This was the first and best night club I have been too (so far). It is located a 30second walk from Farringdon underground station. From the outside it doesn't look like much except a HUGE queue. The longest i waited in this queue was a total of 2 hours for a "playaz night". Usually the queue is very long but does, however move steadily. The cost of the entry is around 15 pounds. Which although is expensive, the price is justified with a good night.
The club opens its doors at about 10pm and finishes at 6am. The friday night sessions are quite intense with a standard night of of drum and bass. The "playaz night" which i mentioned earlier consists of a big line up of well known names including DJ Hype, Chase and Status, commix, Andy C, Fabio, Friction, to name a few. These are the best Fridays at fabric however once you've been a few times they do become a bit samey.
Fabric is a very larg night club with 3 main rooms, 2 cloakrooms, a decent sized smoking area and a very interesting vibrating floor (this is in room one). Its quite dark with brickwork arches inside but there is good air conditioning and a very comfortable chill out area.
This is a club people really go for the music and with drum and bass nights often follows a heavy amount of drugs. This starts from being offered drugs in the queue to a rather long and suspicious queue for the cubical toilets. the majority of the people inside the club have dilated pupils and locked jaws and seem to be sweating profusely but this is no reason to be put of the fabric crowd. Often the effect of the drug taken here is loved up and happy so you couldn't be with happier people. The age range varies from about 18-40 with the majority at about 25 but they all seem to be one happy chatty community and you can't help but be roped happily into their light hearted smiley aura. Who ever you are and whatever your wearing (a very relaxed dress code), you'll have a good night.
The bar prices are pretty standard for a night out in London but compared to other clubs I've been to I'd say not too overpriced. There tap water is free (I think so half their customers don't end up passing out and dehydrated). The peak time to be here is around 2-3am when everything has really got going and the crowd is reaching its peak, but I'd say head down around 11 to avoid waiting in the queue for hours.
Fabric is a very modern and stylish club which is based in Farringdon. The nearest tube stations are the Barbican and Farindon which are both on the Northern Line.
Fabric is renowned for playing music such as drum and bass, breakz, electro, break beats etc etc and has some very exciting resident DJs.
It also hosts certain nights such as hospitality.
I think this club is very fun to go to however the drinks prices are quite expensive and it does get quite grimey by the end of the night.
I would recommend getting the fabric first pass, which is a monthly card that you can get and each month you receive a fabric live cd. This pass allows you to queue jump which is very useful for very packed nights and also the ticket price is slightly cheaper with this pass.
I would be weary of the bouncers though who are sometimes quite scary!
Given that i am not your 'typical' clubber and that my preference for a Saturday night would usually be late bars i was pleasantly surprised by my experience, once i had gotten over the cost of entrance. However if your a regular clubber it is standard prices. Once your in things don't get much cheaper with drinks averaging about £5. It is open untill 5 o'clock so you can make sure you get your moneys worth. Considering i can't usually listen to dance music for more then 10 minutes at a time, i found myself dancing for over an hour. However i soon became bored of the repetitive nature of the music and decided to leave the dance floor and head for the bar. Fabric is a fairly big club with different rooms so once you become bored with one room you can go and explore what else it has to offer and if you don't feel like dancing you can just sit down and chill. There was a good atmosphere there, people were friendly and there was no hassle. The toilets are unisex which is abit boring these days as everyone seems to be doing it. I prefer single sex toilets, somewhere you can escape to gossip and reapply your face! I was really impressed with the taxi service at the end of the night which is organised by the club. Staff members are waiting outside make sure you get a registered (albeit one of theirs, but at least you know you will get home safe) We got a taxi fro six straight away, which is usually virtually impossible! On the whole i had a really good night, despite the fact it is not usually my scene and i was extremely hesitant about going. I would definately recommend it!
