G-A-Y Late is an extension of G-A-Y Bar. It’s handily located a short stumble away and it kicks off around the same time as the bar closes for those not quite ready to let the night end.
G-A-Y Late is found in the heart of Soho, and is the clubbier younger brother of G-A-Y Bar. The focus is almost entirely on the well sized dance floor and a DJ mixes things up on the decks. However, the iconic video jukebox can be found here so you can choose which pop videos cover the walls – there are a LOT of screens, making up the bulk of the décor. In fact, you can hazard a guess that the entire decorating budget went on the large-screen TVs. If you’re a smoker, you’re in luck - there’s a nice patio area just outside where you can ‘smirt’ to your heart’s content.
G-A-Y Late does pull in a large number of drinkers from G-A-Y Bar, not least because they often hand out fliers at the bar offering free or low-price entry (worth getting your hands on). However, you also find that there’s a better mix of ages at G-A-Y Late, with a smattering of older clubbers intermingling with young, hot uni students. Although G-A-Y Bar feels clubby in itself, there’s no doubting the orientation of Late – this is a club through and through. If you’re on the pull – as many people seem to be – make the most of the text message screen – a large-screen TV that showcases SMS messages from people partying at the club. It’s amusing if nothing else. It’s also worth bearing in mind that large groups of straight women are likely to be turned away at the door but mixed groups are welcomed. Also, on Sundays the club turns into a member-only venue due to licence restrictions.
Although you can choose what music videos play in the background via the video jukebox, when a DJ is in the booth they rule the roost. But never fear, an easy-to-dance-to selection of tunes tends to dominate the playlist. Think everything from dirty Rihanna tunes to Lady GaGa floor fillers and sugar pop from the likes of Little Mix, with a smattering of dance thrown in for good measure.
Drinks at G-A-Y Late reflect those available at G-A-Y Bar, right down to the frankly incredible drink offers. The Illicit Eleven covers 11 drinks that are all priced at just £1.70. This includes house vodka, whisky, rum, Malibu and gin (all served with a free mixer), a pint of Carlsberg or Gaymers, bottles of San Miguel, glasses of house wine and even Jagerbombs. You will struggle to find any other club venue in central London that can match this. They also have a few signature cocktails here priced at just over a fiver each. They are designed to be sweet and easy to drink. The Gary, for example, is made from vodka, blue bols, butterscotch schnapps and coca cola, and comes in a jug. The sugar alone is enough to keep you dancing all night!
The Last Word
G-A-Y Late is a great addition to the G-A-Y family and is the ideal accompaniment to the bar. Don’t forget to pick up a flyer first.