Bar Social

3.6
32 Reviews
£25 and under
Global, International
Bar Social is a smart yet casual New York loft style venue to eat & drink, work & hang out, located right next door to VUE Cinema with ample multi storey car parking. By day you can grab coffee and a cake, enjoy a leisurely lunch or set up camp with your laptop and make use of our free wifi and tableside power sockets. Evenings at Bar Social are all about enjoying life and sharing good times with friends and family. With chic surroundings, welcoming atmosphere, great food and cocktails there is no better place to get together. Our menu is constantly evolving with a focus on fresh produce, contemporary dishes and supporting local growers and producers.
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Chrissie
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and friendly table service, great atmosphere and the cocktails were yummy. Would definitely recommend this place.

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AnthonyS
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, friendly service, nice table, very clean and toilets very good.

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RachelB
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from bar staff and talkative, happy and place very clean and tidy

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OpenTable Diner
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish

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Luana
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place to gather with some friends … Amazing atmosphere too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Everything was all well and good but the waitress we had (even though I'm sure it's her job to do this but still) kept coming over every 5 to 10 minutes asking if the food was okay. The first time she asked us this was about 3 minutes after the food was served and I had a one bite of a chip.

But all in all it was a lovely experience and I would go again, and one more thing, the cheese on my dates food was rock solid, which she didn't find very appealing.

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RichardJ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff, value for money, warm and friendly location. Lee was extremely friendly and welcoming!

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BeckyA
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely bar. Always end up in here on a night out. Didn’t accept cash but other than that it was great

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Cherrysalad01
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Unfortunately we had booked to eat, but when we sat down and asked where the menu was, we were told that there was no food that night as the chef had gone home early in the day due to sickness, so they’d shut the kitchen for infection control measures. Fair enough, that could not be helped, but we were not sent a text beforehand so that we could make a choice about whether or not we still wanted to have our slot, there was no notice on the door before we sat down to warn us and nobody said anything said to us verbally when we checked in. It was then too late to book anywhere else apart from the chippie! The waiting staff were sullen and unfriendly, we had 3 servers for one drink! who looked at us disapprovingly like we were too old to be in there on a Saturday night. We paid for our drink with one server at our table but no drinks came, then one of the other servers came over with the card machine again. We said that we’d already paid, which she said we hadn’t and then went back to the bar and realised that we had paid after talking to her colleague and our drinks appeared with no apology. They couldn’t even use the excuse that it was busy as at this time it was early on and fairly quiet. We were so disappointed with the ‘can’t be bothered’ attitude of the staff and lack of food that we left after one drink. We have visited Bar Social on numerous occasions and have always enjoyed our visit. Unfortunately the poor attitude of the staff and the lack of information about dining beforehand ruined our evening. It did however feel clean and Covid safe, so guess I should try and end on a positive note, but unless the management sort out there staff management and catering plans I won’t be recommending it for a night out

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ImOkThanks
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was pretty poor, they didn't seem to care in the slightest

Also need to update their menus as it says there is offers on when there isn't

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Michele
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make sure your menus are updated as the 2 for 10£ cocktail offer not available

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MichaelaH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service was really bad- sat down for 40 minutes at our table before anyone came over to take our drinks order and then after ordering drinks waited a further 20 minutes before they even came over. My colleague ordered food and said no cheese as he is allergic to cheese- waited 40 minutes for this to come out with cheese all over the burger. And then someone else in the group ordered a cake- after 25 minutes asked where it was and was then told it would be a further hour! Just for cake and custard. Which she wasn’t told when ordered how long it would be. Absolutely shocking service.

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Corbin
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Not enough staff, left waiting 40 mins to be served

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gavina
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

awful staff very rude will never go back and will tell all my friends to stay well clear

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very slow service and basic food. Full what appeared to be underaged kids

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Matt
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Popped in before going to the adjacent Vue cinema for some food - 2 basic burgers, 2 drinks and a couple of sides came in a little over £40 with slight more than 40 mins wait for food when there was only 1 other table in. It's a nice little place but not staggeringly good value and if it's that slow when there's nobody in there (at half 5 on a thursday) then i'd hate to see it when it's busy. It's a shame really, the food was absolutely fine and well made and the single member of bar staff working was perfectly friendly etc, but that long of a wait when your primary business is "people with limited time because they're going to the cinema next door" is pretty unforgivable for me.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was poor. Had a table booked but was standing outside with the bouncer for ages.
Was finally taken to our table but noone asked if we wanted drinks and no menus were provided. After 10 mins still no-one had come over so we left.

