So Bar Richmond
So Bar Richmond
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5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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A table service cocktail bar seconds from Richmond Green. Specialising in fresh fruit cocktails, well-made classics and home-made tapas. Happy hours: Monday 5pm-11pm Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-7pm Friday 4pm-7pm Saturday Midday-5pm Tables, areas and private room available for booking.
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  • L_Hazell
    London, United Kingdom149 contributions
    Nice atmosphere but poor service
    Popped in here for a few cocktails. Service was painfully slow, which was annoying as they insist on doing table service and charging for the privilege. The waitress served people who arrived after us even though she'd seated us so she knew we were there. It felt like she was deliberately avoiding eye contact with us for a long time. Venue is very cozy and there's a nice atmosphere. G&T was very good. Zombie was very watered down. £30 for 2 cocktails and a soft drink meant we didn't stay for another round. Especially when we waited so long to be served. Would give them another chance though.
    Hello L_Hazell, Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we always appreciate all forms of reviews! I apologise for the slow service on this occasion, we do pride ourselves on our service and our cocktails so it is a shame to hear that we were not up to our usual standards. I'm glad to hear that the G&T was good but i'm sad to hear that zombie wasn't great. For future reference if you ever receive a drink you are unhappy with please do let our floor staff or bartenders know and we will be more than happy to adjust and fix it as best we can. I really hope you will come back and give us another go! Feel free to pop me an email if you wish to return and we will book you a table: sobarbookings@gmail.com Kind regards, Hilary.
    Written March 9, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 22, 2020
  • CeSpoonie
    18 contributions
    Perfect Cocktails
    Been here a few times and the cocktails and service are always excellent. The cocktails are very palatable, well presented and full of alcohol. The tables in the bar are not too close together and you get served at your table. So Bar is in a great location as is in the centre of Richmond and walkable from Kew Gardens. Prices are very reasonable particularly on Saturdays afternoons when you can get two for one.
    Hello CeSpoonie, Thank you for this review. I'm glad you had such a good time when you came to visit us. I apologise it has taken so long to respond to your review. I hope you will be back to visit us soon now we are back open! Warm regards, Hilary.
    Written September 1, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2020
    Written March 15, 2020
  • The Travelling Piggy
    London, United Kingdom4,222 contributions
    Cool but pricey
    We have been wanting to come to this bar for years and finally managed to on a Saturday. The bar is so cosy and has a great atmosphere. Staff are wonderful too. Although they can make cocktails off the menu they were underwhelming. Lovingly made but taste wasn't there. Very cheek that they charge you separately each time you order a round so you end up paying service charge several times! Cocktails are pricey.
    Hi Saintlysinner, we appreciate your honest review. We set a high standard for ourselves, so we are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was not a positive one. Thank you again for letting our team know how we did! We look forward to helping again in the future. Take care!
    Written August 26, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2021
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 21, 2021
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Dave B
3 contributions
May 2021
Not what I expected to write, as have been going here for years and enjoyed the great 2:4:1 happy hour and tremendous atmosphere for years. Sadly when I booked a table to meet my gf and a dear friend there on 24th May, it fell sadly short of expectations. When we arrived at 6pm (half way through what was a usual happy hour) the bar was empty. First oder of cocktails arrived incomplete (run out of passion fruit for the pornstar martini) - no excuse other than they just didn't have any. Second drink (margarita) was a tiny drink in a tiny glass that was only half full. At this point we asked what was going on and the only answer we got was "Covid, we can't afford to do things like we used to". I get the hardship people, but can I suggest this isn't the way to rebuild your business to the wonderful thing it once was!
Written June 3, 2021
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Wilson544427
1 contribution
Oct 2022
I visited last weekend, and the staff got me and my friend a table. We proceeded to order a bottle of wine, and after we received our order, a staff member came over and put a reserved note on our table without saying a word.

We then moved to the table next to us that again had no reserved sign, and 10 minutes later, the same member or staff did the same thing. I spoke to him and explained if I had known he was going to do that, If I had been told that is how their bar is run, I would have booked the table after I had sat down even though no bar I have ever been to operates like that.

He then told me, and I quote,' You didn't seem bothered about it the first time I put the sign on your table' that response is just shocking.

He explained that people booked online, and apparently, they will kick you off your table even if they book while you are there already spending money.

