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 9th December 2016
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plenty of bars in Soho claim to offer up a fun and casual drinks experience, but none more so that Absurd Bird. Not only one of the best places to eat chicken in London thanks to their menu of fried bites and burgers, their cocktail list and craft beer selection are sure to keep you clucking.
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.
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 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.
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!
Sleek, elegant furnishings and quirky cocktails are wonderfully married at Blind Spot, a dimly-lit, sultry Soho-based bar that continues to draw crowds from all over the London. The line-up of resident DJs play all your favourite hip-hop, rnb and dance tracks, whilst the venue's talented bartenders let their creative side shine, mixing together a range of spices, fruits and potent spirits. Grab a cocktail, sit back and lose yourself in the intoxicating ambience of this sleek Central London bar.
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.
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.
Open from breakfast right through to dinner, Six Storeys in Soho is a drinking den that has a member's club vibe while being open to all. Set over six floors, start your day off with a chia-seed bowl before moving on to dinner and cocktails at this pared-back and retro style venue.