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London Bisexuals Monthly Pub Social

  • Jan 24, 2013 · 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 (50 or more) to this meet, always with a good mix of regulars and first-timers, guys and girls. So always quite a lot of new faces, nearly all of whom came on their own (just a few couples/+1s) - you won't be the only new person I promise (by a long way). 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 all past event pages).

We now meet downstairs in the basement of the O Bar in Soho (used to be upstairs but we outgrew it!). We have the room to ourselves until later on. Look for myself, John (the organiser) and usually a meetup.com logo somewhere around on a table/wall to confirm you're in the right place (though I occasionally forget the signs). I can introduce you to new people from the group if you're feeling shy - just ask! Expect a normal bar sort of mood, atmosphere, and chat levels - sometimes bi-related, often not, in a club-like sparkly white room but not at club-level music volumes (well, not until late). Its cocktails rather than ales but of course soft drinks are also available, and there's a happy hour (or two) of cheap drinks if you're there on time. 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 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. 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 very long 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 a bit if you're early. By later on we've usually taken over most of the space upstairs. We have reserved tables from 7.30pm and are there til at least 10.30pm, often enough til 1am when they close (maybe even clubbing after if enough of us fancy it).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time and met some pretty cool people. Thanks for planning this night John!

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Matthew

    Hi Ronete, I missed the event as well. I am from the US and want to meet other like minded people while here and would love to join a smaller gathering for coffee, dinner or an event. You can reach me at [masked]. - Matthew

    February 4, 2013

  • JnClaude C.

    My first Thursday meetup and looking forward to the next one. A wonderful mix of people and I am hoping to make make some lasting friendships.

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Neelu B.

    Wonderful again! Met a few more sweet people. I do wish the music was quieter so I could hear better and the space wasn't as crammed...

    January 25, 2013

  • Jean-Francois D.

    At first was not quite sure but warmed up to people pretty quickly.

    January 25, 2013

  • Monica

    Fantastic!! I met a lovely mix of people. Had fun conversations. Just fabulous! I can't wait for next month!

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Matthew

    Unfortunately I am still recovering from illness. I would have liked to have met more people. If anyone wants to meet up with me I open to meeting members of this group. I will be in London til February 20. I am from the US an artist playwright and performer and would love to find people who know the performance art and contemporary art scene in London or who just want to get together for coffee.

    January 24, 2013

  • Julie

    The app isn't letting me update my RSVP....unfortunately can't make it tonight now. Hope to see you all at the next meet :)

    January 24, 2013

  • Muzammil W.

    Are there any daytime/afternoon meet up times?

    December 31, 2012

    • John G

      Not currently for weekdays; we do weekend ones sometimes. If you'd like to attend a mid-week one, try suggesting it (see the "suggest a meet" bit on the site) and if a few other's say yes then it'll turn into a proper meet and you better be there! Though I probably can't make it unless its very near my work. Last time we did a lunch meet, a few turned up (but don't expect a big group, and you'll get several last minute no-shows).

      December 31, 2012

    • John G

      We also do weekend events every now and then too, if you want something, suggest it - otherwise you'll only get what others/I(as organiser) want or what happens by my random ideas/other people's. Your input is very useful (especially if you show willing and attend events). I listen to active members way more than people who never show up - makes sense.

      1 · January 21, 2013

  • Matthew

    Hi I am from Chicago and will be here in London for a month. I would love to meet other bisexual girls and guys who would like to hang out with me while I am visiting the UK.

    January 21, 2013

  • Laurent F.

    Ella you're never too old, I'm 43 and this will be my first event with this group. And we don't bite, unless you ask nicely!!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    quite hard to find a partner....

    January 16, 2013

    • John G

      Many people find themselves quite shy and nervy before they come the first time, but the overwhelming majority are fine once they get to the meet and see how friendly it is - they find they were worried over nothing, had built it up in their heads to be a bigger worry than it was or needed to be. Occasionally (maybe 1 or 2 folk at some meets, out of the 60-odd) there are people that come and find themselves stuck in a corner alone, but I'm more than happy to introduce you to some people if you ask (or if I notice and have a chance to offer to help you join in more).

      1 · January 20, 2013

    • John G

      It might also help to know that I used to be really shy too. Yes, seriously - you'd never think it to chat to me. So shy and unconfident I said no when the girl I really fancied at secondary school (early teens) asked me out, cos I was too scared I wasn't able to cope. Practice helps, and little by little it gets easier. You have to want to be more outgoing, or at least enjoy the rewards. So come along and say hi!

      1 · January 20, 2013

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