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The Top 10 Bars In Soho
Posted on Mon May 20 2019 by ollie
From swanky old school glamour to new age hipster hangouts – we give you the top 10 bars in Soho
When it comes to enjoying a top night out in London, there are few places better than Soho. This lively district is home to an eclectic mixture of bars, nightclubs and restaurants that are sure to deliver a night you will remember. From a visit to legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s to a wander around its vibrant streets, you’ll never be short of fun things to try when you’re in London’s most (in)famous party district!
If you aren’t a London native and need a little guidance on the best bars in Soho to check out, we can help. As local connoisseurs of London’s bar scene, we know which ones are worth a visit.
So, let’s all raise a glass to our roundup of the top 10 bars in Soho… cheers!
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1) Swift Bar
This up-market cocktail bar won the Time Out award for ‘Best New Bar’ in 2017 and has continued to go from strength to strength since then. The ambience inside is lively yet refined for a magical night out. Known for its dark spirit based drinks in the basement bar, there is also another bar serving lighter drinks upstairs. If you are headed to Soho, this is one bar that has to be on your list. Found just a hop, skip and a jump off of Old Compton Street, this is also a pretty handy venue to get to and from other establishments during a Soho bar crawl.
2) Lucky Voice Soho
Found conveniently on Poland Street, Lucky Voice Soho is one of the best bars in Soho for music lovers. Offering a fun fusion of top-class cocktail bar, late night party spot and private karaoke suites, a visit is highly advised. Once inside, you will find a lively atmosphere and world-class menu of cocktails on offer, and the chance to spend a couple of hours belting out your favourite karaoke tunes is a surefire way to end your night like a rockstar.
3) Soho Grind
Like a true super-hero, this stunning Beak Street bar is an unassuming coffee shop by day but changes into something else entirely at night. If you love your coffee and haven’t had quite enough yet, then this is the bar for you. In truth, the buzzy feel and friendly crowd make it great even if you are no coffee lover. As well as coffee-based cocktails, they also serve wine, prosecco and beer. This bar has a real old-school speakeasy vibe that gives it a cool, edgy ambience.
A lot of trouble has been taken to make this unusual cocktail and dim sum parlour feel authentic. As the name suggests, there’s an Oriental feel, with mis-matched Chinese furniture and burning incense as well as a delicious menu of dim sum to keep your stomach lined. The drinks are suitably addictive, with a large cocktail menu to peruse – make sure to try one of the bar’s flash paper concoctions for liquid entertainment with a bang.
5) Milk & Honey
This three storey bar is found on Poland Street which means it is super easy to get to. Be warned though – you will need to make a reservation first to get in. With a reputation as one of the best cocktail bars in London, Milk & Honey has a really intimate private member’s club feel. You can almost imagine what it must have been like hearing Phileas Fogg take on his bet to travel the world in 80 days at the famous Reform Club here! Before you tag along with him though, take a minute to sample the intimate lighting, tasty drinks and air of total refinement.
6) Marks Bar
Found in the basement of Hix Soho on Brewer Street, this bar is a London institution you should definitely try out. If you get there towards the end of the night when a rest is needed, there are Chesterfield chairs to slump into and a few restorative cocktail concoctions to sample. Expect an interesting yet tasty range of historical drinks from years gone by. From the rum-based ‘Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’ to the crazy sounding ‘Falernum and Lime Juice’, you will definitely leave Marks Bar with some new inspiration for your home drinks cabinet!
If you fancy getting up to something a bit wild or naughty when out in Soho, this could be the bar for you. It was once the site of the infamous celebrity hangout ‘The Pinstripe Club’ which saw some outrageous antics over the years. Found at 4 Kingly Street, the interior has retained its character despite a modern update. The cocktail menu is particularly interesting here as instead of ingredients you get a literary fable about each drink to work out what you want to try. Plush is the word of the day and you can really unwind in the heart of swanky London in this fine establishment.
8) Jack Solomon’s
If you like a bit of sporting history with your drink, then this is the bar for you! Jack Solomon was a famous boxer and boxing promoter from London who was right at the heart of British boxing during its glory days, and this bar pays tribute to his pugnacious exploits both in and out of the ring. The bar is actually situated on the site of his old boxing gym and you can almost hear the sounds of a Rocky Balboa montage as you relax with a punchy cocktail or two to hand. Easy to find at 41 Great Windmill Street, the atmosphere is top-class; the epitome of old school Soho glamour.
9) The Tea Room
Don’t worry – this isn’t just somewhere to get a cup of chai! Located in a basement underneath the Bun House, this restaurant/cocktail bar fusion is especially good if you fancy delving into the Far East and trying out some tasty tipples with a unique flavour profile, like the bar’s signature ‘Peanut and Goji Berry’ cocktail concoction. There’s also a wonderful neon-lit vibe and late night menu of traditional Chinese dishes that offers all the fun of feeling like an adventurer in a Shanghai hideout without the 12 hour flight.
10) The Vault
What’s better than a really great bar with fab drinks? One that has a secret entrance to get in! Found behind a bookcase in Milroy’s on Greek Street, you’ll feel like a cross between a secret agent and 1920’s flapper as you enjoy a few cocktails in this brilliant speakeasy style bar. Being part of Milroy’s, this is a particularly good bar for whisky connoisseurs!
As you can see from all the amazing establishments above, this lively part of London has many bars to discover. Whether you’re looking to quaff cocktails, sing karaoke or chat over a few relaxed drinks, the bars here have something for everyone. The hardest part is choosing which of the best bars in Soho to visit first!
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