After starting off on Charing Cross Road back in 1995, this year marks fifteen years since Ku Bar moved into its current home in the middle of Chinatown.
A lot has changed with the venue since then but at the same time, the simple fact that it can be relied upon for a fabulous time is just as true today as it has ever been in the past decade-and-a-half. Much of this is down to the packed schedule of parties and performances happening throughout the week and here’s what you can look forward to at the moment.
Cocktails & Cabaret
After a particularly heavy weekend, perhaps you’re not raring to head back to the dance floor straight away, so it comes as a relief that Cocktails & Cabaret takes place in the upstairs Ku Lounge on both Monday and Tuesday nights. As the title pithily gets across, you can look forward to some of the capital’s top talents strutting their stuff while you nurse a pornstar martini or even a mocktail if you’re still feeling a little fragile.
There comes a point in the week when sitting about clinking cocktails demurely no longer cuts it and that moment usually coincides with Bombshell throwing open the doors of the basement Klub. The weekly party brings together a gloriously mixed crowd of gender-benders, good-time girls and everyone in-between. Miss Honey Foxx is on hosting duty, while scene icons Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd take to the decks to deliver banger after banger. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s normally an act on at 1am, too.
That Lady Lloyd again. She pops back into the Klub every Sunday for Klub Divas, a dancefloor-filling session of pop, RnB and whatever else is on her USB stick, plus the odd performer or two taking to the stage. If you read the word Sunday and pictured your boss’s withering stare at your hungover ass falling asleep at your desk, don’t fret – it all finishes at midnight, so you can be tucked up at a reasonable hour.
Soul in Soho
Something a little bit different, Soul in Soho takes place down in the Klub on the second and last Tuesdays of the month. Created and hosted by performer Lawrence Rowe, it’s a celebration of the power of live vocals, with Rowe and a special guest belting out classics, contemporary tunes and even some completely new material. Many of these performers ply their trade on the West End stages just down the road, so seeing them in the intimate confines of a nightclub basement is rather special.
Ku Bar. 30 Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA