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Manbar *

Formerly: 79 CXR
GayCities Members report that Manbar has closed

Full spectrum of West End manliness
Full-throttle reinvention of dark and seedy 79 CXR [closed Oct 2012] by Charles Hill, gay owner of Pleasuredome sauna. With its hybrid pub/bar feel, the tweaked look is more slick while still sufficiently dark in a sexy, cruise-friendly way, wallpapered throughout with imagery capturing the full whack of shirtless manliness (reproductions of Mike Bliss's photograph-paintings, including beefy Prince Harry). It's a sizeable space to fill, with two floors of various nooks and crannies — including red leather sofas upstairs for hanging out — and feels like Soho with an eye on Vauxhall. Expecct a DJ-led party atmosphere. Check website for themed events, including bear-embracing Mondays. Also includes a gay art gallery space. Opened 1 November 2012. Manbar marketing director Chris Amos took over the bar in July 2013, with several tweaks and nightly cheap drinks right up until 11pm. Sunday evening screenings of recent feature films started in February 2014. Closed in January 2015 following difficult year with Westminster Council regarding its entertainment licence.

Tags: Cruise Bar, Lounge, Pub/Tavern, Drag Shows, Go-go boys/strippers, Smoking Area, Outdoor Patio, Cabaret, Sportswear

79 Charing Cross Rd (Shaftesbury Avenue)
London, England WC2H 0NE

(207) 434-2567
Mon to Sat 5pm—3am; Sun 3pm—11pm


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