Soho does drinking ever so well. Whether you’re after a cosy spot to settle into for the evening, a secret speakeasy for sipping decadent cocktails, or a fun filled-night of boozy bar-hopping (well, make that several nights – so many bars, so little time!), you’re guaranteed a brilliant night in Soho.

From intimate wine bars and cosy gin clubs, to Bowie-inspired watering holes and late-night house music, here’s our pick of drinking dens in the heart of London’s nightlife scene.

The Little Scarlet Door

Continuing the success of their famous house party bars, the team behind the Little Yellow, Blue and Orange Doors are bringing their newest opening to Soho. And this one’s Scarlet! If, like us, you’re a fiend for great cocktails and excellent company, then The Little Scarlet Door should be on your list. Like all their flats, the vibes are warm and homely – and with shareable cocktails and NYC loft-inspired interiors, this place has all the ingredients for a killer Soho house party.

Set to open their doors mid-June, expect to sip the night away on signature cocktails such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Mirabeau pink gin, pink peppercorn and rose served with candy lips), The Last Days of Disco (Appleton 8, Bacardi 8, apricot, pomegranate and grapefruit served with candy floss), and Thomas Crown Affair (Pisco, green chartreuse, sage and lavender served with sage leaves and and edible flower). I’ll take one of each!

Where: 12 Greek St, London W1D 4DL
Website: www.thelittlescarletdoor.co.uk

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

The Bloomsbury Hotel might not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a night out in Soho, but The Bloomsbury Club Bar is the jewel in the crown of lavish cocktail bars around town, and it’s a must-try if you’re looking for a night of expertly crafted cocktails.

The bar’s cocktail menu mirrors its past, inspired by the Bloomsbury Set who rejected Victorian ideas of religion and explored new types of spirituality through their art and writing. Each of their 14 cocktails corresponds to a different state of mind or being. Think Flaming Venom to banish envy, Painted Veil to curb your anxiety, and Forbidden Fruit to turn your desire into enduring love. Not sure which to try? The bar’s ‘Cocktail Diviner’ will reveal your emotional state and prescribe exactly the right cocktail to suit your mood.

The bar’s ‘Cocktail Diviner’ will reveal your emotional state and prescribe exactly the right cocktail to suit your mood.

Where: 12 Greek St, London W1D 4DL
Website: www.thebloomsburyclub.com

SOMA

This bar, courtesy of the team behind Kricket, has fast become a firm Soho favourite. With an extensive drinks list influenced by the Indian subcontinent and beyond, and low-lit luxurious decor, you can see why it’s popular among those who love to do their cocktail sipping in Soho.

With its modern, minimalistic take on the basement speakeasy cocktail bar and 3am closing time, this is a late-night drinking den that’s not to be missed.

A modern, minimalistic take on the basement speakeasy cocktail bar.

Where: 14 Denman St, London W1D 7HJ
Website: www.somasoho.com

 

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The London Gin Club

If you’re looking for the ultimate gin & tonic, an exquisitely-crafted menu of gin-based cocktails and Gin Tasting Flight experiences, then make a beeline for The London Gin Club. With its carefully-curated collection of over 100 gins and super cosy interiors, it’s a warm and friendly spot for gin-lovers to unite in Soho after a long day at the office.

 

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Where: 22 Great Chapel St, London W1F 8FR
Website: www.londonginclub.com

The Mulwray

The Mulwray is a delight. It’s a wine bar on the edge of Chinatown and a trendy meeting spot for friends and workmates alike.

Recognised most notably as part of The Blue Posts – a pub from the team behind The Palomar at The Barbary – it should be at the very top of your list if you’re a fan of vino, with a changing wine list to reflect the seasons and a focus on sustainable growers and bio-dynamic vines.

It should be at the very top of your list if you’re a fan of vino.

Where: The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert St, London W1D 6DJ
Website: www.theblueposts.co.uk/the-mulwray

The Vault

The Vault prides itself on serving original, unpretentious drinks in an intimate setting. And when they say unpretentious, they really mean it, with a wine list that’s condensed down to just two options: ‘red’ or white’.

Nestled beneath Soho institution and London’s original whisky specialist, Milroy’s, this cosy candle-lit setting is a warm and welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of Soho’s streets above.

This cosy candle-lit setting is a warm and welcome retreat.

Where: 3 Greek St, London W1D 4NX
Website: www.thevaultsoho.co.uk

 

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Bar Crispin

For those who prefer a more refined wine bar to a night at the pub, Bar Crispin is the place for you. Atmospheric and chilled, the team behind all-day cafe Crispin have brought a Spitalfields vibe to Soho in the form of Bar Crispin.

With natural wines as the central focus, guests can sip the night away to a menu of real wines (including 150 vintages) curated by sommelier Alex Price. Whilst its main focus is on organic and sustainable wines, Bar Crispin offers everything from specialty coffee and baked goods to seasonal sharing plates – making it the perfect day-to-night destination in Soho.

The perfect day-to-night destination in Soho.

Where: 19 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5PY
Website: www.barcrispin.com

The Thin White Duke

Open 2pm until 11pm midweek, and until midnight on weekends, The Thin White Duke is a new all-day bar that offers music-loving cocktail drinkers some David Bowie-inspired fun in a beautiful Soho venue.

Based on Bowie’s most controversial persona, the new space comes complete with cafe and bar serving coffee, cicchetti and cocktails, two-fully equipped recording studios, and an upstairs space to play host to talks, screenings and workshops. It’s set to be one of Soho’s coolest hangouts and has really set the bar high for the London social scene. 

Where: 22B Great Windmill St, London W1D 7LD
Website: www.thethinwhiteduke.london

The Perception Bar

If you’re looking for bold interiors, expertly crafted cocktails and electric beats, then look no further than The Perception Bar. Tucked away inside the W Hotel, this gorgeous hidden gem plays host to everything unconventional – from SOUK, their desert house music night, to a Frosé Royale Brunch which claims to be ‘London’s pinkest’.

Serving up an array of mouth-watering cocktails, this is a great choice if you’re looking for a bar that overlooks the streets of Soho below.

Where: W, Leicester Square, 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF
Website: www.theperceptionbar.com

The Windmill

If you want a night of theatrical drinking and dining complete with dancers, singers and circus performers, then look no further than The Windmill Soho. Inside you’ll find top-notch grub, a creative cocktail list and mesmerising entertainment ‘til late. 

Fancy something even more special? Henderson’s, hidden below The Windmill, is their secret cocktail bar serving thrilling live music and entertainment in an intimate speakeasy. The catch? Henderson’ is invitation-only, so you’d best make some friends in high places. 

Top-notch grub, a creative cocktail list and mesmerising entertainment.

Where: 17-19 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7JZ
Website: www.thewindmillsoho.com


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