October 25, 2012 · 7:30 PM
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Our regular pub social meet on the 4th Thursday of every month. These are also great for new members to come and say hi and get a feel for the group. We have a good attendance (25 or more) to this meet, always with a good mix of regulars and first-timers, guys and girls. Other events happen at random between these socials, with things like dinners, clubbing nights, comedy, plays or anything else you can suggest that gets interest!
If you haven't been, regulars and first-timers will confirm that its a very friendly, open and welcoming environment to hang out in, evidenced by members'
reviews (also see attendee notes on each old event page).
We currently meet
upstairs at the O Bar in Soho, with comfy sofas. Look for the meetup.com logo or the main organiser (myself, John) name + "meetup group" on a reserved-table sign or for me in person! (I sometimes forget the sign). Expect a normal bar sort of mood, atmosphere, and chat levels - sometimes bi-related, often not; cocktails rather than ales but of course soft drinks also available. We do our best to influence the staff not to have the music too loud to allow talking, its much quieter than the ground-floor's club-like volume level; at least until late 'eve.
A little warning: if you turn up later (maybe 8.45pm-ish onwards) and the pub happens to be averagely or more busy, it might be hard to get in or to upstairs 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 with booked tables and that should ease getting upstairs, and 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/activity is).
The O Bar is at 83-85 Wardour St, right on the corner of Brewer St and Wardour Street, near Leicester Square / Piccadilly Circus. Its opposite the end of Old Compton St. furthest away from Charing Cross Rd and Leicester Square tube. I try to have a printed out meetup logo for the table (half A4) nearby and I am easily recognisable from my profile photo (I'm also 6' so look for a tall guy with long hair). Don't be afraid to ask groups if they're the meetup group or call me to check where we are, or hang around a bit if you're early. By later on we've usually taken over much of upstairs. We have reserved tables from 7.30pm upstairs in the clubroom and are there til at least 10.30pm, sometimes til 1am when they close (maybe even clubbing after if enough of us fancy it).