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The Backstage Bar is located in the basement of the Spice of Life pub. It's a live music venue with events held every night, including acoustic, blues, jazz, indie, pop and rock.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

10:00 - 23:00


10:00 - 23:00


10:00 - 23:00


10:00 - 23:00


10:00 - 23:00


10:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 22:30

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Backstage Bar reviews

By James J.

Great for small gigs and unknown bands - love trying something different and backstage bar is perfect for that. In my top 10 in Soho.

By Viv S.

Went to a Jazz night with a friend that has been banging on about this place for ages, the basement turns into one the best Jazz venues I have been too, well worth a visit

By Sophie B.

Great if you like a mixture of tunes and bands - if variety is you're spice of life then then Backstage bar is for you!

By Dean T.

the backstage bar is not worth the trouble finding in my humble opinion! Soho has so many amazing venues that the average night here makes me strike it off my list of Soho places to go

By Jessie L.

This is by far the best bar in Soho. I really enjoy going here and the music is always different, the variety of jazz music from old to new is excellent. I love it in Backstage Bar.

By Lisa L.

I saw a fantastic pianist here the last week. He played a brilliant selection of old and new songs and had his own unique style and interpretation of many well known songs. I can't remember his name but apparently he is playing again and I would recommended highly!

By Jamie C.

I was a little disappointed with the band last weekend. Jazz quartet but a little too drab for me. Prefer something more lively but will try again as liked the venue and drinks were well made and reasonably priced.

By Dany R.

Small bar in Soho but great bands - mostly Jazz bands but great acoustics and setting so try and go every now and again.

By Satine R.

I came to the backstage bar on a date as a band we both liked were playing there, its was alright but not sure if i would come back here!

By Fiona A.

I love the Backstage Bar, it is a little different to what else is on offer in Soho, the music is so good and if you are lucky enough to be there on one of their live music nights then you are in for a pleasant surprise!

By . ..

Soho has so much to offer for a night out but the backstage bar if different, I loved the ambiance and the music. It has a very cosy feel and is far from a tourist destination. I like this place lots

By George L.

The backstage bar has become a bit of a local for me in soho, always down there checking out the bands they have playing, good place!

By Apple B.

I loved my evening at the Backstage bar, i went a few months back with a group of friends to see a live band. The atmosphere was lovely, there was a superb choice of drink and the evening was a massive success with all the ladies having a smashing evening. I would highly recommend this as an alternative to any other offering in Soho x x

By Ierena O.

It's a little dark and dingy in the basement bar, no real atmosphere and not the hidden secret other reviews seem to be making out to be

By Chrissy A.

im a bit unsure of the Backstage bar, its hard to find if you dont already know where it is and its in a basement of a pub, its not really my cup of tea!

By Terri L.

The Backstage Bar is a good place to watch some bands, been here a few times and shall return more times.

By Wayne K.

A regular at the spice of life pub I ventured down stairs to the backstage bar. It was really cool vibe, the music was top notch and it was a great night. My advise is to start upstairs at the Spice and then give this a go!

By . ..

Backstage bar is good lil venue within a pub! Always get an awesome atmosphere here!

By Sally N.

The Backstage bar is a good little venue, if you like a bit of Jamie Cullum esque music then this will tick the boxes

By Lady G.

Backstage bar is not the easiest place to find as it is tucked away in the basement, it is though a place that is worth searching for! The music is outstanding and I have been a few times now and the nights with live music are well worth the trip, good little find and worth all of the five stars that I am leaving it!

By Michael J.

What a find!! The venue itself looks like nothing more than just a local pub but you go down into the basement and you will find London's Best kept secret when it come to Jazz. A great vibe, amazing music and decent drinks....cue jazz hands!!!!

By Leonard R.

This is grand jazz club for relaxing to the music and enjoying a good meal. I don’t think I have been to a better jazz club in Soho. Really enjoy the music at Backstage Bar

By Violet T.

