London’s first Gay Cocktail lounge, The Shadow Lounge, is the lucky lucky venue in which history was made. That’s right, it was here that Blind Date legend, Cilla Black slung on her best frock and pole-danced the night away with Mr Paul O’Grady. If that’s not enough to have you sold then you’re a tough nut to crack, but we will try nonetheless… Refurbished in early 2012, The Shadow Lounge is a sophisticated members only venue which is open to the public on weekends, or mid-week by invitation only. Focused on offering quality and comfort, The Shadow Lounge is open until 3am every single night of the week.
Like an old restored theatre, The Shadow Lounge has a glamorous celebrity feel, embellished with sumptuous red velvet everything - it’s essentially a pimped out basement. Shadow Lounge has a large retro dancefloor right in the centre of the venue surrounded by party-friendly (and colour-coded!) booths and alcoves to provide some well needed dancing rest bite. Considering the size of the venue, they’ve cleverly managed to make optimum use of the space by splitting it into two levels, all of which is fabulous, Darling. Being both declaratively camp but not at all tacky. Man has Shadow Lounge got it right.
Music: Dance, Pop, Hip Hop, Garage, Electro
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Train Station: Piccadilly Circus
Address: Shadow Lounge, 5 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RF
Shadow Lounge is a big colourful blur of burlesque, drag and dancing- even hosting a night called ‘Gigolo’ which is put on by international stars of the porn industry. The Shadow Lounge has somehow managed to never cross the line into tack. It’s cheeky and a bit naughty, but sleazy? Never. Shadow Lounge we salute you. With a tasteful selection of Dance, Pop, Electro, Hip Hop and Garage, The Shadow Lounge delivers musically as well. Drinks wise, their selection of fruity concoctions leaves little to be desired although are a little on the dear side - but considering the area we were expecting to part with a pretty penny. Wine is on par with pub pricing at around 4-7 pounds a glass and all beers are fixed at £4 so all in all, we’re pretty happy shoppers.
Generally attracting classy, well-dressed 20-30 somethings, The Shadow Lounge does also allow straight ladies provided they are suitably fabulous of course. It’s a relatively small place at a maximum of 300 capacity but never seems to let the atmosphere of exuberance dip. A fact which has clearly not gone unnoticed by a celebrity client or two! Kylie Minogue, Geri Halliwell and Elton’s very own, David Furnish to cheekily name drop but a few.
You hear ‘Gay Lounge’ and think G.A.Y or Heaven, but The Shadow Lounge has aimed directly for a niche and smashed it out of the park. They’ll be no topless folk in fairy wings here my friend. Managing to find the perfect balance between sophistication and uninhibited entertainment, The Shadow Lounge is both chic and fun which is a hard combination to come by in this neck of the woods. And I’m sure you can wear fairy wings if you really really want.