5 Must Visit Bars in Soho, London
5 Bars in Soho You Must See!
Soho is without a doubt one of London’s key areas for discovering things new and unseen. With its quirky cafes and unique stores, there’s no shortage of things to do or places to stumble upon. And that eccentricity and variety might apply even more so to its nightlife. Soho is a land full of surprises, unique twists and unusual delights. Though its bars may not look as flamboyant from the outside, they bring just as much style, sass and sophistication as any City bar you’re used to. Here are five of the best Soho Bars in London
With a five star rating on TimeOut, Bar Termini’s customers shout its praises for it, and rightfully so. The bar is famed for its exquisite coffee and cocktails, book-ending your day the only way you need.
The bar’s coffee is overseen by none other than Marco Arrigo himself, Head of Quality for Illy and the trainer of more barristas than anybody in the UK. Termini’s cocktail menu, meanwhile, is created and curated by alco-alchemist Tony Conigliaro, and together they make quite the team.
Booking ahead at Bar Termini is essential after 5pm – there’s only room for 25 people and its seated only, ensuring you get the full tipple-and-talk experience. Prices of cocktails are slightly higher than the norm, but include triple measures. Overall, you’d be hard-pushed to find better value cocktails in this location.
A restaurant and party bar, Soho Zebrano is perhaps best known for its free-flowing Prosecco and astounding Happy Hour deals on cocktails, beers and wines.
The venue was once home to some of London’s best comedy and music of the mid-sixties, giving it an already-esteemed appeal. Nowadays it runs a weekly programme of entertainment including live music, DJs and networking events, offering VIP table areas on weekends with real ‘members-only’ style service.
Thanks to its convenient placement close to the West End’s centre, Zebrano is a great place to enjoy a pre- or post-theatre dinner – particularly if American-diner-style food is just your thing.
Milk & Honey
A tiny, discreet bar nook ensconced away on Poland St, Milk & Honey is one of Soho’s worst kept secrets. Find it via the nonchalant sign next to a buzzer on Poland St, and take a step straight into Manhattan with M&H’s classy, serene and uninterrupted space.
Known for the best Manhattan-style cocktails, M&H is relied on for its non-stuffy atmosphere and a calm, laid-back yet civilised night out. Though it’s members-only, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Non-members can also stop by if they book before 11pm on (ground floor or basement bar).
Bar Soho is London’s favourite 19th Century-styled haven; a cocktail bar and club boasting times of time gone by on Old Compton St. Filled with fun interiors and wonderfully themed decor, it’s a sultry array of visual delights combining svelte textures with sumptuous surprises.
Throughout its rooms are sofas hollowed out of Victorian bathtubs; fairground ride loungers in the middle of the dance-floor and a suitable does of red hues to complement the ‘dive bar’ feel. Favourite areas among guests tend to be the Bathroom and the Boudoir, both of which are available to reserve privately and enjoy your own VIP table service.
Within the Bar Soho lair, one can also indulge in various drinks packages, Happy Hour deals and even cocktail masterclasses – a brilliant party activity for groups of 8 or more brought to you via Late Night London.
Who loves cocktails? Who loves dessert? If you love both those things together, then Basement Sate may just be your new favourite place. Delivering a hearty dose of ‘Parisian chic’ to Soho, Basement Sate embodies a bit of everything – drinks, nibbles, cocktails, dancing, and yes, dessert – all under one convenient roof.
Expect exquisite dessert plates that will excite your taste-buds and beg to be shared, each one artfully designed to accompany the cocktails. There are also cocktail and pastry classes and a rota of DJs throughout the week.
Like many of the other bars on this list. Basement Sate makes itself deliberately obscure. You can find it past an unmarked doorway on Broadwick St, down some rather unassuming stairs. But don’t let its nonchalance put you off – many say it’s just like “relaxing in a friend’s living room”, meaning you can be yourself just as you would anywhere else.