Listed below are a selection of BARS that we believe SQ site visitors would like. As with our recommended clubs, these bars attract a wide range of London’s gAylisters. Usually, the best night for these bars are Friday & Saturday, although some weekdays can be great fun and full of midweek hunks!
One of London’s most well known and oldest bars that has been dominating the heart of the Soho gay bar scene for many years. With it being the local to many Sohoer, it has some of the scenes top DJs on the weekends along with various entertainment during the week.
WHERE: : 51-53 Old Compton St, Westminster, London W1D 6HN
OPEN: Midday-10.30pm. Midnight on weekends.
CROWD: A mix of Bears, Sohoers, gAyListers, hunks, spunks and more…a local watering hole for many with a down to earth attitude and relaxed and cruisey atmosphere.
WHERE: 11 Soho Square, Soho, W1 (>>MAP).
OPEN: The Edge Bar is open
Mon-Thurs 4pm – 1am
Friday 4pm – 3am
Saturday 2pm – 3am
Sunday 4pm – midnight
CROWD: Mixed and eclectic from clubbers to metrosexuals over three floors.
WHERE: 30 Lisle Street, Soho, London, England. (>>MAP).
OPEN: Mon-Sun Midday – 3am
CROWD: Attracts a young and mixed crowd…the barmen are some of the hottest, relaxed, friendly.
Just a short step from Leciester Square, Ku Bar is open every day with serving beers, cocktails and with music and videos. London’s independently owned and run - Events and DJs 7 nights a week. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere with lots of gorgeous staff and customers, the best commercial music, videos and drinks. Hire the upstairs bar for your celebration or function or party away in Ku Klub to some of the hottest DJs on the circuit.
NEWS: Manbar recently lost it’s entertainment license due to a noise complaint. The bar is still open but now only has low volume background music until it can get back it’s licence.
WHERE: 79 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0NE
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Wednesday 4pm to 2am | Thursday and Friday 4pm to 3am | Saturday 2pm to 3am | Sunday 2pm to 11pm
CROWD: Late night gay bar attracting a more down to earth crowd.
WHERE: 50 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DR (>>MAP).
OPEN: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:30 FREE
CROWD: Attracts a very easy on the eye good looking crowd from hunks to clubbers, from Soho socialites to gAylisters. Very busy.
Rupert Street is ideally located right in the heart of all the action. Open 7 days a week, by day it is a relaxing & calm space, with an accomplished food offer & a massive drinks list to match. But by night the venue really comes alive with the most metrosexual crowd you will find anywhere, plenty of eye candy & thats not just the sexiest looking bar team around!!
At weekends the bar showcases the best of London’s D.J. talent, with Alessandro Londra, resident every Sunday and a massive list of D.J.’s on rotation every Saturday night, Gonzalo, SAKI, Paul Heron, Oliver M,Brent Nicholls, Alessandro Londra, JC Christopher, Minx, D Jonny,Severino.
You can also enjoy alfresco socialising, with an ideal space right round the venue and with massive glass window expanses, inside feels like outside & outisde like in.
With the prentention gone and the fun back in, Rupert Street is THE place to see & been seen on the scene. What more could you ask for?!?!”.
NEWS: Currently closed for refurbishment.
WHERE: 5 Brewer St, London W1F (>>MAP).
OPEN: Mon-Sat 10:00pm-3:00am £5 weekday / £10 weekends
CROWD: A bar come club come private members venue Shadow Lounge attracts a wide cross section of people from the secretary/hairdresser type crowd to the more pretentious type. Plenty of Latin lovelies and hunks too.
WHERE: 57 Rupert Street, London, Greater London W1D 7PL (>>MAP).
OPEN: Mon-Wednesday 4pm – 11:30pm Thursday 3pm – 11:30pm Friday-Saturday 2pm – 12am Sunday 2pm – 10:30pm
CROWD: Mon-Thurs The Yard welcomes an intelligent and attractive afterwork and evening drinks crowd, often a venue of choice for gay networking events and social gatherings. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and intimate with background rather than over whelming pumping house and lounge music. Come the weekend the ties come off and the pecs come out as the Yard revs up the gears and becomes Soho venue of choice for the smart, toned and sexy! Regular guest DJs play the freshest vocal house and the air is alive with excitement, laughter and testosterone!
Finally the mercury is rising, the sun is emerging and the coats are scarfs are coming off.
The start of summer is officially here and where better to begin a long leisurely summer than with a cold pint, good friends, beautiful surroundings and plenty of eye candy – The Yard!
The Yard is the only alfresco venue in Soho allowing the customers the comfort of a large open air courtyard space within which they can while away the hours, soaking up the sun, taking in the ambience not be jostled about in a cramped and crowded airless bar. Customer can choose between 3 distinct spaces each with its own individuality as well as 2 specially crafted outside areas to enjoy.
The Yard has recently undergone a major transformation adding a bespoke decking area within the central courtyard to allow for more comfortable tabled seating as well as new trees and plantlife. The adjoining alfresco bar, which can open fully to allow freedom and easy transition between the two ensuring that this busy and vibrant space never gets uncomfortably crowded, has benefitted from the inclusion of new improved seating and a refresh of the toilets.
Upstairs in the loft bar, a popular space for party bookings with its own outside smoking balcony, looking down over the courtyard, the bar has been completely transformed to include new boothed seating, increased floor space, intimate knooks and crannys perfect for escaping into with someone special, improved lighting and toilets.
The Yard offers a full and varied drinks menu so whether you tipple is wine, beer or something stronger we have something to suit every palate, and at some of the most competitive prices in town.
As sister venue to the Edge on Soho Square, open til 3am, we are a great starting off point offering free entry and 2-4-1 wristbands allowing you to complete your night out in style dancing away at The Edge.
This (and next) Bank Holiday come and see what everyone is talking about and join us in the sunshine!
Tables and booths can be reserved, free, for your party, comfort or convenience. Simply drop us a line or an email, our contact details are below!