This lively, contemporary bar-diner on the main Camden drag celebrates American musical heritage in song (live shows, DJs, free harmonica lessons), spirits and sustenance.
The food is all-American in spirit and substance, with barbecue and burgers featuring prominently. Though you can, if you insist, order a 'superfood salad.'
There are around 50 bourbons in a variety of categories, some used as bases for cocktails. Rarer types (Blanton’s Gold, Sazerac 18-Year-Old Rye, Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash) go for a tenner or more, but otherwise you’ll be paying £3.50 to £6. ‘America’s native spirit’ is how Kentucky bourbon is described, with Ancient Age and Evan Williams typical examples; Tennessee, ‘the first cousin of Kentucky’, is honoured with a full suit of Jack Daniel’s labels.
|Venue name:||The Blues Kitchen Camden||Contact:|
111-113 Camden High Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Tues 12pm - 2am, Wed - Thurs 12pm - 1am, Fri 12pm - 3am, Sat 10am - 3.30am, Sun 10am - 1am|
|Transport:||Tube: Camden Town|
|Price:||Main courses £8-£17. Admission Gigs free; £4 after 9.30pm Fri; £6 after 9pm Sat|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:9
- 3 star:6
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:3
The food here is excellent. Went late on a Monday night and it was rammed. There was a live band playing the whole time and just has a really funky atmosphere. At the weekend this place is such an awesome place to go with everyone dancing the night away
It's a lovely american restaurant bar, I loved the food, drinks and the seating area BUT i hated that waitress mentioned us that we only have 2 hours to seat even though I booked our table in advance. We wanted to have drink, chat and then have food, but waitress pushed us repeatedly that we don't have enough time, and didn't serve us dessert because only 15 minutes was left from our time. Because of this, the rating from 5star will drop to 3 star.
Excellent food and generous portions. The only criticism I would have is that the food took quite a long time to come and as we were on our lunch break this wasn't ideal however I can't fault the food and the staff were really friendly and if I had more time available would have given them 5 stars!
Hungover on a sunday - all day brunch with my best mate, the food is amazing and will rally us around for an afternoon mooching around the lock
Wanted to book a drinks table on a Sunday night to be sure of a space before watching a band I wanted to see there. Was told I couldn't book a drinks table until 11.30pm. As the band were coming on at 11 it would have been pointless. My friend rang up and managed to book one for 9, but on a 2 hour slot only. Our waiter seemed more interested in posing than serving us. Every whisky we ordered the bar didn't seem to have. The waiter kept forgetting about us. It took almost an hour to get our drinks, and that was from a table. At least he knocked them off the bill. We had to surrender the table, but that was ok because the band we wanted to see came on at 11. Managed to get to the front and have a good boogie. But the journey back out through the crowd was horrendous. Way too many people in there. We waited by the bar until our friends could find us as we had all been separated in he crowd but a security guy moved us on. Not a welcoming environment but good music and apparently good drinks, if you can get one!
Fantastic restaurant. Their butter chicken is the best! And the sweet potato fries are a perfect compliment. Prices are pretty average for a restaurant of this type. And the live music showcased on Friday nights makes it a top choice!
Tasty is what this. Serious barbeque, and save room for dessert, the 'mess' thing is serious and you need it in your life. Service is spot on- friendly and casual rather than formal and proper- and the music was great! Don't know the name but they had a massive brass band on, playing all the stuff you wanna make some shapes to. Will definitely be back.
God DAMN, had the best meal ever at Blues Kitchen last night!!! Didn't have a reservation and it was really busy (on a wednesday) but the lovely girl on the door directed us to the bar and we were at a table within 10 mins. Not bad at all, I would definitely reserve if I was going on a weekend though.
Staff were never too far away, all very friendly and accommodating. Our waitress recommended the buffalo wings as a starter- still thinking about them now. The tangy sauce built up a nice little kick, which was complemented perfectly by the thick blue cheese sauce, full of chunky real blue cheese bits.
They also said the BBQ was their speciality- there were 4 of us, so we went for the Deluxe BBQ platter for "2 people", could have easily fed all of us!! We ended up taking a lot of it home with us, it was all tender and juicy, and their BBQ sauce was the perfect accompaniment. Another highlight was the burger special, The Elvis Presley, which was a burger with peanut butter candied bacon & chilli jam, so so good, and the amazing Old Fashioned cocktails!
