Jilly's Rockworld was a completely unique rock club in Manchester City Centre. It came as a real shock when it was closed down a few weeks ago. The owners seemed to have encountered financial difficulty, and Jilly's wasn't pulling the crowds like it used to . However, right up until the end it was a great venue and it will be difficult for any other nightclub to live up to what Jilly's was (you never know, it might even reopen).
It had 6 rooms, each playing different genres of metal and rock. All of the rooms past the main lobby were painted black, and there were four bars, serving pretty standard spirits, lagers and bottled drinks (there was also John Smiths on draught for those who were into 'proper' beer). There were also a couple of pool tables, but these only ever got used pretty early on in the evening, before it started to get packed.
When the club was busy, it was great and the atmosphere was phenomenal. When it was quiet it was OK, but there's something surreal about sitting around with your mates, waiting for things to get started, while having a nice quiet conversation with Iron Maiden blasting through the sound system...
The club offered various nights, including Thursday student cheapskate entry (usually it was fairly expensive to get in - unless you had a flyer entitling you to cheaper entry) and the famous Friday all-nighter (open 'til 7am!). It was a great place to go after visiting the pubs on the opposite side of Oxford Road that played similar music (Grand Central, The Salisbury). I hope that these venues don't suffer because of Jilly's untimely departure.
Jilly's was my favourite place to go on a night out. I have great memories of being there as a student and as a 'respectable' adult (it was always entertaining to find out what the more extravagantly dressed clients did for their day job - the number of telesales clerks I must have seen in there sporting mohicans and fishnets...).
Lets hope that this isn't the last nail in the coffin for rock clubs in Manchester.
Manchester is one of the best cities in the UK for it's nightclub in my opinion. It contains a huge amount of nightclubs so you've really got to have that special something to stand out. As a student there, I was always spoilt for choice & even though I was there for 4 years, there's quite a few places I never got the chance to visit. However Jilly's wasn't one of these.
Jilly's Rockworld is located on the famous Oxford Road, a few minutes walk away from Picadilly Gardens at the very centre of Manchester. It's very distinctive & offers something completly different from the rest.
If you love your rock, metal or indie type music you will fall in love with this place and make it your second home. There are 3 rooms each playing a different style of music so alot of variety on offer. The crowd is always friendly & up for a good time.
The place is open on Thursday - Saturday nights, and you can get free entry on most nights if you catch someone gives out flyers near by which they regularly are. Even if you don't, this is not an expensive place to get into. As an added bonus, drinks prices are quite reasonable when compared to other club, especially if you get in early when they have additional promos.
My only negative about the whole place is that it does suffer from sticky floors which can get abit annoying.
If you're into your rock music, the place is a must. I recommend going on a Friday night where they have an all-nighter so you can dance the night away until 7am!
65 Oxford St
Tel: 0161 236 9971
If you're after an alternative to chain clubs and chart tunes then look no further than Jilly's Rockworld. As the name suggests, Jilly's is home to Manchester's finest selection of rock 'n' roll and is celebrated for its wide variety of music and history as the second oldest club in the city.
Jilly's is situated on Oxford Street next to its sister venue, The Music Box. Currently it is hidden under a tower of scaffolding, so look out for a big blue sign with an array of black clothes and dyed hair underneath.
Inside the club is a bit of a labyrinth, with 4 rooms each playing different genres of music. There are 3 main bars, 4 dance floors and loads of places to sit - Jilly's is a really big venue so it does take a while for it to fill up. There are a few vintage arcade games and pool tables dotted about, as well as a smoking area outside, and the lights are kept down low so crazy dancing is encouraged!
Every weekend Jilly's pulls a really diverse crowd of all ages, and welcomes everyone. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed, with plenty of room to sit and chat as well a nice big area to mosh (and boy do people mosh!) Often regular customers like to show off their skills on the dance floor, and it's not unusual to see people with devil sticks or diablos. Both the bouncers and bar staff are really friendly, a few of the doormen have been working at the club over 30 years and won't hesitate to tell you a few of their stories. The club has a really good alternative vibe where everyone can get on regardless of how you dress or what you listen to.
For primarily a 'rock' club, Jilly's covers a wide variety of genres on all nights, playing a mixture of funk rock, thrash metal, alternative, punk, grunge, trance, goth and everything in-between. With 4 rooms, it's easy to find something that makes you want to dance and all DJ's are willing to take request (even the strangest ones.) Generally each room plays something a little different each night, so take a look around - there's defiantly enough rock 'n' roll to suit everyone!
