The Dublin Castle is a pub and live music venue in Camden Town, London. It was built for Irish navvies working on railways in London, but gained prominence as a venue in the late 1970s after the band Madness established a live reputation there. Subsequently, it was an important venue in the early stages of several bands' careers and contributed to the Britpop musical genre. Amy Winehouse was a regular visitor to the pub.Make Dublin Castle a part of your London vacation plans using our London road trip planning website.
The pub was built to serve workmen on the nearby railway, as part of a newly constructed group of buildings. It catered for Irish immigrants to London, in order to segregate them away from other nationalities and avoid racial-related assaults. Music was originally restricted to occasional traditional Irish sessions. The emergence of other venues around Camden Town, including the Roundhouse, Dingwalls and the Electric Ballroom brought an increased interest in live music to the area, including the Dublin Castle. The pub can now accommodate an audience up to 200 people.
Madness first attempted to secure a gig at the venue in late 1978, when they were still known as the Camden Invaders. They first performed at the venue on 16 January 1979. According to singer Suggs, the group had to pretend they were a jazz band to get a booking. Landlord Alo Conlon invited the group back for a residency at the venue, and helped to establish their reputation.
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Absolutely dire place. Filthy toilets, filthy glasses, rude bar staff. A shocking advertisement for ‘London’. I was embarrassed for tourists who visit ... they’re one-time visitors, hence why the... more »
A visit recommended by a friend. Had to come for a gander. Madness played here, Amy Winehouse drank here... steeped in history and still just a great pub. Come check it out... prices don’t take the... more »
Been going here for nearly 30 years. 5 stars is appropriate I think for surviving gentrification, being one of the last surviving rock 'n' roll venues in Camden. A taste of London as it used to be. Long may it continue.
A survivor within Camden Town, preserving the authenticity of this area. A gem that is worth a visit!
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