It has been long overdue that I start reviewing some gay bars – if only in the hope of shepherding all those lost souls to the most appropriate of venues. Considering this, Soho might seem like a strange place to start for exploring the gay scene, considering the slow death it seems to have been condemned to. Despite this, however, it is the most central hub and still incredibly popular.
Location: The Friendly Society, Soho, London
Category: Gay Bar
Camera: iPhone 6
The Friendly Society has always been this funky, bordering on bizarre little bar hidden away in a basement in Soho. The type of crowd that hangs out here is more relaxed and more akin to the one you might find in Shoreditch (there’s rarely any muscle Marys around for example), and the music isn’t as loud as in most places so you can have a pretty decent conversation here as well.
Things to look out for here are the barbies glued to the ceiling (not everywhere, but there is a part with them) and the incredibly comfy sofas that you can take your shoes off and just lie there. Looks a bit like a tanning bed with those lights there.