Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
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Posted: Sat Jan 5 2013
It's no exaggeration to describe this corner venue as an institution, since it's welcomed across the threshold of its rather shabby upstairs room Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand and The Futureheads – just a few of the many bands who played very early London gigs here. It was a popular hangout during the Britpop and grunge years, doubtless due to its loud, post-band DJ sets (Queens of Noize later had a notorious residency here) and late licence. The Barfly retains its reputation for seven-day championing of cool and upcoming talent, making it a destination venue for serious music fans and partygoers alike.
What's on at Barfly
Pop and rock
- Critics' choice
Garage punks Arrows Of Love combine Mclusky, Sonic Youth and Fugazi in a raucous, instrument-swapping rock ’n’ roll show.
Pop, Rock 'n' roll, Folk
The six-piece, London-based band plays their own take on folk-rock and pop.
Alternative rock, Indie rock, Rock 'n' roll
Alternative and contemporary rock by this three-piece group who hail from London.
Pop, Soul, Dance, Clubs, Soul, funk and rap
If you're one of those who loves nothing more than dancing like a dad on a dancefloor filled with good ol' cheese, then this is the night for you. Ready the robot and move with the macarena to a bit of Madonna alongside Marvin, Abba, The Beatles, Stevie...