Please note: since this review was published, Barrio Central has changed its name to Barrio Soho. Eating & Drinking editors March 2016.
Where once shone the Amber bar, you’ll now find the strikingly Latino Barrio Central. The main street-level bar comprises a narrow room lined with glass-topped tables, effectively display cases for comics, games and knick-knacks that exude playful character. A park bench and greenery at the back also offer decorative variety.
The drinks menu, ‘in Spanglish’, is categorised by region or country: a Brazilian Lady (Abelha cachaça and passionfruit) complements manly Quilmes beer from Buenos Aires; a Mayan Magic (dark chocolate, chilli, agave and Cazadores tequila) represents
Central America; a Hispaniola Spell (Brugal rum, shochu, jasmine, mint and ginger), the Caribbean; and so on.
Bloody big Barrio burgers, sandwiches and burritos are filled with slow-roasted pulled pork and other grilled meats.
Barrio Central's neighbourhood is inclusive of anyone with a similar mindset rather than geographic locality. A love of music in all its worldly genres, an appreciation of upcoming musicians, artists and urban poets, combined with an appetite for food and drink sourced from all corners and served how they should be - you're in Barrio's 'hood!
|Venue name:||Barrio Soho||Contact:|
6 Poland Street
|Opening hours:||Open 4pm-1am Mon-Fri; 3pm-1am Sat; 3-11pm, Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Rd tube|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:17
- 4 star:8
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
Fun and funky favela chic. Fire and theatre when it comes to cocktails, sweet as happy hour, tasty tacos and banging tunes with a few guilty pleasures until late in the basement.
My friend and I had birthday drinks here and had the best night! I've had lots of my friends comment to me afterwards what a terrific venue it was and how much they enjoyed it! The cocktails were brilliant and the bar staff really good fun and excellent at recommendations. Atmosphere was great and it was perfect that it wasn't too crowded. Also felt the drinks were reasonably priced - especially for decent cocktails.
I went there with my friend on Monday night. Decoration is ok but drinks and cocktails are extremely over-priced. However, we stayed to try the place. At the bar there were 5 people waiting for drinks. The rastafarian bartender was kind of flirting with one of them so he stayed there a rather long time. All in all we must have waited there 30 min. When he finally became available instead of coming over to ask for drinks he shouted us from the other side of the bar. I don't mind having to wait because the bartender is providing a personalized customer service to the one before me but when t's me time at least treat me decently. I politely asked him to come over but he continued asking for drinks from far so I said I didn't wanted anything just for him to replied if I didn't wanted anything I could leave. He also shouted this out loud in front of all my friends and other customers. If you keep people waiting at least say "sorry". Obviously, I wanted to leave but didn't want to spoil my GF's cousin birthday party so I stayed. My friend persuaded me to order something so I send him to get me a glass of "Fernet" which I had seen in the bar. They had to call me to go to the bar to point out where the Fernet bottle where because he didn't know it. This guy allow himself to tell people to go away but he doesn't even know the products he sells??? Disappointing. I'll never come back and won't recommend it to anyone.
I've lived in London all my life and this is one of my favourite places to go. The team are brilliant, and it feels more like you're out with the whole bar than being served by them. If you want somewhere a little quirky, with great live music and food then give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
I was taken here on a date and I absolutely loved it! The cocktails were amazing and the nachos were to die for...probably the best nachos I have ever had. Would recommend to go here as the atmosphere is also great.
I happened to stumble across the Barrio Central bar at the weekend! Now I consider myself quite the Mojito ‘connoisseur’ and I can honestly say that they were awesome! Very impressed! Next time I’m in London I will be sure to go back!
