Located in the heart of Soho, The Establishment is a sultry speakeasy bar. Originally opening back in 1961, this iconic venue was known to attract some of London's finest comedians, musicians and free-thinkers. As it reopens its doors in 2020, you can expect expertly-crafted cocktails and an electric atmosphere all night long.
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.
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.
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.
Located just minutes from Piccadilly Station, this vibrant watering hole is perfect for everything from date night to after work drinks and those times where you just need to rest your feet after a day of shopping. Expect all-day dining, classic cocktails and an extensive wine list.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
Jack Solomon's is hidden beneath the streets of Soho, boasting a wonderful selection of drinks and small plates – but that's not the only reason to head down there. Expect old school charm, DJs and live music, and velvet-laced sofas to hideaway in.
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.
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.
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.
Soho is a hub of activity and Opium adds to this mix with its 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.
Scarlett Green might best known for its food, offering up a fantastic range of Australian food from brunch through to dinner, but they are also masters at delivering delicious cocktails, craft beer, the largest Aussie wine list in London and live DJ sets.
The Rum Kitchen is somewhat of an institution in Soho, offering an unbeatable vibe that unlike anywhere else around it. Head to the Carnaby Street haunt and you'll be greeted by a banging soundtrack, flowing rum cocktails and delicious Caribbean eats.
Head to the Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel and, not only will you be treated to a selection of the quirkiest cocktails in the city, but also get to hangout in either their creative hangout Wild Heart, or enjoy their Roof Terrace for a more alfresco atmosphere.
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.
Whether you're in the mood for pre-dinner drinks, a little digestif, or something in between, Tapas Brindisa has you covered. Soak up cava sangria and vermut or go for a modern spin on a classic cocktail before making your way through the signature G&Ts.
Located on Greek Street, Jimi Loves Gloria is a tribute to the hedonism of Hendix's music, and Soho's iconic late-night party scene. Expect the same gorgeous cocktails and floor-filling party vibes of sister venue Blame Gloria in this new sexy central London spot.
This magnificent Soho bar is a fun-time, fabulous cocktail bar and night club 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.
Plenty of bars in Soho claim to offer up a fun and casual drinks experience, but none more so than 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.