This party venue in Soho caters to hedonists from all walks of life with its quirky design and extravagant drinks menu.
Bar Soho is situated on Old Compton Street, at the busy intersection with Frith Street near Charing Cross Road. Its all-black exterior includes wide-open patio doors and a large pavement area that combine to make the venue appear larger than life. The main room has undergone some minor cosmetic changes of late, with an imposing, Soho-themed mural covering the ceiling and several raised areas surrounding the black-flagstone floor. Wrought-iron railings and vintage TV sets frame the bar, and a selection of high stools and comfortable armchairs provide much sought-after indoor seating. Upstairs, customers can take their pick from the quirky ‘bathroom bar’, with sofas fashioned out of cross-sectioned bathtubs, and the grandiose four-poster-bed area, concealed behind a wall of Champagne bottles and an appropriately decadent setting for private functions.
Bar Soho is an unashamedly hedonistic venue, revelling in its status as one of the party pubs of central London with a lively atmosphere, loud music and dynamic staff. Private functions, premiere after parties and even wedding receptions are commonplace in the themed upstairs bars, while regular groups can stop by on the hoof as well for an informal drink, outside or in. Tourists from nearby Shaftesbury Avenue are a regular feature and there is a sizeable gay contingent – not least from G.A.Y. nightclub across the road – but in general Bar Soho is refreshingly open and fun for all-comers.
Although food often takes a back seat to cocktails at Bar Soho, the kitchen can deliver the goods if needs be, with a selection of tasty platters (£10-£11) and miniaturised finger food on hand to line the stomach during a night out. Regular-sized and vegetarian versions of burgers, nachos and the like are also available for around £8, from lunchtime onwards.
Customers are advised to try the Soho Porn Star Martini (£20), which serves three and is presented in a giant cocktail glass. More reserved punters can choose from a wide range of cocktails both old and new (£7-£8), as well as non-alcoholic variants (£4) and a bewildering array of shots (£5-£7). Magners, Guinness, Stella and Becks are available on tap (£4-£5), and there is an unsurprisingly vast list of wines and Champagnes (starting at £4.50 a glass) to explore as well.
The Last Word
Centrally located and devoted to having as much fun as possible, Bar Soho is one of the most open and versatile party venues in a part of town that is no stranger to excess.