In amongst the thriving network of Old Compton Street's gay bars, The Shadow Lounge is a sophisticated breath of fresh air in this part of town. Greeted by the most sassy of drag queens, we were then escorted down to our very own VIP booth, normally the haunt of A-lister members and Gay Glitterati such as Sir Elton John and resident DJ Jodie Harsh.
The Shadow Lounge offers the ultimate high end London nightlife experience without losing that good old camp charm. Staff members are gorgeous drags, while contouring ladies like myself can only dream of guys that looked like they have stepped right out of GQ to serve champagne and generally be a bit cheeky.
Recently refurbished with the most incredible light up ceiling and velvet roped off booths, you instantly fall into a contemporary and effortlessly cool Saturday Night Fever vibe, with the week day party scene throwing shapes to deep house and party remixes, not forgetting to throw in some old cheesy favourites everyone hates to love toward the earlier hours of the next morning.
Atmosphere and Clientele
The VIP booths are made up of intimate alcoves with plush leather seating surrounding the vast lit up dance floor, strictly for members only! Earlier on in the evening it has a loungey relaxed feel, usually with a mix of older, sophisticated gentlemen enjoying some relaxed drinks. Later on the dancefloor fills to the brim with a young and fashionable crowd. I highly recommend heading down later on the guest list if you want more of a party vibe, this usually kicks off at around 11pm.
The clientele are predominantly male, but ladies like myself seeking a Soho club that is 1) not sticky and 2) not full of leering playboys, can gain entry with a group of gay bff's without as much trouble. This is dependent on the group being dressed to the absolute nines; this ain't no members club for no reason, and scuffiness certainly doesn't fit in here!
Drinks & Service
The staff here really make you feel welcome. Every one was really chatty and attentive, keeping the drinks flowing and looking after the group throughout the evening. Shadow Lounge offers a no nonsense drinks menu, offering classic cocktails garnished with the freshest ingredients. Be sure to try the Espresso Martini; very much like the venue, it's dark, mysterious and positively delicious.
Shadow Lounge is a whole other ball game and definitely a refreshing change from Central's current late bar scene. Whether its finding your Prince Charming after midnight or wanting to indulge in a current day disco, this venue is certainly one to get your gladdest of rags on for!