Soho Beer Guide: Your Soho guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Soho

90 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Great bar with some cracking beers.“
pureenough 349 days ago
60 /100
Bun House (Restaurant)
26-27 LISLE ST
“Fleeting visit. For some reason I assumed that I could take the beers away so told my mates I'd catch up with them. Was then told I had to order food and could not just order beer - which is not what comments below suggest. So ordered a bun and then chugged down a decent impy stout. As I was in a hurry and the bun was really hot I just left it untouched and scarpered. I got a Hong Kong tick and if I was in less of a hurry I'd probably come back for more. As per other comments it's a small hot venue with no real attention payed to decor. I was the only person in there but plenty of people were taking buns away.“
BeardedAvenger 428 days ago
58 /100
Bun House (Restaurant)
26-27 LISLE ST
“Visited with the wife on 8th Aug 2019. Went purely for the Honk Kong beers, had two of the eight or so on offer, all £5:00 each. Didn't eat. Small place (didn't go upstairs) with four or five tables in a little room behind the counter. Card only, no cash. Very basic layout and very warm on our visit. If I fancy another Hong Kong rate I might return (have four now).“
BlackHaddock 475 days ago
60 /100 45 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Came here to eat with wife and kids. Fish & chips were excellent and not that expensive considering the location. Camden Town Pale Ale on tap was really tasty and Hells lager quite ok. The beer list was bottles and cans, and not all were available at the time. Should have tried the cask ales, but didn't. Excellent, friendly service (especially for the kids). A good place to fill your stomach after visiting the Lego store :).“
sayravai 510 days ago
54 /100
Bun House (Restaurant)
26-27 LISLE ST
“On the row of restaurants directly behind the North side of Leicester Square in Chinatown, this small front facing eatery with an upstairs too has decent on the go food, but not really a restaurant, however it does combination specials on some imported far east bottles I'd never encountered before. The actual buns are sweet and the fillings hit and miss, but do fill you up.“
ManVsBeer 550 days ago
58 /100 10-12 BEAR STREET
“A corner pub on one of the pedestrian approaches to Leicester Square on its eastern side, it has a few outdoor tables because of this. This is handy as the inside isn't that large, nor is it quite as nice as some of the other Victorian-esque pubs from the Nicholson's chain in the area. This pub serves pretty much the same selection of cask and keg ales as the others from this group do.“
ManVsBeer 550 days ago
42 /100 37 BREWER ST
“awryt pub in soho so exspect soho prices only sells sam smith branded beers so limited selection in the pub its ok but nothing to write home about“
CalumScotland 556 days ago
80 /100
Bun House (Restaurant)
26-27 LISLE ST
“Great little restaurant / street food place in Chinatown focussing on Chinese steamed buns filled with all sorts of stuff, plus noodles, rice pots etc.. Modern, edgy Chinese decor. Of interest to RateBeerians due to their small but decent range of around ten Hong Kong beers which they import exclusively. I saw around 10 bottles from Young Master, Moonzen and one other at the ground floor takeaway level but couldn't go in due to having our dog with me. Got a takeaway meal deal - £8.80 for two steamed buns and a beer, which had to be the Moonzen radler only. Ready in seconds. Also open in the evenings as a kind of dive bar / street food place. Will hopefully call in again.“
minutemat 561 days ago
50 /100 45 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Corner pub just to the North of Piccadilly Circus, which is an open plan room packed with tables. The bar is towards the back. Has lots of windows and it's easy to see in, possibly to allow tourists to see what action is taking place inside as this is a place pretty much directed at them. Having worked just a few streets away for 6 years previously, I actually have never been in this pub before now, probably as the 'Lyric' is just a few doors away, but it did have one local brew available in its cask selection of three, which was the Wimbledon Brewery regular ale 'Common'.“
ManVsBeer 575 days ago
54 /100 105 CHARING CROSS ROAD
“Long time Wetherspoon pub with a large open interior once past the bar area, and a bit of a hike up to the toilets if I remember right. Frequented this place a fair bit in the early 2000's, but less so since. Can be used as a short-cut between Soho streets.“
ManVsBeer 591 days ago
66 /100 93 CHARING CROSS ROAD
“Nice traditional English pub. Cousy relaxed atmosphere. Friendly and helpful service. Cask beer in god condition and some ok bottles in the fridge.