Club nights are Cheapskates Thursday, Allnighter Friday (an epic 10 hours of rock!) and Rockbottom Saturday with many gigs throughout the week. See the website for upcoming gigs as well as Promo nights where record companies provide free CD's, badges and posters for the crowd.
The drink isn't cheap, but it's not too expensive either. A night out on beer and cider won't set you back too much (at £1.95 a bottle for Fosters or Carlsberg) but house spirits range in price from £1.55. With 3 large bars, there's a lot to choose from, and look out for drinks deals they often have on Promo nights and special events.
Jilly's isn't the club for everyone, however if you're looking for a good time to a soundtrack of dirty guitars and heavy drums it's defiantly the place to be at the weekend.
Jillys is a club on Manchester Oxford Road. It has a few different rooms (although there is one room that we have found very hard to find, every time we go..).
You can usually find people handing out flyers for free entry before ten, which is good because it lowers the cost.
The drinks are pretty expensive so it does need to be a big night out. The bar staff seem friendly and there has never been a long queue for the bar.
The club itself is a bit wierd, I go to similar clubs in other parts of the northwest but in this one I dont feel very comfortable. If you just go in your day clothes on spur of the moment, it feels like you dont fit in, everyone goes over the top with the gothy rock look and if you dont look the same you get some stares!
hullo, firstly i read a review just now and was absolutly shocked about what somone said, the bouncers are not horrible they are fantastic paul, alan, sam, andy (sometimes)and dont forgett gc's bouncer chris are all stars they make everybody so comfortable and are so friendly the amount of times ive sat n chatted to em is unbelievable!!!! If people find that ppl are in groups thats coz we made the effort to get to know ppl and now are friends so dont complain just get involved. Enough about other peoples reviews here is my own!
Jillys is the best night club ever the music is amzing and loud. The music is always changing starting with rock,metal then the notorious dance hour (ill come to that later) then hip hop , then classic rock (this is only in the main room there are another 3 rooms with more varieties too. The people in there are so lovely and treat people with th erespect they deserve ok maybe thats a bit of a lie id say 90% of ppl in there are nice ne ways. since ive come to university in preston ive realised how much i miss it i miss all my friends (its so easy to make friends in there) heres a few, bubbles, sparticous,bogeye,tod,angela,robbie,dave,hat dave, big dave,cassy,kerry, robin,danny, amy, ryan, cat, alice, adam, kelly, mum nicky, lil nic, beaver , monkey, lezzo and others , i met this group of friends within a few weeks of going and have been going regularly for about a year so how can people say it isnt a friendly place. Its the greatest so dont diss it. oh i said id mention dance hour well WOW is all i can say good job john !!!! red haired nic xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hey kids, I just thaught I'd take a minuit or two to try and explain a few of Rockworld's fantastic assets. It's not a piece of cake though, this club is one of those where you just have to go and make up yer own mind. I started to go to Jilly's about 6 months ago, my mates Mark, Tom and Rob had been pestering me for ages to follow in their footsteps and try it. I never used to be in to clubs, especially rock clubs, but this place blew me away. The lack of trendy people who look for status rather than a good time, dress code out of the window, brilliant, loud music, a more than friendly atmosphere and that sense of full acceptance to society that only Jilly's can cater for! Im so glad I tried it. Now I try to go every other friday. The club is positioned just near the Macdonalds on Oxford road. Its about 10 minuits walk from Picadilly and Victoria Stations and 5 minuits walk from Picadilly gardens. Whare what you want, look how you want, dance how you want and basically stay for as long as you want- one of Rockworld's main assets is it's all night license- what a buzz man! The club consists of 4 rooms and the lobby to chill in: The first room (the main room) plays a wide veriety of music throughout the night ranging from the likes of pantara and slayer to mainsteam feeder and rage to the prodigy and underworld. This is my favourite room as the music, layout, atmosphere and content is spot on. The second room is the goth room. Its not my kind of thing but I can see the attraction. Sometimes its good to sit in the extensive seating in there and mellow out listening to the repetative beats of ministry. The clientel in this room is alot different to the other rooms, I think that you must be a certain kind of person to stay in there all night. Its hard to explain, you have to see it really. The third room is the classic rock room AKA the fishbowl. Again this is
