The Blues Kitchen

Bar in Primrose Hill
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7 / 10 from 2 reviews
111-113 Camden High Street
Primrose Hill
020 7387 5277
Primrose Hill
Nearest Station
Camden Town
0.20 miles
Opening Times
Monday Open 12:00 - Closes 00:00
Tuesday Open 12:00 - Closes 00:00
Wednesday Open 12:00 - Closes 00:00
Thursday Open 12:00 - Closes 01:00
Friday Open 12:00 - Closes 03:00
Saturday Open 11:00 - Closes 03:00
Sunday Open 11:00 - Closes 00:00

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All In London Review

Good ol’ southern rock in Camden

Housed in what used to be the Oh! Bar, the Blues Kitchen is attempting to add some good ol’ southern rock to the indie paradigm that is Camden, by putting together a programme of events that focuses on blues, soul and 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll.

There is live music most days of the week, starting at 9.30pm and with an earlier start at weekends, while Mondays are reserved, somewhat bizarrely, for swing dancing lessons. Unlike many of the neighbouring venues, entrance is free except for Fridays and Saturdays, when a humble £3 fee is charged after 10pm.

Booths and armchairs provide the seating in this dimly-lit venue, with the stage situated past the bar, at the back of the room. A scattering of candle-lit tables and chairs sit facing the stage, speakeasy-style, while posters and illustrations of musicians line the walls. In short, it feels lived-in, the sort of bar where you might sink your sorrows into half a dozen whiskey shots before crawling home.

Food follows the Americana theme with southern fried chicken, ribs, steaks, creole shrimp and quesadillas. True to tradition, bottles of bourbon are prominently displayed behind the bar, ranging from budget options to the Buffalo Trace Experiments Twice Barrelled priced at £40 for a shot. Those with a sweeter tooth have a selection of bourbon-based cocktails to choose from, or for the heathens there’s a wine list.

Unsurprisingly The Blues Kitchen can get very busy while the bands are on, however it remains an unpretentious and welcoming locale.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Nov 25, 2010

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Bourbon is the drink of choice here, starting from well-known Jack Daniels to more discerning types like Woodford Reserve. If you want a cocktail order the sazerac, a refreshing yet robust drink made with rye whisky and bitters.

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The menu at The Blues Kitchen is all about fried chicken, burgers and pulled pork, so the puddings follow a similarly artery-thickening theme. Here they take Oreos – the famous chocolate cookie sandwich filled with cream – and deep fry them in batter till they’re crispy. Voila the Oreo doughnut, with a pot of caramel dipping sauce on the side.

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Where to get a meal before a gig in Camden

Big meal + jumping up and down = fun times!

The food at The Blues Kitchen is inspired by southern favourites, for instance catfish jambalaya, pulled pork, and beef brisket chilli among others. All the barbecued meat is smoked in-house, and they have exotic specials from time to time like grilled alligator.They also have good gig line-ups, focusing on blues and southern rock naturally. Add to that their selection of American whiskies, and and your food, drink and music needs are all catered forunder one roof.

User Reviews


Nov 20, 2013

There's a great selection of bourbon and cocktails here, from Jack Daniels to lesser known ones like the Eagle 10 year old. The Sazerac is particularly good and strong, although I was a bit disappointed with the Breakfast Martini as it tasted of lemon rather than marmalade!
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