Fancy a drink in Camden? Let our guide to the area’s best pubs and bars be your guide…
Camden is rich in musical history, and true to form, the area still boasts more piercings, tattoos and fliers for terrifyingly-named bands than other buzzy neighbourhoods. Rock still lives on in these hallowed boozers – here are some of our favourite Camden pubs!
1) FEST Camden
This gorgeous, multi-storey venue in Camden’s Stables Market has it all: a sunny outdoor terrace, wood-fired pizzas, hireable private party rooms and a substantial club-and-gig-venue with some fun events coming up. Pop here for the sizzling Birdcage Cabaret, or singalong to your favourite songs from Grease and The Greatest Showman. They’re also running a cosy rooftop film club, with a focus on the best of British films. (Read more about FEST Camden.) ✨Sponsored. ✨
2) Lock Tavern
The official local of the Secret London editorial team, the Lock Tavern offers a roomy beer garden out back, a sunny roof terrace upstairs, juicy burgers from the kitchen and tons of free gigs from interesting bands. 35 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ.
First of all, what a paint job! Second of all, Joe’s is open until 3am every single day, making it a popular after-party spot for gig-goers at the Roundhouse concert venue across the road. DJs specialise in vintage Americana: rock’n’roll, Northern Soul, funk and rockabilly all in the mix. It’s over-21s only. 78-79 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AR.
The gothest pub in Camden (and that’s saying something), even the pool table is clad in black baize. A recent gig saw performances from Hooded Menace, Witch Sorrow and Colts Blood, which should give you an idea of what you’re getting into. DEATH IS COMING! 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP.
Sat on the first-floor above the mouthwatering KERB street food market, the Lockside bar has a great location and an outdoor terrace to enjoy in the summer months. 75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF.
6) Lock 17
Right above Camden Market and part of the Dingwalls live music complex, this is the ground-and-first-floor bar/terrace where you can enjoy a drink whether there’s a gig on or not. East Yard, 11 Camden Lock Pl, NW1 8AL.
Yes, it’s a Wetherspoons – but that means oodles of seating and affordable drinks, along with a literally-canalside location with plenty of picnic benches. Ah, good old ‘spoons. 28 Jamestown Rd, NW1 7BY.
A big old beer-focused pub right opposite Camden Town tube station, the World’s End has a snazzy mezzanine, giant tanks of Staropramen looming above, and its own feisty little gig venue, The Underworld. 174 Camden High St, NW1 0NE.
So metal it could be on the left-hand side of the Periodic Table, The Dev, as its known to its regulars, hosts metal DJ nights, metal rock karaoke, and of course, all the throat-burstingly heavy gigs you’d expect: recent performers have included Body Harvest, Iron Bastards and Maggot Heart. SCRAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! 33 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8NL.
10) Edinboro Castle
A short walk from the main drag of Camden High Street is the Edinboro Castle, where you’ll find Pimm’s on tap (!!) and a pretty massive beer garden by all accounts. (Minus 10 points for telling us they were full on the phone when they were empty. Yes, I’m that petty.) 57 Mornington Terrace, NW1 7RU.