Party Earth Review Though the scene at Bar Rumba may change every night, one of the biggest sound systems in the West End means that the focus is always on the party. A narrow staircase leads guests into a basic and slightly murky black... ... read full review
36 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EP
Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus
020 7287 6933
M–Tu 6pm–3am, W, Su 10pm–3am, Th–Sa 6:30pm–3am
Central London, London –
Though the scene at Bar Rumba may change every night, one of the biggest sound systems in the West End means that the focus is always on the party.
A narrow staircase leads guests into a basic and slightly murky black-box basement space where the dimly-lit atmosphere is a curious mix of rowdy bar and full-blown nightclub.
A large dance floor, stage, and DJ booth occupy one end of the long room, while the other end snakes past various lounge areas to create a blend of club, bar, and entertainment space.
The popular DJ nights attract a crowd of raucous clubbers who take their dance music seriously and ensures that the party continues well into the wee hours.
Known as a pillar of London’s club culture, this place has featured many famous DJs over the years, playing music ranging from deep jazz to drum and bass, hip-hop, Latin, house, and dance classics.
Bar Rumba is nothing if not eclectic, but timing is essential – guests should check the website for the night’s theme before heading out.
Diverse mix of clubbers, students, and fans of the guest DJs 18 to 40.
Nightly DJs spin Top 40, dance, pop, R&B, and house.
No food. Cash machine available inside.
Cover charge £0–£10. Beer £3.50, wine £3.60, mixed drinks £3.60.
Check the website for a schedule of guest DJs but Friday and Saturday nights draw the biggest crowds.