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FLARES- WHERE IS THE FLAIR?
Member Name: paulyvous
Date: 09/08/09, updated on 09/08/09 (83 review reads)
Advantages: 70 AND 80'S MUSIC
Disadvantages: STICKY FLOOR, VERY DRUNK PEOPLE
I went into town a few weeks ago with two friends.'We decided to visit Flares. It was a good few years since we'd been, so we thought it would be interesting. The first thing I noticed when I entered was my feet stuck to the floor. I don't know if this might be intentional on their part to try and stop you from leaving! If so good on them! It shows initiative.
The song playing was 'Heart of Glass' by Blondie, which is one of my favourite songs, so it was mixed emotions on first entry. My next review will be on Blondie by the way.
I managed to uproot myself from the spot and we headed for the bar. It was just after 11pm and it was about 8 deep in the queue waiting to be served. At this point we already considered leaving and going for something to eat. Now I must say, that on this occasion I had chosen to drive for the night, so I was stone cold sober throughout. My friends' John and Graham were knocking them back and were nicely easing into The Flares atmosphere. After much pushing, shoving and shouting for some service I got served. I wasn't very impressed, everyone waiting to be served seemed to be completely wasted and I was lucky enough to get a lady's complete life story as I got closer to the bar. It was all about her husband, who is the 'biggest selfish pig' in the world who lies on the couch all day whilst she works her fingers to the bone.
'Why don't you leave him' I retorted. 'Well I love him' She replied. 'I just need to slag him off sometimes, it makes me feel better. It's my therapy', she said. I'm just glad I was there to listen, honestly!!
John and Graham were getting ' into the groove' and chatting away to various people, who were finding it hard to stand up. With me drinking diet coke, I merely became an observer and my friends' I noticed were drinking really fast, probably to keep up with everyone else. In fact they were doing my head in too and I just wanted to go but it was only 12.30am.
The one consolation to me was the music. Love all the 70's and 80's stuff. Apart from Blondie playing there was Abba of course with Dancing Queen, Simple Minds, U2, Deacon Blue etc etc. If I was a bit more oiled I probably would of been strutting my stuff on the dance floor like John and Graham who both dance like they are having some kind of seizure!
I must of had some kind of radar telling people I was sober as they kept coming up to me - I was drinking water now- and saying in a very bemused fashion, 'Are you only drinking water'? 'Yes I am. It's not a crime. In fact I think I'll never drink again looking at you, as if you are about to loose all voluntary control over your bodily functions. In fact I got my car keys out to hold whilst drinking the water. People just stared then, as if I was some kind of deranged freak!
The last time I had been to Flares was about 4 or 5 years ago, but I must admit we all used to be half cut when we went in and we had AN ABSOLUTE BALL! It's definitely a place to go if you're going to have a few, but otherwise I'd stay away. I don't want anyone to go through what I did!
You'll find people from all age ranges coming here so there's somebody for everyone - well you know what I mean!
Anyway I finally dragged John and Graham away from talking to a couple of women older enough to be their grandmothers, and threw them into the car. They demanded I put on my 80's CD full blast! Oh God!
I phoned them the next day and they want to go again. Double Oh God!!
P.S It's free to get in, only one bar and one dance floor. Very limited seating areas. They could certainly do with more seats!
Summary: GOOD FOR ONCE A YEAR ONLY