not my kind of thing as it requires a cerain type of person - 30-40 years old maybee with an undying passion for sabath and guns and roses - with a hint of Bon Jovi in there to. The fourth room is the chillout room. This is more my kind of thing. I often pay the humble fourt room a visit for a breath of fresh air and a quick peek of a lighter atmosphere. Indie is the main form of music in the fourth room with mellow rock mixed in there. So, if your nto the charlitans, oasis or the pixies, you should at least lend this room half an hour of your time. GO - but make sure its on a friday night- its top!!! Anyway, laters potatas Jonny D
Yeeeeehaaah ! Took me a while to get this put in a category, now i'm one happy bunny, well happy as i can be without recreational pharmaceuticals !? I've gotta write this, it's important to me, it won't get many reads but it'll be immortalised in the Dooyoo vaults and will always reflect the passion i have for this place ! Ok, the best way i can talk Jillys is by actually doing a walk-through of a typical Saturday night ! It's been another mad Saturday afternoon, running about, shopping, going here there and everywhere, basically trying to get all the sh*t out of the way so that nothing could possibly cock up the evenings plans. It gets to 8pm, i'm feeling salty, my body is prepared for another crazy night in city centre M'cr ! After much bickering with the lads about whose turn it is to drive, we eventually get into town for about 9pm. I tend to meet some friends outside the club and go handing out flyers, i don't get paid for this but it's a buzz to do and it gets some appreciation ! Getting into the club happens pretty early for us lot, as a few hardcorers and ourselves like to get going pretty quick, (I like to be well into the swing of things before 10.30), and we usually get the DJ to put stuff on that we really buzz off ! Now, Jillys is not a big club, but it has 3 rooms all with different styles of music playing which is damn handy if you fancy a sudden change in scene. It is moodily lit all around the club, mainly due to the fact that nobody can be arsed fixing the lights ! There are no mod cons and the pool tables are shabby, the air-con doesn't work and the walls are painted black to hide the sh*t ! But I LOVE THIS CLUB ! It's so diverse in everyway, totally hardcore, no f*ckin' thrills etc.......... Back to the commentary. About 10.30ish the club starts to fill up, every walk of life wearing anything they want rolls into Jillys for the
usual storming night ! Like i said Jillys isn't a big club and a lot of faces in there are familiar week after week, gets kinda friendly if you know what i mean ! Even the straight heads come in to witness the bizarre and the unusual, and especially the beautiful, a lot of the females go to great lengths to look totally stunning wearing the horniest goth gear you've ever seen, (damn it, i've just slobbered on ma keyboard). Everything goes well on a Sat, there is rarely any trouble, (usually p*ssed up straight heads), but the bouncers are a pretty descent lot and sort trouble out very swiftly ! It gets really packed about 11.30 when the pubs kick out, and the atmosphere in the club becomes more rowdy and generally more interesting ! Everywhere you look there is something going on, like i said it's a mad club, everyone looks like there having a good time whether chillin' out or going mental on any one of the three dance floors. The music is always played by request, as long as it isn't sh*te anyway. Unless the DJ is havin' a sh*tty night in which case he plays whatever the hell he wants ! It never fails to disappoint as the drinks are cheap before 10.30 (£1.20 for a pint), it's free to get in with a flyer before 9.30pm and even the pool is only 40p a game ! The end of every Sat at Jillys leaves me sweating and exhausted from jumping around like a kitten following a Vindaloo ! I smile for many hours afterwards and then i'm p*ssed off coz it's a whole week til i get to do it all again ! Incidentally, this is only one out of three nights a week that the club is open, Thursday is student cheapskate night and Friday is an all nighter that finishes at 7am ! But that's another kettle of fish altogether. My closing statement is this: I've never known anyone go to the club and not have a great night. Try it you just might like it ! The Disturbed One
Having attended Rockworld several times on various days, I feel qualified to point out its negative aspects (something other Rockworld opinions here don't do too well). Firstly, it's very clique-y. You have to dress to fit in, no matter what people in there might say otherwise. I have felt quite uncomfortable attending in jeans and a jumper before; if you want to fit in, get a pair of baggy jeans from Affleck's Palace in Mancester and take a trip to Halfords for a chunky bike chain to hang from them. I won't go too much into the music as this is to everyone's individual taste. However, the music seems to induce anyone with long hair into a convulsive fit. It's best to leave around 5 metres from the nearest grufty if you are going to be feeling like a bit of a dance. The bouncers hardly have the reputations of respectable, law-abiding types. This can be overlooked as a flaw as it's difficult to find bouncers that are those two qualities elsewhere in Manchester. Given these negative thoughts about Rockworld, you might be wondering what keeps me going back. Take a look at a few other articles about Rockworld to find out...
