Zoo Bar

Bar / Club
Zoo Bar "Zoo Bar's motto is ""party hard or go home,"" and the flirty patrons apparently take that advice to heart._x000D_ London England 51.5110222 -0.1293312
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Zoo Bar - Bar | Club in London.
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Party Earth Review Zoo Bar’s motto is “party hard or go home,” and the flirty patrons apparently take that advice to heart. Flashing colored lights illuminate sizzling dance floors jumping with commercial house, R&B, and 80s pop, creating... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Northern, Piccadilly Lines: Leicester Square

  • Phone:

    020 7839 4188

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  • Hours:

    M–Th 4pm–3am, F 4pm–3:30am, Sa noon–3:30am, Su 3pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Zoo Bar Review

The Scene

"Zoo Bar's motto is ""party hard or go home,"" and the flirty patrons apparently take that advice to heart._x000D_

Zoo Bar’s motto is “party hard or go home,” and the flirty patrons apparently take that advice to heart.

Flashing colored lights illuminate sizzling dance floors jumping with commercial house, R&B, and 80s pop, creating a vibrant party scene for the energetic, outgoing crowd of college types and travelers.

The enormous space is spread out over two floors, including an upstairs bar area with a kitschy décor of cracked-mirror mosaics, twinkling lights, and gold accents as well as several TVs reserved for match days.

The spacious downstairs club features scattered chrome poles and podiums which help encourage some naughtier dancing, as well as some quieter sitting rooms and bars in the back for guests in need of a breather or perhaps a little privacy.

For those who appreciate a slightly retro vibe and enjoy dressing up to bop to pop hits, this London hotspot rarely disappoints and promises a great time any night of the week.

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Tip from Lucas:

This place fills up fast, so go early and be sure to check out both floors and all the back rooms to get the full experience. A pitcher of cocktails is the best bargain if you’re with a group of friends.

  • Crowd

    College students and young travelers, early to mid-20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Music varies by room and includes 80s, pop, commercial house, and R&B.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A selection of pizzas. Happy Hour daily 5–7:30pm.

  • Prices

    Club cover charge £5–£10. Pizza £3.50–£6. Beer and mixed drinks £5, cocktails £14.75/pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual. Jeans and sneakers allowed.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for Student Night and Thursday nights for special drink discounts. Arrive when the club area opens at 10pm to avoid long lines. Check the website for the weekly schedule of events and drink promos.

