Camden Assembly

Nightlife, Nightlife venues Chalk Farm
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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 (Paolo Farinella)
Paolo Farinella
Venue says 'Straight Outta Camden' – at The Camden Assembly every Saturday night. £5 entry.

Formerly The Barfly, this corner venue has been a Camden institution for years, welcoming Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand and Bombay Bicycle Club among the many bands who’ve played early London gigs here. It was a popular hangout during the Britpop and grunge years, doubtless due to its loud, post-band DJ sets and late licence. It’s recently been taken over by The Columbo Group and relaunched as the Camden Assembly.

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Camden Assembly says
Split into two floors; all are welcome at Camden Assembly - whether you're visiting us for a gig or club night upstairs or just looking to grab a pint and a burger in our great ground floor bar. We keep most tables for walk-ins but can take large group bookings, too.

Our comfy booths in our ground floor bar provide the perfect spot to spend birthdays, leaving dos, engagement parties or simply to sip on cocktails until the wee hours after work.

The Camden Assembly is also home to Lucky Chip who serve seven days a week, from 5pm during the week and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Every Saturday we’ll be running right through ’til the early hours fuelled by turn up tunes, party hip-hop and R 'n' B classics for only £5.
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Venue name: Camden Assembly
Address: 49
Chalk Farm Road
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm
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  • Rock and indie Wednesday May 31 2017
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  • Funk and soul Thursday June 8 2017 - Friday June 9 2017
  • Funk, soul and disco Friday June 9 2017
  • Rock and indie Tuesday June 13 2017
  • Rock and indie Wednesday June 14 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017
  • Pop Thursday June 15 2017
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  • Folk, country and blues Saturday June 17 2017
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Lucrezia A

What if you’ve just spent half of the day in Camden, perhaps strolling through the Market, but then, it’s already dinner time, you’re craving for a burger and don’t know where to go? Continue on walking and at 49 Chalk Farm Road you’ll find a lovely pub and music venue called Camden Assembly. I stumbled upon it by chance, as I was going there for a gig yesterday and I was positively surprised by the place. Furniture is very pub-style, but design is much more then that, it’s weird with mannequin heads hanging from the walls as if they were trophies and pictures on the walls which look like taken from anatomy books. Weird, but in a good way, I had never though that a pub could have gone for that design. Waiting for the gig to start I ordered a basic hot dog and chips with an ale, everything was fresh and delicious (perhaps however, the prices of drinks were a bit expensive from my point of view). Plus, the pub is even a music venue, indeed, behind a small door close to the entrance there’s a “whole new world” beginning upstairs, where bands play and where there’s another bar (although I must admit that the space is small, or intimate, if you prefer) .The audio for gigs is amazing, however, if you want to go to a gig there, tickets cannot be bought at the door, but need to be booked in advance at max the day before.


A nicely small place to see a band -- so small that the band have to squeeze past the audience on the way to the exit, and then back through for the encore. Not great for claustrophobic people, though. 

Vishaal V

Great, intimate venue for concerts. The decor of the stage with red bubble lights is great too. They put on interesting acts, such as Nordoff Robins series that is happening in December for charity. The only thing is that it is quite stuffy in the venue so beware of this. 


I saw Lucy Rose live in the Barfly earlier this year and the venue was absolutely on point for her music. An intimate space, which couldn't have fitted Lucy Rose's vibe any better! I've never heard of anyone else talk of the Barfly, even though I imagine any Londoner has walked right past its door hundreds of times!

John Louis H

It sounds awesomely legendary,even though I've never ever been there,I eagerly look forward to the ascension,indeed...

The Man on the Street

Some say Barfly should be my nickname. That's just unfair. However I would not mind being named after this GREAT Camden hideout. Unremarkable pub downstairs, awesome music room upstairs. In the last year I have seen two amazing acts here and a few that don't quite live up to that billing. Blackberry Smoke - over from the USA were outstanding. A real raw Lynard Skynard sounding dirty down south outfit that should break through to the big time any day now. The second (pictured) was Jeannine Barry who I had seen at Borderline and C2C. She nailed it at Barfly. Check her out on . Looking forward to my next visit to Barfly.