Nice location at Cambridge Circus just across the theatre, and BrewDog on the other side of the square You can also eat upstairs with a nice view if you sit by the window“
Cunningham 695 days ago
64 /100 105 CHARING CROSS ROAD
“Another huge Spoon pub. You know what you get. Like it or not. I recommend that you walk another 5 min down towards Seven Dials or Cambridge. But if you are hungry and maybe want to look at a football match. Well ok they do have some ok beer in the fridge“
Cunningham 695 days ago
68 /100 4 GANTON STREET
“Pequeño Pub en carnaby, varias cervezas de cask.“
fombe89 705 days ago
66 /100 16 NEWBURGH STREET
“Centrico Pub con varias cervezas de cask“
fombe89 705 days ago
78 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Centrico pub, buena selección de cervezas en cask y barril.“
fombe89 710 days ago
72 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Trendy watering hole for hipsters and beer hunters. Samples offered when asked for. Great music playing, but too loud for the industral acoustics. Large selection of Brewdog's own beers on taps + some guest beers. Cans and bottles to take away. Extra point for serving 1/3 pints.“
Holmen1 736 days ago
76 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Visited 22.10.18. Small and busy traditional boozer near Piccadilly Circus. 12 ales on cask. Food was good.“
Holmen2 767 days ago
76 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Modern industrial hipster environment. I visited on a saturday, noonish, and I was the only visitor, so the service was excellent,, I ended up with a Kernel pale, enjoyed this place for the quietness, but understand it can be different at more busy hours“
gunnar 799 days ago
74 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Visited 29/8/2018. Busy when visiting this Wednesday evening, with a typically boisterous BrewDog crowd. Varied selection of taps from BD plus a few guests. Bottle/can selection less interesting than seen in some others. Was easy to get served despite being busy as plenty working behind the bar, friendly too. Shared a few flights that evening, and burgers we had were good. Good visit.“
Grumbo 804 days ago
84 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“en todo el meollo de la zona de bares del centro de Londres. Es un garito 100 % estética Brewdog, sencillo, informal y moderno, taburetes altos, bancos corridos, sofás… Me llamaron mucho la atención los bombillones y las rejas metálicas puestas en el techo. También me gusta como tienen instalados los más de 20 surtidores: salen de una pared de azulejos lo más simples posible, blancos de 20 x 20 cm, llenos de pegatinas de cervezas, y la pizarra me recuerda a las carteleras antiguas del cine. La mitad de las cervezas son suyas y la otra mitad van variando; en cuanto a referencias en botella, mentiría si digo algo, porque ni me fijé, aunque he leído que tienen unas 50. Quiero resaltar que Brewdog en sus pubs garantizan la calidad del producto y que la Elvis Juice de barril es un puñetero espectáculo. Por último, es necesario añadir que las hamburguesas de los pubs Brewdog están de muerte.“
Suco 807 days ago
60 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Visited summer 2017 on a workday around lunch. Modern interior. Plerasant lazy atmosphere around that time. Good selection of BD beers to try.“
jonas 813 days ago
64 /100 18 BATEMAN STREET
“Classic pub, pretty narrow, an upper floor for eating. Decent selection. Food was not particularily good.“
ekstedt 828 days ago
78 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Small cozy old traditional pub in a central location. Nice cask and kegs selection, fast and pleasant service. Pretty crowded but quite nice overall.“
zvsn 905 days ago
60 /100 49 BEAK STREET
“Visited at rush hour (5-6PM) , crowded as hell. Wanted to try some Brodie beers from cask, but was quite disappointed. Beers were mediocre, service was rude, the pub is quite dirty and stinky. Not a place I would re-visit.“
zvsn 905 days ago
76 /100 49 BEAK STREET
“Big English pub atmosphere, lots of wood panelling, plenty of seating. Brodie's dominates the taps so this is the place to try a few. They're not bad beers. Prices seemed reasonable.“
DeanF 908 days ago
66 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“A bigger Brewdog location in the heart of Soho. Okay selection on tap of things I hadn't seen at the other ones, but tap selection was heavy on the IPAs. A bit more variety would be welcome. Otherwise very much what you'd expect from the Brewdog chains.“
