The Social Bar

5 Little Portland Street, Marylebone, London

The Social Bar
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The Social

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Address:5 Little Portland Street
Marylebone
London
W1W 7JD
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Bars
Region:Marylebone
Nearest Station:Oxford Circus
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:09:00 - 00:00
Tue:09:00 - 00:00
Wed:09:00 - 00:00
Thu:09:00 - 01:00
Fri:09:00 - 01:00
Sat:17:00 - 01:00
About: In 1999 The Social opened in Little Portland Street. The brainchild of a record company whose offshoots included a hugely successful underground club night, The Social was set up with a simple manifesto – to provide great music and better booze to anyone who fancied tripping through the doors.

Twelve years later and still run by the original team who created it – Heavenly Recordings & The Breakfast Group – the bar is an award winning London institution. Designed back then by a partnership of David Adjaye and Will Russell (now of Pentagram) with the proviso of withstanding nuclear attack or – at the very least – the worst that people could chuck at it, The Social has launched over a million hugely successful hangovers.

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Hip Hop Karaoke

If belting our cheesy disco tracks isn’t your deal, but you enjoy some hippety-hop, then The Social is where it’s at for you, bruv.

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Karaoke comes with a difference at The Social where the usual tracks are thrown out the window in exchange for everyone;s favourite rap classics. Think MCing rather than singing and you’ll soon get the gist of how Hip-Hop Karaoke rolls.




"The Social"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Between speakeasies, pop-up burger joints and craft beer emporiums we’re beginning to forget about the little guys, the ones with that late night, anything goes attitude. With that in mind it seems only right that we check back in with The Social on Little Portland Street and see if it still incorporates all that is ‘subterranean style’ in London nightlife.

Sat northeast of Oxford Street, The Social has been a staple of central London’s music scene for many a year. Space may be of a premium in the underground bar/club, but that has never stopped it bringing some of the best nights to the capital. Seats are pushed around the sides of the dance floor in cosy booths, the stage regularly shakes to live performances and there’s even a food and cocktail menu for those slow early week evenings.

For food, see burgers and BLTs – solid bar sustenance. Drinks are a little more varied with cocktails like the Apple Crumble (Apple Schnapps, Goldschlager, cinnamon liqueur and apple juice) alongside draught beers like Amstel and Sagres. However, The Social isn’t really about the food or the drink, it’s the entertainment pumped out from its eclectic range of nights.

Poetry slams meet Hip-Hop Karaoke and dancehall parties follow on from electro nights - and then there are the Sub Soul Saturdays. If the likes of Jazzie B of Soul 2 Soul spinning anything from soul, disco and hip-hop gets you moving then it has to be one of the most fool proof weekly events in London.

It has been going strong for over a decade and there is no doubt that it is on track to match that and then some…



T.A.O reviewed The Social Bar on Wed 22 Aug 2012


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User Rating: 8 / 10
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Tucked away behind hustle and bustle of Oxford Street you will find The Social. A cool trendy little bar, with 2 floors and cool music, serving the yummiest cocktails and good old fashioned food. Astonishingly flattering dim lighting and cosy red leather booths. Great any day of the week, popular with people who look like they dont give a damn. its seriously too cool for school.

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