Retro Bar

Retro Bar

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Tucked away down a little alley, Retro Bar is one of gay London’s secret gems – a small, mixed indie bar, where eccentrics are welcomed. The music mixes 70s, 80s, New Romantic, goth and alternative – and is reflected in the décor, featuring photos of iconic rock and pop figures, from Bolan to Bowie. There’s a great jukebox – think Grace Jones, Visage, The Associates – and more women than you’ll find in many gay establishments.



Retro Bar
Based on 494 reviews
02:51 07 Mar 23
Love it! Cozy place, busy and you won't have a problem getting a drink. Men's restroom is downstairs - found out after going upstairs and someone snapped at me. First time here. Still had fun though.
Cassie Gates
22:33 01 Mar 23
Great queer bar. I've been here a lot and have never had anything other than a great time. Staff are lovely and if you can get a table upstairs, you'll have an amazing night. Great décor, an outside space for vaping and nicely off the busyness of the Strand but easy access to Heaven and the tube home.
Garry Connor - Alpha Dancers
10:59 13 Feb 23
Absolutely love this place! we are an LGBTQ+ dance class based in London, and we visit Retro bar several times a week after our classes. The staff are SUPER friendly and helpful and they really go out of their way to make us feel welcome. There's a great vibe here and it has really cool, modern, upstairs area but it also has a more traditional 'pub feel' downstairs too. Drink prices are great too! Definitely a place to check out!!!
Sinead Dramatic
22:20 31 Jan 23
What an absolute gem of a pub. It was like walking back 30yrs to the old school vibe and attentive service. Molly in particular was fabulous with Kyle being the calmest nicest newcomer ever!Shelia’s Sunday night drag bingo was comedy gold - what a true professional!!I rarely post review but this had to be done 😘😘😘😘
Roy Tan
20:04 24 Dec 22
A great place for pre or after theater drinks.
01:35 09 Nov 22
Another hidden gem in London, really quirky little gay pub with a free jukebox, decent selection of drinks and really friendly bar staff!Always a good crowd, only criticism is that it closes early (11pm), even on weekends!
Isabella Sohrbeck
17:47 27 Oct 22
Love love LOVE this bar! We ended up there by accident and had the best time. The service was amazing, the drinks were cheap and the music was really good. They had a jukebox where you could add songs which was really cool. Will definitely be going back😍
Canaan Daddario
04:26 26 Sep 22
Lots of fun and a great places to meet new friends. Love those tall strong Casanova Brits 😘
Rachel B.
14:39 18 Sep 22
What a wonderful spot! Very chill and relaxed vibes with a super welcoming environment. If I wasn’t just visiting London, I would be a regular here.
Kristian Evans
19:42 30 Aug 22
I came into Retro bar because I wanted to show a friend who had never been before and our visit didn’t disappoint - lovely vibe, amazing staff in particular I would like to mention Mickey (I think that’s how you spell it) as he was very knowledgeable about the drinks. Also I think he was the manager (short dark haired handsome man with a beard) showed us the upstairs bar even though it wasn’t open yet - stellar service! X
Antonio Maggi
09:13 10 Jul 22
One of my favourite pubs/discos in London. Fun and friendly, all served with amazing music.
Swikar Subba
11:38 25 Jun 22
Lovely bar with very welcoming and friendly staff. Reasonably priced spirits especially for London as well with a cool design and decorations of 70s/80s divas of all genres and queer artists.
Nick Gu
17:07 13 Jun 22
One of the best alternative gay pubs still open in London, friendly people and great music
John Baxter
14:16 07 Jun 22
Lovely, friendly pub with a great atmosphere. One of our favorite spots while visiting London. The music and decor was 🔥 ❤️ 💯
15:16 05 Jun 22
Very friendly bar staff and warm atmosphere. It's in a little side alley so easy to miss. Worth hunting it down though.
Samantha Hughes
13:01 27 May 22
Great bar! The staff are so friendly and helpful, very quick service, lovely decal and overall great experience. Will definitely return!
Jon Watts
08:37 19 May 22
Favourite central gay bar. Friendly staff and cheap and cheerful
Richard Hodgson
23:36 05 May 22
Lovely friendly atmosphere. Loved rubbing shoulders with all the celebrities whose photos were hanging on the walls surrounded by all the twinkly lights. Lovely crowd. Met lots of new friends. Also cerh convenient location which was easy to find.
Ellery Coppa
18:10 15 Apr 22
Best bar in London, amazing selection of beers and the jukebox makes it even more special.Definitely worth visiting.
Mrs Aragon
07:46 04 Apr 22
So glad I stepped through the doors! Fabulous little traditional pub. Great host, friendly staff, wonderful decor and twinkly lights, reasonably priced drinks. Definitely will visit again and again...and again!
Paul Kingham
11:24 19 Mar 22
