Listen up amigos! The word on the street is that Soho is home to a one-stop destination for no-fuss dining and all-night dancing. What destination is this, we hear you ask. The answer? El Camion; a Mexican restaurant come late-night bar promising a slice of Baja California to the city’s party-loving crowd. Open 7 seven days a week for non-stop Mexicana adventures, El Camion strives to redefine West End nights out with its crazy colourful setting. And while a trip to the real Mexican canyons may be a tad out of reach for most, a night at this buzzy bar with a margarita in hand is almost as good as the real thing.
Nestled between two not-so-inconspicuous adult shops, if you catch our drift, El Camion is cheeky from the get go. Created by the late industry expert, Dick Bradsell, El Camion is veritable encyclopaedia of tongue-in-cheek innuendos. Hell, The Pink Chihuahua basement bar is even known as ‘Dick’s Bar’ to the regulars. Vibrant, colourful detail accompanies a simple, minimalist backdrop for the perfect Mexicana pop in. Upstairs you will find the restaurant portion of El Camion, while a ladder-like staircase (notoriously hard-to-navigate following a few cocktails) leads you down to the intimate bar space, where you can grab one of their creative (and generously liquored) concoctions. Scary-looking mounted bull horns take pride of place in the cosy den that is El Camion but, rest assured, there is certainly nothing terrifying about this West End delight.
Music: Latin, Commercial, Chart, Throwback, Pop
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Train Station: Piccadilly Circus
Address: El Camion, 25-27 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RR
With a food menu utilising the tasty, traditional flavours of classic Mexican cuisine, El Camion offers a sampling of meat-filled tacos, messy but oh-so-good burritos and spicy quesadillas all washed down with a thirst-quenching cerveza which you’ll certainly be thankful for upon sinking your teeth into one of those sneakily concealed chillies! Downstairs in The Pink Chihuahua, (we know, best name ever) cocktail prices sit around the average mark, but the creative combination of flavours are anything but. Think tequila, tequila and, you got it, more tequila as you gorge on Bloody Mary’s Mexican cousin, Bloody Maria, while getting on down to some cheesy chart classics until the early hours of the morning.
Attracting groups of young professionals after a quick and simple bite to eat, El Camion provides the perfect setting for a casual get-together. While the funky sounds of the basement bar entices the city’s fun-loving party crowd after dark. With a ‘Members Only’ entry rule into The Pink Chihuahua, this underground space possesses a certain air of exclusivity with the cosy area filling up in the blink of an eye Thursday through Saturday. Personal space – Psssh - what’s that?! El Camion is crazy popular, and subsequently pretty intimate, giving way to a déjà vu feeling of the morning’s Piccadilly line commute. But, hey, is it really a West End night out if you don’t lose a toe in a battle with a stiletto at some point? They’re war wounds.
Effortlessly fun and enviably cool, El Camion gives Soho’s party crowd a top-notch destination with a takeaway food service that your sore head and empty tummy will thank you for the next day. In a place where a sombrero and handlebar moustache wouldn’t look totally out of place, it’s worth noting that it doesn’t make you big or clever to attempt to sample all of the tequila delights El Camion has to offer in just one night. Let’s be honest, nobody likes a show-off. Particularly not when that slumped over, semi-conscious show-off has to be carried the whole way home over the shoulder of a mate. It does however, look considerably more hilarious in a sombrero.