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Proud Camden (Bar, Club)

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The Horse Hospital, The Stables Market, Camden, London, NW1 8AH
Cuisine: Eclectic
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The common stable has always been a home for horses. But nothing is sacred when the humans are around. We usurp and displace at will, all in the name of consumerism. We’re uncontrollably rampant and unflinching. It’s so bad the spiders in my garage have just been evicted to make way for a new jazz club and our albino wabbit, Muffy, was a tad anxious when the builders came round to measure The Hutch the other day.

Proud Camden was once a stable - the neighbouring equine sculptures and canal are a testament to that - and it’s a big, long pencil of a venue with a heart of 9B lead running right through it. Quiet, unassuming photographic gallery by day, bar-cum-club-cum-live-music-venue-cum-pinball-hangout by night.

Concerning the vibe and the music, there’s three beautifully decorated zones to enjoy; four if you count the queue outside. On the left as you enter is the Big Daddy Dizzy Dazzler room, or so it should be called due to the glitzy throb of writhing beings that have taken up residence there. This room is smaller and sweatier than the others, thus automatically making it the cosiest. Although it appears busy, there’s still acres of space. Not a Young Persons Railcard holder in sight, either; this being where the older folk move, groove, sway and play. A solitary, yet essential, disco ball bursts from behind the exposed old beams and peers down upon the many trilbies and foppish grins. The soundtrack is a delightful blend of Northern Soul and south American flavour which emanates from a mighty collection of well-positioned speakers; occasionally coercing a duet of professional dancing girls to spring onto the stage to demonstrate, in their pants, exactly how important feathers are to the art of cabaret.

Meanwhile, Johnny Cash watches over the debauchery from the safety of his black and white photo on the wall. It’s all very reminiscent of the brilliant Mr Wolf’s in Bristol. If you know of it, you’ll now be excited about paying Proud a visit. If you don’t, you now have another reason to buy a ticket to Bristol.

The second room, the main space, is a drty drty club with a low set stage upon which a variety of live acts unleash their inner demons. The sound system in this room seems to be broken because the volume control is permanently stuck on ‘cardiac arrest’. Combine the Ooonst-Ooonst of a beat pattern with a solid parquet flooring and suddenly there’s a recipe for flailing limbs and burst eardrums. Bloody fantastic. Naturally, the younguns like to congregate in here.

Area number 3 is the stable area itself. It’s primarily concern is dusty old vinyl; the kind that has funk hidden in every groove and every diminutive scratch. Here is home to the fine fillies and strapping studs that like to graze openly, posing for their own delight and generally looking as though they never leave the Camden market compound. And why would they? Each stable is named after a famous horse - Seabiscuit, Phar Lap, Desert Orchid, Cloakroom, Bar - and each contains a pole for the purposes of dancing; obviously very typical of a stable. Occasional problems occur when the stables are all booked out for private functions, and issues with distribution can impede the flow. There is an outside area beyond the stables’ hub-bub and this is where the slightly more discerning smoker likes to hang.

With the Barfly, Lock Tavern, and Enterprise all within a stage dive of Proud - plus the inimitable Roundhouse space close by - this is one of the most highly concentrated areas of London for guitar pummeling. One would be fairly within one’s right to assume that Proud would generally have a skinny jean, soap-averse, whisky-for-blood sort of crowd. Yet, as this IS such a big, long pencil of place, it needs more than a herd of leather jackets to fill it and, therefore, seeks a wider, more inclusive brethren; which, it transpires, is wholly gratifying.

For example, the ladies - nay, girls! - are so immaculately primed and retina-burningly attractive there must be a Toni & Guys Hairdressing Academy located nearby. Their crafted skyscraper stilettos are worryingly close to giving way atop such unfamiliar terrain (NEWS FLASH: “Four young women were rescued today after spending three days trapped between the cobblestone gaps at Proud Camden. The four had toppled over and fallen into the cracks on Friday night only to be discovered when their desperate cries for help could be heard on Monday morning. In other news....”).

The chaps - on the whole, a well groomed and fresh faced bunch - wear a post-shower glow under their untucked shirts with a demeanour that suggests ‘training’ or ‘practice’ happened earlier in the evening. Aesthetically speaking, the patrons of Proud collectively display a glimpse at fashion about three years ago, and there’s something very endearing and nostalgic about that. There’s no pomposity and self-importance. Everyone is equal and all feel at home in a converted stable house surrounded by hundreds of familiar strangers. None of the above is meant as a negative observation, just simply an unexpected one. It’s refreshing to note a Shoreditch vibe that exists without the grimy aloofness synonymous with that East London territory. Proud Camden goes one better than 93 Feet East by attracting names at either end of the musical spectrum; the thin end represented by the likes of Pete, Dizzee, Johnny, and those crazy Kooks.