Sound levels were pretty deafening too - lots of hard surfaces; perhaps they need something to deaden the noise a little.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was quite an uncomfortable atmosphere, sat by the door, it was noisey and couldn’t focus properly on my conversation with my friends, drinks were nice but for the time we were there for it wasn’t worth it.

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Roses
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were sat in the corner Table and had wait for some one to finally come over for our order this was after 10minutes at the door the person on the door switched and whom took over hadn’t been passed on details we we were booked in and That we were just waiting he seated and for food menus . Other than that it was a good stop before our film

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Laura
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Wouldn’t let us in as soon as she saw us she said we were too drunk. We had had two drinks and were not drunk. The woman clearly was miserable and didn’t like the look of us for some reason. Don’t bother booking and won’t try again

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31stAug
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wonderfully tender food and did love the atmosphere, well spaced out to keep current events in mind. Book to sit.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Was to busy to handle demand told over an hour wait for food even longer

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1234kw
London
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was lovely but the service was very slow - I appreciate the reasons why but we still had to wait nearly 45 minutes for food

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Carter
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would fully recommend anyone to eat here
One suggestion is maybe more menu choices

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Beckiem
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Although the staff were friendly, I wasn't impressed with the food. We ordered nachos for starters which arrived without the salsa and sour cream. I was told they had ran out but this should have been communicated at the time of the order. The onion rings were tasteless and the chicken burger was burnt.

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JakeP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service from the lads, nice cocktails and nice food, we had a lovey evening out, there were some Loud kids next to us which got annoying but that was nothing to do With the place it’s self.10/10

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AarronH
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Was a bit disappointed about the discount price time being reduced but otherwise a great bar

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JodieL
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were booked in for 7pm. We placed our order shortly afterwards but the table that was served 15 minutes after us got their food 20 minutes before us. I asked the staff member where our food was and it finally came at 8:40pm and it was rubbery and only just warm.

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JaneB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my young daughter (9) and myself as a treat for my birthday, we had a beautiful meal, there was a bit of a wait for the meal, but at that point in the evening, 6pm, there only seemed to be one bar staff and one chief working, but it was well worth the wait and gave us chance to have a couple of drinks, the young lady working on the bar, coped admirably and was very attentive even though the place had started to fill up quite a bit, would definitely recommend, food was lovely and well worth the money, thank you 🙂

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Samb
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with friends. Could talk without having to shout.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table online, get there to find out it’s not been secured. Even if you book you have to wait in a one in one out queue to get in which does not make sense. Manager/doorman with glasses and clipboard made snide jokes about one of our groups name on arrival. He then proceeded to threaten one of the members of our group when they tried to come back to the table and said and I quote “Any more trouble from you tonight, you will get slapped.” He said this whilst standing centimetres away from his face (we are in the middle of a pandemic with a 2m social distancing rule in place and he completely violated this). There was a group of young lads by our table who were causing trouble and this manager/doorman just assumed that the member of our party was part of that group, no matter how many times our friend said he was not, hence why the manager/doorman though it to be acceptable to threaten him. The bouncer also “squared up” to the member of our party and again, thought it to be acceptable to threaten him. Disgusting behaviour, especially from a member of staff representing the bar. It needs to be addressed.

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Critic123
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First day pubs reopened. Fair enough I get this is new to them as it is us. No government guidelines followed. We were told to order at the bar when we first arrived when it should be through an app. Groups of 6 booked separate but obviously knew each other and were just allowed to wander around and sit with other tables making it massive groups. No social distancing what so ever. Did not feel safe. We left to go the toilet and went back to the bar to get another drink to be told it was now table service. We stayed for another hour to not have received any table service what so ever so we left.

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Bar Social is rated 3.6 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.