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.
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.
Plush and pretty, this quirky bar in Soho also serves some of the best dim sum in the city. Set over three floors, there's a lot to explore in this cocktail den, and with ingredients for both food and cocktails changing seasonally, there's infinite experiences to be had at this kooky cocktail bar in Soho.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Establishment has long been known as one of Soho's most iconic bars. Undergoing a fresh refurb to bring it bang up to date, drinkers here can expect a well-heeled crowd made up of London's finest artists, musicians and free thinkers, with a top-notch cocktail list to boot.