DeanF 908 days ago
84 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Small traditional English pub just off Shaftsbury Avenue. Good mix of cask & keg beers. USP for me is that as well as having good beer it has Sky Sports on hd tv. Friendly helpful service from a guy who lives close to me in Glasgow.“
JohnRMurdoch 948 days ago
70 /100 55 BREWER STREET
“We went in here for a couple before going to a play, and it was just the job. It was Saturday evening and there was plenty of room--not something you can say for most of the bars in the area at that time. We went downstairs, which is surprisingly spacious, and found seats easily. Decor was a bit tatty, but it made it more like a normal pub. Being a Sam Smith's pub, it pays to know the beers in advance, but I do, so it turned out a good move to dive in there.“
spiffero 981 days ago
78 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Small traditional and a bit antique looking pub in the middle of Soho with ha nice selection of taps, both casks and kegs. Nice and enjoyable place.“
tomer 1024 days ago
62 /100 55 BREWER STREET
“Of all the Sam Smiths pubs in London this is one of my preferred. Usually because they have bottles of Oatmeal Stout knocking about and are more likely to have a few of the harder to find beers in. Inside it's an old style London pub with wood panelling and a few hidden areas away from the bar if one is looking for privacy (I once broke up with someone in here).“
EdKing 1153 days ago
50 /100 28 LEICESTER SQUARE
“Met here on a Sunday morning for breakfast. First problem was that they do not sell beer until noon on a Sunday, not that there was much choice at all. Secondly, I hadn't had a Spoons breakfast for years and won't bother again. Really poor quality fry up, locals greasy spoons can do much better for slightly more expense. One of the more drab and depressing spoons. No need to come here again.“
BeardedAvenger 1164 days ago
76 /100 49 BEAK STREET
“Bit tucked away old school boozer. About half a dozen of beers on cask (all safe for one from Brodies) + half a dozen Brodies from keg. These beers are the main appeal of this place obviously. Agreeable prices, cask ones were a bit odd but I am not an expert. Rest of the selection was largely keg standard rubbish. No complaints about the service. This place was a lot calmer than the other places which I visited that evening, all nearby. Some TVs. Only relevant if you are looking for Brodies beers which I was.“
77ships 1166 days ago
86 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Visited twice. Massively crowded on a Wednesday evening and very calm on a Sunday afternoon. Classical BrewDog look, industrial hipster, it actually quite reminded me of BrewDog Warszawa. Fair service, all keg obviously as you would expect. Very nice draft selection, BrewDog classics but also rarities as well as interesting foreign modern craft offerings, saw even Lost Abbey featured on my second visit. Prices are very high as expected but it is good stuff. Thirds available. Bottles looked interesting, I didn’t pay much attention. Fair service. Vegan & vegetarian food available. Tried a seitan burger which was small but the saitan tasted amazing, roasted kale & some seriously hot sauce, table hot sauce Scotch bonnet was no joke either, awesome. Nice fries, saw no malt vinegar, funnily un-British in some ways. Really dug the place but as usual the prices are steep. There is a downstairs floor & bar, I thought that the neon sign pointing to more beers downstairs was a joke direction to the toilet.“
77ships 1166 days ago
82 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Slight confusion about the location on my behalf. Quite central, bit small, totally crammed full on a Wednesday evening. Good & efficient service. Agreeable prices. Plenty of locals it seemed despite the location, some people standing outside behind a rope. Decent selection of cask & keg. Nothing to snooze at.“
77ships 1166 days ago
80 /100 49 BEAK STREET
“Great to have Brodie's beers on cask & keg in central London. My go to place when meeting mates on a Saturday afternoon to watch the football scores roll in. Decent beer in a nice, friendly atmosphere. I'm not sure all of our foreign friends who drop in get Brodie's stranger beers!“
Cheeseboard 1171 days ago
