Thirst is a compact and cosy corner bar serving cocktails in the heart of Soho.
Situated on Greek Street, Thirst Bar has a prime spot for Soho dwellers and drinkers. It’s got minimal metres of space, but it makes the most of what it has got. The upstairs bar is very snug, with candlelit tables, tiny footstools and just enough room to sit down. There’s a shiny disco ball throwing funky shapes around the room, and people are packed into this small area, some having to stand. If you can weave through the throngs of people and find your way downstairs, you’ll find another bar opening out to a mini dance floor.
Thirst Bar has been in the same spot for years and it has a tried and tested business formula that keep drawing the crowds in. They have two standards of happy hour – ‘Stupid Hour’ running from midday to 7.30pm, where most cocktails are half price, and a normal happy hour running from 7.30pm to 9pm, where £2 is taken off the price of drinks. It’s a great spot for after work drinking and many of the local clientele make the most of this funky little bar once the clock hits 5pm.
You’ll find a real mix of people here either chatting away in the upstairs bar or dancing to the funky beats downstairs, where a DJ spins some great genres of music – expect to hear hip hop, house and everything in between. The bar is proud of its ‘20 out of 24’ opening hours, only closing for four hours of the day – it’s open again for breakfast at 7am. Thirst has a buzzing atmosphere and party vibe; it certainly feels like the kind of place to start a night out, and with tasty cocktails at low prices during happy hour, you can see why.
There’s an extensive list of cocktails on offer at Thirst, with handy menus on every table. The Champagne section includes the Japanese Fizz (£12.50) made with Midori, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and Champagne. It’s a fresh and tangy cocktail that’s great to start the night with. However, the presentation of the drink is slightly lacking and could be improved – there’s no special touches added to what should be a fancy cocktail, given the price tag. Also recommended from the house specials list is The Cheeky Chop, an Absolut vodka-based drink with Chambord, lemon juice, sugar and lemonade, served in a tall glass over crushed ice (£8.50 standard price).
For something a bit different, try the Honey Berry Sour, made with Krupnik honey liquor, Chambord black raspberry liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar syrup. It’s a strong, potent cocktail that’s designed to knock your socks off and get you onto the dance floor. If you don’t fancy a cocktail, Thirst also has a small wine list on offer, with the Campana Pinot Grigio costing £6 per glass and £20.50 for a bottle. For lager drinkers, there are a couple of good pumps available, with a regular guest pump in action, too - Meantime Lager often features - and all pints will set you back around £4.75, which is fair game in central London.
The Last Word
If you’re in Soho and looking for a funky place to drink and catch up with friends, Thirst ticks all the boxes.