London Bisexuals Monthly Pub Social and International Bi Visibility Day

  • September 25, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Our regular pub social on the 4th Thursday nicely coincides with International Celebrate Bisexuality Day (aka Bi Visibility Day!). Great for new members as always; come say hi, get a feel for the group. Very friendly, happy, relaxed atmosphere, definitely social, fun, and happy; not meat-market. A slightly noisy bar atmosphere in a "trendy" soho bar, becoming noisier and dancier later on in the evening. Turn up at any time, no requirement to stay all evening (but you might want to) - usually runs til midnight-ish or later depending on the mood.

This is our biggest regular event with 50 of you or more, always a good mix of regulars and first-timers (roughly half and half), guys and girls (not far off 50/50). Always a lot of new faces every time, nearly all of whom came on their own (plus a few couples/+1s) which keeps it fresh and friendly to all - regulars chat to new folk. You won't be the only new person (by a long way). Especially this month!

We meet downstairs (in the basement) of the O Bar in Soho - not upstairs anymore as we outgrew it! The stairs down are at the back corner of the ground floor. We usually have the room to ourselves until later on. Look for myself, John (the organiser) - 6' tall, long hair, I match my profile picture; and I usually have a meetup.com logo somewhere on a table/wall to confirm you're in the right place (though I occasionally forget).

Shy? Or what to expect...

I can introduce you to new/regular people from the group and get the conversation started - just ask! Come find me when you get here, I always look out for new members to introduce myself. Expect a normal bar sort of mood, atmosphere, and chat levels - sometimes bi-related, often not, in a club-like sparkly white room with a couple of seated booths. Music is mixed, generally disco/club-oriented and slightly quieter early evening (though we have limited control) but louder later. Cocktails/lagers not ales, of course soft drinks are also available, and there's a happy hour (or two) of cheap drinks if you're there on time. To get a better idea, read some past-event comments or the group reviews.

A little warning: if you turn up later (maybe 9pm-ish onwards) and the pub happens to be busy, it might be hard to get in or to our group with a wait for someone else to leave (from another group, not usually ours) before you can enter. Tell them you're there for John G's meetup group as I reserve space for us, and that should ease getting in. The stairs down are at the back corner of the bar. Bring photo ID if you've been asked for it at all recently anywhere (they have been known to be picky).

 

We have a twitter presence ( londonbi), and a facebook page, but the meetup site and sometimes twitter are where the info/news/activity is.

Finding O Bar

The O Bar is at 83-85 Wardour St, right on the corner of Brewer St and Wardour Street, near Leicester Square / Piccadilly Circus, or more of a walk from Trafalgar Square or Charing Cross. Its opposite the end of Old Compton St. furthest away from Charing Cross Rd and Leicester Square tube. I am easily recognisable from my profile photo (6' tall, slim, even longer hair). Don't be afraid to ask groups if they're the meetup group or call me to check where we are, though sometimes a text might be better - mobile signal is not always great and in the hours up to it my work's signal is terrible. Hang around if you're early. By later on we've usually taken over most of the space in the room (except on holiday weekends). We have reserved tables from 7.30pm and are there til at least 10.30pm, sometimes til 3am when the club closes (or clubbing elsewhere if enough of us fancy it).

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  • John G

    This will actually be my last meet while working for my current employers, as of next month I'll have more time but also jobhunting. Am safe for a while financially, and market doesn't seem too bad for IT folk right now, but for all you members it could possibly have an upside - maybe more events and even one or two daytime ones perhaps for anyone craving those. Anyone who knows their London-based company is recruiting senior Linux (non-Java) software developers/engineers, feel free to forward details/mention it.

    1 · September 25

    • Louise

      Just seen this John! Good luck with the job hunting

      October 4

    • Louise

      And other events would be good :-)

      October 4

  • Louise

    Missed 2 months - should be there this time! :-)

    1 · September 22

    • John G

      But no. Aww..

      1 · September 26

    • Louise

      Sorry! Must do better next time! Another Rockaoke's coming up on 17th! :-)

      October 4

  • Laura G.

    Had an absolutely brilliant time - meeting new people and catching up with the regulars and enjoyed going clubbing afterwards (Even if the guys in the competition weren't everything I imagined hehe) . Thanks again for organising John!

    2 · September 26

  • John G

    If you want to do something more intellectual - see the bi panel discussion event on at the same time organised by Gracey in Southwark with noted authors and organisers.

    August 31

    • John G

      For anyone too lazy to look at the event list (same start time, same day) to find Gracey's event: http://meetup.com/lon...­

      September 1

    • John G

      Sorry to hear that you two. Hope you had a good evening anyway, see you another time

      September 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I'm unable to attend this event but hope you all have a great time

    September 25

    • John G

      We did thanks! Next time for you maybe..

      September 26

  • Rachel-lee

    Sorry I can't make it now either... Hope to see you all soon! Have a great time tonight guys.

    1 · September 25

    • John G

      Sorry to hear that. Next time...

      1 · September 26

  • AJ

    Thanks all for a great evening but early start for work means I had to go. See you all again real soon

    1 · September 25

  • AJ

    Well the early Bird has landed

    September 25

  • D

    Ah, I am the same as Alexander below- work albeit London) and no chance. Gutted to be missing out as seems a bumper meet- I have been meaning to come along to one of the pub socials for ages as is the perfect group for me!! Hopefully next time! Have a great eve :-)

    September 25

    • John G

      Sorry you'll miss it. Keep trying, next time maybe!

      September 25

  • ★Alexander★

    Work still got me up north, was hoping I'd be back in London for tonight, but don't think so. Have fun folks.

    1 · September 25

  • Ian t.

    unfortunately can't make it this time

    September 24

    • John G

      Maybe next time? It'll be a pretty busy evening, shame you'll miss it.

      September 25

  • Amy B.

    Was really looking forward to coming for the first time but unfortunately have to work late....definitely see you all next time! :)

    September 25

    • John G

      Sorry to hear that, hope you can make it next time - you're missing out!

      September 25

  • Katie

    Would it be alright if I came at around 8?

    September 25

    • John G

      Katie, of course! Quite a few turn up through the evening. Sometimes even as late as 10pm. Some leave earlier too, the busiest period is[masked]

      September 25

  • Phil T

    Sorry cant be there but I am on a flight out of Stanstead tomorrow eve , hope it goes well . Phil

    1 · September 25

  • John G

    Everyone is very welcome (encouraged, even) to wear PURPLE tomorrow evening to celebrate Bi day or the new Bi Awareness week. Tell your friends, family and colleagues you're supporting bisexuals and against their erasure by many in society. If you can... but do come along for a fun social relaxed happy evening out anyway!

    September 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may not have been attending events but I do have been telling people about the group so that can join just as I tell people of Bicon. Show some love.

    September 1

    • John G

      Thanks for publicising our wonderful group just as you do other events.

      September 1

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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