Work in Soho or go out in Central London regularly? Prefer to spend most of your money on food? Yeah, me too. But I still like to go out drinking. Here are my top 5 happy hours in Soho.
It's not the classiest of bars, but it's in a buzzing place on Old Compton Street and it's quite good to pop in for a few after-work drinks. Which are all half-price from 5-8pm. After which it gets quite expensive so I usually scarper down the road to Greek Street (see below). Pretty much every time I've gone there I've met some men, particularly when standing on the street outside. Ok, so some of them have been a bit weird, and some of them may have been the big issue guy, but still. It's also a cheap way to soak up the Soho atmosphere without going across the road to pricey Balan's).
What: 50% off drinks
When: 5-8pm every day
23-25 Old Compton Street W1D 5JL
It's just got a makeover which makes it look... well, like an Apple product. But if you're a bit tipsy post-some other bar you can go there and dance. There are only certain beers/wines/cocktails that are (up to) 50% off but it's worth knowing it's there if you're in the area and want a classic like a cosmopolitan or mojito. And they play some really good nostalgia pop-in-the-90s music. There are a lot of mirrors around and it's quite funny to watch people watching themselves in the mirror. It actually happens.
What: Up to 50% off selected drinks
When: Weeknights 5-10pm, weekends 5-9pm.
18 Greek Street W1D 4DS
Pretty standard bar, near to Piccadilly circus, it's got a standard cocktail list. Good for a quick after-work drink. It's usually pretty busy and it's near Piccadilly Circus (and Regent Street. I've fallen into shops after some 'quick' drinks and bought some questionable items afterwards).
What: 50% off all drinks
When: 5-8pm every day
1-3 Warwick Street W1B 5LR
It can get quite expensive otherwise with cocktails at about £8.50 but there are a lot of offers on with nearly 50% off. It's also got a dancefloor which some others don't. And they're open 'til 3am. And it's just up the road from Zebrano, which is handy.
What: Stupid hour cocktails £5-5.50, Happy Hour £6-6.50
When: Stupid Hour 12-7/7.30pm Happy hour all night on selected nights
53 Greek Street W1D 3DR
London Cocktail Club
This one is only on recommendation as I've not been yet (but I will be now), but I've heard countless people waxing lyrical about it since I started writing this. It's cool, it's got a properly extensive weird and wonderful cocktail list and it's underground. It's two-for-one on their 'classic cocktails', 4.30-7pm.
What: 2 for 1 on 'classic cocktails'
When 4.30-7pm Monday-Saturday
224 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8EB