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The Social (Bar)

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5 Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7JD
Cuisine: Bar
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What were we thinking? Or The Plan Back then, in 1999, our plan was pretty simple. We were stuck. We had nowhere to drink, nowhere to call home from home. We had spent the last few years running club nights, spending every Saturday night on the dancefloors and in the corridors of Turnmills in London’s then quiet Clerkenwell area. Then spending every weekday in the recovery position, moving from s**t house pub to crappy lifeless bar.

Nowhere seemed to play any decent music, every pub was either a pit or had been buffed up with all the same details that every gastro pub in London had, down to

the Moby CD soundtrack. After one drunken evening back at the Heavenly office too many, we decided the only way we would ever stop complaining about how crap everything was in town was if we built our own place. Six months, a lot of head scratching and a whole bunch of drinking later and the first Social was up and running and ready for action. The initial plan was to roll out Socials all round the country, replicating what we were doing in London on a local level all round Britain. After opening the first bar, we set our sights to Nottingham where the second Social opening in December 1999.

Since then, partly due to the workload that has come with the continued rise of Heavenly recordings and partly due to a high level of perfectionism by all involved (ok, we are lazy), there has only been one more Social opened, also in London (Islington).

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Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I came to london for a dancehall workshop with great jamaican dancers the"shady squad". And at night we came to dance it was awesome the venue the sound the atmosphere! All those dancehall sounds ! I loved it. The only thing negative? Why do clubs close at 1am in london ???!!!!!it was too good !”
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awenie LadyGlam, paris (4 years 8 months 10 days ago)

“If you don't like music, don't visit The Social because they like it cool and they like it loud, very loud. Thank goodness for the cosy little booths (perfect for squeezing up close to one another). Just make sure you like the person(s) you're sat next to because they're the only people you'll be able to talk to. Unless you want to shout. Decent range of bottled beers and a MASSIVELY popular hip-hop karaoke downstairs. Rad!”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (7 years 1 months 16 days ago)

“The social is a good place not the best but a very good. It’s chilled and not pretentious. One thing I did find was that it was filled with a high percentage of architects. The drinks are good value, the bottled cider is great, having been to Saint and Jeruselam i was a little dissapointed in the cocktails. didnt try the food so cant comment on it. The music on the night was not to my tastes but I can definitely see why this place gets busy in the evenings.”
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