A fun and flirty basement bar that’s notorious for getting you on the dance floor, The Roxy may have a new look but it’s kept its playful reputation.
Mention The Roxy to any Londoner and their eyes will either light up with memories of innocently dirty dancing last Friday night away or roll skywards with wonder at how anyone over the age of 25 can love it. Just off Oxford Street and down some stairs lies this infamous basement bar and club, with its black leather booth-style seating, open brick bar area and small but perfectly formed dance floor complete with DJ booth.
The Roxy is as casual as central London clubbing gets, with lines of minimalistic light bulbs hanging over the bar adding dim light to the dark interior, and back-lit panels displaying names of their party nights in a graphic logo style. Sofas deceptively sit by the DJ until around 11pm, when a flurry of bar staff will clear the tables and make room so a few shapes can be made well into the early hours.
It’s easy to see why The Roxy is popular with students, hen parties and stags alike, but don’t let that put you off – if anything, it’s an indication of what a good time can be had here. It’s not as cheap as some will have you think, so get there earlier if you want to avoid pricey entry fees and take advantage of the infamously good happy hours.
Expect a young crowd and quiet starts to the evenings, as it’s the kind of place you’d finish a night at rather than start – unless you’re smart enough to begin on happy hour and carry on.
The Roxy is really all about having a good time, and the key part of that is down to the music. There are different nights throughout the week that all involve the kind of tunes that will have you bopping in your seat. From Monday’s Anthem night of punk, rock and pop, to Tuesday’s indie-meets-electro-meets-pop Panic! night and right through to Fridays, where you can enjoy a mix of pop and disco at the Joyriders event - you’ll end up on your feet even if it’s been a hard day at the office. If you prepare your vocal cords to sing along to anything from The Killers to Girls Aloud then you’ll fit in just fine.
This party destination is smart enough to know that food is always a good idea when the shots are flowing, and so the short and sweet bar snack menu comes in handy. The nachos are delicious with the usual cheese, sour cream, salsa and super spicy jalapenos all for just £5, or you can choose three smaller dishes for £3. Pick from the likes of mixed olives and herbs, mini salami bites or stuffed sweet peppers – all very tasty and worth taking a break from the dancing for.
You’ll be disappointed if you want to start your night with a good cold beer as this club only offers a limited range of bottles - Kronenbourg, Sol, Heineken and Sagres come in at around £3.50 a pop. Far more popular are the pitchers, which make a good happy hour, half-price bargain, especially if you want to start your night on the cheap. Choose from classics such as Long Island Ice Tea and Sex on the Beach as well as Cuba Libres and Mai Tais, all £16 at regular prices.
The wine menu is by no means extensive but it is reasonable, from £2.80 a glass and £16.50 a bottle – not bad for a club. You can pick up a bottle of bubbly for £32 and the shooters are favourites among the young punters.
The Last Word
The Roxy doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither should you – this is the place to go for a fun-fuelled night out where you can dance the night away.