Soho Bars and Clubs
If you are looking for a fun night out, your first thought should always be 'Soho nightlife'. This happening nook in the city offers an eclectic choice of venues, events and club nights with anything from chic basement bars to outlandish burlesque shows. Soho is also one of London’s most well-known party and gay districts but you don't have to be looking for a gay bar to enjoy - it has the best of everything here; small pubs, quirky bars and lavish clubs sit alongside sex shops and fashion boutiques.
Last updated on 7th February 2017
Co-owned by three key industry players in Eric Yu, Luca Cordiglieri and Martin Malley, 68 & Boston serves a specialty mix of top wines and creative cocktails on Greek Street. Start your night with a few nibbles and a quality glass of wine on the ground floor, before graduating to the ‘Boston’ cocktail lounge upstairs, where skilled bartenders are at ease whipping up your favourite classics and playful originals alike.
Indulge in some of the finest cocktails as this Oriental nook, just shy of the heart of Soho, promises some slap up tipples. From Eastern influences and flavours, to top notch dim sum dining, this luxe cornucopia of exotic fare is a must-try in the city, even if just for the dashing interiors alone.
A cornucopia of colours and one of the coolest cocktail bars in Soho, Barrio earned its name on the drinking scene thanks to quirky interiors, a South American menu, stunning cocktails and raging DJ parties until the early hours of the morning.
Sneak down these stairs into a decadent den of Parisian Chic secrets and take a vintage leather arm chair, order a scotch on the rocks, a cloudy cocktail or whatever floats your boat and kick back for a night of gallant gallivanting and saucy shenanigans in Soho's worst kept secret.
This urban spa feel sets the scene for a fresh, glamorous occasion in a sleek and trendy atmosphere. Aptly named, this bar extends 80 feet in length and is a vibrant space any night of the week. Situated in the Sanderson Hotel, wander in for a tipple and let the energy pick you up after a long day.
Six Storeys contains six different levels of bar, each offering a different design and experience. The venue operates ‘By Appointment Only’, giving a member’s bar feel without actually having to be a member. This means you can book a private table for a more intimate affair or a whole floor for a birthday party in Soho. Six Storeys is a unique concept with a well-stocked wine menu alongside expertly crafted cocktails.
Dinner and drinks in Soho have never been easier with Absurd Bird in tow. Not only can you get your chicken fix - their fried and burger roster promises the very best in poultry - Absurd Bird also storm the show with the craft beer and cocktail collection.
With a reputation for having the best, the weirdest and the most unexpected nightlife spots, Soho offers up yet another treat to night owls. Sitting pretty on an acclaim built from expert mixology and the know-how to create a novel yet relaxed drinking experience, Simmons needs no gimmicks with this much style. This Fitzrovia site enjoys the added extra of a large outdoor area kitted out with heating and coverings.
Zebrano is a stunning Soho bar and club that comes without the hefty price tag. Cocktails here are magnificent, with friendly bartenders using premium spirits and delicious spices to put together something pretty special for your tasting pleasure. There’s a good choice of beers, wines and spirits too, and of course a lively knees-up for a good old boogie once the sun goes down.
This funky Indian and Oriental inspired cocktail bar, nestled into the buzzing scene of Soho's Dean Street, comes complete with silk upholstered seating, bronze water fountains, oriental rugs and an azure atmosphere. Open until 1am every night of the week, this is the perfect place to pre-drink in a suave sojourn before you carry on partying.
Freedom captures the spirit of Soho better than nearly everywhere in the district. With a fun-time atmosphere and a wonderful cocktail bar packed with delicious drinks options, it pretty much has something for everyone. But when the downstairs opens, prepare for a different kind of entertainment as they play host to cabaret, club nights, salsa evenings and even more mayhem!
Take a deep breath and get ready to hit the high notes in this raucous dedication to your favourite tunes. Grab your closest mates (the ones who stick around when you massacre their best hits) and rent out a room for your own private shebang. It's gonna be a hell of a night.
This Scandinavian sojourn will have you merry in moments, with a great selection of Scandinavian beers, wines and classy cocktails to choose from. Enjoy a spot of ping pong and challenge your mates, or watch that all important match on the big screen in this versatile venue.
This trendy venue in the heart of buzzing Soho is a hot spot for those after work drinks, which roll into those accidental after work parties. Enjoy the glamour of New York style exposed brickwork, a black and white mosaic bar and cosy leather booth seats.
A hidden gem in Soho and a swish hang out for cocktail lovers and those looking for a bar in Soho to impress their friends. The upstairs bar is very much Hotel bar in style and atmosphere but head downstairs to discover a snug, stylish and party-kicking cocktail bar.
Suitably reflective of the sassy Soho vibe, The Light Lounge cocktail bar lures in the lucky onlookers with its stylish-sleek, contemporary design and fashionable feel. Join the herd of carefree carousers as you and your comrades work your way through the exciting, eclectic cocktail menu.
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 you can come at the weekend to have a little sing and a dance with DJs on until midnight.
Blending the party with some of the best happy hours in Soho, Be At One is primed for those that are chasing a cocktail or three in the heart of the city. Known for their unique mixes, DJ nights and roaring bar staff, head down for neons and a top night out in London.
Located on Old Compton Street, this bar is literally at the heart of Soho nightlife and fits right in. This late night venue channels a carnival feel and is full of decadent and luxurious things. Opening from midday, the bar has incredibly good happy hour offers and a party atmosphere most days of the week.
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 crowd pleasers and this all contributes to a rather great atmosphere!
The Rupert Street Bar is known for being one of the most fun-loving, welcoming Gay Bars in the area. Calm and relaxed during the day, the bar moves through the gears when the sun goes down to offer a lively night out filled with great tasting cocktails, champagnes and a debauched crowd. Fantastic happy hour deals run from midday to 8pm and live DJs take to the decks at the weekends so you can really let your hair down.
Gem is an easy win for a night out in Soho. One of the best happy hours in Soho to kick things off, intimate and private booths and areas for those looking for a party and crowd pleasing DJs catering to all music tastes so you won't fail to get everyone up dancing. It has a modern, boutique cocktail bar feel with a downstairs club for those who like to dance the night away.
Nestled just a stone’s throw away from Tottenham Court Road station is the clean-cut, slick Club 49. Their cocktail menu boasts an impressive 50 different mixes, but they also serve delicious canapes in their stylish bar. For an extra special twist on your night, they have a VIP area perfect for private hire, if you want to add even more sophistication to your night.
Open until 3am every night except Saturday, this classy joint wraps all your occasions into one, with an extensive menu of top notch food, some tasty tipples blended to perfection and the chance to party into the early hours to live Greek music in suave Soho style.
Nowhere else in London – or even maybe the world – would you find a secret bar within a secret bar other than in Soho. This is where Peony comes in, hidden in the depths of cocktail emporium Opium, which itself is hidden from the busy streets of Soho. Peony believes in refined minimalism, serving delicate dim sum alongside bamboo handled teapots of sake, or you can opt for one of their expertly crafted cocktails, this gem of a bar in Soho is well worth the effort.