I went here with my husband for a meal and the food was super and the pianist that played was really unique and his music was fantastic. I loved it in Backstage bar and I will be visiting again soon. Would love to go more often and see what other music the bar has to offer. I really liked the range of music the pianist had played and enjoyed my evening here.

By Michael J.

What a great bar, went here for a few drinks and ended up staying here all evening. The drinks choice was good and the food we ordered was perfect. The chef is really good and will go again. The music was really good and the musicians were unique at Backstage Bar.

By Tina G.

Sooo happy I decided to go to Backstage Bar, had a few options but went for Backstage and had a awesome night. Would recommended.

By Siobhan W.

Sooo happy I decided to go to Backstage Bar, had a few options but went for Backstage and had a awesome night. Would recommended.

By Dominique J.

I often go to the Backstage Bar, the staff are really friendly and they do what they can to make you feel welcome. What a great jazz bar and the music is great to relax to.

By Celine A.

Backstage Bar is a hidden away den secreted beneath the Spice of Life pub. With live music including jazz and open mic nights held here every night of the week, it makes this genre of entertainment accessible to all.

The Venue
The Spice of Life pub basement is where the Backstage Bar resides - the home of Spice Jazz, hidden away as most good jazz clubs are. The pub is well camouflaged against the crossroads of Charing Cross and Shaftesbury Avenue, in the shadow of glitzy Spamalots Palace Theatre.

Once you locate the venue, it's a short walk through the dark coloured doors of the corner pub, across its generically-furnished ground floor to a narrow flight of steps leading down into a den of jazz tunes. The basement is similar to the ground floor with an angularity courtesy of its natural triangle shape, but less shrouded in dark colours with a small bar, exposed brick walls, barely-stained floors, and tables and stools. Its split-level floorplan allows for good views of the musicians' cove on the lower level.

The Atmosphere
The variety of music that plays at the Backstage Bar’s Spice Jazz and simple decor with portraits of musicians of nonspecific genre makes the space feel and look more like a pub that simply needs some music to fill the space. But jazz is a popular genre here, whether you're 50 or 15, a hound or a player, you will feel welcomed - this is hardly an exclusive watering hole and the aim appears to be making jazz accessible to all. The staff are friendly although they can unintentionally be disruptive when they walk in and out of the staffroom located just behind the musicians' cove.

The Music
Monday night at Backstage Bar is open mic night, Tuesday is Jam and Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday lunch are reserved for jazz. On the first and last Sunday afternoons of the month young up-and-coming jazz musicians play and practice jazz standards with recognisable tunes. For a cover charge of £3, listen to Tomorrow's Warriors - once polished they will be tomorrow's stars.

The Food
Food is not available at The Backstage Bar although it is upstairs, and you can bring it with you into the basement. Dishes are typical pub grub - simple to cook and assemble. From light appetisers (£3.75-£7.95) to sandwiches (£6.25-£7.95), big plates of steaks, burgers and chips (£6.95-£11.95), and sharing slates (£11.95), there is something for every degree of hunger. The dessert selection (£3.95) is very average but will definitely satisfy a sweet tooth.

The Drink
Pub prices apply - a pint of beer and a highball go from around £3.50 each, whilst a glass of house wine costs upwards of £3 or £13 for a bottle. The wine list is very international - at least every country is represented covering all the grapes, offered by the glass or bottle.

The pub nature of the venue is shown by virtue of the fact there are almost as many beers on draught as beers by the bottle; the draught selection is very well-rounded. They include Fosters, Kronenbourg, Strongbow and a range of McMullens ales. The bottle selection is similarly well-rounded but more international (Becks, Tiger, San Miguel and Tiger).

The Last Word
The Backstage Bar may not be a fully-fledged music venue, and the food and drink may be mediocre, but you can count on live music five days a week - that has to count for something.

By L.

The Backstage Bar at Spice for Life is a wicked live music venue. I have managed to fit in a bit of Jazz, Blues and even a bit of Rock all from the same venue. The food isn’t amazing but I have never been to such a vibrant venue, more than makes up for it!

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