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Social Bar

Certificate of Excellence
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American, Bar, Pub
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795 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-7401 (Btwn 48th & 49th (West Side of 8th Avenue))
+1 212-459-0643
11:30 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Portland, Oregon
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great spot for happy hour, good deals until 8PM, and decent prices all around, which is especially nice in that neighborhood. It's noisy but then it gets quieter at 8, great time to switch to food and conversations. Regular bar food, good selection. The staff is super friendly, informative, and fast. We especially appreciated Pamela - she was charming, available,... More 

Thank livingwell13
Limassol, Cyprus
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With so many great bars in Manhattan, this one is to be avoided. Service is weak, the drinks and food are sub par. So many better places in the city to spend the evening...

Thank Fayçal B
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here with my 70 year old Mom for a bite before a show. Turkey burger with salad and buffalo chicken wrap with fries were both really good. Beers and food served quickly - would definitely stop back. Random, but the bar stools didn't feel terribly sturdy. I would not have noticed if it weren't for my mom; just sharing... More 

Thank Pgh15203
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We found this gem of a place on our last night in New York. What a great end to our holiday. We popped in for a beer mid afternoon and liked the place so much we came back for a late dinner! The staff were very friendly and service was very quick. We went with a recommendation of a Thai... More 

Thank Dawn C
Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Found this great little bar about a block away from our hotel. Prices were very reasonable and the wait staff was friendly and attentive. Atmosphere had an energetic vibe, but not club-like which was just what I was looking for. Would go back again.

Thank sbr0wn3
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Our taxi driver recommended this place and we were glad he did. We were celebrating my granddaughter's 21st birthday, had just arrived in NYC for the weekend. This was our first stop. The waitress Vicki was fun and helpful as we began our celebration with drinks and great food.

Thank Lina I
Gold Coast, Australia
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a cool bar, my partner and I sat at the bar for a few hrs just drinking and having a laugh. I like the music in this place too it was like party RnB style. Nice cocktails, I think my favourite was called "Cabin Fever". The Barmaids were pretty attentive, one got slow and forgot about us when... More 

Thank Kimberley R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We were looking for somewhere that wasn't crammed to watch the Euro football. We fell upon the social and we really glad we did. A decent price for drinks and decent snacks. We sat at the bar for a couple of hours, had a couple of beers and some really great service. I did not get the barmans name but... More 

Thank Andy G
Dayton, Ohio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

We spent the late night hours drinking at Social Bar. It was a nice place with nice staff. We had a great time with great friends listening to great music until they closed!

Thank Jbosu26
central illinois
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We stayed right across the street from this bar so we frequented it on a few evenings. It wasn't overly crowded and had great drink specials.

Thank illiniois_couple

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 795 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-7401
    (Btwn 48th & 49th (West Side of 8th Avenue))
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-459-0643
Occupying 3 enormous & well-realized floors in Hell’s Kitchen, this newcomer combo won't be hard to find. In the back of the 1st floor sits a sensible & roomy collection of tables where generous helpings from a full-service kitchen supports Social's exertion as a formidable all purpose haunt. A staircase that's been thoughtfully accented leads to a 2nd floor, which marks a half way point between the leisurely neighborhood dynamic of the first floor's pub & the 3rd Floor Cocktail space and Roof Deck. The west side of the second floor staircase houses a "Pub Room" with dark wood furnishings that complete a stylish interpretation of a modern & traditionally fused Celtic lodge hybrid, complete with a smaller bar that's highly serviceable but intended for its own private corner of this roomy complex.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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