There’s so much to love about Proud. Such as the artistic integrity that comes from hanging early AC/DC B&W prints on the wall as the gaiety of a Saturday night trundles past in a blur of impressively straight blonde hair and entertainment variety (music, pool, theatre, comedy). Sooooo, the drinks can seem a bit pricey, but the selection is tidy and so is the entry price. Plus, ladies, the toilet queue is almost non-existent, which I’m guessing must be a good thing.

If you’re wise - which, if you’re planning to visit Proud, you clearly are - the time to arrive is around early o’clock. This is because it not only avoids the ignominy of queuing with the very late PM riff raff, but it also affords you the opportunity to catch one, two, maybe even three rather excellent live bands.

Overall, as iconic as the legends that adorn its walls. It should very proud of itself. A for effort and likewise for achievement.
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Customer Reviews for Proud Camden

Average (based on 14 votes): 14 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Brilliant venue! I have djed here twice and the dancefloor is alwways packed. Good crowd. It's just a shame it shuts at 2.30am.”
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Peekay, Ruislip (1 years 11 months 2 days ago)

“One of my favourite bars to go in London! They have also added a cool restaurant with a burlesque show since I had last been. Never seen anything like the show before - you must try! Great value for money for a whole night out- dinner, a show, then free entry to the club part after and no travelling between places which is great in Winter weather :)”
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Cat P, London (5 years 2 months 4 days ago)

“My new favorite joint! Couldn't stop dancing the entire night! I met some pretty pretty good people that night. Bartenders were ace. famous people wandering around, and oodles of style everywhere else. Don't miss out, you will regret it!”
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Miss Heather Hoskins, London (6 years 6 months 7 days ago)

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“Brilliant night, was topped off with a good old bit of drunken karaoke. Will definitely be revisiting extremely soon.”
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J, Oxford (6 years 6 months 15 days ago)

“Had a ball, what can I say? It was too much fun. I went on a saturday and it was really packed! it was quite young but i didnt really mind. Makes me feel young:) I really liked the set out of the club. Theer are heaps of different rooms and sections of the bar to visit. It definitely makes for a fun filled night out.”
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amy, london (6 years 6 months 28 days ago)

“Proud Camden was fun, busy and vibrant. My girl friends and I went there for my friends hens night and we had lots of fun. We rented a stable and dressed up and were at proud till all hours of the morning. It was a good night. I think the stables are a really good place to host parties and functions with you friends. Its perfect for all kinds of people that love music and the arts. I would definitely go again.”
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brogan, london (6 years 6 months 28 days ago)

“My favourite place to go with my friends! Chilled out but electric atmosphere ina venue that is the coolest in london by far!”
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Rosie, london (6 years 7 months ago)

“This bar is my number one exhibition space in London. Exhibiting primarily photography exhibitions, ususally rock and roll themed. If you are lucky enough to be there on the afternoon of a weekend you will be graced with live music whilst looking at the exhibition...I have been to a couple of nights at Proud and they lived up to all my expectations and more!”
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lay, london (6 years 7 months ago)

“Proud Camden is a hot spot in london town. Hidden away in the stables this gem of a place offers not only the coolest photographic exhibitions but is also a music venue offering open mic in the afternoons on weekends and bands playing every night of the week...i come here often with my friends, it's has the best vibe!”
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Mete, london (6 years 7 months 1 days ago)

“Love this place. They allways have on great bands, and think the bar and gallery are really good spaces. It's a bit different as they have the cobbled floor which looks great and the wooden stables. Good for a busy Friday night out or a more chilled one early week.”
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Bryony, London (6 years 7 months 4 days ago)

“This is the perfect club. And the perfect bar. And the perfect art gallery. Proud Camden is easily the best venue in Camden, if not the whole of London. Guaranteed rocktastic fun every time.”
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Leigh, Tooting (7 years 5 months 24 days ago)

“5 stars for the best bar in Camden by far! We love going to Proud Camden.”
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Daisy, London (7 years 6 months 9 days ago)

“One of the coolest bars & clubs in London, let alone Camden. Proud Camden rocks!”
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john, London (7 years 6 months 20 days ago)

“Great venue, the stables were really cool, and there are quality pictures of rockstars everywhere.. A good night out!”
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james, London (8 years 9 months 5 days ago)

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Proud Camden Opening Hours

Monday: 10:00am - 1:30am Friday: 10:00am - 2:30am
Tuesday: 10:00am - 1:30am Saturday: 10:00am - 2:30am
Wednesday: 10:00am - 1:30am Sunday: 11:00am - 12:30am
Thursday: 10:00am - 2:30am    

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  • Cuisine Type: Eclectic
  • Dress Code: No Effort = No Entry
  • Group: Proud

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