Phoenix Artist Club

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This legendary late-night bar and brasserie has been going through something of a revamp over the last year or so - all in an effort to return it to its art deco roots. Sagely they've kept the walls much the same, still festooned with headshots. Membership is required to gain entry after 9pm but if you've been to the theatre show the guys on the door your stub and, if there's enough room, they'll let you in. And if you really like what's inside? Membership starts at £70 a year. 

Keep an eye out for cabaret, musical theatre open mic nights, impromptu performances and more - more often than not from West End casts (they often make a beeline for here). The brasserie serves seasonal British food Tuesday-Saturday evenings, with late-night pizzas available from 9.30pm. There's free wi-fi and portable chargers, too.

Venue name: Phoenix Artist Club
Contact:
Address: 1 Phoenix Street
London
WC2H 8BU
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10.30am-2.30am (last entry 1am); Sun 10.30am-1.30am (last entry midnight). Food served Tue-Sat 5pm-9.30pm (pizzas available after 9.30pm). Membership required after 9pm.
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road
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Corinna Tomrley
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The Phoenix Artist Club is a truly original, delightful place. A bit of a hidden treasure, it is quirky in the very best sense of that word, and perfectly relaxed. Adjoining the Phoenix Theatre, the artists in questions are actors – the wall above the bar is papered with signed photos, some faces you’ll recognise, most you won’t. But the ‘artistic’ doesn’t stop there. With lots of the original 30s deco features still intact, the place has amazing history – it was converted in the 70s from the original theatre dressing rooms that would have seen Olivier, Noel Coward and Gertie Lawrence slapping on the greasepaint. Nowadays, the general décor is what can only be described as eccentric – again, in the very best sense of the word. With the stuffed crocodile head sitting side by side with ever changing paintings (one time there was a strange scenario featuring Al Pacino on display), you can imagine that if the Addams Family decided to open a bar, this would pretty much be what it looked like. The staff are always friendly and you may stumble upon a performer or two there practising their craft. Technically, The Phoenix is a private members club but is open to the public before 8pm, so if you’re in the mood for an afternoon aperitif or an early evening tipple, this is a perfect place to go, rather than try to squeeze into the tiny bars and pubs around Soho. You won’t be chucked out at 8, but if you want to enter later, of course you can join (£120 a year; you don’t have to be an actor). Fairly often, if you arrive early enough, it is pretty quiet but that can be a good thing as you take in the surroundings and feel like you’ve found your very own private bizarro bar. Other times it will be swarming - it’s used by those who work in the immediate area as their after-work hangout, you takes your chances. The drinks prices are reasonable and they now serve good quality bar food. The only negative I can ever say about the place is that there have been a couple of times when we’ve tried to go and it hasn’t been open and it’s hard to find out when exactly it IS open. But it’s worth a go when you’re in town. Or, if you find it’s not open yet, pop across to Molly Moggs and keep an eye out for when it is.

Corinna T

This is a truly unique spot in the heart of London. A couple of minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road, a second away from Old Compton St and Soho, proper, and with a secret garden a stone's throw away, The Phoenix really should be more well known. Now with its artist's hub - so you can get free wifi, tea and coffee every weekday, it's GOLD - it's a true gem in the middle of Soho. It's kept the personality of its colourful past and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. This is really one of the best places in London.

Ann C

Great atmosphere, very friendly helpful staff, tasty food plus a wonderful live music venue.

Dove J

One of the most unique atmospheres in London, it's wooden timbers imbued with the energies of it's illustrious and magical history - the room where Olivier relaxed after performances, where Noel Coward rehearsed Private Lives, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was rehearsed, and where the cast and crew unwind to Vanity Von Glow - The Phoenix is not just another Magical Bird...

Claire R

Phoenix Artist Club is amazing! Brilliant cocktails, food and great events. One of my favourite places to go in London.

Carolyn G

I love the theatrical surroundings, staff are always super helpful and friendly & the food is great. Great entertainment too.

Maggie K

Intimate, old charm with live entertainment. Good bar prices. Wonderful little venue.

Tess M

Fabulous, friendly barstaff. Awesome food. Reasonable prices - well it is in the West End!

Lynn J

What's not to love? There's always a warm welcome at the bar, they have a great team who are passionate about the club. It's friendly, fun, has great music nights, delicious food from Chef Ian Marvell. And it's on my way home!

Dean A

After a facelift, which has freshened the place up without losing it's original charm, the Phoenix is going from strength to strength with an ever-increasing eclectic line up of shows and the launch of it's new daytime creatives hub- very friendly and helpful staff. Can't recommend this place highly enough !

