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Manbar *
Formerly: 79 CXR

Full spectrum of West End manliness
Full-throttle reinvention of dark and seedy 79 CXR [closed Oct 2012] by Charles Hill, gay owner of Pleasuredome sauna. With its hybrid pub/bar feel, the tweaked look is more slick while still sufficiently dark in a sexy, cruise-friendly way, wallpapered throughout with imagery capturing the full whack of shirtless manliness (reproductions of Mike Bliss's photograph-paintings, including beefy Prince Harry). It's a sizeable space to fill, with two floors of various nooks and crannies — including red leather sofas upstairs for hanging out — and feels like Soho with an eye on Vauxhall. Expecct a DJ-led party atmosphere. Check website for themed events, including bear-embracing Mondays. Also includes a gay art gallery space. Opened 1 November 2012. Manbar marketing director Chris Amos took over the bar in July 2013, with several tweaks and nightly cheap drinks right up until 11pm. Sunday evening screenings of recent feature films started in February 2014. New hours from 11 August 2014: Mon to Sat 5pm—3am; Sun 3pm—11pm

Tags: Cruise Bar , Lounge , Pub/Tavern , Smoking Area , Go-go boys/strippers , Drag Shows , Outdoor Patio , Sportswear , Cabaret

79 Charing Cross Rd (Shaftesbury Avenue)
London, England WC2H 0NE

+44 20 7434 2567!home/mainPage
Mon to Fri 6pm—3.30am; Sat 3pm—3am; Sun 3pm—11pm


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  • 3 people went
  • NickMat is now a fan

    Jun 23 at 4:53pm ·

  • scim was here

    Apr 14 at 5:15pm via foursquare ·

  • carlallen22 was here

    Feb 1 at 9:32am via foursquare ·

  • 1 person went
  • me2511 gave this place *
    Rude and unprofessional
    I was a regular visitor but the security staff is rude and unprofessional with approval of management. Avoid!!!

    Oct 12, 2013 at 4:41pm ·

  • Jun 23, 2013 at 5:50pm ·

    4 people went
  • scim was here

    Jun 21, 2013 at 7:01am via foursquare ·

  • SunnySidePuppy gave this place *
    Manbar or Sadbar?
    Despite the fresh(ish) new decor, I'm sad to report that this is not a friendly place. Staff are consistently rude (and sometimes quite bitchy to perfectly polite customers). And, as has been documented elsewhere, they're pretty incompetent when it comes to taking your order or handling your cash. On top of this (or maybe because of it), the place lacks any atmosphere whatsoever. It's not sexy and that's increasingly being reflected in the make-up of the dwindling 'crowd' - and I'm not talking mascara-smeared faces or caked foundation (although that would be a massive improvement). Tragic :(

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:09pm ·

  • Fannyt gave this place *
    Bad service and attitude
    Not a friendly environment at all. All surface. When my friend asked for a manager to complain about lack of sanitary standards ie blocked sinks and toilets he was given lots of abuse and asked to leave. They snatched his drinks away and called the police. We won't be returning and my friends and colleagues will be advised to do the same.

    Mar 17, 2013 at 1:57am ·

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