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 watching 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 21st December 2017
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.
Having travelled around London and visiting the city's biggest bars and clubs, 1 Big Night Out arrives in North London this winter. The evening will start at Fifty Five Bar, before proceeding to 3 other Camden bars and culminating in one of the area's biggest clubs. Ticket holders will be spoiled on the night and will enjoy free entry access, queue jump privileges, complimentary welcome shots and happy hour drinks prices all night long.
Landing in Camden Town with a splash is Simmons, the bar notorious for its kitsch and quirky interiors, tasty cocktails and a happy hour that lasts for a whole five hours. With neon signs, wonderful cocktails served in crockery and a buzzing atmosphere, you’ve just found your new drinking hole.
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.
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.
A roaring party bar in the heart of Camden, Camden Assembly are here for all your hedonistic needs. From some of the best live bands and DJs in the business to affordable drinks and late night dancing, there's a little something for everyone.
Camden's hottest new all-day eatery is open and ready for business. Lockside is full of industrial chic, with exposed brick walls, interesting art work and a sun-trap terrace. Work your way through their Tex Mex dishes or come later for a DJ night.
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.
Miusan is a new intimate bar and restaurant modelled on the opium dens of 19th century Paris and New York. With three-storeys of shenanigans, there's everything from lavish velvet seating and waiting staff wearing traditional dress. As well as a restaurant and nightclub, there will also be a bar serving fruity cocktails inspired by The Orient.
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 dishes - 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.
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.
BYOC is a secret drinking den with a difference in Camden. The hidden spot is full of 1920s vibes, as well as having a crack team of mixologists who will whip a spirit of your choosing into something delicious.
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.
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.