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Friday 1 August 2014

Top 10 Camden Nightlife Spots

We're making our way through all of Camden's best features - just as we did with Old Street. We've already covered green spaces, restaurants, and coffee shops - but Camden is even more famous for something else.

Known for its nightlife, Camden has an abundance of clubs and live music venues, with enough variety to satisfy almost everyone. From edgy and loud to jazz and soul, and from impressively spacious to small and intimate, the possibilities seem to be endless. So the next time having a relaxing pint at a traditional pub with your friends is just a bit too calm for you, turn up the volume with the best of what Camden has to offer after the sun goes down.
  • KOKO: This impressive former theater was transformed into a multi-level live-music venue. KOKO sits close to the Mornington Crescent tube station and has early and late shows, depending on the day of the week.
  • Barfly: A self-described “boutique live music venue,” this club in Camden brings in some brilliant acts. If you want to grab a drink and discover some talented bands, head on down to Barfly.
  • Proud: Used as a gallery during the day, this 200 year old Grade II Listed Horse Hospital in the Stables Market in Camden is transformed to a music venue and club at 7:30 pm.
  • Lock Tavern: This busy pub is cross-listed on our Camden Pubs list for its daytime atmosphere. However, the clientele at night are definitely there for the club vibe after the sun goes down. The Tavern brings in live music and DJs to keep the bass thumping.
  • Joe’s: Joe’s is another music venue that has another identity as a pub during the day. Happy hour is from 5 to 7pm, and the DJs take over after 10pm. If you’re looking for drinks and a dance, Joe’s is where you want to go.
  • Jazz Cafe: This former bank branch was converted into a jazz club in the 90’s, and is currently a venue for jazz, soul, funk, world, dance, and hip hop. If you’re in the mood for dinner with your live music, the Jazz Cafe also doubles as a restaurant during the day and early evening.
  • Bar Vinyl: This venue features DJ sets and live music, but it isn’t just another music venue in Camden. With a record store downstairs and Tex Mex menu items, Bar Vinyl is edgy, loud, and unique - even for Camden.
  • World’s End: World’s End is a pub that attracts people of all kinds, and situated right on top of The Underworld, which is a well-known club venue, offering live music from bands both undiscovered and signed. World’s End is perfect if you want a relaxing pint followed by a good club night.
  • Fifty-Five Bar & Lounge: If you’re looking for a great happy hour, Fifty-Five Bar has it. Known for their great cocktails, Fifty-Five has 200 to choose from. Enjoy your pick on leather seats over two floors.
  • Blues Kitchen Camden: The Blues Kitchen is a club and restaurant that takes the American diner and southern dive bar concepts and inserts a Camden feel. BBQ ribs and Po’ boys accompany live music, and every Sunday you can listen in on a blues jam.
If you want to get through a few of these places in one night, head on over to the Camden Pub Crawl. The crawl includes different venues based on the night of the week.