Party Earth Review The Lab Bar, which stands for London Academy of Bartenders, is world renowned for its extensive menu of innovative cocktails and, in its heyday, was considered the best bar in the world, setting the precedent for mixed... ... read full review
12 Old Compton Street
London W1d 4TQ
Northern, Piccadilly Lines: Leicester Square
020 7437 7820
M–Sa 4pm–midnight, Su 4–10:30pm
Covent Garden / Soho, London –
The Lab Bar, which stands for London Academy of Bartenders, is world renowned for its extensive menu of innovative cocktails and, in its heyday, was considered the best bar in the world, setting the precedent for mixed drinks and producing the most knowledgeable bartenders.
Although the immense cocktail menu can be a bit daunting, the savvy bar staff is happy to provide suggestions or to just whip up a heady concoction based on the patrons’ preferences – and since bartending is still considered an art at Lab Bar, the mixing of those drinks is often accompanied by friendly competitions of bottle tossing and cocktail creation.
The bar itself is on the small side and offers its young professional patrons a more vibrantly-colored ground floor as well as a darker and sleeker downstairs area where black leather sofas provide plenty of lounging space.
With a lively atmosphere, an unabashedly 1970s retro décor, and bathrooms labeled Bitches and Bastards, The Lab Bar still retains much of Soho’s traditional bohemian vibe for its trendy crowd.
Media types, bar and restaurant workers, and young professionals, mid-20s to late 30s.
DJs play dance, house, techno, and upbeat music every night. Monday nights are set aside for rock and roll, remixes, and pop, while Sundays focus on funk.
Japanese cuisine and sushi, including gyoza, fried chicken, noodles, and rice.
Appetizers £3.90+, sharing platters £5.85+, entrées £6.50+. Beer £3.25+, wine £3.50+, cocktails £6.80+, mixed drinks £6.20+.
Casual. Dress code: no ties or football colors.
This place typically reaches full capacity by 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights.