Tooting Tram & Social

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Tooting Tram & Social
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Hard to spot but impressive once you find it, this converted tram shed incorporates a cavernous, chandelier-lit main bar and a smaller mezzanine, filled with decorative quirks and televisions for football viewing.

Don’t expect a too laddish crowd, though: the offbeat tone is set by a pair of winkle-pickers displayed under glass as you walk in, while Lionel Richie beams a Lionel Richie smile from an album cover mounted on the back bar.

It’s a laid-back bunch that mingles here, either parked on turquoise-topped bar stools or lounging on the banquettes and antique armchairs. There is a small selection of draught beers and around 10 wines, all of which are available by the glass as well as the bottle.


Venue name: Tooting Tram & Social
Address: 46-48 Mitcham Road
SW17 9NA
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thur 5p-1am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 1pm-2am; Sun 1pm-midnight.
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway
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Love the Tram. Brilliant for a quiet drink in the week or a rave up on the weekend!

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very busy but very fun! Agree that service is very slow, but with 1 long bar in a such a big space is to be expected. Only option would be more bartenders! 

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I went to Tram and Social a few weeks ago. Really different from how I remember it but I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. It was really busy on a Saturday night, well after midnight there was a big crowd still going strong. The music was good, atmosphere was pretty fun and got served almost immediately at the long bar. We headed upstairs to the quieter balcony as there were no seats, but we didn't stay up there long as they closed upstairs soon after and we ended up outside in the beer garden/yard at the front. I cant quite work out if my good night was through the company and free flowing drinks, or the brilliant atmosphere, but it's definitely worth trying again and seeing if i have as good a time, maybe try and get there a bit earlier.


If you are looking for a cheap, easy and fun night out in London, this is the place for you.

If you are looking for anything more complex than that: this is not the place for you.

It's a simple as that. Falling under the cheap and cheery category of nights out, it's a place that requires minimal effort for no effort for maximum enjoyment: drinks are reasonable and the music is a standard mix of indie, 90s and r'n'b but if you don't overthink it you'll have a great time, as I have on many occasions!


This was one of my first haunts when I moved to London and one of my first experiences of Tooting’s nightlife- and still a firm favourite four years later. A local institution, this huge bar which used to be a tram store (hence the name) has a lot of character and is crammed with Balham, Tooting and Clapham-ites during the weekend.

During the week, Tooting Tram & Social often have open mic nights where you can hear some incredible local talent in a relaxed atmosphere. With twinkly fairy lights, comfy leather sofas and a range of craft beers on offer, these nights are always a lovely way to experience the venue.

Yet at the weekend, carnage unfurls, and I say this in the best way possible! Live bands kick off the night with quirky, indie covers but when the DJ hits the decks is when this place comes alive! A great mix of current chartoppers, R&B classics and pure golden oldies, the music here is always on point and has the whole crowd dancing. Always a top night out and drinks aren’t horrendously expensive.

I would advise to go early- not only can you claim your space to throw some shapes (it can get pretty packed and sweaty), but the queue can be pretty daunting on a weekend and if you arrive before 12pm, entry is free.


Recently discovered the Tooting Tram & Social while exploring my neighborhood. It didn't take long to become one of my new hot spot. Love this place! It has a great retro vibe, good music and DJs and especially drinks reasonably priced. They also organise a lot of events during the day and evening such as live music, open mics, old school afternoon where you can play ping pong, table football and retro video games and other festivals. So pity they don't serve food though! 


I visited the Tooting Tram & Social for the first for the South London Beer Festival on a Sunday afternoon and thought "what took me so long to come down here?!". This pub / venue is massive with very high ceiling, so you don't feel crowded and you feel comfortable. The retro vibe is very relaxed, and the DJ playing that day was really good. The staff was lovely and drinks reasonable. There is a lot going on in the venue, from live music to open mics, so I would definitely come back (even if it takes one hour from East London!) to attend other events. 


Top venue for parties, Saturday nights, live music .. it has the lot! 

Drinks are very reasonable on Saturday night - vodka mixer around £3.50!

They play live rock and acoustic regularly followed by club nights. Fun geeky retro game nights are also a must. Feels like an old church idea for dance space.


Tooting tram and social

Having come here for many years I believe it is time I reveal WHY I love this place so much.

Firstly, let's start with how amazing it looks- the old tram shed lends itself beautifully to a music, dance a chill out venue, with chandeliers hanging subtly in the centre of the hall like space. It's really beautiful, but understated and quirky.

Secondly the people. The staff are fantastic, friendly and tend to remember faces they see often, so after a while you get the satisfaction of being able to simply walk in, and be treated like an old friend with the drink you usually purchase.

