Underneath Cavendish Square’s The Phoenix is a dark and dingy yet surprisingly friendly disco that is pretty much permanently packed to the rafters with cool kids and indie revellers come the weekend.
This club within a pub is a darkened dance floor underneath The Phoenix in Marylebone’s Cavendish Square. It throws its doors open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights when customers can descend the stairs from the pub entrance and find themselves in a fairly large room. To either side of the dance floor is sofa seating and pouf chairs around tables either grouped together or partitioned apart so groups can occupy their own area. A small bar is on the left as you enter and there is a makeshift stage area made from one corner of the room that keeps DJs and live acts only slightly raised and segregated from the rest of the room.
There’s less of the hipster shoe-gaze and more of the open arms approach on the dance floor at The Phoenix, despite it being a typically indie disco. Being located in central London means that the crowd is varied and non-exclusive and people flock here – or indeed stumble upon this club - from all social circles and most walks of life. Expect rowdy groups of lads, cool indie chicks, dirty dancing couples and the old and young, depending on the club night, and don't be surprised if you strike up conversation with a friendly stranger. Door and cloakroom staff reflect this unpretentious attitude in their laid-back, welcoming service.
You can come to The Phoenix for indie, soul, country, rock and pop, with DJ sets and live artists playing through an eclectic but always good selection of tunes. Feeling Gloomy is a popular club night every second Friday of the month, where only melancholy beats are volunteered from the decks; think Morrissey and you're probably along the right lines. How Does it Feel to Be Loved? is another popular and regular event, with pretty young things getting down on the dance floor to predominantly indie love songs.
The drink selection is fairly unremarkable in this basement club, with the double mixers and spirits in full flow come midnight. Having said that, rounds are relatively cheap for central London, and a few exceptional drinks can be picked up at the bar, such as Sharp’s Doom Bar. If a quality tipple is what you’re really after though, you’d be best off exploring the cask ales, wines and more in The Phoenix pub, above ground.
The Last Word
The Phoenix Club is guaranteed and shameless fun for the weekend, with a good music selection in less pretentious climes than those you can expect to find in the hipster fringes of London.