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Published January 27th 2013
A bar with unique character and live music every night
The Wheelbarrow Bar makes for the perfect night out in Camden Town. With live music, eclectic DJs, and a fun and quirky interior, it's no surprise that crowds of all ages are drawn to The Wheelbarrow every night of the week.
The bar is fairly small without being a hole in the wall, with two seating areas, a bar, and plenty of wall space to lean on while chatting with friends it is a good combination of cozy and spatious. Walls are decorated with colourful, almost graffiti-like cartoons that keep the place feeling upbeat and fun. The rest is decorated with unpredictable and interesting antique items, like a birdcage hanging from the ceiling, an old-fashioned radio, and a fake moose head. The exciting and well-decorated space really gives The Wheelbarrow a unique character that manages to draw in newcomers while keeping the regulars coming back.
They host a mix of DJ music and live music, and the DJ played a diverse mix of oldies, current hits, reggae, and 90s and early 2000s throwback tunes. The music was loud enough to sing and dance to, but not so loud that you can't hear yourself speak-- the perfect compromise for any kind of night out. The bar was crowded, but not uncomfortably so, even on a Sunday night.
When live musicians perform, the space becomes equally useful as a live music venue, with plenty of places to stand near the small stage. The intimate space allows for fun and interactive gigs, and The Wheelbarrow prides itself in the high quality musicians they host. The live music venue hosts unique artists that match the fun character of the bar.
The Wheelbarrow's live music venue regularly hosts a wide variety of fun and talented artists.
The Wheelbarrow certainly offers the ideal night out in Camden Town. The patrons were mostly young, but it by no means felt 'too young' -- though the average guest was probably in the 20s age range, there were a number of guests who seemed to be up to their 50s or older. The atmosphere was friendly, and the crowd is brought together to experience the exciting live music.
The Wheelbarrow is a breath of fresh air for the Camden bar scene, and its unique character and live music makes for a memorable night. Give it a visit and I guarantee you'll soon understand why people keep coming back.