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Camden Assembly

Nightlife, Nightlife venues Chalk Farm
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)
Camden Assembly

Time Out says

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.

Camden Assembly says
Split into three 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.



Address: 49
Chalk Farm Road
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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I came here on a Friday night with a medley group of friends for a Disco night out. 

Venue: Decor is great, very 'North London'. It was a bit awkward getting to and from the smoking area as you have to go through the front door where people are coming in and paying, meaning bouncers galore. 

Atmosphere: It was heaving. The music both upstairs and downstairs was really good. 

Price: The ticket price was a fiver (bargain) but the drinks were actually ridiculous. I've lived in London for two years now and I still can't get over the price of alcohol. Apparently buying three Jager Bombs is cheaper than two, it was £13. Disgrace. Single spirit and mixer were £8. So, definitely no chance of a BNO if you're on a budget. 


We booked the karaoke room on the top floor and it was a really fun evening with the group. All of the songs we wanted to sing were in the karaoke library. You can sing on top of your lungs and dance around the room as there's plenty of space. There are air hockey and other games in the room too altho I don't think the air hockey table was quite working. Really reasonable cost as well on a Sunday.

We visited for NYE but despite paying £25 for tickets, spent an hour and a half in the queue and missed the countdown. We complained to the venue who assured us they would refund the ticket price, but a day later were subsequently told by management that they had changed their minds and would not be refunding us (???). Disgraceful customer service. We won't be returning.

I used to go here when I was not yet 20, the venue was still called Barfly, the carpets were sticky and the atmosphere raucous. The update to Camden Assembly was perhaps long overdue and I'm pleased to report that the venue hasn't lost any of its atmosphere during the revamp. This dimly lit spot is quieter on a week day, perfect for some date night drinks and picks up on the weekend. Tequila Thursdays are particularly lethal - if you're a fan of the spirit, get yourself down there. I can recommend the veggie burger too. 


We have only ever been to the downstairs bar / lucky chip burger but can thoroughly recommend the Camden Assembly. We were greeted by very friendly bar staff who recommended us some drinks when a number of our group were being rather indecisive.

The atmosphere was relaxed and the food we saw looked good quality. The menu seems to feature a monthly guest burger, with this month's (June 2016) being the Bill Murrey, featuring crab, guacamole and ginger sweet chilli alongside your beef patty. 

I can only assume the gig element of the venue, upstairs, hasn't changed much since the old BarFly days, which means you should still get a lot of good shows here in an intimate area.


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. 


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!

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

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.

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