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Zenna Bar (Bar)

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77 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3SH
Cuisine: Bar Average Price: £16
Tel: 020 7437 2525 | Email to Zenna Bar | Transport: Tottenham Court Road | Write review

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1) A meander through the bustle of Chinatown and onto Dean Street, under 10-minutes from Leicester Square Tube station, leads you toward the basement bar – the only Indian themed cocktail bar in London, allegedly. Expect Arabian Nights meets Soho chic - worlds away from the other bars and restaurants to be found outside.

2) You’d be forgiven for missing the small sign above the door to the well-known Red Fort restaurant, but now you know where to look on Dean Street, keep an eye out for it.

3) Get comfortable amongst the bejeweled pillows, velvet seating and colourful décor while, perhaps oddly given the theme, chart-topping hits can be heard vaguely masking the chatter of the other guests – mainly couples and those enjoying a post-dinner tipple.

4) Allow an extra 15 minutes to choose your drink from the extensive list - full of fresh flavours infused with traditional Indian savours, such as cloves and cardamom. 

5) It’s worth trying the refreshing Garden Martini and the Alcoholic Raspberry Ripple – the cocktail equivalent of a strawberry milkshake and a total, sugary, dream. Many cocktails come in at around £9, so you can afford to be adventurous with your choices.

6) If you’re looking for somewhere quiet on a weeknight for a first date, the intimate alcoves and sumptuous décor are the perfect aphrodisiac. If you’re looking for raucous after-work drinks, you’re probably better off at one of the nearby pubs. The weekend however, is an altogether different story, a club feel takes over and a mix of ages and people can be found enjoying the underground buzz.

7) Forget what you knew about bar snacks – the nibbles here are brought from the award-winning Indian restaurant upstairs (any platter that includes the chicken is a sure fire winner).

8) Don’t fill up on poppadoms and banana puree while waiting for your drinks order – tempting as it may be – because service is fast and beverages are bought to your table with haste.

9) Don’t be afraid of the spice – there is certainly a kick to some of the canapés but order the salmon teriyaki if you prefer a softer flavour.

10) Ask the bar staff for recommendations. They’ve tried everything and have an exceptional palette. Whether you want your favourite spirit or something savoury with a sweet undertone - they’ll point you in the right direction.  
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Customer Reviews for Zenna Bar

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I used to know this place as Akbar from years ago, and so when a friend invited me down I was quite surprised that I recognised the bar. The colour is different, that I'm not so fond of, but everything else is absolutely incredible. The food and drinks are absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was electric and everyone had a really great night out. I think I found my new local...?”
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Lexi, Nottingham (5 years 6 months 7 days ago)

“I have to agree with Sumi, Zenna is a fantastic venue and a real treat for anyone who would stumble across it. Definitely great to reserve one of the alcoves on a busy night as you can escape the busy bar area. Definitely 10/10 all round especially for a fresh start up bar in Soho! The gorgeous manager at Zenna was a fantastic host.”
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Jennifer, London (5 years 11 months 3 days ago)

“Said I would rate Zenna after stumbling upon across this rare gem in Soho. Newly refurbished and sporting a fantastic and varied cocktail menu, it's first bar of it's kind specializing in Indian cocktails as far as I'm aware. The decor has an understated appeal and the lighting sets the tone for a great date or evening out with friends. It promised exotic, spicy Indian cocktails and certainly delivered! You can't get bored for choice at Zenna. The delicious snacks are prepared by the Red Fort Restaurant upstairs, a well reputed Indian restaurant. This complimented the drinks menu well, and we didn't wait long at all for the food. We reserved an alcove and were impressed with the service of the manager Dan and his friendly barstaff who looked after us very well. The DJ played a great mix of old school RnB and mainstream tracks, and has us dancing until 1am on Saturday night. We only wished it stayed open longer; had a great time and will definitely be back again for a fancy lassi soon!”
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Sumi, London (6 years 16 days ago)

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Zenna Bar Opening Hours

Monday: Closed Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 11:45pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 11:45pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 11:45pm
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 11:45pm
Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 11:45pm
   

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Zenna Bar Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Bar
  • Average Price: £16

Zenna Bar Food Menu

Our Indian bar snacks and food platters are cooked fresh in a Mughal court style cooking by the kitchen at the Red Fort Indian restaurant.

Updated 15/11/2011

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