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.
Phoenix Artist Club
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Aug 3 2011
Kitsch, messy and a late-night legend, this basement bar attracts a regular crowd of debauched luvvies and miscreants.
Play spot-the-soap-extra as you order a pint of Red Stripe, Kirin Ichiban, Heineken or Wells Bombardier at the bar, which is surrounded by signed black-and-white publicity shots of not-quite-familiar faces.
The club is members only, but the trick to enjoying its way-past-midnight hospitality is to arrive before 8pm and stay put. After work, you can find a spot beneath the hand-painted glass panels and theatrical memorabilia: a dark and cosy alcove, perhaps, or prepare for take-off in one of the aeroplane seats.
Being an artists’ club, there are naturally two stages for cabaret, and a big screen for the seventh art.
Phoenix Artist Club 1 Phoenix Street
- Venue phone:
020 7836 1077
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 5pm-2.30am Mon-Sat. Food served 5-9pm Mon-Sat
Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road tube
Phoenix Artist Club
- 1 Phoenix Street
- 020 7836 1077
- 1 Phoenix Street
- Phoenix Artist Club
What's on at Phoenix Artist Club
Musical comedy, Fringe, Comedy
Producers had to cancel the London run of this comedy musical last year after a key investor pulled out. Now it's back in a staged concert format at the Phoenix Artist club underneath the Phoenix Theatre. It's a new piece from Paul Boyd about some gals...
Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
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INCITE hosts an LGBT poetry event here second Wednesday of the month. with Invited guest poets and open mike. Its free, friendly and fun. .Its a social/cultural event with a flirty vibe. Everyone is welcome. Come along,.. enjoy yourself !. 7pm start.
I had a great night here, good cocktails, great music and an even better atmosphere, just a shame that towards the end of the night I got bummed in the bum
5. Great bar, early week and it is the place to meet friends and chat, maybe be entertained and spot a star, soap star at least. Show tunes and good old classics played at a levbel where you can hear yourself speak, Friday & Saturday offer up slightly louder and modern music but classics in their own right. Best of all it can serve late every night of the week. Get in before 8pm and stay till 3am without paying membership!
Clearly the first person who posted on here has missed the point of the whole venue. The manager does dress up and is very open to everyone who enters the venue it is an amazing venue if you are luck enough to get in you will have an unforgettable evening.
I Would like to give this place a 5 str rating. It is the most amazing venue in the centre of London, the only place in a large city where you can feel like you are in a local country pub. It is primarily a mambers club for actors, anyone who isn't particularly theatrical should go with an open mind. Expect show tunes, bubbles and smoke. The manager does have a tendency to get dressed up and interact with the customers... But for everyone I know who frequents here it's all part if the Phoenix charm. Give it a go!!!
no word of a lie, this is one of the worst places I have ever been in London.. it smelled like a toilet.. and there was a horrible 90 year old man dressed in a multi coloured waistcoat who was drunk as a skunk and would not stop pestering me and my friend we told the barman..and he told us that apparently HE WAS THE MANAGER.. as soon as he came back again.. we left straight away I tell you solemnly.. avoid like the plague