March 28, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Our regular pub social meet on the 4th Thursday of every month. These are great for new members to come and say hi at, and get a feel for the group. Its our biggest regular event with 60 of you or more, always with a good mix of regulars and first-timers (roughly half and half), guys and girls. So always a lot of new faces, nearly all of whom came on their own (just a few couples/+1s) which keeps it fresh and friendly to all - regulars chat to new folk. So you won't be the only new person I promise (by a long way).
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) 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 and lagers rather than ales but of course soft drinks are also available, and there's a happy hour of cheap drinks if you're there on time (before 8 I think). 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 later '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, underneath the stairs that go up. Bring proper 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. We have reserved space from 7.30pm and are there til at least 10.30pm, often enough til 3am when they close (maybe even clubbing after if enough of us fancy it, occasionally).