Village opened in 1991 and has since established itself as one of Soho's premier gay bars. Popular as a pre-club meeting place, entry is free and entertainment includes DJs, camp karaoke and scantily clad "gogo boy" dancers. Packed on Friday and Saturday nights, it's a great place to experience the Soho vibe.
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Venue Details & Map
81 Wardour Street
- +44 (0)20 7434 2124
- Public transport:
- Piccadilly Circus, Underground
We discovered The Village the evening of our first full day in the city. It's at the end of Old Compton Street, next to the shop with pink neon in the window. It was a Saturday and the place was packed. The music was good, the bartenders were friendly, the crowd was friendly, and it was an interesting space.
My husband and I found a spot to sit and unwind and enjoy a glass of wine or two ......more
The village in soho very busy bar and they have a man half naked dancing in the window! Perhaps a bit strange but very nice bar to going in to and chill. Its not pretentious. The music is good and prices of alcohol is not bad either.more
Another gay bar that we enjoyed in London was called The Village. We weren't there for karaoke, but apparently, if you sing on certain days between certain times, you get a free drink. Well, that's motivation to sing.
On their menu, the only food listed is "spicy chicken wings." I don't know if they have it or not, but it's interesting that it is the ONLY food listed on the menu....more
I would say we were about 70% sure of the establishment we were entering before we walked in, but the bouncer was sure to point it out.
Bouncer: "Are you gay?"
Bouncer: "So what are a small group of girls doing coming to a gay male bar? If you cause any problems, touch the men or upset anyone, you're out. And you better drink if you're going in."
Well okay then! Off to the right...more
I thought this place was alright - a fairly typical spot for dancing and mingling. They played Top 40 and remixed pop songs, which most seemed to like. It was fairly easy getting a drink.
I really like the upstairs area since it was a bit more subdued and was an unexpected oasis to the craziness in the basement. It's nice that people have the option to experience to scenes in the same spot.more