Enjoy the fun of the festival season without the mud at Festival pop-up bar in Soho
Music festivals are one of many people’s favourite things about the summer. However, as much as many of us (myself included) love them, there are some downsides – leaky tents, mud, portaloos…
This summer, festival fans can have the chance to enjoy the spirit of their favourite fest without all the negatives. Archer Street in Soho is transforming its downstairs bar into a celebration of festivals. Entitled Festival, the cocktail hotspot will pay tribute to the music, free spirits and late night revelry for their Summer of Music. The team behind the venue have been inspired by some of the world’s best musical festivals, such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Lovebox and Burning Man.
Entering Festival, the wide bar will feature a stage, private winnebagos, backstage area and a photo booth stacked with quirky props. There will also be intimate lounges underneath the ‘sky’ in the real camping wagon built into the wall. Among the cocktails being mixed up will be ‘The Burning Gummy Man’ (Bacardi Rum, Passion Fruit Juice, Lime, Vanilla Syrup, and garnished with half a Passion Fruit and a Burning Gummy bear) and ‘The Best-of-All’ (Tanqueray 10, Grapefruit Juice, Lime and German Liqueur, served in a Wellington Boot).
Early in the evening, footage of some of the summer’s biggest festivals will be projected on screen, before the music is cranked up for the party to begin. Guests will be encouraged to dress festival chic, with loud prints, beat-up denim, swing dresses and retro ponchos.
Festival is the latest pop-up from the Archer Street team, who change the downstairs area every six months with different themed pop-ups, such as alpine lodge Piste, polo-inspired Chukka and Brazilian-themed Barzinho. Meanwhile, upstairs the original Archer Street is open Monday to Saturdays, a spacious two floor venue with 400 capacity.
- Festival @ Archer Street, 3-4 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AP. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus. Festival is open Mon-Thurs: 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat: 2pm-1am. For more information, visit the Archer Street website.
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