This place makes for a great night out - alot of fun. Intimate and lively atmosphere with great music. Not your averge Central London bar :)
We booked a table at Barrio Central for Amigo hour (that’s 6pm-8pm- so 2 hours really, where cocktails are around half price –about £5 each- and you get £5 off the cheaper bottles of wine, making them about £12/£13) for five of us on a Tuesday night. Even on a Tuesday, booking is advisable, as it was very busy. Once we got sat down , we ordered lots of lovely things -a very impressive wooden platter with all sorts of things on designed for 3 or 4 people to share, nachos, several cocktails and a couple of bottles of wine-which the lovely waitress remembered perfectly without writing anything down which was very impressive. They gave us tap water without us asking, and the food (and drinks) arrived speedily and were really, really nice. Best things ordered were the calamari and the patatas bravas but everything was pretty good. The cocktails were delicious, although far too easy to drink and so went down very quickly. Good job we had the back-up wine. Service was attentive and quick but without making us feel at all rushed, atmosphere was lively, perhaps a little loud but that seemed more and more appropriate the more we drank, as I’m sure we got a bit louder too. I got the feeling it would be a very party atmosphere indeed late at night and at the weekends. We didn’t go downstairs but by the looks of it there was another bar and a club-type area there. If we hadn’t been en route to the soho theatre to see some late night comedy we would definitely have ended up making our way downstairs to carry on the party. In fact, we intend to return very soon to do just that!
I would highly recommend - the burritos are great, as are the cocktails, and the atmosphere is fab from the beginning of the night until the end. Really nice and friendly staff, as well.
Definitely worth a visit. Booked an area for a few friends and I on a Sunday evening. Booking process was quick and easy and when we got there the staff were lovely and very attentive. Great mojitos and the nachos were delicious. Generally a really nice atmosphere and I would heartily recommend it. We'll definitely be coming back.
Barrio Central is a fabulous place for delicious cocktails and yummy bites! Although incredible busy, well let’s say lively, the table service is excellent and quite speedy - the staff do their best to look after you. The atmosphere is really spirited and upbeat (I am sure the cocktails help!) and the music was super! If you book ahead early enough, there’s a variety of locations to reserve – we had the ‘Loveshack’, and so had a enough space to have a dance in too – not sure that was a good thing for the rest of the bar though!
Always fun, lively, and friendly people. Thoroughly recommend, whether with a big group of friends or on as a date.
One of the worst places to go to in Soho (and London in general..). The bouncer is basically a tall humanoid prick with no manners and the rest of the employees simply don't care about that or whether you are an unsatisfied customer. The attitude of the place is this : "We are here to take your money and we don't care about anything else!" "If you don't like it leave now!" "London is a big place and there are plenty of people in line waiting to take your place you ungrateful cheap bastard!" I went there for the first time (even had my company's name on the list) and while I was entering the place the bouncer grabbed my back from behind and basically pulled me backwards. That was his way of saying : "Please remove your bag from your back. I'm afraid this is not allowed inside." Later on I went outside to make a call and the bouncer just gave me a cold stare and pointed his finger at me "telling" me I should move. I Put the phone down and asked why he was being disrespectful, treating me like sheep, without actually talking to me. He then started yelling at me, flapping his hands and telling me in bad (that's broken and impolite..) in english : "Move there!! My friend came out looking for me I told him that we are leaving, and as we were leaving the bouncer spat towards us. If you don't want to be treated like sheep with money.. Stay away from Barrio Central at all costs.
Had a fantastic time at Barrio Central on Saturday 3rd Sep celebrating my 30th! I would definitely recommend booking an area (we got the dance floor seats in the basement which was perfect for 15-20) and also getting there while you can still take advantage of Happy Hour where cocktails are only £4.50. The staff were lovely, and although it does get busy, it just helps make for a really fun boozy night of dancing. I also found the booking so easy to sort, and everyone was so helpful and friendly. A tiny mix up on the booking area resulted in a free bottle of bubbly for me and my party - I couldn't fault them at all. Brilliant night - will be back soon!
I had my birthday at Barrio Bar Soho on Friday the 7th of September. Being the disorganised lady I am I left it until the Sunday night the week before to book a space! I was advised that Friday is the busiest day and after receiving confirmation that my request was being looked into the next day I received an email saying there was no space :( However a lovely Lady called Rose kept in contact with me the whole week and managed to sort out a reserved area on the dance floor for 10 and a 25 person guest list! The bar has a lovely Spanish and Caribbean flavour and mixed with the Cocktails you really feel like you are on holiday! The waitress was very helpful, the DJ played a mix of old school hip hop and latin inspired mixes and the food was divine! I will definitely be back-this place has a great funky chilled ambience it is well worth arriving in time for the happy hour!
