I came bought here to chill with some doctor friends. I was pleasantly surprised when i was bought down an old alley way to this oasis of pleasantness. It was as if I was about to join some secret society but whatever. I came with the nastiest sore throat so i knew I wanted something warm. Was about to order a tea when I saw a sign that said they offered "mulled cider" My american ass didn't even know what that was, so I ordered one anyway. BEST APPLE CIDER EVER. Its warm, sweet, spicy and the little lemon and orange bits they add are delightful. Freaking awesome.
I thought the place was an old tube station, no no noooo! Its a old tram station, close but no cigar. All good though, decor is seriously straight out of a second hand shop. A cross between masterpiece theater, abercrombie & fitch, and well...I'll let you figure out the 3rd bit.
Lovely place, highly recommend.
Rock e oake.... Live band = even more fun than your lucky voice experience.. The vibe is cool, the drinks are reasonable and the decor is a tran load of fun and frolics. Downside = no lights in the loos
An amazing venue!
The decor inside is very cool and the place is airy, however, every time I went to the bar the glasses were disgustingly dirty, I mean dirrrrty! Im sorry but you must serve drinks in clean glasses, so that's why it has only a 1 star form me.
The first time I went to the bar I told the barman to use another glass as it was clearly dirty, even in the low lighting, he grunted and did it ( i WAS VERY POLITE). The next glass he used was also dirty, so I asked him to change it again. When I say dirty I don't mean a finger print or a little bit of lipstick from the last lady wine drinker, I mean really dirty!
I was at a friends birthday party otherwise I would have left before having my first drink.
The glasses were dirty all night and I just had shut and bare it.
I will not be going back.
The Tram & Social reminds me of my small Hampshire hometown where it is the only club for 20 miles around.
You go there with expectation and it can be a bit disappointing. You go there without any expectation at all and you have the best night ever.
On an average Friday night there is a complete combination of make-up queens, buttoned-up hipsters, swaying 40 year old business men, good time girls, ye old bump 'n' grind and somehow, this works for the Tram & Social.
I love it and wouldn't let anyone say a bad word about it. Check it out on a Friday night. The bouncers are also the kindest I have ever met. I definitely appreciate being asked if I have remembered everything after 5 hours of vodka and cokes.
Word of warning: do not wear white. It's a terrible idea. There is lots of beer being danced about and you will look awful by the end of the night. Sandals are also a no-go. 40 year old business men will attempt to dance.
Having lived in Tooting on and off for essentially my entire life, I still am in disbelief that this place is here! Together with Smoke, it gives me hope that I'll be able to persuade my non-south-london friends to venture down here!
The drinks are reasonably priced and good. The bars - there's a smaller one upstairs - are long, spacious and well staffed. There are loads of comfortable places to sit and it's not heinously crowded (because it's in Tooting - if this were in the West End you'd never get in after 5pm). So far, so so what... but the building and its decor is what makes it so great.
The space is vast, being an old tram shed and all, with a mezannine running along two sides, lined with tables, sofas and that extra bar (which never has a wait, as far as I can tell). Every nook and cranny has been thought about - butterfly wallpaper in the loos, antlers way up on the walls, fairy lights liberally scattered throughout. They've turned a big empty space into an eccentric's cosy living room. You can hear yourself think, and each other speak, over the music, which isn't bad.
They just need to start serving food again, I'm not sure why they've stopped temporarily, but it's the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry with friends. And then, if you're a lucky Tooting-dweller, even stumble home.
The crowd is pretty friendly.
More bars should be like this - on the way to dinner, we also passed the Antelope which is owned by the same management and that also looked good. Maybe Tooting will be the new Clapham! On second thoughts, let's keep this one quiet.....
Ah yes The Tram. The Tram with live band karaoke. The Tram with Tuaca shots. The Tram that insisted I sleep on a strangers sheepskin rug.
