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The Social

Nightlife, Nightlife venues Fitzrovia
3 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
The Social

Established by Heavenly Records at the end of the '90s, this always excellent bar and nightlife hub offers central London fun six days a week. Upstairs offers booths, booze and burgers (from Burgershack, no less), while the clubby downstairs space hosts live music, literature events and screenings downstairs from Monday to Thursday (via hosts including Huw Stephens, Heavenly, Faber Social, Trojan, The Quietus and Rough Trade Books). On Fridays and Saturdays, free club nights rule the roost.


Venue name: The Social
Address: 5 Little Portland St
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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I went to the club underground late on a Saturday night and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The DJ was Grace of Spades who was truly spinning some fantastic tunes. 

The setup is basically a long room, a stage in front of the DJ booth where you can groove and check out the talent. Then there's a row of booths on the side for dance breaks. I really liked having the booths there because they are right next to the dance floor so you don't miss any of the action. 

Be warned though it does (literally) get hot and sweaty down there - fortunately I was able to take off my tights if not I may have died!!! Its like a sauna when all the bodies get moving. 


I did not try the restaurant part, but went for a 30th birthday party in the "club" basement. The staff was really nice, as we organised some decoration to be delivered during the day and the made sure it was all set up when the birthday girl arrived. The music was old school hip hop - usually not my kind of music, but enough tunes that I have heard before. We reserved an area, but because of the shape of the place they were several tables and we ended up squeezing around one in the end.

Not sure if I would try the restaurant though, but maybe I come back for a Friday night out.


Such a shame. I love burgerac and really wanted to love the residency here but this 'restaurant' is grim. It's dingy, has a very retro feel to it (and not like it's been done up old school but rather that it's not been done up in quite some time) it felt like I was eating in a grotty old sauna due to the wood panelled walls and I felt that the toilets should be condemned. Tried hard not to touch much when I was in there. The food itself was also nothing special which was so disappointing as I had very high hopes. It was just another run of the mill burger which I can barely remember now when I had expected mouth fireworks and the whole evening out just felt sorry and limp. Shame.

Loving some of the line-ups now booked to play here. Emily Capell and Alex Francis on one bill. Awesome . Never heard of them ? Well if you give this venue a try you just might. 


This is an absolute gem of a restaurant. The tapas is tasty- and cheap. It would be easy to stuff yourself and still have change from £20. The service is fantastic and so friendly. My favourite part is the table on each side of the entrance that have their own set of stairs up- so you have your own private balcony! 


Great place to go when the end of the night is nearing and you want a few cocktails with friends before heading home.  It is small, they do cram people in but grab a seat at the bar and you will find great cocktails, fantastic service and a fun atmosphere!  Love it!

I've only ever come to The Social for their legendary Thursday night hip-hop karaoke and always felt the venue really suited that vibe - eclectic, boisterous and a little rough around the edges.  They pack people in too, and that gets uncomfortable after a while, but I noticed they've sorted out the air-con so at least you won't hyperventilate. 

Staff Writer

Kind of loathed to review this place, as I don't want the sort-of secret to get out and then to suddenly find it crowded. Okay, it's not really a secret – it's been around for years and has a loyal audience – but bars around central London that aren't expensive, incredibly loud gastropubs are few and far between. This is one such place. It's intimate, arty, relaxed and situated just far enough off Oxford Street to be 'out of the way', in as much as that's possible with a W1 postcode. The staff have been friendly every time I visited, there's a great - but not overbearing – selection of beers and ales, and everything's sensibly priced. They also do great drinks deals for members – and membership is free. There are also some great nights on in The Social's basement, including Hip Hop Karaoke and club night The Deep Hum at the Heart of it All, which offers a mix of buzzy live bands and DJs. Go here! Just don't tell anyone, else, OKAY?

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