Party Earth Review Housed in an old theater, The Water Rats is a rather run-down pub and nightly live music venue that hosts primarily new bands playing indie, rock, pop, and acoustic music. Frequented by a laid-back urban crowd of... ... read full review
328 Grays Inn Road
London, WC1X 8BZ
Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria Lines: King's Cross
020 7833 3312
Su–Th 8am–midnight, F–Sa 8:30am–1am
Camden Town / Islington, London –
Housed in an old theater, The Water Rats is a rather run-down pub and nightly live music venue that hosts primarily new bands playing indie, rock, pop, and acoustic music.
Frequented by a laid-back urban crowd of music lovers, the club is widely regarded as one of the best venues in town to see new artists and has featured many famous performers – in fact, Bob Dylan claims that his first UK show was at Water Rats.
The club is split into a front bar and pub area, somewhat shabbily furnished, and a sparsely decorated standing-room-only concert stage in the back – the only reminders that the space used to be a theater are a dusty chandelier and some faded curtains.
Despite the club’s grungy appearance, however, its schedule of consistently high-quality bands and its excellent sound system continue to draw in hundreds of indie fans and music junkies nearly every night of the week.
A diverse, laid-back, urban crowd of music lovers, 20s to mid-40s.
Live music M–Sa, usually indie, rock, pop, and acoustic.
Bar snacks include fries, olives, prawns, bread, meatballs, and sandwiches made to order. The pub serves breakfast, salads, steak, salmon, chicken, and burgers, 10am–3pm.
Cover charge £8 at the door or £6 with flyer or preordered tickets. Bar snacks £3+, entrées £5.95+. Beer £3.20+, wine £3.50+.
Mondays through Saturdays – just check the website and find when any specific band is playing and go.