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A working mans' club, with a private members bar,and other facilities Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Food and beverages
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The tag amenity=social_club is used in several different ways. In Britain it is used mostly for a "working mens' club", many have "Working Mens Club" or "British Legion" in their name, which functions like a private pub (amenity=pub). In other countries, all kinds of clubs use this tag, though the club=* key is always more common.

In Britain a working man's club is a members club which typically provides facilities similar to a pub. Many allow temporary membership and thus they are in many places in Britain regarded as equivalent to pubs, although legally they are distinct. establishment that sells alcoholic drinks that can be consumed on the premises. Social clubs often sell food which also can be eaten on the premises. Many provide other leisure facilities (snooker hall, bowling green, tennis courts). This type of social club may be primarily found in the Britain, Ireland and other former parts of the British Empire.

In Britain clubs are most common in the former industrial areas, such as The North of England, South Wales and The Midlands. Most clubs are run by a committee who are elected by the members.

A common feature of social club is an event Room, a large room suitable for large gatherings and entertainment. The Northern Clubs are famous for hosting stand-up comedy.

Popular culture examples are the TV programme, The Wheeltappers and Shunters Club and the recent movie Funny Cow.

There are a number of common 'brands' of social clubs, examples are Royal British Legion, Miners Welfare and CIU.

Some sports clubs (notably golf clubs) may have a special membership category of social membership which allows members to use the club house bar and eating facilities, but not the sporting ones. If such places are widely used in the local area as a place to eat and drink (e.g., golf clubs in Scotland), the club house can be tagged with this tag in addition to the regular tags for a sports club.

Social clubs are often mapped using amenity=pub, amenity=bar and club=social, however in each case these tags fail to capture important distinctions regarding legal status (pubs and bars are available to the public, social clubs to their members & guests) and a distinction from other clubs with a social purpose.

How to Map

Set a node or draw as an area along the pub outline. Tag it with amenity=social_club and name=*.

Tags to use in combination

Similar tags

  • club=*
  • club=social – A social club (alternative tagging).
  • amenity=bar - In general a bar is a modern purpose-built commercial premises, have a more noisy atmosphere, and may be standing room only.
  • amenity=pub - a regular pub (open to the general public without restrictions).
  • amenity=nightclub - More emphasis on dancing. More likely to require an entry fee.