Many consider the “heart” of Waldo to be the intersection of 75th and Wornall, where there are several shops, bars and eateries. So many choices! And a new one has been added to the mix: Social, at 7425 Broadway, just north of Waldo Pizza. I stopped in earlier this week to find out more about it…
Local owner Shawn Larson (along with Tyler Humar, who also owns Brickhouse) has several years’ experience in the restaurant business, most recently at Sol Cantina on Martini Corner. He loves the vibrant feel of Waldo, and thinks Social fits in well with the other three bars just a few steps away. “I’m friends with all the bar owners, and this place is just another option for people to visit”. Social is billed as a sports bar, where anyone can come in to “watch sports and have a good time” according to Shawn. He specifically designed the tables so that from any angle, there’s a good view of a screen. And the centerpiece of Social is four large screens on the wall behind the bar, that can broadcast four separate channels or be combined to be one gigantic screen showing one event. This is a big plus for those really important games that everyone wants to watch—it’s almost like you are at the venue surrounded by other fans.
There’s a couple of unique things about Social that set it apart from other bars: they have a generous happy hour schedule, including all day on Mondays; Tuesday through Thursday from 3-7 and Fridays from 3-9pm. If you want to play, there’s a couple of dart boards, and a cool shuffleboard table with a suspended glass top—easy to eat and play at the same time. If you need a bit of fresh air, step out on the small patio in the back. On Thursdays, Social offers live music and a DJ plays on weekends. “People love the atmosphere and feel of this place” says Shawn.
As for the food…all your bar favorites are here, including tacos, burgers (double stacked, brisket blended and fresh, not frozen), salads (that can double as a wrap) and some specialties: the Nashville hot chicken sandwich is a big seller, and the Popper Burger, which has bacon jam, jalapeño honey cream cheese and Sriracha aoli.