As far as pubs and bars go in this area, this is one of the best. If you want to large it, have a boogie, make friends with strangers and wake up with a saucepan next to your head, coming here is totally the right way to start your night. This place is part of the same group as The White Hart and The Antelope, which is just a few doors down. It's loved by the cool kids of the south and treated like their mecca. It's a strange mix with funny hair cuts, skinny jeans, plaid shirts who also mingle with white bootcut jeans and tops from Jane Norman. Nothing wrong with it, I'm just saying its a weird mix.
Drinks are reasonable and there is loads of sitting space. It's just a bit of an arse when you get there that they have all been reserved for the rest of the night. The place is just back from Mitcham road and there will be big men on the door. They won't let you in if you come too late though as it gets full quick and becomes one in one out.
When I was first told a friend's birthday party would be held in an old tramshed near Tooting Broadway, I have admit I was more than a little dubious. However, after jumping in a cab back home to Clapham I'd had a truly excellent night.
My friend had reserved an area upstairs for us, so we could look at all of the minions below fighting for space. Ah! The delight of watching people from above. The room is incredible, what a great idea to sell nice booze and play music in such a huge room!
And the music - Guns N Roses and Nirvana. Need I say more?
A Tooting gem!
When I first moved to London over 4 years ago, Tooting was where I first laid my hat and that was my home - and oh how I wish it still was because I would frequent this fab place all the time if so!
I've been to the Tram a few times, once since leaving Tooting, and it still is as fab as when it first opened.
The decor and vibe inside is brilliant - it's fun, comfy, cozy, funky and friendly. It does get very busy and it's hard to sometimes find a seat but because of where you are, you don't seem to mind and because you're in Tooting and not Central or other parts of London, yes you Shoreditch, you don't feel the pretension that you might elsewhere as everyone just wants to have a good time with their mates.
Another wonderful thing about the place is that it stays open until 2 or 3 am - awesome!
The Tram is so special that you almost don't want to let everyone know about it until they stumble along the little alleyway and discover this Tooting gem!
The Tram Shed and Social is a well-kept Tooting secret - tucked down an alley by Gala Bingo, it's actually a huge two-level super trendy bar that's busy enough to qualify as a club - the music is a popular mix of whatever's in fashion, from indie to 80s electro to going a bit retro and crowd-pleasing.
It's built in a tram shed, so has a super high ceiling and a second level in the form of a balcony going all the way around the main floor. With an eccentric mix of tables, sofas and chairs and some patio furniture and fairy lights in the approaching alley, the place is welcoming and popular.
Drinks are above average but in line with the feel of the venue.
Went on a quiet Wednesday evening and was quite surprised at finding this in Tooting! Had a nice Austrian wine that was reasonably priced and chatted for a while. Very much enjoyed that until the DJ started up. Always the same: far too loud for conversation and inappropriately so as there were very few people in the place. Shortly after there were even fewer
Great place though! Just don't recommend when the DJ is let loose.
This pub is usually full of students and young people. Has a lively atmosphere, with everyone having a good time.
The narrow entrance turns into a bit of a smokers ally. Occassionally some trouble breaks out. Not a place for the mature crowd looking for a quiet drink.
Quite a pleasant surprise to find such a seemingly trendy bar in a place like Tooting.
The main attraction of this place is the decor, which made me think of Uncle Andrew's attic study in The Magician's Nephew, slightly crazy and old fashioned.
Make your way upstairs if you can, as gazing down from the balcony at the room below is perhaps the most entertaining part of the evening. Quite a nice selection of ales and unusual bottled beer.
On another note, the music is good but unfortunately a little too loud, which makes casual conversation difficult, and no chance of a dance either as the place is really tighly packed.
To sum it up, the place definitely has a trendy vibe and great potential, but loose a few tables and chairs on the main floor, give people the chance to dance, get some live music booked in maybe, live up to the space.
The Tram is surprisingly easy to miss but behind the relatively small entrance way is a large space with plenty of room to drink and a largish dance floor to boot making it one of the best places in South London.
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times; so what's one more incessant repetition between friends: SOUTH LONDON IS COOL.
Admittedly having to say this somewhat negates the fact but I don't bloody care. IT'S COOL. Listen me good.
