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The Camden Assembly, Chalk Farm, NW1

49 Chalk Farm Road
NW1
NW1 8AN
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Tris C left this review about The Camden Assembly

We'd never been to what was once the Monarch later Barfly before and neither of us care much for live music venues, but this is the mainstay of Camden Town; if you can't stand the heat...However, we only went here because we thought it was a specialist beer rather than music venue. Wrong. It's still a music venue but rather than being an artisanal beer venue, it doesn't sell real ale at all. The closest it could manage was Goose Island IPA at £2.80 a half.
Beverages are dispensed from chrome fonts and there's an illuminated craft beer and lager menu behind the metal-topped bar in the manner of a cinema fascia. The floor's lacquered, walls are bare brick with some industrial wall lights, thereafter illumination is provided by pink tea lights on tables; it's painfully dark in here and music is loudish. Furniture is both conventional and semi-industrial along with peripheral leatherette banquettes. Some weird 'arty' sculptures are applied to the walls and the ceiling is covered in ceramic tiles, punctuated with circular aircon vents. Glasses are plastic.
As Mr. Button writes, this is one for the Camden Weird Brigade.

On 4th October 2016 - rating: 2
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Barfly

Good as a live music venue, but pretty poor as a pub. Small low platform in the 'L'-shaped main bar, with a proper little stage in the rectangular upstairs room. Very basic furniture and decor. No real ale, with just a small bottle of vastly overpriced Old Speckled Hen available from the fridge. Overall, don't bother unless you are going to a gig... NB - Spectacularly re-painted (although temporarily, I guess) in 'Movember' 2012.

On 9th December 2012 - rating: 4
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Roger Button left this review about Barfly Club

Part of music's toilet venue circuit. As a pub it is pretty awful, with bland and overpriced beers, gloomy decor, uncomfortable seating. Only the weirdest member of the Camden weird brigade would find it appealing. The fact of the matter is that no-one goes here just for a drink (except the Camden weird brigade) but for the bands, who play in a tiny room upstairs with a bar serving an equally expensive and uninspiring choice of beers. The Barfly is today what the Marquee Club was in the 60's and 70's - a starting point on the road to riches for many a great band and a graveyard for several others. Many a great band has passed through, some on their way up, others on their way down. For a packed gig you won't see a thing but it is fine for the preverbial 2 people and a dog gig. The Barfly, like the old Marquee that I used to frequent regularly, is a dump. I love it.

On 4th November 2005 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Kentish Town West, 0.36 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Camden Road, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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30th Jan 2018, 14:31
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30th Jan 2018, 14:21
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