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Fiddlers Elbow, Kentish Town

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The dirtiest pub ive ever been in. Maybe because they havent a cleaner ! Was in there one day, strange smell , staff lifted the stage and there was a dead rat there.!have spotted mice running across the bar during daytime. Toilets disgusting, no hot water, no lights in toilet when my girlfriend used the ladies. Was told by barman that he wasnt allowed to put them on due to electricity bill. No food, mind you aftr my experience there I dont think id want to eat. Rotten and filthy. Staff need a clean up too.
dripfedfred - 8 Sep 2014 08:11
The Fiddler's Elbow is one of the London's pubs where not only you can listen the coolest bands playing day by day but you can have the perfect rest in a stylish, unique bar with helpful staff. This place is always full with people and great music, you can find every style you wanna listen. Also it is possible to hire this beautiful venue :)

Miriammusic - 31 Jan 2014 19:32
Having come across the pub a month or so ago it has quickly become one of my favorites. It has great live bands and really friendly and welcoming staff!

Having read a couple of other reviews I must say that the drinks prices are actually really good when you consider the location as well as the music and overall vibe of the pub.

Unsure? Give the pub a visit and you'll soon be a regular!
rgb1 - 31 Aug 2013 18:00
Fiddlers Elbow is one of the only live music venues left in Camden thats authentic and true to it's alternative music roots. They welcome any genre and are really welcoming to any new bands/talents. Beer prices are better than your average in Camden and door entry is pretty standard. Oh and they have their own smoking area which I think is a massive bonus! Definitely recommend it to bands and music lovers a like.
EmilyJane - 23 Jul 2013 17:02
Recently played at The Elbow after a run of gigs in town and have to say; this is the best place we've played in over the last few months. The decor includes a multitude of classic records / posters for wall eye candy, the layout of the pub is refined for it's main purpose - showcasing artists, the sound dude does a great job, the stage is a decent size, the overall sound is awesome. The owner is a legend and his staff are very welcoming. Bottom line - this is a tightly run operation, a great venue with a positive vibe, would definitely visit again.
humanespider - 26 Apr 2012 16:22
The Elbow is a brilliant boozer if you're looking for good music and decent beer every night of the week. Dan the landlord loves his music and pays the bands based on how many followers they bring - bands/artists can earn 3 or 4 a ticket from a 5 entry fee - how many pubs can say that? Also, there is a great house PA with an in-house sound engineer that knows what he's doing. Highly recommended for bands and punters alike.
Coxygoesvroom - 11 Nov 2011 13:22
Had my sixth visit to the Fiddlers Elbow last night. I have to say this is fast becoming one of favourite live music venues in London. For a start is easy to park around the venue (after 5:30).....a 15 minute walk to Camden Lock for a bite to eat. Back at the Fiddlers. Like the first time we got a very warm and friendly welcome from the staff and had a good selection of beers to choose from. However, the thing that really makes this place stand out from many others is the quality of live music. Not only do they have a fine selection of bands but the sound quality is awesome. A fair sized stage and excellent sound and lighting system. Oh and for us smokers there's a private area out the back.....huurrrah! Once again we had a top night in The Fiddlers. Can't wait for the next visit.
KentMod - 14 Nov 2010 18:48
after fighting my way through 3 casino pop ups (sort it out you tossers) id like to retract my last statement and say that there were no vagrants - only tramps bottoms and wizards sleeves
baps - 19 Oct 2010 01:54
Sorry, but I have to answer the most recent comment on this pub, 'cos it's outrageous. As a regularly gigging musician and a Londoner all my life (despite now being out in Borehamwood), let me break the news to you (and recent contributor 'baps'): this pub/venue is an absolute breath of fresh air in a scene where places are so often nice despite the venue and not because of it.

The Fiddlers Elbow has been a place to see real bands off of the 'manufactured' circuit for a while, and it's had a major makeover with new flooring/decoration and amazing classic vinyl and band posters decor. The French guy that does the sound there has always done a great job, and now he's got his own/DJ booth and the stage area is bigger as a result. The place has got a relaxed friendly vibe and bar staff to die for.

I don't know if good honest pubs with heart like the Fiddler's Elbow can make a go of it in the current economic climate (and with some negative out-of-date entries lingering on beerintheevening), but they bloody well should be able to! See you there.
ag4bwood - 11 Sep 2010 09:26
Great British Pub - had a great night here watching football, although not really a football pub great for gigs as centre stage large with views from all around pub. Toilets were brand new nicely tiled, more like posh hotel toilets. Staff very friendly, all in all a great night out.
JoanneH - 23 Jun 2010 11:00
Good little venue, but agree with whats been said.
Clean the khazis up, a coat of paint, and have the small bar at the back open and working(the bar in the front struggled to keep up last night).
Guinness was ok.

