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Friendly Society

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Soho
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

Friendly Society benefits from the power of surprise: after entering through a bland back-alley doorway, you’re greeted at the bottom of the stairs by Soho’s most idiosyncratic drinking den. Barbie dolls hang from the ceiling, there’s a big fishbowl in the middle and old movies are projected on to a back wall. Although the short cocktail menu has been the same forever, the staff always seem perplexed when you order one, though that’s definitely part of the charm. The crowd here is gay in the broadest sense – anyone with a sense of fun will feel at home, whatever their gender and sexuality. Come here when you fancy dancing to Donna Summer while sipping (relatively) inexpensive prosecco.



Address: 79 Wardour St
Opening hours: pen 4-11.30pm Mon-Fri; 4pm-midnight Sat; 4-11pm Sun
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Users say (4)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Such a fab little place! Amazing tunes that are played all night long and just cry out for your cheesiest dance moves, great cocktails at decent prices (the Babychams were my unashamed favourite!) and super friendly staff & fellow disco lovers to share all of the above with.

Literally, there is nothing more you could want on a random Thursday night when you find yourself having finished dinner nearby but unwilling to head home just yet. I was taken here by a friend and now I feel I’m going to have to pay it forward at some point in the very near future with a return visit and the introduction of someone else new to the glorious hidden gem in the heart of Soho.

Head for the comfy seats in the corner, admire the 80-90's kitsch decor and enjoy one of the (appropriately named) friendliest bars in central London.

Most unwelcoming venue in Soho, rude staff...more like the 'Unfreindly Society' very dissapointed.


Did not know about this place until a friend brought me down here. It's easy to miss because the only way down is a secretive stairway. The place reeks of hidden bar, but isn't anything pretentious like that. I loved the quirky decor, and the neon lighting. We nestled ourselves into a corner, taking off our shoes as we climbed into a booth-like area. It was basically really comfortable, and the music wasn't too loud (unlike most bars) so we could still have a proper conversation while sipping on well mixed drinks. Friendly Society also lives up to its name, and we ended up talking to a group that decided to come into the booth as well. It's a great crowd, and I'd come back here again, and maybe walk away with even more new friends next time :)


A quirky ‘straight friendly’ basement bar, nestled between Village bar and the Ann Summers store on Wardour Street. Be prepared to see Barbie dolls on the ceiling and other eccentric paraphernalia adorning the walls!

The music is mainly 80’s classics but does vary, it’s quite compact so depending on what time you go, there may not be much space – one in, one out policy when it reaches capacity.

Really fun night out and attracts good people, so you’ll leave having made a few new friends!

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