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      25.10.2001 19:14
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      Having read a previous review of DNA praising it, I though I would give me experience. When DNA first opened, me and my friends were pleased becase a lot of the cheap clubs in Birmingham have closed down leaving only the elitist, expensive Broad Street. DNA is on John Bright Street in Birmingham city centre, a run down, slightly deserted area of town. However, every weekend night, hordes of underage kids and other sad people queue up with anticipation to go to DNA, Birmingham's "super club" as they like to call themselves. To point out the club's good points, I will say that the interior is original and stunning. It is a huge club, spread out over 4 different floors. As well as the main dance floor, there is a dance floor made of glass which is suspended from the ceiling. Watch out girls, if you dance up there in a skirt, the rest of the club can see your knickers (that's if you are wearing any!). If you need a rest from dancing, there is a chill out room with its' own bar, lots of sofas and tables. It's nice to go in for a chat (or a snog I would imagine!) as the music is much quieter than in the main club. There is a VIP area upstairs, but I have never been in there (I'm not important enough-boo hoo!). There are plenty of bars around the club so you never have to wait too long for a drink. The toilets have unisex washing areas, with fountains to wash your hands in, which is a nice touch, but most girls use the toilets to have a good old gossip! (There are some "normal" toilets near the entrance). However, every time I have been there I have found it to have no atmosphere. Obviously it depends what night you go on, but when I have been they were playing dance music(which I like) but nothing you had ever heard of, just "boom boom boom". The drinks are expensive, they sometimes have one or two specials on, something you would probably never normally choose normally because it& #39;s disgusting (such as a syrupy sweet alcopop or a cheap, watered down beer)! Admittedly, it is an impressive club in the layout and lighting, and the chill out room is nice. On the whole though, there is not enough seating in the club.On a busy night it is impossible to find a seat, which I find annoying, considering the size of the club. One of the most annoying things about DNA is that they say it is compulsary to put your coat/jacket in the cloakroom(just a ploy to make them more money!). They actually have a bouncer who makes you go into the queue for the cloakroom whether you want to or not. This really annoys me when you have to have a 20 minutes argument with a bouncer just because you want to keep a thin denim jacket on. If you wanted to put your coat in the cloakroom you would do it yourself. It's so obvious that they just do it to rip the customers off (well-1000 punters= an extra £1000!) After the last time I visited this club I decided to never go back as myself and a friend were treated disgustingly by the bouncers, one who grabbed me and twisted my arms. I was really upset yet felt there was nothing I could do. They threw us out for something very minor and didn't even give us a chance to say anything. If you are in Birmingham I would say don't go to DNA!!! There are much better clubs around, such as the Steering Wheel or Bakers.

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        14.09.2001 05:27
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        In my opinion (not it must be noted that I am not a hardcore clubber!) DNA is one of the best clubs in Birmingham. It runs a number of student nights which in the past the best of which has been a Tuesday (UKSN) and Thursday, my favourite fizzy pop! These nights are cheap and are even cheaper with a student card and even cheaper with a club pass (about 3 quid) drinks are also cheap if you find out what is on offer so bonus there. The club itself is modern and consists of 3 floors, one of which is often reserved for VIP's. The main dance floor is a little small but the club is well regulated on the door so it is never too cramped. Fizzy pop on a Thursday is particularly popular with first years due to its unique brand of cheesy music from the 80's 90's and 00's. Also as the club is relatively small it means that it is relatively easy to find your friends if you accidentally get split up from them (or not!!) DNA is quite strict on ID (I always get checked, but then again that’s not saying much!) and have a "policy" of making you put your coat in the cloakroom (at a charge of £1) Overall DNA is a good club with good music, fantastic lights and a couple of bars (so easy to get served) there are also some areas of seating on the second floor and I think an outlet where you can buy food (though that may be drunken hallucinations! - I'll check next time I am there) However my only critiscism is that the nights tend to be the same each week so its best not to overdose on it or you tend to get bored. think i should now add that DNA is no longer and over the summer break has been converted into a lap dancing club called extreme.

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        17.05.2001 00:37
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        My first night out in Birmingham ended up in DNA, and if the more famous clubs can offer better nights out than it, I'm coming here a lot! After watching Luton Town get their arses kicked by Walsall, some heavy drinking was required, and Broad Street is surely one of the best drinking areas anywhere. After getting suitably intoxicated we were reccomended DNA as the place to finish off the night (it was a Tuesday and they had their student promotions so seemed very tempting). We got there very early and it seemed fairly empty save for a few dancing queens on the somewhat small dance floor. It filled up pretty quickly though, but not so much that we couldn't breathe. The prices at the bar were very impressive. Carling and whisky and coke were both £1 a go so the night worked out very cheaply for me. I'd guess all the rest of the drinks would be normal club prices (around £2.50 a pint?). A word about the toilets: if you've not been here before don't get confused. I nearly went in the communal "bowl" past the entrance before I saw someone go through another door to the blokes. The actual place is damn impressive. the floor space is quite small but the club is really tall with about 3 levels, so never feels too cramped. The lighting and sound systems are stunning and accompany the mix of commercial dance (my favourite), trance and some cheese. As for pulling, there were a lot of couples the night I went and most girls I think stayed the safe side of drunkenness so don't expect much. As ever though, you never know! Anyway, after many drinks who cares? Just enjoy the music. All in all a top cheap night out.

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          14.12.2000 08:27
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          Every student knows the range and variety of clubs to be found in Birmingham City Centre. It is our quest to have a good time after all! And nowhere is this easier than clubber’s paradise – D.N.A. The sound system is amazing, the light show is breathtaking, and the atmosphere is simply electric. A relatively new club, it has been designed on a variety of levels – the dance floor, the balcony area, and the sky bar. The sky bar is an innovative concept. Lofted high above the dancefloor, there is a bar in the centre, and a glass dancefloor to either side, allowing you to exhilarating thrill of being able to gaze down on your fellow clubbers from up high. The drinks aren’t particularly cheap, but there is a range of special offers to be taken advantage of. Food is also available, which is very tasty. Music varies between nice standard dance/trance to extremely hard trance(eughhh), but it is good for the most part, and there’s even some cheese midway to loosen everyone up and have a laugh. It’s a great place, even if it is a little difficult to get served at times, and can get a bit smoky. Overall – a good night out.

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            18.07.2000 23:42

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            DNA should be a SUPERCLUB! It's not famous, not many famous DJ's play there, but DNA is still one of the nicest clubs I have been to. The queues are usually quite long, so you may want to get there before opening, but even if you have to wait, it's well worth it. The club has many levels, the main one on ground level which has the majority of the bars. There is a dancefloor sunken into the floor on the ground floor, and you're in for a surprise if you look upwards! The other dancefloor is suspended high up near the roof, and the floor is all glass! You can see people dancing up there! I have never been up there as I believe it's VIP, but it is possible to blag it I'm told. The other levels all overhang so you can see what's going on below. The nights at DNA are top-notch too - with some club nights lasting until 5am which is unusual for clubs which are less well known. I'd advise checking this place out - the cost to get in is usually between £5 and £10, and it's well worth it. The music is dance/trance

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