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Admiral Duncan


A triumph of brash fun over basic flirting, this Soho stalwart attracts party-oriented punters to its one-room bar in the middle of Old Compton Street.

The board of shooters encourages Friday nights of inebriated abandon; lager drinkers have the choice of draught Peroni, Stella, Carlsberg, Carling or Heineken, or bottled Sol or Peroni. A jukebox provides musical offerings that are conveniently categorised by the decade. There are also regular cabaret and karaoke nights.

Despite all of this unabashed bonhomie, as an obvious target for dangerous homophobes, the good Admiral has been beset by tragedy, most notably by a bomb that killed three regulars on a busy night in 1999.

Venue name: Admiral Duncan
Address: 54 Old Compton Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube

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Richard Goffin-Lecar

My wife and I ended up here on my birthday after seeing Jersey Boys. It so happened that it was also the fourteenth anniversary of the bomb attack that killed three people, and injured around seventy others. Despite this, the atmosphere was fantastic! it was a real party. Three fabulous drag queens, Tanya Hyde, Baga Chyps, amd Mrs Moore, were onstage, giving it one hundred per cent. Absolutely hilarious! Whatever your orientation, LGBT or straight, if you enjoy humour, great music, a fantastic party atmosphere, and don't mind seeing other people enjoying themselves, in whatever way they see fit, Checkout the Admiral Duncan - It's FANTASTIC! We loved it!