Quite an odd venue but really nice, a decent sized stage and seating/dancefloor area out the front with seating arranged in booths and sofas down the back and upstairs means this pub has a lot of space. Bar service is good and on busy nights the staff are very quick (and there are loads of them).
Bouncers are also very reasonable in my experience and deal with troublemakers quickly.
Saturday nights are Soundtracks and they are ace, the premise being they can play anything from a movie soundtrack (which means pretty much anything they like tbh). This involves the usual cheesy singalongs (Don't Stop believin', Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, etc.) but the sets tend to be really varied, from classic rock through jungle, Classic 90s RnB, Motown, Soul, Pop and more besides. For a fun drunken night out with mates you can't go far wrong with Soundtracks, a cut-above many nights in Camden. Go along for halloween or NYE for something a bit special.
Also, if you're planning a birthday or something the venue will let you book a booth/seating section if you get in early enough.
One of my favorite areas in London is called Camden. One bar we visited is The Monarch. The decor features monarchs, not surprisingly.
Although, we didn't eat any food here, we did notice that they have typical bar food. We just enjoyed beer on tap.
They have a bar, as well as tables, and even a couch. We sat at the couch, where some girls joined us. They were locals, who wanted to chat with the tourists. The people were friendly, and the beer was good.
The Monarch is a pub in chalk farm really cool....there is live music every day and usually it's free and the food that they served is awesome.....I love the places where you can listen new bands and come inside the london underground scene!Thanks Monarch!
I've always heard good things about The Monarch so when we were in Camden last Saturday and disappointed that Camden Beach at The Roundhouse was randomly closed and that we had to find elsewhere, we went in and expected a hell of a lot more and better than we received. Actually I'm not even sure why we stayed.
I popped to the loo on arrival whilst my friend ordered us a jug of Pimms, which when I returned had been given to us and without fruit (as they'd run out - how hard is it to buy fruit from the market - which is opposite! - or anywhere in Camden!? You can't have Pimms without fruit!) and also without glasses which it took the barmaid ages to give us when she finally tore herself away from chatting to her workmate! These were finally given to us and about half an hour later when we were well into our drinks and chatting away, my friend said "I didn't realise you were wearing lipstick", I said "Errr random, but I'm not. Why?" To which she pointed at my glass which had a bright pink lipstain on. Grim. I felt physically sick.
On this note, it's appropriate to mention the toilets which were disgusting, they were dingy, grotty and you felt like you'd contract something just on entry. :-s
I was really disappointed and wish we'd not stayed but after hearing so many good things from here, friends and hearsay I expected a whole lot more.
Spacious venue. Came here early on a saturday night, very quiet, not a lot of people in yet. It was just a DJ on the stage that night too.
Easily found a couched area upstairs near the toilets for our group of 8.
Nice. I'll be back.
The washrooms at The Monarch were among the most terrifying I've ever visited in my life. There was no toilet paper to speak of, not even a square inch of paper towel, the doors didn't close properly AND it was dark. When I returned to the bar to ask for toilet paper I was handed a giant roll of industrial strength j-cloths (ie for washing dishes).
I was told to check out The Monarch "because that's where Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty go", and lo and behold, Pete Doherty had a show scheduled there the very night I went.
The bartender was friendly but confessed that he despised the (awesome) music that the bar was playing and preferred to listen to Rancid and Slipknot on his iPod while working the bar.
We met so many shady characters while lounging on the couches in the back. Promoters, sports fans, toothless joes and ridiculous hipsters wearing jeans that were 50 sizes too small. Good prices and decent selection.
Quite divey but they had a decent spirits selection and the staff was nice. Kind of a laid back casual environment that seems plausible for large groups or one on one drinks with someone special. The upstairs adds to the versatility of the atmosphere you'd like.
There are pool tables as well!
This is a solid place to see a show as well. Lots of seating and space.
"What is it with you Monarch?" You are funny, you are spacious, you have great staff, you serve food, but you are always quiet. Yelpers raided the place like Storm Troopers on a Vader mission Monday night. We had a great time, drinking and chatting, but we were the only people there.
