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Sway Bar
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Address: 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2826) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Holborn (0.1 miles), Covent Garden (0.3 miles), Temple (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.6 miles), City Thameslink (0.8 miles), Farringdon (0.8 miles)

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Pretty horrific bar/club full of Northern stag dos etc and tourists. No soul etc.

On the other hand I've been during the day and the quality of the beer was perfect.
QueensParker - 7 Oct 2013 02:30
This is another one of the "Late Night London" venues which offers Happy Hours, Reduced Price Platters etc.

I have to say due to the cost of drinking in Central London now I do take advantage of many of these offers during happy hour - a pint will cost you around 2.50, a bottle of beer the same etc. You cant really complain with that.

The decor is nice upstairs BUT that is where it ends. DO NOT stay here after "Happy Hour" ends. A bottle of Corona will set you back a fiver and a pint well over that! The staffs attitude change, the atmosphere changes and it all goes downhill rather quickly.

In short, go for the cheap drinks, leave straight after!
Miker1234 - 9 Sep 2012 14:19
I have been to Sway a few times about 6-7 years ago and I did always enjoy the night. Not too sure what's become of the place (change of management I believe) but in my honest opinion, it has lost a lot of it's charm. I may be a bit harsh but there seemed to be quite a few pretentious people bowling about the place. The music has always been on the loud side but when me and a few mates went on Friday 01 June, it was too loud in all the rooms. Dj wasn't much cop either, employing the annoying habit of playing a track two thrids of the way through and then thinking 'I've had enough of that, next'. Plus points, the security bloke we encounted upon entry seemed like a nice bloke and we had a bit of a laugh. Not sure how indicative this is regarding the rest of the security team, and the bloke in the gents was pleasent (although this may be a case of wanting our pound coin after washing our hands, cynical I know) All in all, I won't be going again anytime...ever
averageman - 6 Jun 2012 16:02
I went there last Friday as part of a group of 20 or so people for a leaving do. We arrived around 6:30 & the main bar stank of incense/joss stick/some horrible sickly sweet smell, presumably to cover up the aroma of dance-induced sweat in the early hours but way over the top this early in the night.

Within 5 mins one of the hostesses came over badgering us for our email addresses so she could send us "offers" which I found annoying - I'd like the opportunity to decide if I like the place before I sign-up for your spam list thanks.

An hour or so later one of the staff took one of our girl's drinks which still had about a 1/3rd left in it while she wasn't looking (from a crowded table so there's no "I thought you had left" excuse). When I complained I was basically told I was a liar by the manager as "people try that on all the time" - probably because your staff do it all the time pal!

Anyway I bought the girl a replacement drink & left as I refuse to carry on drinking somewhere that treat their guests like that.
tallbloke - 14 May 2012 15:38
I booked a "booth" in Sway for a friends Hen night. When we arrived, none of the staff knew who to ask regarding showing us to our reserved section, we ended up wandering around till we spotted the smallest table (the size that a dinner for 2 can fit around, there were 9 of us!) tucked in a corner. There were no chairs or stools for us to sit on so we had to plead with the other larger tables around us (that had hardly anyone sitting at them) to let us take a stool for us to share sitting on. There were no table decorations of any description which were promised in the package booked. Eventually a waitress came over to us with a bucket of ice with the "champagne" and a lit firework in it (which fizzled very quickly) and 5 flute glasses - did I mention there were 9 of us? Then the cocktail jugs came over, again with fewer glasses than the actual number in our party.
We decided to have the complimentary food platters latter in the evening but when someone went to the bar to ask about it, she had to wait nearly 20 minutes to be served. Not because the bar was busy, it was because the barmaids served all the males coming to the bar first.
The DJ was utter tripe at mixing (if you can call it that!) He didn't even play songs in full before changing to another one. Just when you get 2 lines into the song and having a bit of a dance, he'd change it! He also repeated quite a few songs too.
I have been to the various other "sister" clubs that offer the same packages and have to say that this is the worst one I have been to so far. The only decent thing about here is there is a nice polite woman in the lady's.

missp32 - 25 Apr 2012 16:40

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