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.
Last updated on 15th August 2016
A synthesis of lively cocktail bar and popular dancing destination, Barrio is an exotic gem on Soho’s Poland Street. Step through to find a venue kitted out with flamboyant interiors, as friendly bar tenders create exquisite tequila and rum cocktails and a lively crowd bust out their shapes to live bands and DJs.
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.
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.
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....
Tuscanic is an undeniably authentic Italian wine bar - everything here has been directly imported from the farms and vineyards of Tuscany. Step inside, order yourself a bottle of wine, and pair it with some of the delightful small plates on offer here - think cheeses, pastries and cured meats. Graze and drink until the cows come home at one of the charmingly rickety wooden tables. This is Soho's very own slice of Florence.
The Punch Room is an elegant, refined watering hole tucked away in the London Edition Hotel. Evoking a manor house library feel with its oak panelling and soothing vintage soul playlist, The Punch Room offers an opulent yet relaxing retreat in which to enjoy a drink or two. The bar is famed for its punch bowls; be sure to try the gin infused Edition punch with jasmine tea and oak moss.
This hip cocktail bar in Soho buzzes with a young media crowd all lapping up the local artistry as well as the killer gin-inspired cocktails. Graphic loves it's gin with a seriously good collection and a cocktail menu to match. DJs at the weekends play party classics and this all contributes to a rather great atmosphere!
Thirst Bar has a bit of everything, which is why it is a very popular Soho bar. Mid-week head to Thirst for a buzzy and lively atmosphere with beer on tap (for that after work pint) as well as affordable cocktails for the ladies. There is also a very good happy hour making Thirst a very drinkonomical Soho bar.
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.
This hidden gem, Soho's swankiest secret, is a late night lounge with the chilled out sophistication of a gentleman's club. With Parisian chic interior, including plush leather armchairs and polished wooden surfaces, this basement bar will have you relaxed and merry in minutes. Try a tasty tipple or some delicious dishes with top chefs and expert mixologists behind the wheel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Found in the Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Club Bar is a lavish venue that ticks just about every box. First of all, its killer location can't be described as anything but 'enviable' - sitting pretty in the city. Just as impressive though is its interior, boasting an undeniable air of sophisticated charm. But best of all, this bar offers up a truly exceptional wine list - offering some of the best bottles from around the globe.
Inspired by the traditional pubs of Japan, Yumi is an Izakaya in the heart of Soho where you can experience their fragrant casual dining with foods and spirits from the far east. Sip from their extensive sake collection and tuck into some authentic Japanese eats at this Soho bar.
Boasting unparalleled kitsch flair, Simmons is easily one of the quirkiest bars in Soho. Step inside to find a shabby-chic space that's decked out with an assortment of offbeat ornamentation. Naturally, the cocktails here are served in all sorts of vessels too - think jars and teapots! But more than just its eccentricity, Simmons boasts a welcoming vibe and a great party atmosphere on the weekends.
Something of a charming Italian restaurant, Rustiko brings together the best of Mediterranean and English style to create a vintage dining experience in Soho. Harboring a secret little basement bar called The Shed as well, Rustiko is a European retreat for drinking and eating in London with candle-lit interiors and relaxing atmospheres.
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.
Ever tried a ‘Designer Cocktail’? The guys at Zebrano take pride in their unique collection, where they mix and match premium spirits with spiced ingredients with delicious results. There’s an international menu if you’re hungry, and excellent happy hour deals offering half-priced drinks every day.
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.
Keeping things nice and simple with its offering of great food, friendly staff and a vibrant atmosphere, The Warwick is one of the most accessible venues for drinks in Soho. It offers a warm and welcoming pub-style set up, with delicious seasonal dishes on call if you’re heading over for a bite to eat and a solid liquid menu featuring signature cocktails and a lovely little range of G&Ts to boot. Happy Hour runs from 5-8pm, extended to 9pm if you book in advance!
Three industry leaders have joined forces to bring 68 & Boston to Greek Street’s burgeoning cocktail bar scene. Head in for a glass of wine you’ve probably not tried before; each bottle on the menu is £20 and there’s tastes and flavours from across the globe to sample here. There’s a bespoke bar menu if you’re peckish, and a mix of the classics and original serves to be enjoyed in the upstairs ‘Boston’ lounge a little later.
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.
Take a step back into the glamorous world of the Prohibition-era bourgeoisie right at one of the most elite, members-only bars in Soho. £100 is all that separates you and a select few from sinking into velveteen cushions and sipping on some of the finest, China-clad cocktails in town.