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Red (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of Red in Soho, London

5 Kingly Street, just off Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PF
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Tel: 020 7434 3417 | Email to Red | Transport: Oxford Circus | Write review

Red Review

Walking down Kingly Street, Bar Red looks almost brothel like with its sultry red interior glowing out the upstairs windows. Style Bar in nature, Bar Red has excellent service from attractive staff in a sexy chilled atmosphere. Comfortable red leather sofas and couches are found both on the ground floor and the basement.

There’s a fantastic bar menu following an east Asian theme and superb cocktails, many of which have been invented by the bar manager, Dave. Ones to check out are the classic Mohito and the Cadmus (named after a bar Dave ran in Oz).

Bar Red is discreet West End bar appealing to an unpretentious clientele (many of which are regulars) who enjoy the warm hospitality of the staff and the quality of the cocktails.

Customer Reviews for Red

Average (based on 15 votes): 15 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“This is mixed. The best thing here are the Staff and the cocktails - all excellent although don't even think about eating here - luke warm and tastless food. The website & pics conjure thoughts of an intimate slightly sexy looking venue (we were told we'd have a private booth - um nope, just a small scratched table right by the door!) whereas its a rather grubby, somewhat dated bar that could be found on any street. OK, it's busy with lots of (very) young 'locals', atmosphere great for groups and is a great place for waiting to head into Club Valbonne which is right opposite. Personally i think there are loads of better places nearby though.”
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[ Unknown ], Guildford (9 years 4 months 7 days ago)

“Being now a regular at this venue, Bar Red has finally defined its targetted ambience. The cocktails are most definitely the best I have tasted in my life. It is a shame though, that the level of service has dropped in the last few months. Despite the good quality of the drinks, this does not make up for a slow waitress.”
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Kanera, London (10 years 27 days ago)

“Easily my favourite Cocktails in London. Great service and top atmosphere for me and friends to enjoy after work.”
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Jessica, London (11 years 1 months 3 days ago)

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“if any of you know anything about cocktails you would spend a little more time savouring the bar red selection. those bar men you so despise are clearly there for their talent (though i actually find them pleasant if you are pleasant first) becasue i have never had a better mai tai in my bloody life and the singapore slings rock. as for the music, whatever you're into. everyone hates people who are not open minded with music taste, and you complainers probably consist of those pathetic types who always annoy dj talent with stupid requests for house because you can't understand nu-jazz or the like because your minds are too small to open up to new sounds. i recommend red for the cocktails (you get what you pay for finally) and the music (if you hate it it may just be a reflection on YOUR bad taste!).”
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benny, london (13 years 6 months 7 days ago)

“After reading these reviews, i was dreading my office party being held there... Most of these reviews are right, well the negative ones, I arrived at bar red, there with just enough room to breathe, luckily our table was reserved. The prices are maybe a tad too high for a cocktail bar, but when the drink last about 2 minutes mainly consisting of ice, you do expect more for your money. The bar staff where very arrogent, and on one occasion refused me service. The situation was, I ordered a drink and waited about quarter of an hour. When I saw the waiter chatting constantly to another member of staff, I ordered directly off of the bar, I then ended up with 2 cocktails that I was unable to pay for. As this was going to be the last drink of the night, then the bar staff refused to sell me more drinks - being more interested in themselves then the actual customers... would not reccomend and hes right below... sack the DJ”
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Dellboy, Lonon (13 years 7 months 7 days ago)

“what a venue! the reviewer has it spot on - the best cocktails i've tasted in London with the sexiest bar staff who have all the time in the world to help you choose the right mix for your taste buds. the night i was there bar red was full of funky and sexy party people, especially the girls ..... can i say that? oh well just go there.”
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sonia, london (13 years 11 months 12 days ago)

“red has some of the best cocktails in town, the grooviest beats and the cutest bar men”
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amber, london (14 years 5 months ago)

“love the cocktails”
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may, london (14 years 5 months ago)

