“ Broad Street, Birmingham. „
I have spent many a drunken happy night in Bakers, most notably my 16th birthday. Yes, I was underage but don't get the impression that Bakers is a Kevin/Sharon underage meat market kinda place (every town has one!). No, Bakers is full of beautiful trendy people (they let me slip through the net!) Bakers is on Broad Street in Birmingham, at the end furthest away from the city centre, opposite Tescos. It is situated within the ageing Five Ways Shopping Centre which is horrible. My boyfriend told me a horrible story about the 5 ways shopping centre. It is shaped like a coffin, and the day it was opened, the designer jumped off the top and killed himself. Sorry to put that in, it just reminded me. Broad Street is full of bars and pubs so ideally you could make your way down Broad Street visiting every pub for a drink and end up at Bakers. I prefer to drink in cheaper places, or even just have a drink at home before going out as it could end up being an expensive night when you go to Bakers! Bear in mind that it is usally cheaper to go to Bakers early (before 10:30) although inevitably it doesn't really get going until around 12:00. Bakers has a capacity of 1200, although it never seems that big! It would be difficult to lose your friends there as it is open plan with the main room and the VIP room only. Here are the listings: Horny Every Wednesday Music: Club Anthems Time: 22:00 until 02:00 Wallop Every Friday Music: Hard House Time: 22:00 until 03:00 £5 entry, or £3 b4 11 Republica Every Saturday Music: Various Time: 22:00 until 04:00 Here is the phone number for the club. 0121 633 3839 If you get to Bakers at around 11-12, when the pubs are closing, there is usually a queue, so make sure you wrap up, or alternatively have a drink to warm you up. The clientele are generally friendly though and you can make some frien
ds and potential pulling partners while you are waiting. Once you get to the front of the queue it can be quite intimidating as the bouncers look you up and down to decide if you look right. I have never had any trouble (even when I was 14!) but once when I went with some friends they refused to let one boy in, but to be fair he did look young. Make sure you look smart and act polite and you should be fine. No orange ben sherman shirts or rockport boots please! You then get felt up (ok, searched) by the bouncers and you have to walk through a metal detector. Once you have gone through that ordeal, you can pay the princely sum (which varies from £1 up to £15 for special events-check first if you are worried) and climb the stairs to enter the club. Bakers has a brilliant sound system and if you are into it loud and thumping then you will love it. The dance floor is quite small but there are loads of podiums to strut your stuff on. Be warned though-they use a lot of UV light which makes white underwear glow and faces look orange! That won't impress anyone! When you are tired of dancing, there are plenty of squashy chairs to chill out on and you can even buy freeze pops from the bar to cool yourself down. Drinks are expensive, around £2.50 or more. Quite a lot of people there are on drugs though so if that's not your thing you may not like it. The security are very good at trying to keep drugs out but it is going to get in anyway. My great night there is "Horny". I went to the opening night in 1998 when Dave Pearce played. Me and my friend got dressed up, I wore stocking, suspenders and lots of fluff! Quite a lot of girls go there dressed up as devils, or in outrageous club wear. All the "top" DJ's have played at Bakers, the McDonald guys of the DJ world, Judge Jules, Tall Pall, Sonique and many others. In my opinion the resident DJ's are just as good, if not as well known! If you want to pull, that's possible and there are nice looking people in there, but Bakers is really just for people who want a great night out dancing. It's not somewhere to go for a quiet chat! Try it out if you dare, I bet you will love it. There is even a burger van that parks up outside for all your culinary needs, as long as you're not veggie that is!
I've been to Bakers on Broad Street a few times now and i must say everytime i've been i've had a wicked time. Some people might not like it, it all depends on what you like. It plays mainly all dance music and the club is set out really well. It has got an abosolute superb sound system and up until Code came to Birmingham it was the loudest club in the City. It's got a reputation for having a lot of posers in there but I just think its because its a trendy place to hang out and thats why it's got that label. You get loads of good looking girls in there so if you're a bloke on the pull, that's the place to go. I go clubbing alot in Birmingham and I think Bakers is one of the top ones. Good night!