Woah for secret underground art spaces like this one. And just when you think you've seen it all in London... (you realize you're an idiot and will never see it all in London. But still, a surprise.)
I came here for a one-man comedy show. It's right down Charring Cross Road, about halfway between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square. And more than not, you're going to walk right by it, as I did, and my friends did, and it seems everyone does. It's because the PAC is actually around the corner on Phoenix Street, but literally right off of Charring Cross Road, that if you walk more than five steps on Pheonix, you're walking right by it.
Plus, it's literally underground, so you're heading down some stairs. Keep an eye out for the white sign above with arrows pointing down and you'll find it.
You'll know you're in the PAC when you're suddenly surrounded by a dark library-like feeling, with blues and red lights, books everywhere and old theatre show posters placed on the wall. There's a bunch of spaces to sit and a rather cheap bar. It's a really strange but wonderful place to grab a drink,
We saw a show in a room off the main bar and it was... OK. The show was hilarious but there's no stage and a bunch of seats with giant backs places everywhere, so depending on where you're sitting, it could be hard to see what was going on. There are booths to the left and right and the seating was awfully comfortable. It felt more like a private party room than a place to perform in an artist club (and they apparently do shows here all the time.)
Worth checking out for the hidden cool factor alone.
This actual venue is so cool....an arty, underground bar with a theatre inside too! I like that aspect of it...but you do get some seriously annoying Weirdo's who come which is a real shame.
Whilst it's technically a members club anyone can go here before 8pm. I'm personally not a member but have been lots of times before the curfew...
It's a great lounge-y bar that has a lived in feel and is a bit dusty but feels comfortable and eclectic without any pretension, despite it being attached to the Phoenix Theatre and hosting the odd thespians get together. It's also a great place to have a few beers after work without the normal after work crowd you might find in say a Slug And Lettuce.
The walls are covered in random ephemera from actor's head shot photos to AAA passes from bands that have been through the bar whilst in town for a gig. It's also especially handy if you're looking for somewhere for a beer before a gig at the nearby Borderline.
They do food too, think standard pub fayre - neither mega cheap nor expensive (think scampi and chips £8). Whilst it won't win culinary awards, it'll do the job!
I love this place and have been going there often through the years. Great live band on a Wednesday night but recently they have been playing loud cheesy dance music when the band are on a break etc. I do wish they would pull back on that a bit. Nothing worse than that kind of music on in a room where no one is dancing!
Still love it there though :)
The Phoenix Artist Club - 'A hidden gem' - secreted away down a little side street (used in the opening sequences of 'Harry Potter') and tucked beneath The Phoenix Theatre lies this charming escape from the London norm.
As featured in many films and TV Productions, Travel Channel's "The Layover" with Anthony Bourdain, written about by Rupert Everett in "Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins", visited by Princess Michael of Kent, Kiera Knightly, Jude Law, David Soul, John Hurt or Janice Dickinson to name but a few, inspiring screenwriters, authors and poets and refreshing worn out theatre staff from every London Theatre - you can perhaps understand why they want to keep us for themselves!
We are the perfect antidote to corporate 'all the same' pubs. A private members club, open to the public and theatre goers for afternoon tea, group bookings or just somewhere to relax in old world charm.
Established in 1988.
Thank you for your interest in 'our family' that may seem a strange statement to make about a club, but it's not our claim - it's that of our members! We 'entertain entertainers' here at the Phoenix and we have been doing so since 1988.
The Phoenix Artist Club is a private members' club located in the heart of London Theatreland and our membership is made up of professionals from the performing arts and media industries.
This lively and nostalgic theatre bar is located in the original dressing and rehearsal rooms of the Phoenix Theatre where Laurence Olivier made his debut on stage in the 1930s in "Private Lives" with Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.
In the late '70s it was transformed into a wine bar and restaurant with a decor to complement its theatrical past. The unique decor includes some very special artworks such as the costume designs of the Rhine Stone Ballet, a hand-made model of the Old Vic Theatre and prints detailing how to dress well in 1930s London.
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