There is no questioning that London is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world when it comes to nightlife, that’s why here at Nights Gone Wild we like to show you just what there is to offer. Aside from our leading London pub crawls, Here are 5 excellent pubs and clubs from across the area of Soho we recommend you check out as soon as you can.
Milk and Honey, 61 Poland Street
If you like your night with a level of pretence, sophistication and historical theming, then Milk & Honey might just be the bar for you. Designed in an American prohibition speakeasy theme, Milk & Honey serves up classy cocktails and a great list of wines.
Milk & Honey also has a number of rules it asks its customers to abide by, including no shouting, gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies and no name dropping are among a few, however they are not strictly enforced. An unmarked door with only a doorbell is the way in, and it is a members’ bar. Non-members must reserve in advance and can only do so up until 11pm.
The Toucan, 19 Carlisle Street
At the other end of the spectrum we have the Toucan, and Irish bar with about as much pretence as eating a Greggs pasty on the bus home from work, and that’s why we love it. There are lots of rubbish Irish bars al over the world, but this one is fantastic. Their no nonsense drinks policy is actually refreshing, only offering two types of Guinness, a couple of standard lagers, a range of Irish whiskeys and Mgners cider on tap (you never see that!)
They also serve Guinness inspired cocktails and have a tapas menu which includes baked beans. The Toucan also has an interesting past, with Jimi Hendrix said to have played in its basement bar during his time living in London in the 1960’s.
The Old Coffee House, 49 Beak Street
For those of you aching for a fantastic selection of micro-brewed ales, look no further than The Old Coffee House. Grab a couple of pints of their fantastic range of award winning Brodies beers whilst relaxing in typical old English pub surroundings, complete with creaky wooden chairs and stools.
Brodies produce a number of exciting beers from chocolate and coffee flavoured numbers to their Hackney Red. Fear not if you have friends with less excitable pallets, because they also serve plenty of “normal” drinks too.
Café de Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street
If your looking to be entertained whilst you tip back a couple of glasses of something fizzy, check out Café de Paris. Aside of its weird and wonderful club nights it has regular performances from tassel twirling burlesque to jazz, magic shows and more.
The evergreen Café de Paris has been open for 90 plus years and has seen some of history’s top stars stand on its stage, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Tony Hancock.
Admiral Duncan, 54 Old Compton Street
Rich in history, the Admiral Duncan is thought to have begun trading in 1832 and named after Admiral Adam Duncan who defeated the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797. Move forward to the present day and it have become one of the most popular bars for London’s LGBT community.
A fantastic crowd every night creates an unrivalled atmosphere in the Admiral Duncan and its mainly 80s and 90s orientated jukebox only adds to that. On weekends expect cabaret and drag acts a-plenty as well as many filtering onto the dance floor as the night progresses. It is an incredibly welcoming venue and a great spot for anyone looking for a few drinks and an easy going laugh with friends.
Soho is one of the most diverse and exciting areas of the city so whether you try out these five fantastic destinations or five others, make sure you tick it off your night out list, as its not one to miss. If you are looking for more London night out tips, check out our blog post on the top 5 pubs and clubs in Camden.