Jilly's is probaly the far best alternative music club in Manchester, mainly because there are very few rock and indie clubs. Jilly's is located on Oxford road, next to the music box and elemental. This makes it easier to get a taxi as there is a taxi ramp next to Jilly's. Mcdonalds is also across the road from Jilly's which is handy if you need something to eat before you go in or come out in the morning for breakfast as it is open till 7am on Friday night. Jilly's is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday and Saturday it is open from 9pm till 2am, but on Friday it is open from 9pm till 7am in the morning, i haven't yet experienced it yet but will be very soon for my birthday. In Jilly's there are three rooms an old metal room, there is a gothic room and a large room in the centre. The large room in the centre plays mainly mainstream nu-metal and some stuff i've never heard of, with a bit of punk and ska for about an hour later on in the night. The old metal room plays what the name is all old metal like guns 'n' roses etc where you get old 30year old bikers. Finally the goth room i don't ever step foot in that room because quite frankly goths scare me and i don't really like that music. then on a Thursday night one of the smaller rooms is a punk room, which i haven't been in but i would want to. ALso i have never heard any indie being played. But you can always request a song if you want. The bar at Jilly's closes at 2am and the drinks are quite high priced. Personally i only drink Grolsh which is £2.60 a bottle but it is on of the large bottles, they also sell Red Stripe in cans which is £2.55 and the have fosters on draft and bottles which i think is £2.50 a pint. There are many other drinks all around the same price but i only drink grolsh like i said. You now can see the drinks are quite expensive and to get is even moor pricy at £5 or £3.50 wi
th an NUS card. You can also put your coat,jumper or skateboard behind in a cloak room for £1.00 which personally is average price to put your jacket behind. So to go rock world is quite expensive but it's still the best alternative club in Manchester. As it's massive and looks like a trampy basement which is perfect for the type of music they play. The people are generally nice and i never seen any trouble in there or afterwards and there are a lot of bouncers just in case but they generally seem not to do anything all lazy fuckers, but the sense of secruity is there. There are many alot of under age people in rock world, even i got in when i was 16 and there are still letting kids in there, one of my mayes said he was talking to a 13 year old, probally bull shit but you get the idea, but the majority of people are over 18 teen. So to go to Rock world take alot of money if you drink alot but it's a great night out. So i would go if you live in Manchester and into the alternative music scene.
Jilly's is located on Oxford Rd in city centre manchester next door to Elemental and across the road from McDonalds. The club is billed as manchesters original and best alternative night and takes place every thursday, Friday and Saturday. Now you might think it's the same people each night but apart from the hard core rockers there is a different crowd each of these nights. Firstly Thursday nights, I have been on a thursday twice now and would say it was the most enjoyable of the three nights. The music is a bit less mainstream rock and the people are not 13 year old wannabe's. The crowd tend to be older on a thursday night and you have more alternative people there, whether that is a good thing or not remains to be seen however when I was there I saw a guy with a dog collar around his g/f's neck (that gives me an idea!) and I stood peeing next to a guy with a wedding dress on in the bog! The club has an entrance hall littered with people who go to use it like they were in fucking byker grove and sit there chatting about GCSE coursework so feel free to tread on a few hands on your way in. There is a cloak room and the toilets also in this entrance hall. Then there is a passage along to the main room with a door leading to the goth room, the corridoor has arcade games, but really old ones. The goth room has a few quite a few seats with a small dancefloor and a bar which is never too busy, handy tip there. The main room has a huge dancefloor always packed by the end of the night but at the start just has random idiots obviously having a fight with the air around them ina fit of punching and kicking, either that or their on a really bad trip and are hallucinating. There is the main bar in this room and a DJ booth which you can request songs on, however he plays sets of music so if you request ska when he's playing metal you've no chance. Then theres the Heavy Metal room, the dress is leather the hair is long but the
music is wild! It's easily the coolest room, Guns'n'Roses and Faith No More with a dancefloor full of hair flying around. The bars also very quite. Ok so to the important facts, it's £5 to get in or £4 with NUS. The drinks aren't cheap £2.55 for a can of red stripe and similair for other beer so get drunk before going. The main room often breaks out into a mosh pit so be warned if someone pushes you they don't neccessarily want a fight! The coakroom charges £1 for items and you can leave your bag there aswell! So all in all the clubs quite cool the music ok at times but some of the people mainly ona friday night are crap. Thursdays the best night to go but Friday is an allnighter from 9-7 so it's worth doing at least once and you can always get a Mcdonalds and then go to bed. Anyway happy moshing! Steven