Then the band started playing and we somehow managed to dance our asses off to really good soul and blues tunes for the rest of the night. Really can't wait to bring all my friends.
The food is incredible! We ordered far too much and ate it all, the hot wings and the ribs being my favorite part, finishing up with boozy hard shakes all round. After dinner we rolled ourselves to the stage area to watch the live band and ended up dancing off all that delicious bbq food until the place closed.
Overpriced disappointing food and drinks. The music was still really quiet at 11pm and nobody was dancing...
The most disappointing night, getting verbally abused by extremely unprofessional "security guards", was afraid to go outside for some fresh air (which you will need due to the lack of air-con). Food is overpriced and below average. I ordered a tuna steak salad which I rather regret, £12 I will never get back. Bouncers and staff alike unfriendly but good music.
Anyone who's had the hectic evening eating experience at the Blues Kitchen should consider going for lunch or brunch to experience it at its best - music nice and atmospheric but not loud enough to drown out conversation/cause ear strain, seated straightaway (we had booked a table for 2.30pm but arrived at 2 and were still able to go to our table and have drinks brought to us), food arrived in perfect time and staff very attentive and informative about the menu/venue. Just need to get there early on a weekend now to try the yummy breakfast/brunch options!
The bar is hopping with great live music on a nightly basis, great place to go for some drinks. The lunch menu has some good offers and the hot wings are some of the best in town! gotta get them. As someone has previously mentioned, it does get rather noisy in the evening so not the best place for a cosy meal. The service isn't great and if you come at the wrong time then there will be quite the wait for a table. But still a great vibrant bar/restaurant to visit!
This bar-diner host live music every night of the week and it draws a crowd in consistently. The weekends are particularly busy; I would recommend booking a table should you want dinner. And you should want dinner because the food is fab. It’s an American diner style kitchen with a great selection of burgers and barbeque foods. Fail proof. The menu is physically big enough to shelter a small family from a storm. The bar is small but has a cool vibe. It brings in a real mix. The dress code says “casual” but there is the usual Camden mix of converse's and platforms. The bar staff look like they would hang out here even if they weren't obliged. I wished maybe a few more of them were obliged to be here on this particular Friday evening because it sometimes felt impossible to get served. Though, this is to be expected in a busy London bar. Prices are on the higher side but again this is to be expected. The band went on around 10pm and the crowd were ready for them. Friday night is Soul Night .............*Continue reading this review blog at http://mylife-inmusic.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/thank-funk-its-friday-blues-kitchen_18.html
The Blues Kitchen (outdoor neon sign now says 'Blues Bar') is a great place for excellent live music - in particular blues! A chilled crowd comes here to listen to some great sounds. I recommend the venue when you want a drink and listen to music. Not so much for dinner and conversations. Even though the food is pretty good - the music is way too loud to have a conversation over eating your tasty burger or ribs. If you do want to eat (and assuming you want to do so seated), book a table in advance!
The one thing that stops The Blues KItchen from being awesome, is the staff. Being sat at a table can take anything up to 10 minutes, could be longer but I gave up and approached the bar keep for a table. Getting your order taken...who knows, it may never happen. Whilst sat at an unreserved table, other tables have reservation signs on, I have been waiting over 15 minutes for my order to be taken, instead an unenthused waitress puts a reservation sign on the table, the table I am already sat on! This has happened here before. Last time I stood my ground as the girl admitted the reservation had just come in, how can a table be reserved when it is already occupied? The total lack of interest from the staff, not even lack of interest...I am an inconvenience, left me feeling snubbed by the 'cool kids'. No matter how good the food is, it can't make up for terrible service.
Blues kitchen since the new Chef started 3 weeks ago ,id have to say they have the best ribs and pulled pork in london
A fine stage area at the back lends itself to smaller bands showcasing their talents. The fact that the bar is elongated makes viewing somewhat tricky if they happen to be popular and you haven't barged your way to the front. The bar is fully stocked with traditional and new tipples and the staff seem competent even when busy. Food was good, and the place is obviously very popular, the dining area that you are faced with as you enter was fully reserved on the night we went. Drinks over-priced as standard. I'd go again if there was another a band on I wanted to see, but not just for a drink.