We hear from Chris at Manbar that he should know by Thursday if Westminster are going to shut his bar down. There's been a gay bar there for decades but one complainant has got them on the ropes - and tens of thousands expended on lawyers. We'll keep you posted.
The bar, which is on the site of 79CXR, ,which ran for eighteen years before being sold to gay entrepreneur Chris Amos, opened as Manbar in 2012.
Since opening, Manbar has surged in popularity serving over 3000 customers a week and provided a unique and truly authentic gay space in central London.
Repeated complaints from one resident two floors above the bar led to a licensing review last summer in which Westminster Council banned regulated entertainment (the playing of music) until such time as improvements were made. Manbar has appealed and has continued to trade pending the appeal hearing which comes before Westminster Magistrates on Monday 7th April 2014.
This Sunday they're screening Gravity so get along there - entertainment from 5pm, screening at 8pm.
Manbar Listings for February including Babylon and a new film evening called 'Genre'. They are at 79 Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0NE and www.manbarsoho.com and all dates are in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
Manbar January Holiday listings including Spunk, Beartrap and Hombre. They are at 79 Charing Cross Rd, London, Soho WC2H 0NE and http://www.manbarsoho.com/ and all dates are in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
Manbar's pulling out all the stops to put the party back into Soho this New Year's. Manbar's hosting the Beyond Juicy pre-party and to prove it they've got quite the DJ line-up as Beyond star DJs The Oli & GSP take to the stage after midnight. Spinning the tunes to see 2013 out are Rob C (Barcode), Nick Shepherdson (Heaven) and Amos (Manbar).
Chris the hottie manager, who has taken this place and reinvented it, promises an epic party making the most of the big barn of a space - we're talking fire eaters, pole dancers, gogo boys, stage show, confetti cannons (gay farts?), laser and pyrotechnics and or course - a midnight countdown and balloon drop. There's also Silver Summers, delicious Duncan Day with the vibrant Vanity von Glow performing the biggest hits of 2013. Lordy.
Venue: Manbar, 79 Charing Cross Rd, London, Soho WC2H 0NE
Show time: 9pm start until 5.30am
Entry Price: £10 advance tickets. £30 Hombre + Beyond Juicy ticket with guaranteed queue jump.
Manbar Christmas Holiday listings including Flaunt, Beartrap and Record Box. They are at 79 Charing Cross Rd, London, Soho WC2H 0NE and www.manbarsoho.com and all dates are in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
Alp Haydar's Christmas Kebab at Manbar on Wednesday 4 December, Wednesday 11 December and Wednesday 18 December. They are at 79 Charing Cross Rd, Soho WC2H 0NE and it’s in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
Sunday School World AIDS Day Special at Manbar on Sunday 1 December. They are at 79 Charing Cross Rd, London, Soho WC2H 0NE and it’s in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
The Masked Ball Pre-Party hosted by legendary Britain's Got Talent star Chrissy Darling at Manbar is on Friday 18 October. They are at 79 Charing Cross Road, Soho, WC2H 0NE and http://www.manbarsoho.com/ and it's in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
A sign of venues trying? It's hard work, the RVT does it supremely well, so let's hope this is the beginning of not only venues raising their game but punters too.
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Beartrap, Spotlight and Revival at Manbar. They are at 79 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0NE and http://www.manbarsoho.com/ and all nights are in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
Manbar with Prowler and aussieBum launch the new upstairs Beach Bar in Manbar Thursday 2nd May from 7pm.
Champion "London’s first ever gay monthly sporting social night" is at Manbar this Thursday. That's at 79 Charing Cross Road, Soho. It's in the gay London calendar. Click the headline for more.
Manbar this April: Friday to Wednesday: Rebel, Hombre, Rednecks, Beartrap, Spotlight and Revival. Champion returns Thursday 25 April. Click the headline for details. Manbar is at 79 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0NE. Free entry, free wifi. Open late www.manbarsoho.com and it's in the Discodamaged gay London calendar.
After losing loads of bars over the years, we're pleased the owners of CXR have saved it by rebirthing it as something new. It was a mercy killing. We all read that Do Not Resuscitate label. Now, where as Vauxhall's Eagle rejigged back to a winning formula that makes it one of the friendliest little slut huts in London, Manbar is a whole new brand and it's promising to be great bar to have fun with your mates in without the Soho sh*t.
What's it like? We hit Manbar's official launch night and liked what they're trying to do. "Continue reading" for our first impressions...
Among the slick PR we got for Manbar was info on the owners, Charles and Az. This stuff is usually up its a*se flannel but we found it a bit interesting. They opened Pleasuredrome when getting a license faced hostility not least from the Met, tried various things so a bit of Soho history...
Anyways, we found it interesting and it's below...
Something great happened yesterday evening. We got our first new gay owned big old gay bar in years. Manbar Soho opened in what was 79CXR and we're pleased to say it's a big improvement.
They say "Bringing new life to an old venue, a major refit has left the space brand, spanking new. New sound system, new air conditioning and new decor have been brought in to revitalise a location which is part of London’s gay heritage. A new age is upon us."
The soundtrack to Soho’s newest bar will be "mainstream, commercial dance" with London’s best DJs doing residencies including Alessandro Londra, Tony English, Brent Nicholls, Rich B, DJ Minx and Pier Morocco.
There's even talk of "customer service", a free cloakroom service and free WiFi for you Grindr whores. Opening Times are Monday to Wednesday 4pm to 2am, Thursday and Friday 4pm to 3am, Saturday 2pm to 3am, Sunday 2pm to 11pm.
Cover Charge: £3 Monday to Thursday after 10.30pm. £5 Friday to Saturday after 10.30pm.
Anyways, head along and tell us what you think.