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Venue says: "It's LAB o'clock! Enjoy 2-4-1 on all our cocktails every day from 5pm-7:30pm! Buy one cocktail, get the same one free!"

LAB was created in 1999, which makes it a granddaddy in London’s cool bar scene. But it shows no signs of decline: the quality is consistent visit after visit. They’ve always had a very long cocktail list, 90-plus, and some drinks get a bit clever for their own good. But mostly they are grounded in LAB’s core principle: understanding and perfecting cocktail fundamentals. The Soho Lady, one of their own creations, is a tall sour based on gin, with Aperol and fresh raspberries, served over crushed ice with a top of fizzy wine. Classic. Standard drinks are always perfect, and the bartenders love talking to customers who need help figuring out what to order. Noise levels are high, but no higher than in comparable places. You can book tables downstairs, and it’s sensible to do so. Prices remain very low for the quality and the area. Great drinks, low prices, unfailing consistency – what more can you ask for?


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LAB says
Built upon the shoulders of industry giants, LAB is a shining beacon to all developing bartenders, and connoisseurs of fine drink. Founded in 1996 in the heart of London's Soho district, LAB was created to be a training school for bartenders keen to develop their skills - the London Academy of Bartenders. The culmination of this academic institution came in 1999, when the training school was transformed into what is now LAB Bar.

Over its 16 year history, LAB has created and hosted some of London's most creative bartenders. This has resulted in LAB compiling one of the biggest and most unique cocktail menus in the UK, with cocktails such as the infamous Porn Star Martini cocktail, founded and created at LAB. As a result, these cocktail menus have become collectors' items for bartenders worldwide, and have been spotted as far as Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Till this day, LAB still pushes the boundaries - and sets the bar - of creating great cocktails served with skill, a cheeky wink, and if you're nice maybe a shot.

To those who are about to drink, we salute you!
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Venue name: LAB
Address: 12 Old Compton Street
Opening hours: Open 4pm-midnight Mon-Sat; 4-10.30pm Sun. Food served 4-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road tube

Average User Rating

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I came here the other week with a colleague; had a brilliant time. The cocktail menu is huge - there's so much to choose from. We ended up getting a few rounds, so we could experiment with the drinks we had. The bar is really cool and the staff are very friendly and helpful with recommendations

Rosie T
Staff Writer

Great place! The drinks are dreamy and the atmosphere is fun and delightful (meaning a few lookers around). The space is quite small so I wouldn't go with a large crowd but for a night out with about, at a max, 4 friends this is a great spot. Also a good pre-drinks location to really get the night started on a high!