Leicester Square is a popular place to head for a night on the town. It offers a wealth of bars, clubs, restaurants and cinemas for a full evening of entertainment. The options for places to go drinking in and around Leicester Square vary from traditional pubs to club bars with dance floors that stay open until the early hours. Whether you come during the week or at the weekend you will find the bars thronging with people during the evenings. This is the centre of London so you can expect crowds of people and a lively atmosphere.
Here are listings for bars in and around Leicester Square: a short description, the address, telephone number and official website for each bar. At the bottom of the page there is a map of Leicester Square and the surrounding area with the location of each bar.
For a guide to Leicester Square, with what to expect, how to get there, where to park, plus links to more detailed pages on clubs, places to eat, theatre ticket booths and cinemas, see our Overview Guide to Leicester Square
Bars in Leicester Square
Leicester Square is full of places to go for a drink. Many of the bar options listed below could also be classed as clubs. For this reason, if you would prefer a quiet drink in a place where you can get a seat, it is best to head to one of the pubs like Weatherspoons or The Bear and Staff (see below). For further listings for the clubs in Leicester Square, see our Guide to Clubs in Leicester Square
Weatherspoons are also a chain of pubs offering low price food and drinks - this can be a useful option in the centre of London where prices are often high. It is like a traditional pub but on a larger scale. This Weatherspoons offers free internet access.
The Moon Under the Water Weatherspoons
28 Leicester Square
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7839 2837
Cafe de Paris
Café de Paris is not located directly in Leicester Square. However, it is less than five minutes' walk from the square (see map below) and is a popular bar. It is a place where different events take place each night of the week, including burlesque shows, live bands and DJs.
Café de Paris
3 Coventry Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 7700
Website: Official Cafe de Paris Website
Leicester Square's Zoo Bar
Zoo Bar is a bar and club in the heart of Leicester Square that stays open late every night of the week (for exact opening times see the official website link below). They also serve food and sometimes offer special discounts of food options during the day (see the official website for more details).
Zoo Bar Leicester Square
13 - 17 Bear Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7839 4188
Website: Official Zoo Bar Website
Oxygen Bar is a bar and a club that is spread over three floors. During the day they often offer special discounts on the drinks prices. DJs play music such as house and electro every night of the week.
Oxygen Leicester Square
17 - 18 Irving Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8123 2507
The Bear and Staff
If you have no intention of going dancing and are craving a traditional pub where you can enjoy a pint with your friends, this is the place to head. As opposed to many of the other pubs in the Leicester Square area, the Bear and Staff is not a chain pub. They pride themselves on their wide selection of real ales.
The Bear and Staff in Leicester Square
10 - 12 Bear Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 0814
Map of the bars in the area
Many of the bars listed above offer food. However, if you would prefer to get something to eat in a restaurant before you go out drinking, see our Guide to Places to Eat in Leicester Square
Hitting the bars in Leicester Square is a popular activity for both locals and tourists. Leicester Square sits close to areas like Oxford Street and Soho. You can start with a drink in one of the bars in Leicester Square before heading to one of the nearby areas to carry on the party. Alternatively, you can stay in Leicester Square all night, dancing til dawn in one of the club-bar options.