I later found out he was the general manager, ALEX. The rest of the staff were great, but ALEX was rude and obnoxious.
Written October 12, 2022
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Sarah O
2 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Beautiful bar run by kids. Made to feel very unwelcome. Given six drinks at happy hour which were mainly ice then basically told to leave and offered plastic cups to finish them off in the street after 40 minutes. Once they’d taken our money of course. We were three 50ish year olds having a school reunion and were spoken to most disrespectfully. We arrived at 5pm and were sent out on our ear by a bunch of kids at 6pm!! What has the world come to one asks oneself? Anyway we found a lovely pub afterwards who didn’t want us to leave despite the new curfew which restored our faith in human nature
Written October 9, 2020
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Hello Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. As I explained on the night to you and your guests, both on the phone and when you arrived, we had been fully booked for a week and only had the table available until 5:50pm, due to the fact that we are currently in a pandemic, we need time to make sure the table has been sufficiently cleaned and sanitised for the guest who had booked their tables in advance, hence why we ask for you to be off the table at 5:50pm for our booked guests at 6:00pm. We always tell any guests who have not booked a table but are calling ahead, that if they are passing by it is worth popping in incase we have a cancellation, unfortunately in this situation we had no cancellations and only had that one table for 30 minutes, which you were informed of before we admitted you in to the bar. Next time I suggest that you try to book in advance using our website and booking system table agent to guarantee you have a table for a sufficient amount of time. Kind regards, Hilary.
Written October 12, 2020
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Hazel A
3 contributions
Mar 2023
Visited the fabulous So Bar in Richmond this evening with a group of work colleagues and received a Cocktail making masterclass class par excellence.
Michael's easy manner and profound knowledge of all things alcohol, along with his patience and determination that we all made something drinkable made the whole experience really enjoyable.
The quality of the cocktails was excellent and Michael made sure the group were engaged - giving us time and space to chat and laugh as well as drink!
Highly recommended - I'm just sorry I don't live closer to make a repeat visit.
Written March 14, 2023
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196hazela, we're glad you had such a wonderful experience with us! We look forward to your next visit! Take care. So Bar Richmond
Written March 19, 2023
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Oliver E
Hampton, UK148 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
I booked a table for my friends and I to enjoy my birthday drinks and a spot of dinner. On arrival there were some crazy aggressive people trying to get in who hadn't booked which luckily there was no space.

The entire evening we were attended to very well by the team and the cocktails certainly hit the spot. We ate a little to keep us going and the food was certainly worthwhile too.

A slight complication when I tried to pay but most likely down to the copious amount of drinks I'd already had. Thanks for a spot on evening guys!
Written November 16, 2021
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Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!
Written August 26, 2022
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EmilyMBS
1 contribution
Feb 2020
We rented the upstairs room for an event and all the team, every step of the way were really great. Booking and contact were easy and with quick responses and we felt very looked after when we were there. Good vibe and nice set up.
Written February 20, 2020
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Hello EmilyMBS, I appreciate you taking the time to write this review for us. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit when you came by and the staff were able to help you from start to finish! We hope that you'll be back in the near future for another visit! Warm regards, Hilary.
Written March 9, 2020
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GKK03
London, UK61 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
If I could mark zero I would. We came in earlier in the night and had an overall quieter experience.

As soon as it gets busier they take the actual mickey. We had only received one out of two rounds ordered. The bill for two rounds had already been demanded despite the fact we hadn't even drunk one!!

The bar got our drinks WRONG, not saying they would charge us for their mistake was their fault...

When I said....the drink was wrong you can take it back the bar maid had the WORST hospitality known to humankind and thew it away.

Wish we had stayed in All Bar One instead of this pretentious place. I'm happy to pay for overpriced drinks in London, but overpriced AND bad service in my own neck of the woods is a bigger stab in back.
Written October 9, 2022
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Che
Greater London, UK12 contributions
Nov 2020
I booked a table for 2 for our last night out before lockdown 2.0. Upon arrival I was told I could not enter/go to my table (which was about 60cm from the entrance) unless I was wearing a" formal face mask". The lady told me I should go and buy one from Tesco. But I indeed had a face covering, which completely covered my mouth and nose, secure, and in fact was a thicker material than the medical masks people in the bar had on. The government guidelines state face coverings, so I was baffled as to why it had to be a "formal mask" when everyone in the bar had multiple different styles and material masks.
Thankfully my friend had a spare "formal mask" and reached over from the table to let me use it, so I was then able to take 2 steps to my table wearing the "formal mask". During the night I witnessed a couple people walking around the bar/going upstairs without their masks (they were not exempt as they came inside with them on) and nothing was said to them?
I also saw one of staff repeatedly take off her mask to talk to her colleagues, and she even stood right next to the lady who told me my face covering wasn't allowed. So how is having no mask, or taking it down for a good few minutes okay, but wearing a face covering that is not a "formal mask" not okay? I dread to think if you even let people inside who are exempt seeing as my face covering was such an issue! It set a negative tone for my evening at so bar. Apart from the double standards from that one lady, the drinks were nice and service was good. But beware for following government guidelines, they will pick and choose when its okay to wear a mask, take them off their faces and then try to refuse entry to a customer who is following guidelines. Nonsense!
Written November 8, 2020
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Charles E
London, UK4 contributions
Oct 2022
I had the privilege of attending a 50th birthday party in the upstairs room at So Bar. The staff were all amazingly professional as well as friendly and accomodating. I was really impressed with the quality of the authentically Spanish food that was served. My husband is a Valenciano and the paella and tapas were simply delicious and VERY well prepared and served. Chef Jorge's beautiful food was a brilliant testimony to his Valenician heritage! His family must certainly be proud that he shares there wonderful cuisine with the people of Richmond! It was truly an event to remember on so many levels. Well done to the team at So Bar and especially Chef Jorge!
Written October 24, 2022
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Islewortmid
4 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Nice bar but one staff member in particular was incredibly rude and unhelpful. When 2 extra people turned up in my party I was spoken to and told off like a child at school with fingers pointed. Definitely needs to get some training in customer service! Shame on you.
Written February 14, 2022
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Islewortmid, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and we regret to find out that this was not the case. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will use your comments to refine our efforts to ensure this issue does not happen again. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We hope you will consider us again in the future. Take care.
Written August 26, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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