The Forge Arts Venue

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The Forge Arts Venue
Venue name: The Forge Arts Venue
Address: 3-7
Delancey Street
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
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I went to The Forge on a Saturday night for post theatre drinks with friends. The venue is quite modern and cleverly designed with a bar, gigs/event, and restaurant areas. The atmosphere is excellent and with multi-cultural events/gigs organised every week for all generations. We didn't expect having so much fun, dancing salsa and listening a nice band from Columbia. The entrance is most of the time free but their drinks are quite expensive and the staff is often overwhelmed by the crowd. So be ready to queue a long time to get a drink!  


The Forge is a great place to discover music from various cultures, from Cuban to Folk, as they have an excellent programme. The room is nicely designed with high ceilings. 

On concert nights, you can enjoy a drink or meal (very expensive) before the concert in a lovely atmosphere. 

On club nights, there is a large dance-floor, allowing couples to dance salsa or groups to enjoy themselves. 

The drinks menu is very disappointing and expensive and the bar is too small so you have to wait a very long time to be served. 


I went to The Forge recently for a Cuban night, which was pretty good, with a friendly crowd and a great band playing. I was a little bit disappointed with the venue though. The space itself lacked seating, (the benches in the picture above were not there, nor the big window seats) and the bar prices were very high, yes I know it's London, but if house wine is £5 a glass, you know it's downhill on your wallet from here on. Because the place is not fancy and polished, I guess I thought the prices would be a bit more favourable. I think the problem with these kind of prices is that people just consume less and drink before at home, whereas if the house wine was just a pound or so less, I'd properly stay here longer, or come earlier. The bar staff were also exceptionally busy so getting served too ages and the loos were a bit grotty. I shall return for the salsa, but I had hoped of a slightly higher standard to this venue, which I'd heard good things about.