Clubs in Soho
Located on Greek Street, Club 49 proves a popular choice with the Soho crowd. Upstairs is a main bar with a VIP area, while downstairs hosts the dance floor with its regular live music and DJ nights. It's mostly about the entertainment here, with cocktail orders keeping the party crowd well-oiled - think classics like mojitos, moscow mules, mai tais and manhattans and you won't go far wrong. There's a varied selection of martinis on offer too, as well as beers by the bottle and a short wine list visiting the old world and new. Those looking to soak up the booze with some food can tuck into bar bites with a Lebanese bent. If you're booking a party then you can pre-order canapés and platters for the group.
Jeremy Joseph’s G-A-Y Bar has everything you’d expect: cheap drinks offers, a young crowd and plenty of Kylie. It’s spread over three floors, and is always busy. Some love it, others hate it, but if you’re the kind of person who adores pink whistles and cowboy hats, and likes to party with their gal pals, this is the place to come. And, fear not, when this door closes, another opens at G-A-Y Late – the same old formula only later. G-A-Y Late is housed in a plush lounge bar at 5 Goslett Yard that was once home of gay members’ club Shaun & Joe.
For those who enjoy crooning into a hairbrush, but are too shy to take to the stage, Lucky Voice might be the solution. Nine private ‘pods’ allow groups of four to 12 people to belt out a classic without any fear of embarrassment. Pizza and nibbles are basic, but the drinks menu is more extravagant; choose a snifter off the list to chase away any lingering inhibitions. With almost a million songs on the play-list, there will certainly be a tune you know – so no excuses.
The ultimate Soho shebeen, St Moritz has been packing them in for decades. Located beneath a Swiss restaurant (also called St Moritz), the basement club has retained much of the same décor it has had since the '60s, giving it a timeless London feel. Its flagship club night is Gaz's Rockin' Blues, helmed by legendary selector Gaz Mayall. It's been running there every Thursday for the past 30 years and still hosts turbo-charged live performances alongside ska, classic R&B and rock 'n' roll DJs each week. Long-running West End indie night Blow Up (which bears some responsibility for inventing Britpop) is in residence every Friday and at the other end of the musical spectrum, Decadence on Saturdays is a session of balls-out hair metal debauchery. That's three good reasons every week to visit this London institution.
What’s on? Club nights in Soho
This glitzy, rainbow bright show for kids is masterminded by Aussie cabaret stars Briefs Factory (producers of 'Hot Brown Honey' and 'Briefs', both of which are definitely for grown-ups only). 'Brat Kids Carnival' is a 45-minute show full of high-energy acts that'll make children long to run away with the circus. The line-up includes giant puppets by Lisa Fa'alafi, aerial hoop routines by circus star Crystal Stacey, clowning by Mr Monkey and acrobatics by Luke Hubbard. Ages 4-plus.
'Briefs' comes to Christmas Leicester Square in November 2018. This review is from 2017. Shivannah – the host-cum-ringmaster of racy cabaret-circus show ‘Briefs’ – is so engaging that even his pre-show request for us to turn our phones off is entertaining. And that sort of says it all, because from that moment of usually-nondescript-theatre-admin the ‘Briefs’ boys will have every speck of your attention. In fact, even before the troupe emerge in their pastel morning suits – no shirts, obvs – the tent is in full-on celebration mode, with a party playlist blaring as the audience takes their seats. It’s a welcome return to the South Bank for the Brisbane boys, who’ve sold out their London shows for the past three seasons. With a raid-worthy wardrobe – there’s feathers, lamé and huge beaded necklaces for everyone – this time their exhausting-sounding combo of comedy, drag, burlesque, contemporary dance and circus has a sci-fi spin. They’ve come to visit our grim present from the oh-so-glittery future to show us that things get better (thankfully without the use of a ‘D:Ream’ number) and how to get there (nice manners will help, apparently). There are far-ranging references, going from ‘Armageddon’ to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, with a ‘bunny rabbit’ performing simple-seeming – but actually kind of mind-blowing – tricks with alarm clocks. Meanwhile, Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill has mouths agog as he flips and twists around in an awe-inspiring aerial display: his trapeze skills are
This all-singing, all-dancing cabaret show is hosted by 'Denim', who have graduated from being Cambridge University's only drag troupe to fringe stardom. Their new show 'The Reunion Tour' has queens Glamrou La Denim, Aphrodite Greene, Crystal Vaginova, Elektra Cute and Shirley DuNaughty in character as a girl group who're reuniting after a catastrophic break-up.
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