Boston, the bar upstairs, looks like glamorous train carriage from the golden age of cocktails but plays it a little bit safe. A word of warning: this is technically a member's club, but you'll probably be fine if you flirt enough – and don't ask for Gerry, he's long since passed. With this kind of thing there's the worry that it'll go one of two ways: either it'll all be a bit cut-price strip club, or they'll camp it up to be cor-blimey, Carry On, saucy seaside postcard stuff. We are open from Tuesday to Friday from 5pm to 10pm. There’s something here for everyone – even Irish coffee. When someone calls two people a ‘dream team’, the hype-detector lights up. Swift is glamorous, sexy, a date bar that hums with atmosphere. Over the years, its pubs – the Coach and Horses, say, or the French House – have hosted those so keen on doing so they could fairly be considered professionals. Try the Cosa Nostra, an aperol-based cocktail that swaps out the usual prosecco for a champagne syrup. Milk & Honey is civilised, without the crushing formality. You’ll probably end up getting drunk here: the pull of another bottle at just £20 is monumentally hard to resist, but hey, that’s what Soho is for. ONLINE SHOP. Whether you're after a decadent cocktail, a quality craft beer, or a lively watering hole, these great Soho bars are back open for business. You can still buy our wines, cheeses & charcuteries on our online shop. ... A sister bar and restaurant in Soho recently opened on the site of the legendary Gay Hussar. And have a Hix Fix, just to say you have. This (trend overload alert) speakeasy-style bar also serves a range of fruity cocktails, straight prosecco, wine and beer – if coffee in your booze isn't quite your thing. Put it on your list – right near the top. Come elegantly dressed. Best wine bar: Terroir. Half the menu lists ambitious desserts; the other half is a roster of hit and miss cocktails. We offer free delivery in mainland UK for orders of £120 or more. 24 Harrison St Cute and frill-free with an eclectic wine list and tasty snacks, Terroir's 5-7pm happy hour means half-off the already reasonably priced vino. If you're boring, steer clear: it is a place to drink wine and beer and tell stories, to laugh uproariously and to give yourself a monumental hangover in a faintly discreet way. Soho Grind serves coffee by day and caffeine fuelled-cocktails in the basement bar by night. There's real talent here, but fun too. Wine bar 68, downstairs, is the real gem, with a wonderful way of pricing: every bottle on the list is £20, so choose what you like, not what you can afford. Oysters are fresh and salty, steak tartare is stuffed full of capers. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out Digital Limited. The food, French-ish/English-ish, is fine, but its the wine that's extraordinary. This wonderful bar occupies the hallowed ground that began life as Dick’s Bar, when Brasserie Zédel was the Atlantic Bar & Grill and the late, great Dick Bradsell was the man behind the bar. Though unassuming from the outside – you could be a Soho regular and not know it was there – it's tardis like inside. It's a temple to tequila and rum, there’s swift and smiling table service, and it’s open late - what's not to like? Lucy Kehoe. The main cocktail list is heavy on experimentation, and the bartenders’ evident expertise might make it worthwhile dipping in there. Do Bar Termini right and you’ll love it: do it wrong, and you may be underwhelmed. Oh, and it smells a little, of the kitchen. Absolutely worth a visit. Set over three floors, there's a lot to explore in this cocktail den, and with ingredients for both food and cocktails changing seasonally, there's infinite experiences to be had at this kooky cocktail bar in Soho. Upstairs, the salon is quieter, but only a little. Better yet, if you don't fancy a bottle, they're served by the carafe (£14) or glass (£5.50). The bad: you might not get in. Saturday 12 to 10pm. That’s you, now. Drink too much gorgeous wine and come back often. Try another. But ask: the bartenders know their stuff and bring their A-game to any challenge – tell them what you like, and they’ll bring you something new. 17 September 2019. Once, its streets were famous for the unmarked doors that led not to brothels but instead to private, sometimes unlicensed drinking dens. Nearest station is Russell Square. At more than 70, the club is Soho’s oldest, and while nobody who goes there can ever remember anything changing – it’s often quite hard to recall much about a night after Trisha’s, as it happens – nothing needs to. SOCIAL KIT. Somehow, and full credit to them because it’s a tough gig, Dirty Harry's is neither. Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson are big in the cocktail world, which is no surprise given their experience at Dead Rabbit, Milk & Honey and Callooh Callay. Below are the area's 15 best bars, listed in no particular order. It’s not immediately obvious how to find it at street level; look under the vintage ‘Optician’ sign for the blindfolded hog doorknocker and boom, you’re in. It's the sort of bar Soho deserves: drinks are strong and finally mixed, leaning towards dark spirits, and the food is much better than it needs to be. They've upped the standard of cocktails recently, too. Déjà vu! Long live Trisha's. The Pink Chihuahua (hidden below El Camion) is Mexican-themed but, unlike the kitsch Baja Californian restaurant above, it’s more a discerning basement drinking den where Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) iconography sits above a series of snugs. Be sure to visit the loo: there are motion-activated lights and the speakers will blast you with terrifyingly loud Mandarin announcements. Bun House is fighting the good fight against the unrelenting dishwater tide of dullness among bars that are all alike. It functions as a members bar, but non-members can book up until 11pm – though going earlier in the week means you’re more likely to score a table. 58 St Martin's Lane, Theatreland, WC2N 4EA, mr-foggs.com. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! HIX Soho, 66- 70 Brewer St, W1F 9UP, hixrestaurants.co.uk. Tony Conigliaro, cocktail chap par excellence, and coffee maestro Marco Arrigo have built a revolving-door of a place: don’t come here to linger. Just beware that it's hugely, hugely busy these days. This Soho nightspot offers a compact list of cocktails, the promise of desserts, and a rota of DJs throughout the week. 4-5 Greek St, Soho, W1D 4DD, 68andboston.com. Vetro is an Italian Wine Bar, Lounge & Restaurant in Soho London, near Oxford Circus and Regent St. 100+ wines by the glass, the best variety in the West End. It’s a small spot, cramped to the point that coming here on a first date feels like you’re being very forward indeed, with the best tables upstairs and not much to look at – just settle for being distracted by someone good looking. Social Eating House is excellent, mind you, but Blind Pig is worth a trip on its own merits. Cocktails are supervised by Tony Conigliaro, the alco-alchemist behind 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Town House, among others. Antidote Wine Bar is located in Newburgh St, off Carnaby Stret, in the heart of Soho. Head to a chaise longues with a couple of friends or a date and take in something from each one of the five “acts” which split the menu. The Pink Chihuahua is built for it: they’re providing the tequila – more than 300 different types of it, in fact – you’re there to drink it down and dance it up. 15. If you fancy drinking something more upscale, ask – they’ve a few ‘hidden’ wines kept hidden away for those in the know. Soho has never been short of a good place for a drink. The menu, which is a series of short stories, reads like it's been put through Google Translate, but the drinks are first rate at this spot, which is on the site of the historic Kingly Club, where the Profumo Affair began. … Antidote Wine Bar will be closed during the November lockdown, You can still buy our wines, cheeses & charcuteries on our online shop, Get your Social isolation kit delivered to your door free of charge within 24 hours in all London. The kit includes 6 bottles. Expect a night of cocktails and you’ll leave disappointed: instead, love it in the day for the £1 espressos, and swing by in the evening for a negroni (£6). It’s quality cocktails in a lacklustre sky-high setting at Aqua Spirit. It’s a little confused about what era it’s portraying but you’re not really looking for historical accuracy – Cahoots sure isn’t taking itself seriously. The publicity says it’s themed after Coyote Ugly, making it literally a dream come true for teenage boys from the noughties, but in real life, this doesn’t mean that much more than girls dancing on the bar and lots of classic rock. Many of these barflies can now be spotted outside, with the area’s watering holes adding tables out in the streets of Soho. It’s a shame the terrace doesn’t have the same chic international style as the dark, sexy interior bar, circular in shape and ideal for perching and people watching.