I've just got back from Fabric and was so impressed I just had to write a review . There's one word that describes this place - Class . This club's design can't be faulted and everything from the moment you get there just smacks of good ideas and 'why don't they do this anywhere else?' . Fabric is one of the newer London clubs featuring 4 rooms with different live acts and DJ's as well as several bars . All the rooms are linked via a central set of wide corridors and walkways and a main staircase which takes you between the different levels . The layout is modern - lots of supported metal walkways , spiral staircases and large , spacey rooms . Musically you can expect anything from slamming hard progressive house to more ambient cuts with some twisted funky bits in there for good measure . This is pure , continual dance music and since the club closes at 5 in the morning - it's going to keep going as long as you can . I can't praise the acts we saw highly enough and the DJ's are absolutley brilliant . The line-up changes weekly so check the Fabric webpage (www.fabric-london.com) before you head down - rest assured that whoever is on will be top class . The croud are mixed but the average age seemed somewhere in the mid 20s and older - totally laid back and chilled . From the moment you get to Fabric the one thing you'll notice is that you don't feel intimidated . The place is clean - there's lots of staff and even the people on the door are helpful . It's clean - there's no bottles to trip over and the toilets actually look like toilets at the end of the night . Okay so you're not going to a club for the toilets - but it's just part of the surroundings that leave a real impression and confirm that it's a safe place where you can really let go . There's lots of chill out areas to sit , with large cushioned seating and plenty of space to sit in all o
f the rooms . The 3 rooms are large , with an absolutley slamming sound system and wicked lighting ! Once you've experienced the vibrating dance floor in the main room you won't want to leave - it sounds gimmicky but it makes a real difference . When we went it was pretty empty - it was just coming up to Christmas but there was an excellent amount of space . You didn't feel like you'd been herded onto the dancefloor with an electric cattle prod and you could always find somewhere to dance without having to watch what you were doing . I visited the club again (August 24th) for the 'True Playaz Special' which featured some of the biggest names in drum n' bass and some ting for da garage men and laydeez (aii) with a roasting lineup there too . We'd been down the weekend before hoping to get in on the door only to see a queue that snaked around the block to the station so took no chances and bought tickets . I'd advise anyone to do the same - the tickets are booked online and collected from across the road outside the club and allow you almost immediate entry ( for an extra £1.50 booking fee each ) . Drum n' bass tested out the soundsystem to the max but it couldn't be more different to my first visit . The music was thse same - absolute quality genius breaks , classy MCs and the tunes that everyone wanted to hear . Its just that it seemed the management had crammed in about double the 'comfortable' limit of the club . It was packed beyond belief with the main arenas being a mass of people (think rock 'mosh pit' and you're not far wrong) and the only space to dance being around the bar area . Even the corridors that were before empty to sit down were packed giving the impression of being very over-crouded and opressive . I think if the management had decided to limit the capacity everyone there would have had a much better time . Another thing I noticed again was that
fabric is a very very dark club . With so many people , smoke and steam it was hard to see even to the other side of the bar . If you're going with a group of people make sure you've got somewhere to meet up or you will get lost ! There's lots of dark corridors and the lighting on the dance floor is minimal strobes and a couple of lights which does add to the atmosphere but makes feel very different to the happy-happy house nights with lots of space and smiling people. As far as dress code - it was very relaxed anything goes although we didn't see anyone there in the cyber-gear ! Getting home was another thing that the club had really done a good job on . Fabric operate their own cab service so on leaving we were asked where we were going to - told how much it was going to be ( very cheap in comparison to what you'd pay in a normal minicab ) and had a cab straight away . Why don't other clubs do this rather than have herds of dodgy cab drivers flocking around you when you've just opened your eyes to the sun ? In all I can't reccomend this place enough . For the same price that you'd usually pay to go clubbing you'll get exactly what you want but a lot more too . Cheaper bar drinks , a clean club and somewhere you can dance without any worries . It's the sort of place you'd feel comfortable taking your girlfriend as the attitude is totally safe and laid back . If you're going for a night of larging it or something more chilled then you will love this place . Go along and see what I'm on about - classy stuff .