We've been going for 10 years, would you believe it! Come and celebrate, meet tonnes of members new and old, and maybe there'll be a few surprises in store to help celebrate our decade of supporting bisexuals, bicurious, and allies.
Our regular pub social on the 4th Thursday of every month. Great for new members; come say hi, get a feel for the group. Very friendly, happy, relaxed atmosphere, definitely social, fun, and happy; not meat-market.
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 (just 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). If you turn up after the start and it looks like everyone already knows everyone - it only seems like that; its just how friendly we are. Join in! (or find me and I'll help, if I haven't spotted and welcomed you already - ask someone if you don't recognise me from my photo, but most do). You won't get stared at coming in late as quite a few also come/go through the evening.
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 - our room is often marked as a private party; yes, thats us. It might have our logo or John's name on the door, just come in anyway! We usually have the room to ourselves until later on. Look for myself, John (the organiser) - 6' tall, long hair, see my profile picture; our logo should be on tables/around to confirm you're in the right place (though I occasionally forget, or if you're really early it might not be up yet).
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. People come and go through the whole evening so arriving late is fine - and though it might seem like everyone already knows each other later on, most of them just met so don't let that un-nerve you. 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 when some of us might be in a mood to dance a bit. Cocktails/lagers not ales, of course soft drinks are also available, and there's a happy (half-) hour of cheaper drinks until 8pm - get there early to get them in! Free cloakroom til 9pm. To get a better idea, read some past-event comments or the group reviews.
A little warning: sometimes, if you turn up late (maybe 9pm-ish onwards) and the pub happens to be busy, you might have to 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 downstairs 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).
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 / 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. Hang around a bit 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 11pm (usually a smaller group til midnight-ish), sometimes til 3am when the club closes (or clubbing elsewhere if enough of us fancy it).