Michael B

Quirky and inspiring. Everyone is welcome here. Oh, and the food is great and service faultless

Peter D

Great mix of people and wide variety of entertainment. Friendly staff and reasonable prices make it one of my favourite West End spots.

Jea n C

Good inexpensive place to eat before a show. Fun, intimate venue below the Phoenix Theatre with lot s going on.

Lee A

Fantastic hidden little bar. The only place I really enjoy visiting in the West End. If you get there early enough it's great for a quiet get together or later there's a bustling atomsphere and great entertainment.
Good food too.

Craig G

It's a Soho institution, and remains the most open, friendliest, loviest venue in Soho - with the added benefits of a great cabaret room, fun events and an unrivalled ambiance. There are few places in town as unpretentious as The Phoenix

Tamarout H

This is the best club in London - great staff and service, perfect location and lovely atmosphere

Joanna R

Food is fantastic!!!! A hidden gem for sure! Cant recommend it enough!
Great theatre venue if you like that vibe this is the place for you

Heather C

I love the intimate atmosphere. It's great to be close to the performers and be able to interact with them.
The staff are friendly, always happy to help.
The best small venue in London.

Andy C

The Phoenix Artisit club is a cool and relaxed place, whether you hire it for private meetings (which I have done), use it during the day time as a drop-in desk or come along in the evening to sample the entertaining night life it's a hit. Well worth joining them to sample the fine food and great staff. Andy

Paolino S

The best as food and bar great reputation and great costumer service food always fresh from us as and bar always polite people

Paul B

Excellent staff, warm atmosphere and great cabaret make this venue one of the very best

Peter T

I wish to Nominate The Phoenix Artist Club because the Staff are friendly and it has a very relaxed atmosphere and is very nice to book spaces for Birthday Party's

Belinda G

Excellent venue where we meet Cookie Monstar and the very best of the Molly Mogs family

Luisa G

A Super friendly venue with a vibe of acceptance to all and cheer. Such a welcoming place and always feel like family when I go there, even after a while away. Is my secluded London get away, with great food, spectacular atmosphere and the BEST staff. ! .

Hendrik d

I celebrated my birthday here and all my guest complimented on the superb venue, friendliness of all staff and great value for money. Had a wondeffull evening !
Next year I hope to celebrate my 50th here as well. ... thank you all for making me feel so special.

Gareth E

The venue, the welcome, the food, the service, the great selection of drinks, the entertainment, the people...everything about The Phoenix is special. From your first visit till your 1000th it retains the excitement of going there. Friendly and a little bit wonderful with a special place in my heart!!

George C

Friendly staff, great atmosphere, great food and reasonably priced for the west end . also great entertainment nights .

Paula - ToT
Tastemaker

I am so disappointed in myself for not realising this place existed before now.  This is a great little bar which you pretty much have to yourself during various points of the day so can be a little hideaway right in the heart of London.  However, the real attraction of this place is the cabaret act Vanity Von Glow - she is an amazing singer who had be in hysterics!  Very much recommended!

MatureLinda

Love the atmosphere here - it has a very special friendly vibe.  Great place for catching up with friends over a drink.

Nicky G
Tastemaker

My kinda place. Here we have a theatre scene vibe but not in a wanky way - more in a "we've just finished opening night and now let's have a cast and crew party" kind of way. Definitely a place to meet people - very open, lively atmosphere and lots of fun. It's not a gay bar, but it's LGBT friendly; it's not an exclusively theatre bar though I'm pretty sure the guy next to us with white hair was some kind of rock star from the '70s and the group in front of us were at Musical Theatre school together. In terms of drinks, I ordered a lime and soda, which was lime cordial rather than fresh lime, but that's about all I can say about the drinks (I'm sure they're fine). You can take your pick of booths, tables, bar chairs or dancing, with plenty of people mingling all of the above. On the Saturday night we went in there were no show tunes (sad face) though plenty of '80s camp classics and modern numbers designed to get you up outta your chair, singing and dancing. Membership starts at £100 but if that feels a little steep for you, get there before 9pm for free entry.

Dave D

The finest venue to relax and enjoy surroundings like no other. Fabulous staff, management and a diverse friendly clientele

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Tastemaker

If you want to sing your heart out to an array of show tunes every Friday then this is the place for you. Confusing door policy (so get in before 9pm) this place is a must be for a show tune sing a long. If you're like me and can't remember words for love nor money then have no fear they have song sheets and even a lit wand to follow. You'll make new friends and probably needs some strepsils on the way home. 

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