Seriously the drinks are not expensive and they have a good selection of beer and spirits. They have two of the coolest bartenders in Camden. I'd name them but I was a little tipsy and I'll get it wrong. They know who they are though, "Cute girl and Microchip Boy." To finish the Batman metaphor, we have Alfred, aka Al, the brains and GM of Monarch, who is the biggest thing to ever escape Swindon.
There is a poker league played every Tuesday and this is one of many reasons to keep me coming back to the Monarch. The more I go, the more the place grows on me.
Maybe I was there on an off night, but I was incredibly disappointed by the Monarch, especially after all the rave reviews I'd read here on Yelp.
I went on a Saturday night (maybe that was the problem?) and the place was packed with the sketchiest people I've ever seen assembled in one place. Trying to dance was more like trying to walk through a mine field, avoiding all the weirdos who kept ruining a night out with the girls. The music was so-so -- it was Soundtracks night where they play music from movies. I might have enjoyed it had I been either really drunk or in a singalong mood...but I wasn't. Plus, glass ALL over the floor. I walked out and could still feel the crunch under my feet.
So, I'm sorry, but chances are slim that I'll be returning to this place in the near future. At least not for a cover on a Saturday night.
In their own words "The Monarch, located in the heart of Chalk Farm Rd, Camden. By day, it's a stylish Dickensian boozer. By night, it's a bar & boutique venue hosting some of the the best of Camden's alternative DJ's, bands & musician." I couldn't agree more.
Having been to the Monarch on several occasions it always delivers. On random Saturday night they play some classic 50's Motown tracks and a rather handsome looking chap with ridiculous hair can be seen wandering aimlessly through the bar. On Saturday they had on an Anti-Valentines day bash with a couple of the boys from GLC DJ'ing. It was a cracking night and was aided by the fact my friends all looked epic (especially Will who wore the most amazing shirt)
They often have numerous fun times nights on and the bevvies aren't too spenny, so it's well worth a visit.
If you find yourself bimbling through the streets of Cammers. Make sure you get your ass into the Monarch.
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In the afterglow of the Camden Crawl, we slipped into the Monarch, a pub in Camden. It's a small, intimate pub with luxurious wallpaper, chandeliers, with taxidermy decorating the walls (think stuffed foxes, small creatures, and deer heads).
We needed the Monarch. We'd just been slogging through stacks at record stores and our feet were covered with blisters. We settled into a huge booth with our Rough Trade bags, and settled into a comfy black vinyl booth.
It was an interesting night to visit. An ancient, very-drunk British couple sat in the booth next to us and glanced at us as they continued to down pints of ale. In the booth across the way, a crowd of soccer hooligans celebrated an electro show that they had just watched at The Roundhouse. In the DJ booth, two female Cherry Cola DJs were kicking out an interesting mix of Prince, Michaeal Jackson, LCD Soundsystem, and electro hits. At the bar, two bartenders wiggled as PYT pumped through the room.
As the old couple in the corner stared at me, I amused myself by staring at the soccer hooligan crowd who rapidly took over the dance floor. It was such a contrast to Seattle, where you almost have to dose someone with an illegal drug to get them to dance to ANYTHING.
You hear that Seattle? London doesn't stand there with perfectly coiffed hair, cross their arms, and act tough when bands play. They do the appropriate thing: they dance.
Thanks, Cherry Cola DJs. Thanks, London. Thanks, Monarch. Thanks, soccer hooligans. Thanks hot bartenders who kept the ale flowing like honey. Thanks weird old drunk couple who survived the war to creepily stare at me while you bobbed your heads to "Let's Get Crazy."
You were the tops.
This place is so odd that I can't help but give it a good review. Wandered down here with colleagues for Friday drinks once and have gone back multiple times since. The beer is cheap. So are the shots. And the mixed drinks. I believe I was paying £2 for a vodka + soda water...and it was a healthy sized drink.
The decor is shabby-shabby that was maybe once shabby-chic? The back patio is nice if your party is smaller. There's tons of space all over the bar. It feels like walking into a movie set that people forgot about 30 years ago or something.
The staff seems like they don't care about serving you, but they're always quick and efficient in getting drinks, so who cares?
Also, the music! It's always somewhat fascinating. In a generally good way.
Definitely not a nice place to take a date, but a great locale for drinks with friends!
