Camden is an edgy, bustling, ever-changing hub of activity.
The second you leave the underground station you’re immersed in thumping music, the scent of street food, themed restaurants and shops, lively pubs, and busy crowds of people from all walks of life (and I do mean all!). Aside from its unorthodox charm, Camden town is primarily visited for its famous — and still thriving — live music scene.
And I know what you’re thinking. With so much edginess, is there even anywhere in Camden Town for watching live games? Are Camden bars “too cool” to show mainstream sport?
Camden might seem crazy, but it’s not out of touch. There’s numerous bars to watch live games. Here’s our favourites.
1. The Oxford Arms
This Irish pub dates back to early Victorian times with its high ceilings and original sash windows. It’s conveniently located 30 second walk from Camden Town tube station and the world famous Camden Market.
For those seeking a traditional pub atmosphere with an emphasis on live sport, The Oxford Arms is a go-to option in Camden. It’s equipped with more than 5 TVs, and a beer garden out the back (which is perfect for a half time break). Pub classics are on the menu.
With all the wacky, extravagant venues scattered around Camden, The Oxford Arms breathes normality. It’s perfect for escaping the noise, if only for the duration of the match.
Belushi’s is part of a small chain of sports-themed bars. The Camden branch is situated on the High Street, nearby the famous markets. It offers an American diner-style menu, live music, karaoke, beer pong, DJ sets, and hosts various other lively events.
Importantly, Belushi’s is an excellent venue to watch live sport in Camden — including Football, NFL, and Rugby. They show every big game, regardless of the sport, and offer food and drinks specials especially for the occasion.There’s tons of screens dotted around the bar; many of them dedicated to specific tables.
For the popular games we recommend rounding up a group of friends and booking your place early. You won’t be disappointed with the matchday vibes at Belushi’s; it delivers a consistently upbeat atmosphere.
3. The Earl Of Camden
The Earl of Camden is a British pub set away from the hustle & bustle of Camden Road. It tends to be a little less crowded than some of the other, more iconic bars in the area — which actually adds to its appeal.
It’s equipped with several TVs for sport, and a big projector screen at the end of the main room. With a healthy selection of beers, and pavement benches outside, it’s a understated venue that’s perfect for match days.
While you wouldn’t exactly define the Earl of Camden as a ‘gastro pub’, it does serve classic pub food. So if you fancy some grub while watching the game, the option is there. You can also book tables in advance to ensure you gain the optimum view of the match.
4. The Dublin Castle
Well, it wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t recommend a bar that’s synonymous with the area’s legendary music scene now would it?
The Dublin Castle was the very venue where Madness performed and made their name in the 1970s. It’s since been granted a Music Heritage Award, given to venues that played a crucial role in helping to create music history.
While this pub doesn’t specialise in offering food or craft beer, it accommodates various other clientele with it’s popular jukebox, relaxed daytime atmosphere, regular drinks offers and — you guessed it — multiple screens for live sport.
Suggs himself loves football, so it’s fitting that the sports crowd at The Dublin Castle are often as loud and enthusiastic as those that once came here for his music gigs!