For chilled music lovers, I recommend the open mic night ever Tuesday which boasts a high level of talent and great organisation- you may even want to go up there and strut your stuff yourself!

Ladies: Make sure however that you don't dry your hands in the loos when someone is playing as the hand dryer is VERY loud and tends to disrupt!

Very reasonable prices, great company and imaginative events all year round- I can personally recommend their New Years party which never fails to impress and offers a fantastically instagrammable evening for you social beings out there.

It's cool chic and a great atmosphere .... It's different and its out there with loads of different types of entertainment and love the vintage style and great staff

Great food and truly amazing staff. 10/10, would recommend to a friend.


A massive venue at the end of an alleyway entrance (you can miss it if you don't know where to look!), Tramshed is lively and loud most nights. Live music and a vibrant student population help, and it's a favourite with Tooting Hipsters (just like East London Hipsters, but with less attitude!). 

It does get very packed on weekends though, so if you don't want your drink spilt, go upstairs and watch the action from the balcony. It's more cheesy pop tunes than live music on these days though. 

As it's such a big place with such a big bar, service tends to be a little slow. 

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Great night out in Tooting. Got an area upstairs for a birthday and the staff were really accommodating. Drinks range was decent and we were happy to carry on going until 3am, which is more than can be said for some places in London

I been there few times and I could say it nice place to go since today , where security and manage kick us out because they try to say we try to still back one of customer bag from seating area, I never been treat this way in all my life !!!!! When I as them to see cctv they said we not allow too, we need to contact police to get cctv and polite said is no crime to they won't to anything about it ! As swear , never in my life I didn't feel so bad and treat this way !!!!!

Music was decent. Bar was poor. Staff do not keep an eye on who has been waiting... Turns into challenge of who can make eye contaxt first. An ok bar. Wouldn't make an effort to go there again.

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I used to live in Tooting and would often be dragged kicking and screaming to the Tram and Social - it really isn't one of my favourite places to go out. I know a lot of people are keen on the place but i just don't see the appeal! 

Firstly, they let too many people in and as such you spend the entire night being walked into on the dancefloor causing you to spill your drinks. 

You then have to go the the packed bar and queue for an age to replace the drink that someone has just knocked out of your hand - where is the enjoyment in that?!

Needless to say, i'll probably be going back at some point but I can guarantee I won't enjoy it!

Friendly staff and probably South London's most committed and fastest growing music venue.

A great bar with surroundings that hark back to its roots as a tram shed in Tooting. Comfy sofas, a nice view from the balcony and a great sound system as well. The latter is very helpful to me when announcing wrestling matches at this venue for British Empire Wrestling. Highly Recommended.

horrible bouncers with the wrong attitude, watch out Friend of mine tried to get in but bouncers rejected him because it was just him??? not in a group or sth?? Apart from that the place is cool, it is the only spot worth to visit between clapham and wimbledon

I like the general vibe of the place, like the drinks quality and decor, etc - but am considering going there on weekend nights for convenience, and it's just not worth the 10-minute walk! The MUSIC is utter toss at least half the time I go there, otherwise it can be good breakbeat-based party tunes, fun mashups and similar (or indie bands on occasion) the other times. I don't particularly like indie, but at least they get a sound engineer in, so that the treble on their iffy sound-system doesn't brutalise your ears. It was really bad on the DJ nights, irrespective of music, unpleasant. It's even harder to socialise when the sound's bad and at too high a volume to compensate (or whatever). Let alone with earplugs in. Of course, most people may be drunk and not care, but as a tinnitus sufferer, I know it's doing them no good either. It could really do with getting in less cheesy DJs on the weekends, people will definitely still come, it's not like there's a choice of late places in Tooting. There is a massive choice elsewhere of places that play cheese and really simple, boring house, though, so Antic / The Tram and Social ought to stay that good bit more distinguished, as is their remit elsewhere.

Fantastic setting, but service is so slow that it took at least 15mins each time to get served. Has the potential to be SO much better.

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I went for a drink on a Saturday and was hugely disappointed, it was loud house music playing all night. Definitely not my cup of tea and no one was dancing. The venue is perfect and has potential to be amazing, they just need to sack the dj.

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Terrible bar staff, incredibly slow and not very friendly. The cloak room was a joke. Full of idiots! never going back!

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Utterly woeful music. The likes of Drop it like it's hot by Snoop and Gangsters Paradise by Coolio although great tunes in their own right are neither current or relevant in 2012. There was literally no current music played. It was all RnB bullshit from way back. Seriously wtf?!