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The one asylum you'd be mad NOT to be in

Easily one of the best venues in Essex. Amazing atmosphere, the friendliest staff, great range of... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
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Great place, awesome live music!

I have visited this venue on a few occasions and had a great night out! It's a short walk from the... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
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2 Oct 2017
“Always a good time... ”
25 Sep 2017
“The one asylum you'd be mad NOT to be in”
Asylum is a home for the musically insane.The owners play in a punk band, staff all involved in music in one form or another. All genres catered for with live bands playing anything from punk, rock, metal and alternative to dance, electro, acoustic...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Viaduct Road, Chelmsford CM1 1TS, England
+44 1245 251809
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We atleast a couple of times a month. Whether it's to watch great new bands or just get a lil drunk and silly with friends. Such a chilled place. Everyone's welcome. Friendliest staff, that you can have a giggle with. Lovely owners and great doormen....More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank 330megang
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Easily one of the best venues in Essex. Amazing atmosphere, the friendliest staff, great range of drinks and the best local rock/metal venue around. I've played there a few times as well and it was always such a high-energy, fun place to play. Always something...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I have visited this venue on a few occasions and had a great night out! It's a short walk from the station and all the staff are welcoming and friendly. The selection of live music that they have here is awesome! The drinks are standard...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Shelbygreg
Reviewed 2 January 2017

One of the only places to see live bands in Chelmsford, this small little venue is a diamond in the rough. The home of live music in Chelmsford. Owned by a local family who have a real passion for what they do. Band nights scheduled...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Ben O
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Sadly for a city as large as Chelmsford, alternative venues are in depressingly short supply, and Asylum does a great job filling a sizable niche. If you're into rock and metal music, this place is a must-visit. There's an excellent range of drinks on supply,...More

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank shaneo632
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Owned by Eddie & Denise, but this project is a family affair. DJ set up down stairs. With the beautiful sounds of heavy metal up stairs. I was lucky enough to work behind the bar on halloween a year back and it was hands down...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

Great alternative bar/venue/club. So glad Chelmsford has somewhere to go and see Rock/Punk/Metal/Folk bands and with the opportunity to dance as well! It's rustic, there are no frills but that's how this kinda place should be. Recommended

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank Clairey82
Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

This really is a gem and needs supporting, it provides an alternative venue for those who don't like the mainstream available at other places. The place is small and welcoming with great beer and all sorts of music, most importantly it has a friendly atmosphere...More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Rogermellie2018
Reviewed 15 January 2015

I was told to visit by a friend soon after Asylum opened (nearly 2 years ago!), he said I would love it, and I did, instantly. For me, it recaptures the spirit of much-missed places in Chelmsford. There's so much to like; the music is...More

Date of experience: January 2015
1  Thank Matt P
Reviewed 12 January 2015

This place is awesome. The decor is really quirky and interesting, the music is varied,the people who drink here are always friendly and there is a decent selection of beers and a few bottled ales too. The best thing about this place is that they...More

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank whistleblowagain
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