The Social has been doing the business for ten years now, and the owners, the Heavenly record company, must be pleased that London still loves their mix of food, music and drinking. They claim to have successfully launched over one million hangovers, and who can quibble with that? Located between the glitzier end of London's rag trade and the consulting rooms of Harley Street, the Social has two levels to the place, a larger basement area, where there are a range of music events on the programme, and the smaller ground-floor area. There are a limited number of brews on tap, but this is balanced by a wide range of bottled beers from around the globe and an extensive range of spirits. There are a number of things going for this place. Its central London location makes it a handy place to meet up, the food is reasonably priced, but why you'd want to eat spaghetti hoops on toast in a bar is beyond me. The jukebox is amazing, and doesn't bleed you dry, and offers an excellent mix of classics and new music, and it's not played at ear-splitting levels, so you can actually carry on a conversation. The place is relatively quiet and sociable (excuse the pun) during the week, but it does get absolutely ram-jammed towards the end of the week (it's closed on Sundays). All in all, a great place to spend an evening.
Reviewed by pandabeer
13 Oct 2009