Camden has been a notorious area of London since notoriety became cool. Forget the 'Camden caners' and the self absorbed and achingly trendy music scene; here is an insight into the real delights Camden Town has to offer. If you're looking for fun things to do in Camden, London's home of rock and roll, then this top 10 list of the best bars and clubs offers a release for you. Sip on delicious cocktails on a roof terrace near Camden Lock; dance the night away under a giant disco ball; hide away in the back streets sipping super-strength craft ale near Camden Market London; or channel a little bit of Brazilian sunshine on the dancefloor.
Camden / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Eclectic
Where art meets dance meets live acts meets a fun night out. The epic late night venue houses regular exhibitions and puts on special nights every day of the week. Check their website for details of upcoming events, and expect to queue unless you get their early, but rest assured you'll be greeted by London's perkiest door girls once you're at the front.
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pan Asian
This is a club, a cocktail bar, AND a restaurant serving quite decent pan-Asian cuisine thank you very much. So you can start your evening during happy hour (two cocktails for a tenner), move onto a tactical feed, then hit the bar for the signature range (the Earthly Harmony is a humdinger of a cocktail thanks to its use of Wray & Nephew Overproof rum). Not only are the cocktails cheap, but they're well made using inspired ingredients. Plus, it's a free-to-enter club at 10pm so there's no reason to leave. Just get down to some RnB, hip hop, neo soul, boogie, reggae, dancehall, house, and old skool garage on the dancefloor.
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KOKO is a temple for indie and alternative music that has seen numerous transformations since it first opened in 1890. The venue, housed in a Grade II-listed building, has played host for artists from Chaplin to Madonna. Despite its vintage charm, prices are in touch with current trends: it?s a mission impossible to get two drinks for under a tenner. Rebranded as Koko in 2004, the venue features a massive mirror ball on the ceiling and it has a vibrant atmosphere.
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
This bar was the first to be opened by BrewDog south of the Scottish border, and continues to supply London with a consistently dazzling selection of craft beers. Shabby chic, affable service and garish logos on every available surface are de rigueur in this small yet plucky establishment, located just off Camden High Street - tasty burgers, pizzas and light bites are a welcome new addition as well. The brand's underdog mentality may not be to everyone's liking, but the Camden branch provides a much-needed alternative to the charisma-free chain pubs cluttering up the area.
Made In Camden
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern British
The Roundhouse Roof Terrace is elevated above the streets Camden's biggest and slickest music venue; a bar serving delicious wine to sip while the sun goes down. It's a relatively hidden gem to enjoy before or after a show and a good spot to escape the madding crowds of the market. Drinks are quality and in the case of the beer selection uber local, they are all brewed in Camden itself. Come summertime tons of sand and a hot tub transform the roof into a buzzing urban beach.
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Frequented by the outlandishly beautiful staff of nearby ASOS HQ, Simmons isn't bad looking itself. It's kitsch and camp with a splash of rockabilly so expect vintage lamps, neon and glitter ball skulls inside. Cocktails are witty, espresso martini is served in an espresso cup with a creamy top and a pleasing boozy kick. Simmons may be genteel enough to offer a cocktail in a teapot, but it's also naughty enough to put it on the happy hour menu a good combination.
The Blues Kitchen
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: American
Blues Kitchen offers the winning combination of a Southern-style menu with live rhythm & blues music seven nights a week. A restaurant and late bar, Blues Kitchen has established itself as the go-to place when you're looking for the whole American experience in Camden. The menu relies heavily on burgers and barbecue food; highlights include short beef ribs slow smoked for 16 hours and over one-hundred varieties of rare Bourbon and rye. Dancing goes on till late on Fridays and Saturdays.
Made In Brasil
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Brazilian
As the name would suggest, Made in Brasil presents London with all things Brazilian. From food and drinks to culture and music, the Camden based bar captures a true South American spirit that transports visitors straight to Rio de Janeiro. The Copacabana Beach Bar, located downstairs, is the room to hit for tasty cocktails and classic Latino music played by DJs as well as live bands. The bar also boasts an impressive list of 78 Cachacas, some of which are unique to the venue.
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The Electric ballroom is a historical music venue that has been hosting a wide range of music talents and styles over the last 80 years. It has two floors with a good mix of interconnected large, medium-size and more intimate dancefloors. Gigs happen during the week, parties are at weekends. Drinks aren't expensive and they are served in plastic cups. The floor isn't sloped so for gigs, the safest bet for a good view is to stand near the stage.
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