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A Bi Visibility Day special version of our regular pub social on the 4th Thursday every month. Great for new members; very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, definitely social, fun, and happy; not meat-market, just chat and optional drinks. Come say hi (or we will)!
Bi Visibility Day is 23 September every year since 1999 - so is its 20th anniversary this year. Be more visible and wear bi colours if you like (and can), celebrate bisexuality and our own anniversary. We'll have cake (we like to have our cake and eat it!), a raffle with bi themed prizes, and a super turnout with probably 50 (or more?) other non-monosexuals and a few allies to meet.
We've always a good mix of regulars and first-timers (roughly half and half), probably even more new people this time; a near-even split of men/women but all genders are welcome, trans & non-binary too. Almost always a good number of non-white ethnicities too (aka. BME/POC).
All those new faces (most come on their own with a few couples/+1s) keeps it fresh and friendly to all - regulars chat to new folk. 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're here til v.late, so don't give up if you can't make it for the start or even soon after, but cheapest drinks/the most people are there before 9pm.
Like last month, we're at Village this time - upstairs. Its right next to Residence (previously named "O Bar", where we used to meet). Look for myself, John (the organiser) - 6' tall, long dark-blonde hair, see my profile picture. Our logo should be on tables/around and either at the bottom of the stairs or visible on the way up 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...
Come find me when you arrive, I look out for new members to introduce myself. People come and go through the evening; arriving late is fine. It might seem like everyone already knows each other later on, but most of them just met so don't let that un-nerve you. Expect a normal bar sort of mood, atmosphere, and chat - sometimes bi-related, often not. Music is only from the club/bar downstairs, not too intrusive - especially earlier on. You can dance there later on if you like. Cocktails/lagers/wine/soft drinks not ales, and there's cheaper happy-hour drinks until 9pm - get there early to take advantage (if you drink alcohol)! To get a better idea of the atmosphere, read some past-event comments or the glowing group reviews (http://meetup.com/london-bisexuals/about/comments/?op=all) (bear in mind new venue since November 2016).
Our Social Media:
We use meetup & twitter for news/events.
twitter @londonbi https://twitter.com/londonbi
instagram @londonbisexualsmeetup (quiet)
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Bisexuals-Meetup-Group/148365155200607
No lifts. Many cubicle toilets in basement, no urinal. Stools and cushioned benches with backs upstairs in our space.
Finding Village (http://www.village-soho.co.uk/)
The Village is at 81 Wardour St, opposite the end of Old Compton St. furthest from Charing Cross Rd and Leicester Square tube - the nearest tube. Or Piccadilly Circus, or further from Trafalgar Square / Charing Cross. I'm easily recognisable from my profile photo (6' tall, slim, even longer hair). Wait downstairs if you're too early. We're there til at least 11pm (usually a smaller group til midnight-ish), sometimes til when the bar closes (or maybe having gone elsewhere for full-on clubbing). Half of downstairs becomes a dance floor later on (10.30ish) with a DJ and dancing buff semi-naked men on poles. The other entrance remains quieter; its easy to avoid them if you prefer (Brewer Street entrance, other side of Residence bar, round the corner).