"Good ol’ southern rock in Camden"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
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.
Leila reviewed The Blues Kitchen on Thu 25 Nov 2010