Camden Town hosts many gigs each week with top local and international bands playing at its many venues. Where should you go if you arrive before the show has started?

Going to see a gig at Koko, Camden Roundhouse, or Jazz Café? How about Dublin Castle or The Mean Fiddler? Here are some bars that will happily serve you a drink before the show starts.

  1. Elephant’s Head

The Elephant’s Head is a friendly and welcoming, authentic Victorian London pub that dates back to 1832. The long bar and tiled floors, along with a jukebox, makes this pub a place full of atmosphere.

Elephant's Head Camden Town pub

  1. The Hawley Arms

Good beer, great history, and a big part of Camden’s musical culture. Hit the roof terrace in the warmer months.

hawley arms

  1. The Lock Tavern

The spacious pub can get busy, but it’s worth popping in to order from their friendly bar staff. The food menu is good too if you fancy a burger with your beer.

Lock Tavern Bar

  1. Quinn’s

For those of you who enjoy a beer you might not have tasted before, Quinn’s is the place. Belgian beers galore, just ask the servers for their recommendations.

  1. Spread Eagle

A few doors down from Jazz Café, Spread Eagle is comfortable and homely. Beers, wine, food are all available to prepare you for your Camden Town gig.

  1. The Dublin Castle

Even if you’re going for a gig somewhere else (Dublin Castle has a great music venue at the back) it’s worth popping in for a pint. It’s as rock ‘n roll as you’ll get.

Dublin Castle Camden

  1. The World’s End

It’s huge, busy, and has two excellent bars. If you’ve never been to a bar in Camden before this is a good place to start.

worlds end

  1. Spiritual Bar

This small bar / venue makes the list because it’s awesome. They host music sessions themselves, but for a quick drink this place is firmly on the list. Try a Camden Hells or one of their cocktails – quite possibly the best in town.

Spiritual Bar Camden

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