“not sure where these guys below are from - but gotta be somewhere theyre not used to finesse?, Red has got to be one of the finest cocktail bars in Soho. Price is no way expensive when taking on board the top srvice and quality of cocktail, unless you're after cheapo, pikkie, happy hour bars. one of the few bars whereus girls outnumber the guys, so where are you?..we're waiting. Music's cool, cocktails are a killer and bar staff are dishy, we love.”
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liza, london (14 years 5 months ago)

“where shall i start...out of all cocktail bars i have been to in the west end this is the one that i would return to very soon..i can say that the cocktails are more than great and servise has been always above the average.nothing else to add..my experience has been very special comparing to the other.”
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louisa, london (14 years 6 months 8 days ago)

“I've been to red a few times to meet up with friends on a weekend. I don't think i will be returning. The place is nice enough (if a little small and cramped) but the bar staff are aloof, and the cost of a vodka and coke is enough to make you choke!! Also, when crowded it takes ages to get served at the bar. Avoid!!”
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Patrick Maison, [ Unknown ] (14 years 8 months 11 days ago)

“Bar Red I had my first experience of this cramped little bar a couple of Saturdays go and will not be returning. The music is average, the food terrible and massively over priced and the choice and price of drinks defies belief. £4.50 for a bottle of beer as well as a statutory service charge and as it was a busy nigt (god knows why) I had to queue for half an hour on both occasions I went to the bar. If this wasn't bad enough, I was very rudely spoken to by the bar staff when I questioned the cost of two bottles of beer and a vodka and lemonade (over £20.00) and told off by some wrinkly old nerd in a suit when I attempted to go downstairs to the (only) toilet - wheelchair / impaired access would make this impossible. One to avoid. ”
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Damien, [ Unknown ] (14 years 8 months 11 days ago)

“Sack the DJ”
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Johnny, [ Unknown ] (14 years 8 months 11 days ago)

“Where do I start....Expensive drinks in the West End I can just about handle...but in a venue that goes out of it's way to pretend to be in league with the Big Players in town it fails miserably. An awful mix of arrogant and rude staff, who are clearly more interested in each other than it's customers...and served within a bar that looks as if Stevie Wonder's Interior Designer had a vendetta against them - Pink Antlers on the wall??? I'm all for trying something new, but there are many more venues with heaps more style, character and most importantly service for your money out there... One to miss. M.”
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madeline, [ Unknown ] (14 years 8 months 11 days ago)

“Nice bar that's slightly quirky, so good to impress a date. Low sofa type of seating and a cosy dark atmosphere. The drinks are can be expected of a london bar, price and inventiveness. The staff are nice enough although not very helpful and too engrossed in themselves and each other to serve, unless you are trying to have a conversation yourself, in which they will interrupt about 6 times in 1 hour, when before it took me 30 mins to get noticed.”
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Braininabucket, London (15 years 1 months 19 days ago)

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Red Food & Drinks

Red Food Menu

Bar Red has a delicious selection of oriental appesiers and platters.

Updated 18/05/2007

Item Description Price
Bar Snacks Smoked salmon and dill creme fraiche on granary £ 3.50
Menu Red’s burger served with spicy potato wedges and salad £ 6.50

Red Drinks Menu

Bar Red has created a unique cocktail menu as well as offers a selection of drinks including fine wines and champagne.

Updated 05/04/2005

Item Description Price
Champagne (glass) Pommery Brut Royal NV £ 7.00
Red Wine (glass) Corbett Canyon Ruby Cabernet 2002/03, California £ 3.80
White Wine (glass) Côtes de Gascogne, Domaine de Lamothe 2002/03, France £ 3.80
Cocktails Red Martini Smirnoff blue vodka shaken vigorously with lychee, peach liqueur and chambord balanced with raspberry purée and lime juice £ 5.90
Cocktails Aries Fresh raspberries shaken violently with hennessy vs cognac and crème de fraise, fine strained and charged with pommery champagne £ 7.50

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