W all know Soho hides a saucy secret or two. It’s why we love it so much. The Blind Pig is hidden above a swinging opticians sign on Poland Street. The room is brooding, it’s sexy, and it’s ideal for a few children’s stories. Yeah, you heard us - check the Long & Short Tales menu and discover it takes inspiration from those classic British yarns we used to love as BarChicklets. Ruffle a few features and get into the true Soho spirit by indulging in ‘Fowl Play’ - a cocktail inspired by Jemima Puddle-Duck’s, made with duck fat washed Aylsbury duck vodka, blood orange, Chartreause, honey, herbs and spices. It’s ducking delicious.
58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR
A solid BarChick fave, Milroy’s, located just off Soho Square, is London’s oldest whisky shop. Head for the bookcase and down a narrow stairway into an intimate speakeasy. Whisky is the thing here – tick. Plus any bar that has a house dog called Chester who spends his time sipping water martinis is pretty fly in our book.
3 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NX
The swinging 60s is an era we can get down with. And if a clandestine trip to Disrepute is as close as we’re gonna get, so be it. This opulent vaulted den is tucked beneath Soho’s Kingly Court and just oozes sex appeal. Yeah, it’s a member’s club, no, they won’t turn you away if you smile sweetly and ask to try the cocktails. You’ll find us nestled in one of the plush pink velvet booths beneath the alcoves, sipping on a T.W.A - this twist on an Old Fashioned is toffee-sweet and smoother than George Clooney after a wet shave.
4 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5PW
Head through the black door on Goodge Street and you’re in the former home of the rev where it's all distressed decor and shabby-chic speakeasy style. The sexy drinks more than make up for peeling wallpaper - get down with the kitchen-inspired Chère Suzette which comes with a flaming boozy crepe on the side. Preach.
32 Goodge St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2QJ
BarChick isn’t usually one for undertaking a challenge before getting our drinks, but the search for this speakeasy style bar through a large 1930s apartment building is worth it, once you’re in. For one thing, there’s a fancy dress box. Uh, hello, sequins and tassels - we’re all about nailing Prohibition-era party glamour. Take a trip back in time, get your moves out for the era-appropriate music, and excuse us if we show a little leg during the Charleston. It’s thirsty work, so grab one of the famous ‘Barts Teas’ served in vintage teapots.
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW
Glowing ruby lanterns, the scent of incense, shimmering gold-leaf and a boozy secret in a former gambling den - this is Chinatown, baby. Eyes peeled for the jade door, because one inside it’s pure vibes of sultry 1920’s Shanghai. Legendary bar staff, epic dim sum, and a stunning cocktail menu inspired by the orient - pass us the ornamental fan, we need a moment. There are floors of fun to be had, each room with it’s own personality - and then there’s Peony. This is a speakeasy within a speakeasy, people - yeah it’s pretty meta, yeah it’s pretty f*cking cool.
15-16, Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE
Somewhere in Brixton there’s a door and behind the door there’s a staircase. Ascend it and you’ll find yourself at one of the most killer parties south of the river. The Beast of Brixton serves potent cocktails for the seasoned drinker, all set to banging music that throbs over two floors. No half-arsed mojitos or sad cosmos found here - the menu is on point and carefully considered, and includes smash hits like their frozen marg slushies. Definitely adults only, definitely worth the brain freeze for that booze hit.
89B Acre Ln, Brixton, London SW2 5TN
Nightjar deserves all the kudos it gets. This New York style-speakeasy ticks more boxes than a forged election – it’s got live gypsy swing-jazz, shadowy corners for sultry misdeeds, and some of the most Instagrammable cocktails you’ll ever point your phone at. It’s big time, so get dressed up and get involved. All sorts of ingenious cocktail creations on the menu – for a real showstopper get the smokin’ Forager’s Shrub, served in two vessels, it looks like some kind of awesome science experiment. It’s one of the best bars in the world for a reason, so BOOK it for god’s sake, or there’ll be less of the drinking, more of the disappointment.
129 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JB