Bar Rumba

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Bar Rumba 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. London England 51.5107993 -0.1339041
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Bar Rumba - Club in London.
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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

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus

  • Phone:

    020 7287 6933

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Tu 6pm–3am, W, Su 10pm–3am, Th–Sa 6:30pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bar Rumba Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Bar Rumba can get packed, so make sure to arrive before 11pm on weekends to avoid the lines.

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of clubbers, students, and fans of the guest DJs 18 to 40.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly DJs spin Top 40, dance, pop, R&B, and house.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Cash machine available inside.

  • Prices

    Cover charge £0–£10. Beer £3.50, wine £3.60, mixed drinks £3.60.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Check the website for a schedule of guest DJs but Friday and Saturday nights draw the biggest crowds.

Bar Rumba User Reviews

Average rating:
Just call me Robyn
Emma G. Mar 29, 2013
Bar Rumba... I've twice ventured there on the promise that there would be a night of dancing and both times, I've left with sticky substances stuck to the butt of my jeans from spending the night sitting on one of the duct tape covered couches. Literally... not a soul in sight. I will give credit to the drinks- they are strong and fairly priced by London standards (It was also a pleasant surprise on my second visit to have the bar tender waive the card-minimum as it was such a slow night.) And the DJ was a lot of fun, but without any kind of a crowd, the music became the soundtrack to misery and eventually my cue to leave. I have a theory that all the Bar Rumba enthusiasts are part of a secret group chat designed to keep me in the dark about how fun this bar might actually be. Until they decide to let me in, I'll be dancing on my own, or dancing elsewhere.
Dance the night away
Jessica H. Oct 16, 2012
Bar Rumba is definitely not the classiest bars you will come across, but if you are looking to dance the night away to blasting new age music this is the place for you. Rowdy enthusiasts in their low twenties go here for a night of drinking and meeting new people. The drink specials and big crowd are always good for partying any night of the week. Not something for the older crowd, but if you want a new scene to try Bar Rumba is definitely a must!
Good young fun
Jayson M. Sep 7, 2012
Ah, Rumba. This is the “I can’t believe I used to go here all the time” club most of us have once we find ourselves well-notched into 30. Expect a dungeon like space with an ear-splitting sound system, tons of different theme nights, and lots of drunk college girls getting leered at by older men who really need to get their act together. I had my first real fight here actually; with 50 year-old man who grabbed my lady’s boobies. I would have won, too, except security is like MI6-level s*** up in here and I was tossed out before I could try the Bruce Lee karate flip-kick I had perfected in the mirror so many times before. Probably for the best. It’s always busy, upbeat, and they have a pretty great Happy Hour too. That alone makes it worth a visit. A club is a club is a club. Get dolled up for the hell of it, grab a massive cocktail in one of their jumbo martini glasses, and let loose on the dance floor.
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