Bars in Soho
A destination that has been hailed as London's 'pleasure district', no two nights seem ever the same in Soho thanks to its inherent buzz, unique draw and ever interesting crowd. From its status as the gay capital of London, to its heralded restaurants, everything from Marlboro cigarettes to the infamous Frith Street tattoo studio have been born here. And what's even better? It's one of the best darned places in London for a tipple. So why not tuck into some of our favourites, be them speakeasy lairs or cocktail favourites.
The London Cocktail Club Shaftesbury Avenue, Central London
At The London Cocktail Club Bloomsbury expect the same level of incredible cocktails and innovative food as well as the party time, anything goes atmosphere as they have at The London Cocktail Club Goodge Street but the new LCC on Shaftesbury Avenue is taking on a different style. Think Popeye meets the discovery of the Virgin Islands meets the captains luxe office.
Kettner's, Central London
A Soho institution that has kept its doors open since a roaring 1867, Kettner's is a wonderland of history and historically fabulous British dishes. But, it's not just the palate that they're pleasing. From glamorous cabaret nights boasting burlesque babes and heralded singers, to slap up cocktails, the wonders never cease in this sought after juice joint.
Touareg Lounge, Central London
Touareg Lounge is an secret bar underneath Maison Touareg, where Moroccan and Lebanese tastes and flavours have inspired both the exotic food and delicious cocktails. With late opening hours that will encourage you to dance and socialise the night away in a surprisingly relaxed environment.
Carom, Central London
There's always something special waiting for you at Carom, which is what makes it one of Soho's best bars. The botanical garden allows guests to immerse themselves in a unique cocktail making experience and the impressive gin collection (one of London's largest) and an incredible food menu of top, Indian fare.
Tapas Bar at El Cantara, Central London
While Soho is London's most inherently and historically British spot, part of this Britishness comes from its acceptance of the foreign and wonderful. This lovely little tapas bar in Soho's center offers something a little different from the normal bars on the busy thoroughfares... a secluded hideaway of snakes, belly dancers and tarot card readers awaits.
Floridita, Central London
For a great Soho bar head to Floridita. Its stunning 1930s themed venue emulates the legendary El Floridita in Cuba with a wonderful assortment of live music acts playing the best in live funk, soul latin and jazz in London throughout the week, ready to supply you with the best of London nightlife.
The Blind Pig, Central London
Prohibition and proud, The Blind Pig might not be what you expect to find under the botanical musings of The Anthologist. A broody haunt, lit by candlelight and boasting some of the most expertly mixed tipples in the business, head on down for some seriously speakeasy inspired supping in one of London's favourite hidden gems.
Azulito Bar @ Wahaca Soho, Central London
Wahaca on Wardour Street is hiding a cheeky little secret downstairs. Step into the basement to find Azulito, a Mexican cocktail bar with no less than 80 bottles of 100% agave tequilas to sup straight or as part of a great margarita. The tan-leather recliners and swinging basket chairs make it perfect for a catch-up, or come at the weekend to have a little sing and a dance with DJs.
Simmons Fitzrovia, Central London
Soho's arty and cool cocktail bar scene really hots up with Simmons Fitzrovia. The chain has unleashed a lot of cocktail-y joy over London, bringing with it a quirky experience every single visit. This being the biggest site boasts some great extras, like a spacious covered area for a bit of al fresco supping to go down in. A skull mirror ball and sultry red lighting complete the scene.
Zenna, Central London
Zenna Bar is a wonderful, "in-the-know" basement bar with some of the best crafted cocktails in Soho and possibly London. You can come to this Soho bar and try spice infused cocktails, crafted together by head mixologist Dan Thomson. Zenna Bar is perfect for a special occasion where you can book an alcove for your group or come here for cocktails and a dance at the weekend.
Bar Soho, Central London
On Old Compton Street, Bar Soho is a colourful venue and has amazing happy hour deals every day; well-positioned for the bustling Soho crowds. The outside seating is perfect for watching the world go by in the afternoon. With DJs taking over the evenings every night, the atmosphere gets upbeat and everyone gets ready to party.
Be At One Piccadilly Circus, Central London
Get your night out in Soho kicked off at Be At One and who knows - you might end up not leaving! The happy hours are a wonderful shock for those used to London bar prices; with cocktails that don't forfeit their taste despite the great offers. Chill out on the cool sofas with friends in this buzzing hub.
Jewel Piccadilly, Central London
Close to Piccadilly Circus tube station, Jewel bar is a liquid treasure trove; perfect for those wanting to escape into a beautiful bar for an afternoon drink or two, or grab a bite to eat with a friend while enjoying their superb cocktails. With luxurious chandeliers and comfortable chairs, there is no place like Jewel for escaping the everyday grime in London, and feeling like pampered royalty.
Gem, Central London
Gem bar and club in Soho is a great party bar and is very popular due to its happy hour and tables that can be booked for groups. Chic decor, chandeliers, leather booths and a lively atmosphere, this is a bar in Soho for those looking for fun and games. In the downstairs basement bar DJs play party tracks and floor fillers.
El Camion Soho, Central London
El Camion restaurant hides a secret downstairs basement bar that only the "in the know" have discovered. A cute, Mexican party time parlour of fun awaits with incredible cocktails, Mexican nibbles and a DJ spinning music from 1950s all the way up to now. The crowd is always up for some fun and you can party away in this intimate bar space until 3am. A must-visit, cool, secret party bar!
Archer Street Cocktail Lounge, Central London
The upstairs bar at Archer Street Cocktail Lounge is highly reminiscent of a hotel lounge bar, adorned with a stylish drinks bar decorated with luxe spirit brands and cream sofas and glass tables and low lit side lamps reflecting around the space. Head down some unmarked stairs and you are presented with a whole other experience. But we'll let you discover that....
Opium, Central London
Soho is a hub of activity and Opium adds to this mix with it's own twist and mystery. This secret bar is a chic getaway in the centre of Chinatown. Enjoy the eccentric, unique cocktails and taste the delicious dim sum at this heralded Oriental inspired haunt. The late night opening hours keep the party going and make for a big night out.
Sports Bar & Grill Piccadilly, Central London
Situated in the heart of Soho, Sports Bar & Grill Piccadilly is one of the most respected and sought-after establishments in the area. Open all-day, a selection of sumptuous steakhouse offerings are on, from burgers to fish & chips and of course steak whilst serving some incredible drinks from their extensive wine and beer list.
Soho Grind, Central London
The Grind team present another hearty offering as their Soho branch not only invites caffeine punters for a serious fix of hand-crafted coffees and breakfast snacks, these lean, mean liquid machines boast a bit of cocktail cavorting. Tuck into coffee cocktails the likes of a Flat White Russian and lap up that delicious kick in the liver.
Freedom, Central London
This magnificent Soho bar is a fun-time, fabulous cocktail bar and night club is great for a night out. The trendy vibe and great drinks selection makes Freedom a fun and non-pretentious choice for any Soho frequenter. Freedom plays till late most nights of the week and has party DJs playing all those crowd favourites.