I can make such statements because this year I moved north of the river (vaccinations - check; passport - check), and only now am I starting to get nostalgic for all of those spots I simply didn't appreciate when I lived down Kingston town. Oh, Tooting. How I failed to appreciate you when I was but a bus ride away.
Actually I can probably get there quicker these days but let's not focus on that.
Where was I? Oh yes, SOUTH LONDON IS COOL. See my review for Hootenanny's; I'm telling you, north of the river is O-V-E-R and again, I can say this with some certainty because I live there now and as soon as I display allegiance to anything, it instantly becomes so last year.
But enough about me. The Tram. It's brilliant. The walls are all tiles and exposed brickwork, with ornate picture-frames, obscure wall-hangings, chintzy armchairs, vintage lampshades and the odd sideboard, scattered liberally around what used to a massive tram shed. So it's a bit like your gran's sitting room walls got peeled out of her bungalow and stuck around a Victorian warehouse. The bar staff are friendly and the drinks are good, reasonably-priced and a surprisingly extensive. They have a dancefloor at the back (and by dancefloor I mean that the chairs are pushed out of the way) and some pretty good DJs plus a late-licence so you can party away with your fellow SUPER COOL south Londoners until the early hours. And if it's the height of summer and you're getting a bit hot and sweaty then pop out to the courtyard which is strung with lovely lanterns and adds a bit of sophistication to the proceedings, if you ignore the enormous burly bouncers standing guard on the street.
They open during the day at weekends too. I went recently for a craft show which was lovely if a bit small. That's the problem with these sorts of places; they look enormous and exciting whilst crammed full of people but in the cold light of day, they slightly lose their mystique. Nonetheless, the Tram still managed to retain a shabby aura of vintage charm which would have me heading there for coffee every day if I lived next door. But I don't any more. I miss you, Tooting.
Excuse me whilst I weep into my overpriced west London latte.
We had trouble finding this pub since it's set back from the street and has no sign. Look for the big glass-fronted building down a short alley. It's one huge room with a mezzanine, but luckily doesn't seem to have the attendant school dining hall acoustics that you'd expect. Interesting art objects on the walls including a duvet with antlers.
This place is so cool, brilliant atmosphere everyones just there for a good time. Bouncers are nice too as i 'd managed to forget my ID and they still let me in. quite a long queue at the bar when its busy but the music and dancing makes up for it. Also theres a cloak room which is a bonus in my book!
Set back from the main drag of Mitcham road and luckily no longer part of the It's a scream chain is a real local gem. This used to be a tram shed and as you can imagine is cavernous inside retaining a certain charm of days gone by. The clientele is young and smiley as are the bar staff. They sell a variety of different beers by the bottle and glass supplemented by a varied wine list. This is the ideal place to meet up with friends and catch up or pop along to for a quiet drink. Plans are afoot for food to be served and bank holidays have been brightened up with some sound system action. One to pop into your address book now.
This place is really unusual in Tooting. They have really funny decor; like duvets with antlers stuck to them on the wall. They have quite a lot of seating and is a great place to meet with friends and have a cosy chat. They do a good range of drinks at normal prices.
The absolute best pub, without contest, in Tooting. Beautifully done out inside, cheap beer, friendly staff and a great mix of people in there. It's so good that you forget you're in Tooting until you leave the gates.
I've visited Tooting tram and Social on a quiet Sunday afternoon, after a busy weekend. Me and Mr. have sampled their non alcoholic beverages (coffee and a Coke) and chilled in comfy armchairs whilst admiring kooky decor. It really is something- mismatched light fittings, picture frames with often no picture in it and an assortment of old books in the small alcove. The mezzanine level offers a large dining/ private hire area and the whole place has a great atmosphere.
Will be definitely coming back for a party night and try out the recommended ciders.
Love this place and go time and time again there are a few places worth a visit now in tooting and this is one of them tooting broadway is the place to live..
Well hidden kooky bar. Very friendly place with great music.
One word: yes.
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