76 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“One room boozer close to Piccadilly tube station. Reasonable, if a little unspiring selection on cask & keg. Usually have the football on if that's your thing. I usually pop in for a half or two when in the area“
Cheeseboard 1171 days ago
64 /100 39, BROADWICK ST,
“Small pub in Soho in a quitter street. Visited rather late, too plastered honestly. Recommended by locals I met at the nearby BrewDog which is quite odd. They described it as an old fashioned place ignorant of current styling’s. Looked fairly old, offerings are basically just Samuel Smith beer, good prices, keg peers seemed to be served in an odd way that reminded me of a soda machine. I didn’t make GoT jokes about the name. if you want to drink Samuel Smith beers I suppose you might as well do it here.“
77ships 1171 days ago
84 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Easy to reach, walkable in 10 mins from Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road. Typical Brewdog decor inside. Selection is roughly half 'n' half Brewdog beers & guests plus the beer fridge. Can understand some feeling that Brewdog beers are a bit ubiqitous but they have to sell their own beers! Staff are quite helpful, the bar can get rammed at times. Food is good, wings & burgers etc.“
Cheeseboard 1172 days ago
78 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Visited 26/08/17. It’s a Brewdog so anyone who’s been to another one of their bars knows what to expect in terms of decor. As far as a Brewdog bar goes they seem to have a decent enough array of guests/taps, if like me you are more interested in a year than their own brews. The bottle options seem limited but noticed that elsewherere too. When we arrived was not too busy so managed to nab one of the three or so booths. Later it really filled up. Bar staff are friendly and were happy dishing out tasters. Enjoyed my burger. Prices are what I’d expect to pay. Another good addition to the Brewdog portfolio.“
BeardedAvenger 1187 days ago
64 /100
Amathus (Soho) (Beer Store)
HAMMER HOUSE, 113-117 WARDOUR STREET
“Visited 26/08/17. This places ticked my boxes because they had the Finish beers I wanted in stock. And no, it wasn’t Lapin chuffin Kulta. I was attending a film festival so didn’t want to buy too much, but also got Peru and Greece country ticks. Could have got a few more. Interesting array of craft and international macro ticks. Not the biggest or best selection, but a fee beers you don’t see elsewhere. Otherwise it’s a posh booze shop. Nicepy layed out. Professional staff. Cant comment on prices ad I didn’t look at them.“
BeardedAvenger 1187 days ago
66 /100
Lyric (Bar)
37 GREAT WINDMILL STREET
“Visited 25/08/17. A decent array of cas and kegs, but with more and more craft places opening in the vicinity I guess this place could be losing its edge. Bar staff were distsnt and too cool for school. Place was rammed. Some nob who didn’t understand the concept of saying ’excuse me’ decided to slag me off and elbow me when I didn’t realise he wanted to get past. Run down and dirty. Glasses stuck to the table. Other than the range of beers this place was pretty shitty.“
BeardedAvenger 1187 days ago
66 /100 21 POLAND STREET
“Bustling dark and very loud place. Some interesting beers on tap Staff seem overtaken by the crowd but do their best to see be the queue. I find myself overtaken by the noise as well and decide to leave without ordering anything.“
abemorsten 1224 days ago
40 /100 31-32 DEAN STREET
“Not awful, and once the post work crowd clear, it's a fairly nice interior. They have a function room with bar upstairs. Odd selection. Some more obvious things like Camden, Sierra Nevada, Meantime, etc., but some decent cans of Ska, Left Hand and a couple of others. Had an Oskar Blues and another interesting keg too. Not really a choice destination, but it has things to keep you going, should you wind up here.“
Beese 1227 days ago
66 /100 18 BATEMAN STREET
“The smallest Nicholson’s pub on a corner just south of Soho Square. The bar is squeezed into its corner, is not very long but still packs in a fairly decent selection of ales, but there was nothing new for me on this occasion. It has a wonderfully historic interior, although it’s full you might not be able to enjoy it in all it’s glory if you’re minding how to go or continually bumping into people at peak times. If the weather is good patrons do spill out into the street.“
ManVsBeer 1270 days ago