Oh, and if you book a table on Fridays, you get free nachos. They're basically just doritos with melted cheese, but they're FREE. So there's that.
Another great pub. I was initially unsure that this was the best place to drop into, but soon reassured by the excellen6t bar staff, and great range of drinks. With the Yelp crew in the hood - we must have increased their takings by 500% that Monday nite. Apparenly there is live music, and a poker nite every Tues.
We may need to return and check this out.
All in all l left a very happy rock dude.
The Monarch is a really great find. It has that low key, down to earth buzz with just enough glitz and great music to make your night a winner.
I have been here several times to watch bands play, or catch the odd DJ.. The crowd are a nice mix of people in their mid 20's-30's, grounded with life, good conversationalists, who know how to have a good night out.
Its a large venue, with four different areas, so theres plenty of room for social diversity.. a chance to have a natter with a friend, or swing those hips. It has a pub come music venue feel, with beer on tap ( Yay!) and shiny disco balls ,with a few chandeliers thrown in for good measure.
I haven't failed to have a good night out here yet.
Nice little club/venue which sits very smoothly in the 'Camden' way of things and offers a more intimate affair than KOKO/Roundhouse with regards to gigs. I ended up here with a group of friends to polish off our Camden Crawl exploits and it was a very good choice as it had a great atmosphere and great barstaff who just added to the personality of the place.
The only reason i'm taking away stars is due to the disorganisation with regards to smokers having to queue again everytime they went for a cigarette (ruddy outrage).
When we walked in here for the first time, my boyfriend described it as "one of those old couple pubs, not an old man pub but an old couple pub". He was right. Sure enough 5 minutes later a eighty-something year old couple came toddling in, claimed what must be their regular spot and ordered two massive pints of bitter. How sweet.
Not a bad place if you are a tourist wanting a 'Camden experience' (but nothing so extreme as being spat at by a punk) but it's a bit dingy for something as chic as a gastro-pub Sunday lunch.
My advice? Walk the 20 metres up the road to the Lock Tavern instead.
Camden boozer with large leather sofas round the back and a little stage up t'front and a garden out the back
Not a bad place, had a great night watching Akira the Don and chums here the other week and it's pretty good for a small venue like that although I can imagine it gets packed later on.
No ale on offer which is a mark down for me though and frankly there are better pubs round here
rating is for the soundtracks night they do every saturday - it's just amazing. there is literally nothing better than skipping around the dance floor singing the baywatch theme song at the top of your lungs - it just makes for a great night.
i did my birthday party here this year and even though some people were apprehensive about heading all the way to north london i got so many compliments on choice on venue - all types of people no matter taste in music, age, etc. just had a great time.
I've only been here for Skeptics events, when it's super crowded and difficult to get a comfortable view of the speaker. Food and drink OK
This place is lovely, a great bar/pub to congregate around with friends. I came here to see Life in Film, in fact I think everyone came to see Life in Film, which accounted for the rather empty pub afterwards. There's great seatings/seats, a wonderfully clean bathroom (biggest plus!), and very good quality food. I'd say, come here on a good band night.
I celebrated my birthday here a while back and I would do it again in a heartbeat. From the outside the bar actually looks smaller than it really is as it goes pretty far into the back. I liked the little upstairs area where you can sit with the friends, but the dancing area or crowd area for concerts is a bit small, but then you're in camden. The bar is pretty big, but on sat nights (during soundtrack night) it does get really crowed. Yet I would go back here any time to dance to soundtrack tunes or listen to a band.
A Camden favourite, great for gigs & weekend clubbing (which is mainly free entry). I'd recommend We Will Pop You on the 1st & 2nd Fridays of the month. Fun stuff & usually packed to the rafters by midnite as it has a 2.30am close. Theres a small garden out the back & plenty of seating inside where you can also order some pub grub if you're feeling peckish. Free nachos too on Friday nights if you book a table for 4 or more. Good stuff!
i like this bar for a pre-gig drink in camden. it's big enough that you will always get a seat, and it's not ridiculously expensive either. i actually had a sublimely good vodka cranberry in here on saturday. i know it shouldn't be a difficult drink to get right, but sometimes bars get it soooo wrong. not here!
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