The Blues Kitchen Camden

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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. 


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The Blues Kitchen Camden says
Serving up hearty Texan BBQ and blues music, The Blues Kitchen brings a touch of Southern soul to Camden High Street. Vintage concert posters, light fixtures made from gramophones and luxury leather style booths - not to mention the knowledge that music icons including Seasick Steve, Gary Clark Jr, Pete Doherty, Vintage Trouble and The Strypes have played here - make The Blues Kitchen feel like its been here forever. Highlights on the menu include 16-hour slow smoked beef ribs, Texan hot-link sausages and the best buffalo wings in town.

With various live music and club nights on all week, there's always something to do at The Blues Kitchen!
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Venue name: The Blues Kitchen Camden
Address: 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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3.8 / 5

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I've never actually stayed in here for a night out, we have always gone for a few cocktails and moved on to somewhere else. It has a great atmosphere though and is a lot of fun and keeping meaning to stay and actually watch some live music, given that is what this bar is all about! 

So I visited The Blues Kitchen a while back and had such an amazing time that i decided to drag my friends along last Friday and it exceeded all expectations! We were greeted by super friendly staff who got us seated and served pretty quick. My friends could not get enough of the buffalo wings! Once we had finished eating we headed to the stage area in time for the live music to start and i am pretty sure we managed to dance our whole meal off, The Beekays were the highlight of the night so much fun, can not wait to return! 

The Blues Kitchen Camden last Friday was surprisingly busy, you know!

BUT they delivered great service, only had to wait a small amount of time when I didn't have a booking and our server was super attentive. 

Next time I might try and book a table for some drinking booths late in the evening as I believe they do table service cocktails after a certain time. 

Great music too. 



For a chain. It's actually pretty damn good! It's not the best soul food I've ever had, but in London I do struggle to find good southern cuisine. So if I ever need a gumbo fix. Blues kitchen it is :)

LOVE The Blues Kitchen in Camden! My favourite hangout on a Sunday night when the Blues jam is on. Accompanied by the best wings in town and delicious Bourbon old fashioned's 😋


I have been to Blues Kitchen for AMAZING nights of music and cocktails, however was very disappointed when we tried the restaurant for lunch.

I got the 'Hot Chicken Sandwich' which was terrible. The bread was stale and the fried chicken was soggy (not at all crispy) and tasted so bad I could only have a few bites before giving up.

Would definitely go back for the music and beer, but would not go back for the food.


From the outside this place looks like a bog standard bar but,in fact, it's a buzzy place and worth spending a night out at. Not only does it have lots of tables to sit at,either small or big groups,it has a stonking menu of classic American food. Good burgers and ribs,the chicken wings are suitably spicy too. Not only that,there is always some live music to go with it. There are few places like this that have that sort of a thing going on and make it work. A mixture of blues/soul indie legends to unknown talent,one thing is for sure,it will always be quality music. A veritable array of booze and cocktails on offer too. A solid and reliable sort of place,good stuff! 

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An absolute must for good food, good music and a great drink selection! As a bourbon fan, there are few places that tick all the boxes like Blues Kitchen, it really is a great venue for pre or post drinks


I've been to Blues Kitchen over in Shoreditch and it is pretty much business as usual in Camden. It is the kinda place that you want to visit on a Friday night after with your friends...have loads of food, plenty of drinks and end up dancing until midnight to the band! Live music is always a plus and they came on around 11ish from memory. It gets pretty packed so I recommend booking a table in advance or being prepared to stand and drink.



- The amazing live music: there are two live acts every single night, mostly blues but it can sometimes change. Never seen bad quality there.

- The delicious food: NEW ORLEANS GUMBO! Yes, a chicken and sausage soupy dish with yummy rice and insane freshly baked cornbread. I've also tried the 'Total Babe', a most amazing burger, which would have made me cry.

- The atmosphere and decoration: you'll feel like you're in a western film, only more modern and less risks of being shot through a bottle of Jack Daniel's.

- The staff: from the bouncer to the bartenders, everyone is super friendly.


- The prices: get mentally ready because £14 burgers don't come by that often. Drinks are pretty pricey too. Bottom line: do not go there after the 15th of the month once you're struggling to make ends meet.

- The table availability: you 100% need to book a table if you want to have dinner, even on a Monday. It's always full.

- The noise level to chat: if you're there to listen to music or snog, you're where you should be. If you want to debate politics in the Middle East, I'd suggest you went somewhere else.


Came here is a largish group on Saturday for dinner. We were seated close to the stage- which was dark! We could not read the menus properly. Which was a negative. Because we were in the "bar" bit  we could only order the sharing menu. There was 7 of us but 2 meat platters and a veggie one was sufficient to feed us all. The meat platter was really good and the burnt ends were divine! We tries the chicken wings and things- that platter was not as good. I was disappointed with the chicken wings- I was hoping that there would be a spicier kick to them. 

The service was really good- as soon as a waiter found it was my friends birthday he greeted her with a shot of tequila. They paid attention to us throughout the evening and replenished our water jugs on a regular basis- which was needed in deed! I did not try the cocktails but the friends that did have one said they were good. Highly recommended!


What to do on a mid week Wednesday to get you over the line towards the weekend? Head to Blues Kitchen in Camden of course. With a band on every night, the vibe is pumping and dependant on your chosen table, you can either be enveloped by the blues, or sit back and enjoy it as background music. Always a fun night out, so expect to be out for longer than anticipated. 

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


What can I say but yum yum yum! The Blues Kitchen has everything you want for a fantastic evening. Great food? Check. Great atmosphere? Check. Great service? Check. Great service? Check. What more would you want? I had the bean wrap which was crammed with filling and bursting with flavour, and the crispy fries and tangy coleslaw were the perfect accompaniments. Definitely a place to go with a group of friends rather than a date as it can get a little noisy at  times, but that doesn't stop you having a good time. The decor is awesome too! Looking forward to coming here again.


What a great and special experience I had at this cracking, soulful venue! I went on Thursday night for a friends dinner and was blown away by the style, food, service and music! I had the slow cooked ribs and they were epic.

The staff were lovely, going out of their way to be extra attentive as it was a birthday booking . We even had a few complimentary treats ;)

Prices are a bit steep with no happy to speak of but the quality is great. One for a payday treat !

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!


Been here quite a few times. Definitely one of my favourite places in Camden. It does get busy, but if you've got a table it's ok. I prefer the booth type tables. The  live music is at the end of the bar, which you can't really see unless you're near it - ie from the booths you can hear but not see. The food is very good.  I preferred it when they took the tastecard, and went a lot more. 

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Once of the best places in Camden, especially towards that end of the high street. I've always liked the food options here which are great and the drinks options are probably even better, especially the cocktails. Can get lively on a Friday night too. 

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Good food, great music, friendly staff - can get really busy at night with people eating, dancing, and drinking.

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A nice lively environment on Camden High Street with a good selection of food, drink and entertainment. Keep an eye out for the bands that are coming up.

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

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.