Popular Soho outlet for the non-glossy, rather knowing and subtly stylish
Full-on casual bar with two distinctly different spaces, including the outdoor and garden-like Courtyard, which is heated in winter and which gives this venue the buzz it's known for. Upstairs the Loft Bar provides quieter hanging-out opportunities, with leather sofas, coffee tables and a smokers' balcony overlooking the noisy courtyard below. In short, low-key but not dull, and more cosy than cruisy, though on weekends the cranked-up atmosphere is more in line with typical Soho bars, catering to the "smart, toned and sexy". Linked with "sister venue" the Edge in Soho Square [see entry]. Opened 1995. In 2015 the Yard was threatened by plans for redevelopment, though in both March and May 2015 Westminster Council turned down planning applications by hungry developers to redevelop this historical Soho site. In 2016 the Yard is up against a new planning application. Those who wish to add their voice to those demonstrating "the important role the Yard has played in the history of the LGBTQ community", go to this website (map accessible only via Chrome or Firefox): www.mapme.com/prideofplace. Search for 'The Yard' and add your story.