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Best bars and pubs in Camden

Camden Lock with bars and pubs in the background
Bars lining Camden Lock
A favourite haunt of rock stars and performers, you’ll find plenty of pubs with live music, alongside classy cocktail bars, in Camden.
There’s no shortage of great pubs and bars in the lively north London area of Camden, here’s our pick of the best.

The Dublin Castle

Head to indie institution, The Dublin Castle, which has hosted everyone from Coldplay to The Arctic Monkeys. It's where Madness got their first break and it wasn't unusual to see Amy Winehouse get behind the bar and serve customers. Red banquettes, plenty of posters and a jukebox complete the rock'n'roll feel. 

The Lock Tavern

 

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Enjoy the buzzy atmosphere at The Lock Tavern, which showcases great live music in an intimate setting. Visit for fun gigs, Sunday roasts and the roof terrace.

The Hawley Arms

The Hawley Arms was a favourite haunt of Amy Winehouse and she was one of the many celebrities who helped to raise the funds to keep it open after it was nearly destroyed in a fire in 2008. Today, you’ll still find the occasional celeb enjoying a pint and live music in this comfortable spot. 

The Edinboro Castle

For a relaxing tipple away from the bustle of Camden High Street, venture to The Edinboro Castle. Though only a five-minute walk from the station, the chilled atmosphere in the huge beer garden feels a million miles away. It’s easy to spend a leisurely afternoon here sampling craft beers, artisan gin and hearty British fare. 

Joe's

This small bar packs in a lot of fun with retro decor, hot dogs and bourbon cocktails. The real draw to this late-night spot, however, is the music. Dance to northern soul, rockabilly and original R&B until the early hours, but don’t forget to bring your ID – Joe’s is only open to over-21s.  

Fifty Five Bar

Think of any cocktail in the world, chances are it’s on the menu at Fifty Five Bar. The bartenders here know their stuff and craft delicious drinks using high-quality spirits and fresh ingredients. With two floors, there’s plenty of space to sit back, relax and sample one of more than 160 drinks.

The Ice Wharf

As part of the Wetherspoons pub chain, The Ice Wharf provides the perfect place to enjoy a reasonably priced pint by the canal. The pub is named after a nearby ice wharf, which was built in 1837. Take a seat outside to enjoy views of Camden Lock.

BrewDog Camden

Whether you’re already serious about beer, or looking to branch out from your usual lager, BrewDog caters for all. Friendly staff are happy to guide newcomers through the different craft beers, while seasoned aficionados will appreciate the wide range of microbreweries and BrewDog favourites on tap. There’s food on offer too with burgers, chicken wings and vegan options all featuring on the menu.

The Blues Kitchen

 

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Taking inspiration from the Deep South, The Blues Kitchen has a drinks list full of bourbon and a menu full of American comfort food, featuring tempting treats such as brisket and corn bread with honey butter. As the name suggests, you can enjoy plenty of live music from British and American blues bands too.