Have been here for a while popped in for a party. Atmosphere was great the music and campery fantastic. A very friendly and welcoming bat on two levels, great as a party venue and very easy to get to from Embankment Station
20:43 23 Feb 22
Sorry I've taken so long to review and say thanks. Back in September my bf surprised me the day before my birthday and we came here. I knew something was up and was so nervous to come in. Your staff had blown up balloons and put a happy birthday banner on the wall. He left a cake and you came out singing happy birthday for me. I've been here a few times but not as many times as I'd like to and every time your staff are always so welcoming and friendly- there really isn't any of the pretentiousness or rudeness found at some other places in Central. That night was so lovely and thank you for everything you did. Until next time take care xx
Mike Chambers
19:46 22 Feb 22
Fantastic welcoming place, whether you are LBGTQIA2S or not (please forgive my terminology, I'm a straight guy trying to not offend anyone). Either way the bar is brilliant, always feel comfortable there - it's a great place! If you are in the area, and want to experience real life - don't be tempted by all the easy to visit chain pubs and bars in the area - go here! You won't regret it, it's brilliant.
Nathan Naylor
22:25 16 Feb 22
Still the best bar in London. Trends move; class is permanent. Best Jukebox; amazing staff. Kat, I hope you read this. Amazing, funny, brilliant service. After so many years it is still the most welcoming, totally cool, ace place to be. And it now has Kat. She is totally cool. Go. Don't waste your life. Play the jukebox. Live, love, flirt and hope that Kat is on the bar.
Stephen Ferguson
22:23 07 Feb 22
Stunning bar near Charing Cross station. Laid back and good drinks. LGBTI aware and so open and relaxed.
21:01 17 Jan 22
Fun bar with great music and an excellent bar team. They have great DJs and a jukebox as well.
Russel Taylor
22:17 16 Jan 22
I love my little friendly local pub. Especially the friendly staff. But then this is my local local, and obviously love the posters and music policy 😉
manuel lópez t.
08:08 28 Dec 21
Nice hidden gem. Very friendly staff. Quaint atmosphere.
Kevin Oflynn
06:42 25 Dec 21
This is still my favourite pub in London. Visit every time I am back in the smoke. Spent a lot of my younger years here. Great atmosphere, great music, friendly and fun.
manuel lópez t.
15:12 29 Oct 21
Nice hidden gem. Very friendly staff. Quaint atmosphere.
John Brown
05:55 29 Oct 21
Simply a delightful bar. Unusually on Wednesday this week there was a most obnoxious customer who was professionally and effortlessly ushered out by the manageress and her team. I was most impressed.Aside from the unique event above this is a hidden gem and really worth a visit.
Juliette Dutemple
15:07 18 Oct 21
Great atmosphere, reasonable price, JukeBox 👍👍🏳️‍🌈
Ellery Coppa
20:26 01 Oct 21
My favorite bar! Staff are great! Good selection of drinks and good music!
Majid Caan
12:01 23 Jul 21
Retro bar is London’s best kept secret. Super excited to know Camille is back on Sundays with Stephen! Great banter and atmosphere 🏳️‍🌈🍻🥂
22:41 29 Jun 21
Very good atmosphere, they were really nice with us, is a good pub for stay with friends and drink some beers.
Phoebe Ahern
16:37 24 Jun 21
I have been waiting for Retro Bar to reopen since the beginning of lock down. I love it all - the staff, the drinks, the decoration & the quiz night with Princess Julia & Josh Quinton. A playful & welcoming vibe, a thick atmosphere & a strong pulse. The best.
12:34 22 Jun 21
Amazing atmosphere. Love the decor, especially the glorious Blue Ceiling 😍Drinks prices are reasonable for the area. A must visit when you’re in the area ❤️
Oliver Blatherwick
08:50 21 Jun 21
Great lgbtq+ bar in central London with amazing quiz. Leslie (the manager) was the perfect host and they were very attentive with our drinks orders and customer service. A MUST for visiting the lgbtq+ scene.
Thomas Smart
14:53 28 Apr 21
Fantastic buzz to this bar. As thee name suggests the music is mainly retro. Highly recommended
Therese S.
07:02 27 Jun 16
A cute little bar tucked away down a side street off the Strand. A great selection of drinks, helpful staff and a friendly atmosphere.
Michelle B.
07:48 12 Nov 12
Only a few months since my last review, but it's lost a star. The last few visits to my favourite bar in town have been disappointing to say the least....
Bill T.
14:37 27 Mar 12
I-- I'll do anything that you want me to do,And I'll do almost anything that you want me to do,But I can't go for that, (No can do)No, I can't go for...
Duncan W.
05:12 01 Jul 11
The first bar I was introduced to in London when I went for a Trip to visit some friends. Has that hip/indy/studenty slightly grungy, old leather sofa...
Carol K.
03:09 12 Jul 09
I had to laugh as I let my colleague pick the bar that we went to tonight and as we were walking down the street she points to Retro and says, "There"....

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