Top 10 Best Bars in Camden

Camden is the perfect spot for a bit of bar-hopping. Whether you fancy a traditional London pub, fun retro vibes, cocktails or a taste of international flair, you’re in the right place. There’s an abundance of live music and entertainment too, with something for every kind of mood. Read on to discover the best bars in Camden.

1. All About Eve

Do you fancy a bar with a difference? All About Eve is one of the most quirky bars in Camden for enjoying a cocktail, pint or glass of wine. It’s got a fun ’50s atmosphere, perfect for kicking back with friends to enjoy a drink or two. You can also get a range of tasty snacks including pizza and even afternoon tea.

Enjoy a whole host of events from comedy to live music and more. Take in the atmosphere on the heated outdoor terrace which features white picket fences and flowers for a special retro feel. You can just pop in or book a table, and there’s also a function room for special events.

2. The Black Heart


If you’re a metal or rock fan, this bar will be right up your street. Here, you’ll find daily live music events in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Once you’ve had The Black Heart experience, you’ll be thirsting for more. As well as an abundance of tasty creations to enjoy in one of the most distinctive bars in Camden, there’s also a fab kitchen serving top-notch vegan food. Check out the Southern Fried 2 Piece Mocken’ or the Dirty Tots ‘N’ Tofu with popcorn tofu, vegan cheese and buffalo or barbecue sauce.

3. Lock Tavern


The Lock Tavern is a rustic old-school Camden pub that is the perfect setting for catching up with your mates. Call in Monday to Thursday between 5 and 7 pm to enjoy Hoppy Hour, an opportunity to enjoy the tastiest of ales for just £3 a pint. Make sure you check out the cocktail bar upstairs with DJs mixing great beats for your listening pleasure. There’s also a heated and covered roof terrace overlooking Camden Market, so you can soak up the atmosphere of this cool spot as you enjoy a beer or cocktail.

4. Fifty Five Bar and Lounge


Fifty Five is the place to see and be seen in Camden. Serving a vast array of delicious cocktails accompanied by the best tunes to get the party started, this is the bar for a special night with friends. Check out Tipple Tuesdays, when you can get cocktails for just £7 – the perfect way to get your evening going. Immerse yourself in the funky atmosphere of this suave and sophisticated bar that is open until late so you can make the fun last all night.

5. BYOC Camden


Dress up to enjoy this unique cocktail experience in the heart of Camden. This is a bar with a 1920s casino-style setting for the ultimate in glamour and decadence. You can book an evening cocktail tasting from £30 per person!

Bring a bottle or two of your favourite spirits, and the talented people at BYOC will mix you some very special drinks using their eclectic range of ingredients and supreme mixing skills. You get five rounds of cocktails over a two-hour slot, plenty of time to savour those flavours and enjoy the company of friends. Book online for an unforgettable experience.

6. The Camden Assembly


This is a bar that has it all, including regular live music and comedy events, a fantastic range of drinks including ales and stouts, club nights and delicious food. The Camden Assembly has been an institution for pub-goers for many years and does not disappoint with its party atmosphere.

You can hire the Playroom for up to 50 guests and enjoy your own private bar with staff plus karaoke. Check out the food menu for tasty plates to go with your favourite tipples. Starters include popcorn squid and cauliflower taco and you can get a hot chicken burger or a vegan cheeseburger for mains.

7. Made in Brasil


Get a taste of Brazil and all things Latin with a trip to this fun spot for drinking and eating. Kick back and relax with a chilli raspberry caipirinha or cafezinho martini, to name just two of the fantastic selection of cocktails. Get tasting during Happy Hour which takes place every day between 4 and 7pm with selected cocktails for just £6.95 and wine and beer for £4.50.

On Tuesdays, Happy Hour lasts all evening, so you can quaff away to your heart’s content. Make sure you check out the tempting tapas too: there are loads of gorgeous dishes including Brazilian mini cheese breads and pan-fried garlic and chilli prawns.

8. The Spirited


This fun pub is right in the heart of Camden Market, so if you’re looking for a relaxed and eclectic feel, it’s an ideal choice. The rooftop terrace is a lovely spot to take in the sights and enjoy an artisanal gin or two, or even an alcoholic milkshake for a milky drink with a bit of a kick. Tuck into tapas made with fresh locally sourced ingredients for a summery feel whatever the season. You can just pop in or book online to avoid disappointment.

9. Spiritual Bar


This is a cool spot perfect for music lovers. Listen to some great music such as blues, rock or funk as you sate your thirst (one of our personal favourite things to do in Camden!). The Spiritual Bar has a laid-back atmosphere which makes it very relaxed and fun to hang out in. It regularly hosts a wide range of artists, and they make their own records too, so it’s a bit of a mecca for music aficionados and those in the know.

10. The Hawley Arms


Check out this traditional London boozer that was a favourite of the late Amy Winehouse. It hosts regular gigs with a range of different artists, and you can get every kind of drink you can think of, including non-alcoholic tipples and several different types of tea and coffee. There’s also a tasty selection of nibbles on offer, such as deep-fried whitebait and aubergine bruschetta.