbo Group and is once again an unmissable hangout whether you’re looking for live music or a bite to eat on the mezzanine.
Get off the tourist trail and set sail on a whirlwind adventure through some of Camden's best bars - off the beaten track. For the price of your ticket, you'll get free entry, queue jump, free shots at every stop off, discounted drinks deals and a whole load of other goodies to keep you suitably intoxicated throughout the night.
Boasting over 150 years to its name, it's not just history that The Princess of Wales has to boast. A cool and casual Camden pub with British grub on its side, enjoy three stunning and authentic floors of laid-back drinking and dining in the heart of North London.
This delightfully vintage and quirky Camden has a whole host of options whatever the occasion. Great for catch up drinks, celebrations as well as party nights at the weekend. The star of the show is the Thai-style tree houses that can be booked for parties.
A wonderfully versatile venue, Blues Kitchen Camden ticks every box of cool. Serving hefty portions of serious soul food inspired by the cuisine of the deep south, with quite the pedigree when it comes to live music acts, as well as an impressive selection of bourbons and craft beers, Blues Kitchen easily makes it onto our list of the best Camden bars.
Simmons Camden is ready to impress just as much as its sister bar. Easily one of the best cocktail bars in Camden, this is your one-stop-shop for great drinks deals, a stylish crowd and fun time party vibes - just be sure to get there in time for their happy hour to get your hands on two cocktails for £10 and a spirit and a mixer for only £2.50.
A specialist cocktail haven where you'll find nothing but good times, proper British food and some bangin' cocktails, BOHO is a Camden favourite for informal dinner and drinks. Head down for everything from roast dinners, to small plates and a 3 hour long happy hour where you can get along just dandy with their cocktail collection.
Shaka Zulu is a bar in Camden with fabulous cocktails, a generous happy hour and unique and fascinating decor thanks to its African inspired roots. Known as one of Camden's best clubs, Shaka Zulu hosts great Friday and Saturday nights and opens early - allowing you to head down and enjoy drinks or nibbles before the clubbing starts.
How about taking in all of Camden’s best nightlife on the same evening? 1 Big Night Out is just for you, offering up cheap booze, free shots and great times aplenty on their bar crawl through Camden Town! You’ll start off at Lock 17 before heading to three more buzzing nightspots, getting queue jump entry and a free shot on each stop. Join a lively crowd and 1BNO’s experienced party guides, there’s happy hour drink prices all night to round things off.
When it comes to a classic pint in Camden, none come better suited than that of the Spread Eagle. Not only promising buffed up pub interiors alongside a top roster of craft beer, Spread Eagle are churning out burgers and top British plates like no other.
The Camden Eye is a charming pub that perfectly balances tradition with contemporary culture. With a bar stocked full of craft beers, real ales and crisp wines, the venue's live sport and fun-loving atmosphere has placed it above the rest in the area. Mad about all things NFL, the venue is one of the few spots in town that proudly showcases the best live American sporting action.
Just a hop and a skip from Camden's Lock Market, this Belushi's is an open plan space of Americana style party vibes and classic decor. Renowned for their scrummy nosh (particularly the burger), these guys also tote a sweet little cocktail menu so yo don't have to stick to the beer and wines at this place. Always heaving when there's sport to be watched and hosting DJ nights, Belushi's is a popular destination among Camdenites.
Nowhere quite does Deep South Americana goods like Joe's Southern Kitchen does. Head to their Kentish Town digs for a heart-stopping dose of fried flavours and slow cooked meats where their basement also houses a dedicated Jailbird Bar for knocking back some swift liquors. This is a top Camden venue for finger-lickin' foods and killer concoctions.
Sassing about in Camden's converted stables? It comes as standard. A cracking haunt with one of the most unique locations in Camden, Proud has a penchant for keeping the party going on until the early hours. Whether you're heading down for a gig, or tucking into a DJ night, it's pretty cool to say that you've been there.