Soho’s Barrio Central celebrates first birthday

21 May

Every Friday and Saturday night’s a big night at Barrio Central, but last weekend surpassed the normal festivities when clubbers came out in droves to celebrate the Soho restaurant-club’s first birthday under a canopy of piñatas, balloons and multi-coloured fairy lights.

Read on for more photos from the night

Focused on the barrio/ neighbourhood theme, Barrio Central describe themselves as a place “where like minded individuals gather to sip cocktails, shoot tequila, eat pinchos and booty shake to ghetto beats”. Although they’re located slap bang in the middle of Soho, on Poland Street, Barrio Central aims to shrug off the “pretentiousness” you might find in other hangouts nearby. The club’s little brother, Barrio North,  has opened in Angel and delivers more of the Latino beats, cheap drinks, good food and friendly atmosphere.

Last Saturday, like every night, the happy hours, or amigo hours,  ran from 4 til 8pm with offers of beer for £2.50, bottles of house wine for £8, and most importantly (in our case) cocktails at £4. After a Cabana Cooler (Skipper dark rum with pineapple, coconut and orange juice) and a Mojito, which we sipped downstairs in the indoor gazebo, it was time for a taste of the shot luge. And all this before dinner!

Our tapas style meal of pork enchiladas, calamari, nachos and quesadillas was easily washed down by a bottle of house red, while Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man played around us. Downstairs the party was in full swing till the early hours. If that’s how Barrio Central celebrated it’s first birthday, I can’t wait to attend the second.

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