Jilly's Rock Wolrd of Manchester is supposively the greatest alternative club in the city. I will leave it up for you to decide on this, but i can give you my opinion right now. After paying a huge fee of £5 to get in you will be possibly expecting a nice, clean club, and this could not possibly be further from reality. After wading through the millions of bodies on the floor of the entrance, it becomes apparent that Jilly's is nothing more than a glorifed warehouse, dark, dingy and dirty. What a true rock club should be like some would say. The first stop if you are anything like me will be the bar, where like the entrance fee the prices are very high. I recommend a nice cold can of Red Stripe at £2.55. A variety of beers, spirits and alcopops are served at each of the 3 bars to satisfy every need. How jilly's differs from most alternative clubs in Manchester is its sheer size, 3 rooms each with their own bar and dj. The main room plays a mixture of punk, metal, nu metal and rap. However the proportion of music is hugely swayed to the nu metal and metal variety. Good if you are a huge fan of metal and/or nu metal, but not if your music taste lies somewhere else. The second room is the Goth room, i dont venture into here often, for 2 reasons 1. i dont like the music and 2. im slightly scared by the Goths. However im sure if you are into Death metal etc this room will be great for you. The third and final room is the old metal room, again good if you appreciate older metal ie. guns and roses, metallica. The typical inhabitant of this room is older and has considerably longer hair than usual. Some good little touches to club are the pool tables, although you only ever get to play once in a blue moon, and thats if you are lucky. Also the arcade games with classics such as Bomber Man for only 20p a go. And the fact that on a Friday the club stays open until 7 in the morning. All in all, if you have the money, Jilly's is a good ni
ght out for the alternative type. If however, you are not into metal I would not recommend it. But you will have to see for yourself, and if you do go, go with an open mind and give it a chance if you are not overly impressed straight away.
Jilly's Rockworld, by far the biggest rock club I have ever set foot into in Manchester City Centre. Opposite McDonalds on Oxford Street and next to The Music Box its prime location offers easy access and an infinite supply of taxis come the end. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights Jilly's is the club of choice for most of Manchester's alternative music fans. Open from 9-2 Thursday and Saturday but one of the only places I know offering an all nighter on Friday Nights. It shuts at 7 in the morning and being opposite McDonalds it?s easy enough to get fed straight away. If you can get past the daunting decor and the floor awash with quite large bald Goths then you're on your way to the Jilly's experience. With three rooms, each having their own DJ's you would expect it caters for everyone but if you're an indie fan, keep your distance. Even punks will have difficulty enjoying Jilly's as it is prominently metal. There are 3 rooms, as mentioned including a classic metal room and gothic room. The entry fee is rather steep, £5, but with membership or NUS then there are small reductions, still too pricey in my mind though. The drinks are too, although on a Thursday and Saturday they sell pints for £1.50 before 10.30, after this they go to £2.50. On tap they sell Fosters and John Smiths. They do have a wide variety of bottles and cans but these average at about £2.60. I recommend either the bigish bottle of Grolsh, (450mls) or Newcastle Brown Ale, purely for their strengths, 5% and 4.8% and for the amount you get which is considerably more than an average bottle. For fans of Alco pops then there is Smirnoff Ice but again costing about £2.70. Shots are available but having not had any I cannot comment on the prices. The place, as you may have read in my Manchester Ritz comment is quite dark, which is appropriate as it matches the dress code but it is also somewhat dirty. The music is not all that varied and the
DJ's in the main room are quite reluctant to take requests unless they know it will fill the floor. And unless you are a lover of metal and consider industrial to be totally different to death, then the 3 1/2 hour slots of metal sub genres get rather tedious. On a Thursday night expect a punkier edge but only for brief moments throughout the night. I usually take the time to experience the classic metal room when the main room gets to much to find about 50 middle aged, long haired rockers giving it their all to ac dc and guns n roses. I can't complain though, many a night have I been in there badly trying to do the axl rose shuffle to Sweet Child O Mine. I only ever go in the gothic room when the bar in the main room is packed and I desperately need a drink. Being quite intoxicated and not being a fan of the music I am struggling to tell you what exactly they play. I suppose it?s nice if you like that sort of thing. It does have quite a lively and friendly atmosphere, although not in the pits which the lack of security allows it to go out of control. If you can get past the prices and are looking for a night out with a bit of a difference then try Jilly's, you might be disappointed, you might be pleasantly surprised. It?s not by favourite club but metal fans will find it their heaven.