Zoo Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Great fun for a crazy night
Jasmine C. Jul 9, 2013
Zoo Bar is a place that you and your friends can have a brilliant night during the weekend. The stuffs are very friendly and atmosphere is amazing. Me and my friends went there all the time, we enjoy the music very much. It's a place that never let people down, every time you go, you found something new and it's also a place to meet new people. It is also a good place for watching sport event during the week day. Went there few months ago watched the EUFA with friends and lots of football fans. It was an unforgettable experience. The location is very convenient just next to the underground station ( Leicester Square) and always full of people. A good place for tourists first time come to London and looking for an amazing night out.
Great fun!
Stacey C. May 28, 2013
Food,drink, staff and atmosphere is very good! Its also a good sports bar, Ive watched a few finals in there and the atmosphere is great! I've never come across a rude member of staff in there, everyone is friendly and very welcoming. Bar staff are not stingy with drinks at all, always a cheap night to get drunk .. Great place to socialise with friends.. Music is great, they carter to most music lovers.. Upstairs theres cheese, commercial pop; downstairs theres mainly house and then the R&B room where the latest hiphop tunes are played and some latin music. If you are a latin music lover, try out Kizomba night on a Thursday! Entry fee isnt too bad either!! Definitely a 5/5 for this place!!
Not My Cup of Tea
Daniella B. Feb 23, 2013
Zoo Bar is right smack in the middle of London's touristic scene. I went with a couple of girlfriends and I swear, we were hit on by every foreign man over 30 as soon as we walked into the place. Ladies, be careful of the men waiting to pounce on you because they're unlikely to give up after spotting you. Drinks were plentiful because of the men trying to woo us but if you're planning on buying your own drinks make sure you have enough money. London is of course one of the most expensive cities in the world and tourists traps like Zoo Bar are going to take advantage of that.
Welcome To The Zoo!
Lily R. Jan 15, 2013
Zoo Bar is a fun night out in London, but not necessarily greater than average. It’s always full of people (it’s right in Picadilly Square) and the music is always decent, but it attracts a more touristy crowd than some of the other bars in the area and isn’t really anything special. I went to Zoo Bar on Halloween this year, and although the large amount of people was exciting, it was extremely cramped and there wasn’t much room to dance. On the upside, the drinks are cheap, and on less- crowded nights it’s a fun place to meet people from all over the world. I wouldn’t say Zoo Bar is a must- see in London, but it’s in a central location and it’s a good place to meet locals who will show you the incredible London nightlife scene.
Oh Zoo Bar...
Julie T. Dec 13, 2012
What a mess of a place. It's hilarious though...There's an upstairs that remains usually fairly empty, but the main stage is downstairs where you go with the deal of the night, get a terrible tasting vodka(!?!?) that is bound to give you a hangover in the morning, and start dancing like mad. There is an upper dance floor that is smaller, and a lower dance floor with a circular bar. Then there is a balcony area that is fun to dance crazy at and just enjoy looking at the entire venue. More hidden is a small lounge connected to another dance floor that actually, on the night I went into the lounge, it was playing latin music and all the partners there were not grinding but actually salsa-ing which I thought was pretty sick. Drinks are a bit expensive so definitely get a pitcher and pregame like crazy. The crowd... honestly I've enjoyed going and dancing with my friends and people watching but I feel like Zoo bar is just crowded with kids under 18 who got in with fake IDs, and 40 year olds hitting on young beautiful girls.
standard Soho bar/club
Tara R. Dec 10, 2012
Zoo Bar for me is synonymous with messy, rowdy nights. It is quite literally a zoo, where London’s twenty-something crowd and their visitors from faraway lands are the specimens. We felt ogled at as if someone had paid an entry fee to stare. Maybe they had. There is an expansive dance floor for all types of letting loose and embarrassing moves, and if you strain something, there are the masseurs by the bar. The dancing is fun but the drinks aren’t cheap, and again, this is Soho, so there are plenty of other places to go, but Zoo Bar is still a good time.
Buzzing ambience
Brian C. Nov 9, 2012
Situated in London's touristy West End, the Zoo Bar is an excellent venue for celebrating any occasion. After handing over a meager cover charge to a friendly doorman, a potential patron has a few options that can be pursued. If one arrives early in the evening, sporting events can be viewed on various televisions near the bar on the first floor. As the night progresses, different DJs can be found on the first floor and on the second floor, located on the basement level. Most patrons tend to enjoy themselves on the large dance floors, which provide ample enough space to move around without having to bump into someone else. Also on the lower level are a series of rooms away from the louder noise of the club where a customer can speak freely with their guests without having to shout. Bar service throughout the venue is generally quick and attentive. Additionally, if the pounding beats and alcoholic beverages haven't aided with release of any undue stress, one can receive a massage while sitting in a chair from a therapist for a small fee near the bar. Overall, a top notch place to go for a buzzing ambience.
One of the most well know and funky Bars in London
Milena S. Nov 6, 2012
The ZOO Bar is one of the well known modern-retro Bars in London placed in Leicester Square. When I went to the ZOO Bar for the first time a couple of years ago, I saw a busy, loud and flashing interior. It was like that even during the week time, when normally some of us would expect lighter and chilling party. No such a thing had a place. Then, when I have visited the same Bar quite recently, I have noticed there nothing changed – the same crowd, the same funky parties and the same full of lighting interiors. Whether it is good or bad – I am leaving the opinion to you. Generally, I may say it is a medium-size Bar with a couple of bars in serving a variety of drinks and cocktails where everyone may find something suitable for. Of course, as most of similar bars, this one also offers less sits than the guests may fit in and it means that if you do not reserve the table or come later on you have to be prepared to enjoy standing. The dance floor is quite spacious as there is no such a thing of being squeezed and no possibility of moving even a hand. From my experience there is no one particular style of the Bar but mix of different decors, extras and illuminating accessorizes. However, it creates a specific atmosphere in, especially during particular events. A firm and casual dress code dominates down there with some varieties noticeable when someone hold an individual party - generally full flexibility and no pressure.
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