The Barfly

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The Barfly
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Location Camden Town, London, England
Owner MAMA & Company
Type Live Music
Genre(s) Indie
Capacity 200 [1]
Official website

The Barfly is a live music venue in Camden Town, London, England. Club nights and events tend to feature rock, alternative and independent music.


The Barfly began with one club in 1996 (originally at The Falcon pub, before moving to The Monarch in 2000, which was then renamed The Barfly, with the old name "The Monarch" being swiftly taken up by another nearby venue). A second venue was opened in Cardiff in 2001 and others followed. Following the closure of all these venues, the Camden branch is now the sole The Barfly venue in existence in the UK.

In 2002, following the acquisition of Mean Fiddler, Channelfly (The Barfly's parent company) became MAMA Group Plc, now MAMA & Company.

Other venues[edit]

Until 2003, The Barfly ran a venue in Sheffield in the now defunct National Centre for Popular Music. The venue was initially housed in one "pod" of the building but this was closed down sometime in 2002, moving to what was the Zero Club (now The Plug) on Matilda Street. The Barfly vacated these premises soon afterwards, and left Sheffield altogether.

On 2 June 2008, the Brighton The Barfly (formerly the Gloucester Nightclub) closed down without notice.

Cambridge Barfly opened in 2007 after the Barfly chain took over The Graduate public house.[2] It had a 250 person capacity, but closed in the Summer of 2008. It has since been refurbished and is now a J D Wetherspoon pub.[3]

On 17 February 2009, the Glasgow Barfly also closed down without notice.

During late May 2009, Liverpool Barfly was sold to local bar owners and transformed into the Masque Nightclub and music venue. The building also contains The Masque's affiliated bar: Ink, a free-entry rock 'n' roll bar and the only tattoo studio-themed venue in the North West of England.

The Cardiff Barfly opened in 2001 with a capacity of 200 people. It closed in September 2010.[4] Similarly, the Birmingham Barfly closed in the same year.

In 2010, the York Barfly also ceased trading; the venue reopened as Fibbers on 3 September 2010.

The West End of London Barfly venue closed in 2011, leaving The Barfly in Camden as the only branch still operating in 2013.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adam Bychawski (5 March 2013) "Suede debut material from new album 'Bloodsports' at tiny London Barfly show", NME. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  2. ^ "Surprise at closure of Cardiff music venue Barfly", Cambridge News, 11 August 2007. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  3. ^ "£1m revamp transforms old pub into new Wetherspoon", Cambridge News, 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  4. ^ "Surprise at closure of Cardiff music venue Barfly", BBC News, 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2015-11-22.

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Coordinates: 51°32′35″N 0°8′57″W / 51.54306°N 0.14917°W / 51.54306; -0.14917