Was in here last night for the London Diehards debut gig, and The Legendary Gonads.Superb night,packed wiuith the cream of londons Hooligan past and loads of buxom tattooed ladies.

Recommended for a night of Music, but maybe not for a lunch time pint

tottenhamsean - 5 Apr 2009 17:35
Yeah, like the last poster, I'm a massive supporter of good local/small live music venues (I hate corporate rape-artists who won't give you even a glass pint glass...) Yes, it's cheap on the door, so beer has to be more costly, but you could be better, instead of riding on the promoters' coattails (however nice you might be to them/us)... Nicer toilets, (soap is mandatory, or I'll wait at home/ go elsewhere until I've had my dump instead of spending money).
Might be a gripe too far in some eyes, but perhaps I smell legend around this pub if the rough edges are smoothed off and the music continues.

Groovehound - 5 Sep 2008 05:54
I'd recommend getting drinks elsewhere before going here. They are pricey at 3.20 for a Stella and 2.80 for a Corona, also they tasted pretty poor too!

Ok for live music.
aleman - 28 Jan 2008 11:22
This pub is actually getting pretty darn good for live music. Thanks to an understanding and open minded promoter (a rare beast), truly alternative sounds can now be heard eminating from these hallowed walls with an ever increasing regularity.
The first Friday of every month is Mantra, a night of alternative heavy rock, metal, prog, psychedelia etc run by Ahymsa - one of London's top unsigned bands but don't tell them that. It is only 3 and all the proceeds are split between the bands - helping sponsor local music (more info go to myspace/ahymsa). This is just one example of a whole host of top quality gigs going on there . I strongly recommend anyone who is a little bored of "the Camden Scene" go check this place out. Next Mantra April 6th.
anonymous - 21 Mar 2007 09:43
Hey! Ambassadors of Om, four fearless men, taking the gospel of om to far flung corners, uncharted territories, hazardous seas, fearsome natives. Kentish Town... No one has fixed these fellows with a gimlet eye and called them guilless.
No one has referred to these men as bumptious, lacksadaisical or preening. Indeed they were at the front of the queue when they were handing out gumption vouchers.
Therefore we will be taking our travelling show to The Fiddlers Elbow on Sat 6th May onstage 9.30ish, hoping to bring a ray of light, some gaiety. Some may be unfamiliar with our wares (some over familiar), described by a man as a ruthless mix of dirty funk, dub, psychedelia and ska. We are ruthless. We are not
afraid to crack a few eggs. We are Om.
As a special touch The Om sound system turntablists will also be spinning some rekkids (when not playing their instruments, obviously).
Hell, what more do you want? playing live, and djing, come gorge yourselves.
anonymous - 12 Apr 2006 20:27
Great boozer, really varied punters, open mic every Wednesday (not the 1st or last like most)with friendly host who makes you feel relaxed, bar billiards (very rare) and overall a real pub with real staff who know who's next and serve you very fast (not like those trendy bars whose staff really haven't got a clue although they look hip/cool, which has nothing to do with drinking)
maskamana1973 - 2 Mar 2005 14:27
Great friendly local with a vibrant music policy - especially on a Saturday night. Look out for The Grizzlies, a band of 70's legends who sometimes play there
anonymous - 25 Feb 2005 18:02
AQweful place..rough..dirty..terrible rude bar staff. Made famous or infamous should I say not so long ago as boy george was arrested here after brandishing a weapon in the pub..nice!
guy - 18 Oct 2004 15:08
Fantastic open mic night every Wednesday from 8pm, great crowd, friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended for musicians or those who love real music.
G - 7 Oct 2004 10:52
Really friendly atmosphere, 'proper' Landlady, licence till 1am fri/sat (but you must arrive by 11.30), popular with locals but welcoming for outsiders. (Reggae) DJ friday nights, live bands some Saturdays. See you in there...
Jake the Treble - 22 Sep 2004 17:49
there's a good open mic night, every wednesday night, the guy running it, Tony, is an absolute hoot - real good night and a tasty pint of guiness served too
Martin - 8 Sep 2004 14:10
Six years ago this was the best pub in the area apart from The Sir Richard Steele's its awful - terrible decoration job, lost the character, oh my god what have they done to this lovely pub
steve - 7 May 2004 16:29

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