Bar News

Posted on September 14, 2016

Back Counter

Cutlery glints and champagne flutes sparkle in the light of trendy hanging bulbs at Vauxhall’s hottest brasserie, Counter. And behind a clandestine velvet curtain at the back, is the aptly named Back Counter. All sorts goes on there, from exciting, unique cabaret to top class comedy, to a bunch of gays getting drunk. We know all about gays getting drunk. In fact, it’s our JOB to know all about gays getting drunk. On Friday nights it’s their popular Friday Night Fever.

Arch 50 South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP



The KU kids are like family to QX. One of them’s even started writing for us! PR manager Nieko wrote all about Gaga’s new single in our last issue. Anyway, if you haven’t heard of Ku, it’s a glamorous, ultra-modern nightlife EXPERIENCE, perched on the corner of Lisle Street. On Fridays they’ve got Colour Your Life down in their hedonistic dance basement! With super hot DJs Rodrgio, Kerol, Charlie, Lady Lloyd, Pablo and Vicky Vivacious all on rotation.

30 Lisle Street, Soho, WC2H 7BA



There’s something so sexy about Comptons. Maybe it’s because it still retains some of that cruisey 80s Soho glamour, that’s becoming increasingly rare these days. It’s all dusky booths and oak banisters. The bar staff, headed by twinkly-eyed hunk James Bartlett, are all gorgeous and fabulously attentive. They can attend US all they want. Don’t miss Tasty Tim’s Thursday Takeover on..well…Thursdasys! From 8:30.

51 – 53 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 6HN



It’s Circa! Circa’s major! They’re a Soho watering hole that seems to attract Soho’s hottest gay glitterati, all Lacoste polo shirts and bulging mahogany biceps. Inside, they’ve got about a hundred mini disco balls, and one HUGE disco ball, which doubles as a DJ booth. Every so often, shimmering sensation of the night Munroe Bergdorf can be spotted inside it, coyly sipping a gin and tonic while people pretend to take selfies but actually take photos of HER. She knows too. Head down on Fridays to catch her sexy r&b and pop night!

62 Frith Street, Soho W1D 3JN


New Bloomsbury Set

Nestled in a basement just a toss of a quill away from the iconic Gay’s The Word bookshop, New Bloomsbury Set is the pinnacle of cosmopolitan cocktail chic! This year, they’ve reached six years old! That’s quite old for a venue in London these days. Lasting six years without getting knocked down or turned into a Costa is quite a commendable achievement these days. They’re celebrating with a gorgeous new cocktail menu, with loads of taste-tingling new beverages, including a Chilli Mango Martini, which is tantalizingly tart. They’ve got happy hour every night of the week until 8pm, with special offers on wine, spirits and cocktails.

76 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG


The George & Dragon 

The George & Dragon is a Greenwich insititution! It’s unprecedentedly debauched compared to its comparatively salubrious environs, and we mean that as a compliment! But what’s great, is if you WANT a chilled pint and a gossip with friends, you can HAVE a chilled pint and a gossip with friends. Or, if you want a night of mad sequin-spattered Saturday night salaciousness, you can have that too! That’s the great thing about being gay in 2016, WE CAN HAVE IT ALL. MWAHAHA! Someone who doesn’t have it all, but certainly thinks she does, is Myra DuBois, who’ll be performing at The George & Dragon on Saturday 24th September from 8pm. Don’t miss her, she’s formidable and insanely talented. Eh up Myra!

2 Blackheath Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8DE 


The Royal Vauxhall Tavern 

The RVT is possibly the most famous gay venue in London. It was once attended by Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury in disguise. It’s recently been in TWO major movies (Pride and Absolutely Fabulous). It shapely cornices and glimmering pillars have seen HISTORY, man! They were THERE! At the beginning! The beginning of the homosexual revolution that allows us to lives our lives in the manner to which we have become accustomed. And don’t you forget it! Typically for the RVT, they’re hosting a unique night on Friday 23rd September from 8pm. The Female Masculinity Appreciation Society! As the name suggests, it’s an evening in aid of female masculinity, from arm wrestling to drag kings! Amaze.

372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5HY 


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