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Address: 24 Finkle Street, Kendal LA9 4AB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1539 723824
10:30 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 23:00
Fri 10:30 - 01:00
Sat 10:30 - 02:00

With live music every Thursday, Friday and Sunday, interspersed with...

With live music every Thursday, Friday and Sunday, interspersed with ticketed gigs throughout the year, there is something to suit everyone. For those who love to dance, we have a DJ every Saturday night.

We believe Bootleggers is one of the best music venues in the North of England providing great music, and a great atmosphere.


With a capacity of 500, a separate viewing gallery with its own bar, in-house PA System, in-house sound engineer and a great pint, we think we've about covered it all.

The upstairs gallery bar and viewing area can be hired for private use; whether for private gigs, birthdays, exhibitions, work parties, hen parties etc.

With an in-house PA System and Sound Engineer (if required), we can accommodate most musical requirements. You can also have your gig recorded by our sound engineer.


We have vast experience of concerts, DJ nights, comedy nights, celebrations, etc. Please contact us, we'd be happy to discuss your requirements.

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Rocking good time

Great night out. We saw the Seals who were awesome. Fun crowd and friendly staff. Good selection of beers too!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great night out. We saw the Seals who were awesome. Fun crowd and friendly staff. Good selection of beers too!!

Thank Comebria
Kendal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Popped into Bootleggers in Kendal last night, had never been before as not local but was impressed at a well put together little rock pub, the band that were playing, Big Trouble were absolutely superb too, one of the best bands i've seen in a pub in a long time, shame there wasn't more people in to see them, first... More 

Thank J0hn_C585
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Good value, great. atmosphere. miss. it and :-( too good to miss. A great nigbt out, no hassle, just good. music. in a good friendly. atmosphere, music. at its. best what more. could you want?? Well done Jonty top marks , KEEP. MUSIC. LIVE!!!🎵🎸🎷🎧🎤🎼🎺🎻🎹🎶🍺🍸

Thank jangingerpixie55
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Went to see their house band Absolva on a Sunday early evening. Two hours of professional, entertaining heavy rock music delivered by true musicians - all free of charge apart from the beer! This venue is a gem. If you like your music and enjoy a beer in a venue without hype or pomp, Bootleggers is for you. Biker friendly... More 

Thank Peter A
Leyburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

To finish off our Lakes trip, called here to see AFJ and weren't let down. Good staff, great atmosphere and even better band. Would happily revisit.

Thank Ian P
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Visited kendal for a weekend away and went to bootleggers bar after a meal out. We originally walked past just after 9 and the place was empty and the band hadn't set up . We came back around ten o'clock and there was a few people in and the bad had set up but not playing. We got some drinks... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Visited this bar on a Friday night. Great band on. Busy bar and good prices. There was a good mix of ages in the bar. Everyone were very welcoming. The staff worked really hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. A great night out. I will visit it again.

Thank tchesh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Great venue for a variety of music acts, however it would be great if there were more acts here! The place looks great, the staff are friendly even when they're busy and there is lots of seating as well as an upstairs smoking area. I would avoid going on a Saturday night however, gets very, very crowded and it is... More 

Thank Maxi P
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Good music, atmosphere, a decent bar and great staff make Bootleggers a perfect place for a night out. There is a relaxing upstairs area for those wanting to wind down. Situated right in the centre of Kendal.

1 Thank Howi58
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

Great club with a friendly, fun loving crowd. Upbeat music keeps the place buzzing. Upstairs gallery to chill out a bit and adds dimension from below looking up. Fast service at bar and whole place seems well run. We had a great night and would recommend to anyone wanting a club scene in the area to go to Bootleggers.

Thank DeeGeeEmm

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