Soho London bars

Whether you fancy a quality cocktail, a pint of real ale or a place to party the night away, these Soho bars are sure to please.



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Soho's diverse and colourful bars and pubs make the area a popular desination for nights out. Bar-hopping scenesters, often creating severe foot traffic in the evenings, might enjoy cocktail bars like Experimental Cocktail Club, whilst those looking for a quiet drink will enjoy Mark's Bar. It doesn't take too much surface-scratching to separate the diamonds from the rough, though. Time Out presents a guide of Soho bars to bend an elbow. Know a better bar in Soho? Then let us know in the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Bar Termini

  • Rated as: 5/5

When someone calls two people a ‘dream team’, my hype-detector lights up. But with Bar Termini, the DT moniker seems fitting. Bar Termini does two things: coffee and cocktails. Coffee is

  1. 7 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JE
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French House

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

An evergreen haunt of Soho barflies, the French House should have ‘La Marseillaise’ playing as you walk in. Beer (house lager) is sold in halves; eau de vie comes in strawberry, pear and plum

  1. 49 Dean Street, W1D 5BG
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Mark's Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The basement at Hix Soho is consistently busy in the evening. And we understand why: this is a first-rate bar in nearly every respect. The historical drinks are both interesting and good, especially

  1. Hix, 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP
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Hakkasan (bar)

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The newer, Mayfair branch of this seriously smart Fitzrovia Chinese restaurant and bar has stolen some of the limelight from its older sibling, which is now more than a decade old. But we still

  1. 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD
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Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel

  • Rated as: 4/5

This wonderful bar occupies the hallowed ground that began life as Dick’s Bar, when Brasserie Zédel was the Atlantic Bar & Grill and the great Dick Bradsell was the man behind the bar. Zédel has

  1. Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
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Experimental Cocktail Club

  • Rated as: 4/5

As bar after bar opens using the rather tired ‘Brooklyn Prohibition’ template, Experimental Cocktail Club seems ever more original – it’s hard to find, sure, perhaps more so than any other

  1. 13A Gerrard Street, W1D 5PS
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Milk & Honey

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

This, the urban myth has it, has long been one the best bars for cocktails in London. It might well be, but it’s hard to tell unless you have night vision like a owl – the lighting is turned down

  1. 61 Poland Street, W1F 7NU
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Blind Pig

  • Rated as: 4/5

One of many slang terms for a US speakeasy, this Blind Pig is yet another addition to the list of ‘bars in London they supposedly don’t want you to know about but obviously do otherwise how will

  1. 58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Someone's gone to a lot of trouble to make this Chinatown cocktail bar and 'dim sum parlour' look shabby. The design is Eastern smoking den meets Western hipster hangout, with Chinese vases and

  1. 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE
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  • Rated as: 4/5

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

  1. 12 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TQ
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You have forgotten to mention Amuse Bouche Champagne Bar on 21 Poland Street. Brilliant champagne bar with good prices!

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