This is a great venue for a really fun night out with a bunch of friends. We reserved a table for my birthday and the booking manager was really helpful and accommodating from the beginning. We had an area reserved upstairs so, we could sit and chat but still enjoy the music. Book an area downstairs if you want to be on the dance floor! Make sure you book well in advance so, you can choose from the different themed seating areas to suit your requirements. Table service is patient & served with a smile. We enjoyed working our way through the cocktail menu and the decor is funky and adds to the whole experience. Will be back!
Had my birthday party there on 14th July and booked out an area. Staff was very friendly asn was quick to move people from outside our party seating there. The food was absolutely delicious and when I asked the waitress for '2 of everything' she was nice to point out their amazing food platters :-) Cocktails and sangria was pretty good too and the music and atmosphere was really fun. Overall a great night out, only thing I was expecting but didn't have is tables on my area as there were quite a few of us eating and could have done with a surface to put things down!
Celebrated my birthday in Barrio Central and had a great night - it did get quite busy so reserving an area or table is a must!
Had my birthday at Barrio earlier this month, and it was absolutely fantastic. Great music and a great atmosphere, and of course delicious cocktails. Barrio never lets you down!
We organised an events for clients and we had a fantastic time! The waitress Klara was very helpful and hard-working despite it being very busy! The drinks were delicious and the atmosphere was second to none. Would definitely come again!
My friends and I spend the afternoon/evening here for my birthday last weekend, and we had a brilliant time. The staff were a lot of fun, and the 'Amigo Hour' cocktail menu was great value. The food was lovely too - especially the nachos! It did get incredibly busy from 7pm-ish onwards, so I would recommend getting there early or booking a table.
I came here also to celebrate my birthday and so I reserved the 'Love Shack' area downstairs and it was totally brilliant, the music was great and the place was buzzing with a fun and excitable atmosphere. Due to the fact the place was so busy it was a little tricky to get drinks at the bar, however this is the price you pay for a busy and popular place. Staff were also friendly and Rose was most helpful in helping me organise the booking for my birthday and also checking back to see if I had a good time there which I thought was really thoughtful. So go and check it out !! I was really impressed and can't wait to go again!
I came here to celebrate my birthday on Good Friday, it was a great night, easily located in soho near to tube stations and on a street where a few of my group were able to park their cars. Getting in and to our table was a smooth process, we arrived in time for happy hour and order some nice and strong tasting cocktails and food from the menu. One of our group has a gluten intolerence and the staff where very helpful in checking what would be ok or not. The music was a great mix and the atmosphere was really good. I would defo recommend this place for groups of people that want a good night with decent cocktails and an even better atmosphere.
A fantastic gem of a bar, located just off Oxford Circus - perfect for mid-shopping drinks, after work cocktails, or even a night on the tiles... I had my birthday at Barrio Central, having really enjoyed what barrio north had to offer. The happy hour was brilliant - £4 for cocktails that strong is a bargain, my old favourite the mojito was expertly made upon demand, and the long island iced teas were delicious (yet beware of/take advantage of the strength!!). The barrio team were all so accomodating - especially Rose, who oragnised an area for 20 people (for free!) - they even through a bottle of bubbly in for my birthday. All in all, great drinks, good music (not too loud so you cant hear one another but loud enough so you can enjoy the beats) and great atmosphere - havent tried the food but will definitely be back for more at some point soon. Keep it going guys, don't change your winning formula and the customers will keep on coming!
I brought a hen group to Barrio Central on Saturday night - it was definitely one of the highlights of our day. Reserving an area beforehand was very easy (good on-line forms, friendly emails from the bar). When we turned up, the drinks were very good, ambiance excellent. In particular, the service was very well paced - they were on hand to take orders whenever we wanted, handled a lot of orders without making mistakes, but they were never in your face or hovering too close. Great place. And of course the long happy hour makes it ideal for parties.