Photography by Courtesy of Swift
Words by Simon Difford on 05-Feb-2020
12 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4TQ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7437 7820
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat 15:00-23:45, Sun 15:00-22:15
Style: Lounge bar
Price guide: Middling
Owned by: Mia Johansson, Bobby Hiddleston, Rosie Stimpson & Edmund Weil
Swift occupies the sight of what was a Soho drinkers' institution, LAB bar. Thanks to the experience and dedication of owners Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston, backed by Nightjar and Oriole founders Rosie Stimpson and Edmund Weil, Swift which opened in 2016, is perhaps already more legendary than the bar it replaced.
Swift is an upstairs downstairs dual image and offering bar. Upstairs is more informal - wonder in off the street for a quick bite washed down by a tasty cocktail. Downstairs is less obvious, darker, cosier and reminiscent of a speakeasy. You're advised to make a booking to ensure your accommodated. Settle into one of the booths with friends and loose the night.
The cocktails are classic in style and brilliantly executed. The Irish Coffee is legendary and unusually there's a vegan Irish Coffee option.