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Written by Luke Bull - 08 March 2023

5 razzle-dazzle Soho cocktail bars

A sumptuous square mile of London nightlife heritage, the choosy cocktail-seeker is spoiled for choice. Perhaps you're looking for a cocktail bar for a date night, group occasion, blow-out party – or entertaining as part of your business. Either way, we've got you covered, from tables for two to entire venue hire: here, then, are just a few of our favourite Soho cocktail bars.

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The bar at Cahoots, an underground drinking den in the Soho district of London, available for hire
The stairs down to Cahoots, a Tube-themed cocktail bar in Soho, London

1. The Soho cocktail bar with a Tube-ular twist: Cahoots

Soho, London

If the advent of remote working has got you missing your daily Tube commute, why not add a pinch of Underground magic to your social life? Cahoots is a three-storey cocktail bar in Soho, London inspired by the Blitz-era magic. Expect scintillating cocktails and a retro playlist – there are spaces and areas to hire from 40 guests in your very own train carriage to 150 guests across the entire venue. This train terminates here...

Basement Sate is a cocktail bar in Soho, London, that also serves desserts. Photo of the interior.
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2. The Soho cocktail bar for the sweet-toothed: Basement Sate

Soho, London

Basement Sate brings a healthy dose of Parisian chic to the centre of Soho, serving up tasty desserts alongside thrilling cocktails. A venue with its fingers in many pies, this is your go-to bar if you're searching for a sugar rush, a well-made drink, and a little dance as the night wears on. The cocktail bar itself embodies the characteristics of London's finer bars; dark wood, intimate spaces, exposed brick and design-led interiors.

Want to celebrate with cake for all? The venue is available to hire for groups of up to 110 standing guests.

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3. The Soho cocktail bar for the gin-curious: London Gin Club

Soho, London

If it's gins that inspire, you'd be a mug to miss the London Gin Club, home to over 100 varieties of the city's favourite spirit. As you'd expect, a plethora of G&T twists are on the menu, but a compact set of ginless alternatives are also on offer for the juniper averse. Relax with a friend in their tasteful street-level public bar, or head below decks to discover the Gin Vault, a hireable space for groups of 20. Chin chin!

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The cocktail bar at Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London

4. The Soho cocktail bar with a terrific terrace: Ham Yard Hotel

Soho, London

If you've got 100 guests to bedazzle - and are happy to share the space with some amiable honeybees - then Ham Yard Hotel's herb-filled roof terrace is not to be missed. The plants surrounding you are put to invigorating use in the cocktail bar's homemade syrups, bitters and tonic: there's thyme fat-washed tequila in the Black Margarita, for example, and homemade orange syrup in sparkling champagne cocktails. It's practically saving the planet, one drink at a time – about as bucolic as it gets for central London.

A retro Hong Kong-themed cocktail bar in Soho, central London.
Interior, Wun's Tea Room cocktail bar in Soho, London.

5. The Soho cocktail bar with a Chinese twist: Wun's Tea Room

Soho, London

A hybrid restuarant/bar with private dining downstairs (and a whole venue hire option for up to 100 guests), Wun's aims to recreate the vibe of 1960's Hong Kong tea houses. Beyond the tasty food menu (where dishes include sour plum braised duck, crispy tofu and mango sagu) Wun's six signature cocktails are fresh, feisty and a friend of any palette. Highballs and Asian beers are also on-hand, along with non-alcoholic options.

The best cocktail bars to hire in Soho

Finding the perfect Soho cocktail bar shouldn't be a chore. Let us bring you the very best Soho has to offer in beautiful cocktail bars available to hire. From rooftop bars to underground venues, hidden speakeasies to famous cocktail bars with the best mixologists – hire out your own room, or even the entire venue, without any hassle. Soho has an unbeatable cocktail scene and a range of stunning venues to enjoy. Take a look at the top selections below, or let us know what you're looking for and we'll make sure the perfect cocktail bar venues reach out to you.

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Your guide to hiring out an amazing Soho cocktail bar

Oh, you want to hire out a Soho Cocktail bar? Well, strap on your party hat, because we're about to embark on a wild ride of cocktails!

Step 1: Finding the Perfect Bar

First things first, you need to find the perfect Soho Cocktail bar. Don't just pick the first one you see, that's like settling for the first date you get on Tinder. Take your time and do your research. Look for a place that has character, charm, and most importantly, a well-stocked bar.

Step 2: Making a Reservation

Once you've got a good idea of what you're looking for, submit a brief with HeadBox. We'll circulate your brief with the best cocktail bars in Soho, meaning you'll hear back from those that can accommodate your private booking.

Step 3: Planning the Party

Now that you've secured your reservation, it's time to plan the party. This is where the real fun begins. You'll need to decide on a theme, create a guest list, and choose the cocktails. Pro tip: make sure to include some non-alcoholic options for your designated driver or your teetotaler friends.

Step 4: Dress to Impress

On the day of the party, make sure to dress to impress. This is a Soho Cocktail bar, not a dive bar in the middle of nowhere. You want to look good, feel good, and most importantly, drink well.

Step 5: Let the Good Times Roll

Finally, it's time to let the good times roll. Get your guests in the mood with some lively music, tasty snacks, and of course, delicious cocktails. Make sure to take plenty of pictures to document the night's shenanigans, and don't forget to tip your bartender generously.

Hiring out a Soho Cocktail bar is a surefire way to have a memorable and fun night out. Just remember, to find the perfect bar, negotiate like a pro, plan a killer party, dress to impress, and most importantly, let the good times roll! Cheers to that!

Frequently asked questions

A Soho Cocktail bar is a type of bar located in the Soho district of London that specializes in serving high-quality cocktails. These bars are known for their trendy and chic atmosphere, creative cocktail menus, and lively nightlife scene.

Soho Cocktail bars are known for their innovative and creative cocktail menus. You can expect to find a wide range of classic and modern cocktails, as well as unique house specialties.

Yes, Soho Cocktail bars can be quite expensive. The cost of cocktails and drinks will depend on the bar and its location. However, expect to pay more than you would at a regular bar.

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