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Studio 88

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Leicester Square
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Studio 88

Time Out says

A music-loving cocktail bar in the West End. A six-piece band performs every night and will play your requests – simply submit these via the napkins and pens left on your table.



Address: 47 Whitcomb Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Leicester Sq
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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I celebrated my birthday here. The bar is unique as it has a live band playing where you can request your own songs together with a small dancefloor.

The service is excellent and the drinks range is excellent.

The bar also serves food, and is open till the early hours of the morning.

Great place to get a group of friends together and party the night away.

I had a great night at studio 88 last night. I was relatively surprised by how kind the waiters were.We went there in a group of 5 and were assigned to our tables. I thoroughly enjoyed the live music and enjoyed the ambiance of the night. I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a chilled night out with friends. The prices of drinks and bar food were affordable.

Was here last Saturday….What a night! Non-stop dancing and the live band were brilliant!! Couldn’t recommend this place more. 

If you love live music and delicious cocktails - then look no further! This place had me dancing all night. I will definitely be going back :) 


I came to this live music venue on a Wednesday evening, arriving early evening just after finishing work. I don’t think that was the ideal time to come because it’s really set up to be a late night club so walking around a big empty venue seemed a bit odd. There were two pianists singing when there were only 4 of us rattling around the venue so it seemed a little odd.

It had a classy vibe, lots of coloured mood lighting and glass panels, seating booths and reserved tables. Well it seemed classy until the drinks came out in plastic cups and we were told they had a no glass policy. I understand that on a rowdy Friday night but it seemed unnecessary at that exact time. There was a lengthy cocktail menu but what turned up was a bit hit and miss. A mediocre sours and an undrinkable espresso martini. But happy hour prices (5pm – 8pm that evening) made it just £5 a cocktail so every cloud has a silver lining. They have an interesting food menu – a 6 course cone menu. Yes everything turns up in cones. Why? I have literally no idea. This was also hit and miss. Some of the cones were tasty, like the corn fritter fingers, others were awful like the cold, floppy spring rolls.

But you don’t come here for the food, probably not for the drink either but undoubtedly drinks will be consumed. You come here for the band that plays your requests obviously! Every table has request slips for you to write down whatever song you want them to play and the waitress takes it up the band who can play it literally at the drop of a hat. It’s a brilliant concept and the singers were very talented. But their website promised “Every night, 2 piano vocalists and accompanying musicians form a 6-piece band” however, when we arrived there were only 2 pianists. A drummer and a bass guitarist followed much later but it never turned into a 6-piece band. I think this really restricted what they could/would play. They seemed to be opting for a chilled-out crooner-vibe and didn’t want to play any upbeat songs. Had I not been to Piano Works then I wouldn’t have known any better, and to be fair I went there on a Saturday night so perhaps it’s unfair to compare, but Piano Works has an incredible band that can (and will) play literally anything and really gets the crowd going. I understand mid-week calls for a different vibe but some more upbeat songs would have been nice.

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