The Social

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The Social Minimal space, nightly DJs and a crowd united by a common interest in the latest live indie music make The Social the most aptly named bar in the city despite its out-of-the-way location on a rather deserted street near Oxford... London England 51.5172184 -0.1410661
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Party Earth Review Minimal space, nightly DJs and a crowd united by a common interest in the latest live indie music make The Social the most aptly named bar in the city despite its out-of-the-way location on a rather deserted street near... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo, Central, Victoria Lines: Oxford Circus

  • Phone:

    020 7636 4992

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–W 7pm–midnight, Th–Sa 6pm–1am, Su hours vary

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Social Review

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Minimal space, nightly DJs and a crowd united by a common interest in the latest live indie music make The Social the most aptly named bar in the city despite its out-of-the-way location on a rather deserted street near Oxford...

Minimal space, nightly DJs and a crowd united by a common interest in the latest live indie music make The Social the most aptly named bar in the city despite its out-of-the-way location on a rather deserted street near Oxford Circus.

Guests may feel a bit dubious about the club’s possibilities as they walk down a long, empty hallway adorned with a single shelf bearing scattered brochures for the bar and other music events, but doubts disappear once they enter the bar on the first floor.

A bit like being zapped back to San Francisco 1966, the space features wood paneling, deep and cozy leather booths, an unassuming bar with retro stools, and a very popular jukebox in the corner – in short, just the right mix of edge and a casual, hipster vibe.

The crowd, always cool without trying too hard, consists mainly of graphic artists, musicians, and other creative types who gather for after-work drinks and a bite to eat from the quintessential British menu of ploughman’s platters, mushy peas, pot pies, and Welsh rarebit.

Created by the Heavenly record label that launched the likes of The Magic Numbers, Beth Orton, and Saint Etienne, it’s no wonder that music is crucial at The Social, where the basement has become one of the best places to catch up-and-coming talent right before they get signed.

The club also hosts theme nights like Hip-Hop Karaoke, where tipsy singers can belt out everything from Kanye to A Tribe Called Quest.

Usually packed to the rafters with patrons moving to the beats, the lower level space transforms the all-English vibe into a true urban music scene.

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Tip from Jonah:

Arrive early, order some food, and grab a booth upstairs right next to the jukebox. The regulars claim it’s the best in town, and with songs by Franz Ferdinand, The Vines, Cherry Ghost, and other great bands, they’re probably right.

  • Crowd

    Media and creative types, music lovers, and the after-work crowd, 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A good mix of international indie songs plays upstairs. The downstairs area is a complete music venue that features different live and DJ acts as well as theme nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional British pub food includes bangers and mash, pot pies, and roasts.

  • Prices

    Cover charge £0–£5 depending on the night. Welsh rarebit £3.40, pot pies £7. Beer £3/pint, wine £13.50+/bottle, cocktails £5.40.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual cool. Sneakers and denim are acceptable.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Check the website for the monthly schedule of events. Hip-Hop Karaoke, Broader Than Broadway, and The Social Quiz are some of the most popular theme nights.

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