Balans made a name itself as the 'enfant terrible' of Old Compton Street. Open seven days a week from the wee small hours to the wee smaller hours, this quirky Soho institution serves up some truly great grub in plush surroundings.
Quirky Bars In Soho
With a scandalous and salacious history, this lively pocket of London has always been a hotspot for the weird and wonderful. From high-concept activity bars to tiny speakeasies, this lot can be garish at times... but never, ever gauche. A bit of kitsch is good for the soul though, so we've put together a list of our recommendations for the coolest, quirkiest bars in Soho.
This gorgeous private members club lies in the heart of town. Lushly decorated with Victoria wallpapers and comfy bar stools, it's the perfect venue for anyone with a soft spot for hand-crafted cocktails and classic tunes.
Next time you're meandering down Shaftesbury Avenue, keep an eye out for this pirate-inspired rum bar. Covered in nautical graffiti and mermaid pin ups, this quirky pick is cut from a similar cloth to its sister venues, so expect the music to be loud and the lampshades to be swinging.
Open from dawn until dusk, this quirky bar in Soho is the epitome of sophisticated elegance. With six floors of plush seating home to great luscious and plenty of cosy hideaways, this is one for romantic date nights and intimate catch ups.
Quirky and decadent, this Parisian-inspired dessert and cocktail bar is the height of relaxed indulgence. Cool, calm and collected during the early evening, this Soho spot has been known to turn into a full-blown dance party when night falls.
Offering modern British cuisine and some stunning cocktails, the slick Old Compton Brasserie is a one-stop-shop if you're looking for a slice of spunky London charm. Expect sexy decor and a menu of vegan, veggie and meaty options paired with a cracking drinks list.
Known city-wide for having some of the best Happy Hours in London, the Simmons brand is a weird and wonderful tour de force. Its quirky Soho bar is no different, offering up kitsch wallpapers, teapot cocktails and all manner of wacky brunches and afternoon teas.
Situated in the heart of Soho, this branch of The Breakfast Club is just as good, if not better than it's sibling sites. With a quirky interior, delicious drinks and BYOB policy, it's no wonder the queue is usually out the door.
Formerly The Kingly Club - the go-to spot for the rich and famous during the 1960's - Disrepute has cast off some of its former infamies and settled for being a truly innovative cocktail bar. Each cocktail comes with a short story from the bar's heyday in place of an ingredients list, with non-members welcome to book tables.
Take a step back in time with Jack Solomon's; a quirky Soho bar offering heaps of old school charm, with velvet-decked sofas, dance floor-filling live music, and a fantastic range of food and drink for you to get stuck into.
Purveyors of a cracking craft brew, Brewdog have set up shop in Soho bringing over 20 craft beers on tap with them. Head on over to sample some of their finest with a menu of stacked burgers, boozy bottomless brunches and a beer 'sexline' in the basement.
Rock and roll is certainly not dead at the Karma Sanctum Hotel. This quirky bar and boutique hotel is as full of life as they come. Hosting regular gigs, film screenings and unusual pop-ups, it serves some of the most radical cocktails in Soho.
Hidden away behind not one but two false fronts, this quirky Soho bar and karaoke hangout is one of the coolest places in London to belt those tunes out. With four karaoke booths available for between 6 and 14 people, it's perfect for any birthday, hen night or other group night out.