Being told that the venue for a night out had changed from a bar I know and love to one I was clueless about put me in a sceptical mood. However, knowing that The O Bar is perched on the corner of Wardour Street, Soho, I was won over by its central location. I knew it would be the perfect place to enjoy London’s nightlife at its most hectic.

Spread over three floors, The O Bar offers a different atmosphere on each level. The ground floor is an intimate area; its cosy feel created by a smattering of candles and fresh flowers. Booths are available for booking, at the cost of a refundable down payment, and 16 of us bundled into a reserved area. Being in the middle of London’s party district on a Saturday night is not for the faint hearted and it was lucky we had this area as it would have been difficult to find a place to stand, let alone sit.

…not ideal when you’re desperate to lay your hands on a cocktail!

The bar area remained constantly packed, with queues three or four people deep. However, although we were supposed to have table service it turned out that queuing at the bar was the quicker option. Our waitress looked exceptionally unimpressed each time we reminded her that we were waiting for an order and we learnt that patience is definitely needed for a trip to The O Bar; not ideal when you’re desperate to lay your hands on a cocktail!

The Long Island Iced Tea is worth the inconvenient wait. Served by the glass or the jug (not to be taken on single handed), it succeeded in coercing us all downstairs to the dance basement. This is a complete contrast in atmosphere, with mosaic mirrored walls and huge white sofas. This area, although it looked the part, was very small and our group alone took up the majority of the dance floor. While being pushed together like sardines, we realised this was not the place to try out new dance moves!

…an ideal location to meet up with friends for a few great cocktails…

I loved having the option of staying upstairs for a catch up and a drink or going downstairs to get into the full swing of the night. We didn’t get to sneak a peak of the top floor, a more relaxed area usually reserved for functions, but we flitted between our booth and the basement until we decided it was time to spread our wings and move on to a bigger space.

The O Bar is open every night of the week until 03:00, with happy hour everyday until 20:00. Prices are high but not extortionate and happy hour is probably not worth the early start to the night; it only reduced bottles of wine by £3. I wouldn’t say that The O Bar is a ‘must-go’ venue, but, I did have a good time and it is an ideal location to meet up with friends for a few great cocktails to start your night amongst the buzz.

3 Stars

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