Oh who can make a stink about the Stag? Tucked away in a non descript location in Victoria, this small little gay local is just a whole lot of character. Drinks can be a little on the expensive side but the crowd here is a good mix of everyone. Thankfully I work nearby and the gays of my office tend to head there on a Friday just to unwind. It's a lot calmer than the bars in soho and I really enjoy the place because you can actually hold a conversation.
However, if loud music and rowdy dancing is more your cup of tea, skip this place. Additionally you will rarely find this place teeming with younger buff men. This is a down to earth bar that serves down to earth clientele.
Thanks stag for many a fun night with colleagues!!
The Stag is a gay bar but it ain't one of those trendy/soho types with expensive cocktails and uncomfortable seating, neither is it one of those hip & grungy ones you get in East London. No, the Stag is like a gay wetherspoons (which is not necessarily a bad thing). A large bar serving a selection of draft beers, a few fruit machines scattered about and some large screen TVs. It doesn't seem to have any windows and you'll be forgiven for thinking the place is closed when you walk past it.
Upstairs, however, there is a small little theatre that shows gay themed musicals, theatre, pantomine etc. It's not too expensive, and the show we saw was a nice, fun way to spend a Saturday night. There are only about 30 seats up here so book in advance if you don't want to be disappointed.
The Stag: hidden down a back-street, next to two main roads and a car park, and on a main bus route.
It's not the nicest of places, but it is certainly quieter than most places in the area, and I've never had to queue for a drink or stand up at the bar.
It's relatively cheap for drinks, and has outside seating. My biggest complaint would be the slight smell of pee that drifts up from the car park (which is covered, hence the smell).
Overall not a great night out, but calm and cheap which is always a good thing.
This user has arrived from Qype, a European company acquired by Yelp in 2012. We have integrated the two sites to bring you one great local experience.