I have lived in Guildford all my life and clubbing is nothing like it used to be.
There are 3 main clubs in Guildford.
Harpers formally known as The Drink which is situated on the main road just down from the train station (less than 5 minute walk).
Harpers is open Monday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturday nights. They play a large range of music such as Electro House, Disco Fever, Hip Hop and R 'n' B. They also recently opened a roof-top bar called the Caz Bar which is an open smoking terrace. It's a great idea for the summer, and you can relax on the chairs and sofa-beds outside whilst enjoying the sunshine and music.
They also have VIP area which is frequently visited by celebs. . .apparently!
Ladies can join to be a member of the club which entitles you to get free entry before 11pm on certain nights and you will also be notified by post what events are coming up, etc. Unfortunately this is only for the woman not men!
It is quite pricey to go into this club, unless you go in before 10pm when its free entry otherwise if you go in after 11pm, you will have to pay up to £12 just for entry! Drinks are rather pricey as well, I paid £2.50 for a bottle of water which was smaller than a standard bottle.
Door-men are very strict there and no matter how old you look, you will only be allowed in, if you have some ID! This is no joke, I know someone who was in their 30's and they were balding and because they didn't have ID they got refused entry.
The club itself is quite big as Harpers is the main club, but you can also go downstairs into the Voodoo Lounge, which play different music so its nice that you can choose between the 2 rooms.
This club was in the local news-paper a few weeks about having to have their license re-newed as there has been a lot of allegations about the door-staff and about CCTV footage going missing!
It's a large club and is a good atmosphere if you don't mind paying a small fortune to get in there and drink in there!
This is situated on the same road as Harpers but is closer to the train station. They are open 6 nights a week (not on Sunday's), and as you can guess they play 70's and 80's music all night long.
Monday nights are only £2 to get into the club and Tuesday and Wednesdays are free.
Thursday nights they have offer's on cocktails and is also only £2 to get in after 10:30pm.
Friday is Grease night and entry is £4 after 11pm.
Saturdays is £4 to get in after 11pm and is apparently the best party in town!
They have a light up dance-floor like real traditional 80's style, and you can buy wigs, cow-boy hats and star sunglasses from the bar!
Every hour on the hour the staff from the club get up on stage and dance to a song, you can join in and the best dancer normally gets a free bottle of champagne!
You can also book hen, stag or birthday parties here as well.
I have been here a few times but the music isn't really to my taste and it's a much older crowd here, some-where I might expect to see my parents, so I avoid this place as much as I can!
Formally known as Time and is situated on North Street where the main shops are which runs parallel to Guildford High Street.
They are open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 3pm. This club has 3 bars and a VIP area with leather sofas you can hire out, but please note this is very pricey and will set you back about £300 just for the night, and in my opinion is so not worth it!
Saturday nights are meant to be over 21's only, but I don't think they are too bothered about this and as long as you have ID saying you are 18, I don't think you'll have any problems getting into the club.
This club is a lot cheaper than Harpers and will only set you back the most £6 if you go in after 11pm.
They play Hip Hop, R 'n'B and a mixture of other different music depending what night you go there.
Its quite a small club and sometime it can get very hot and hard to move in here. Drinks are cheaper in here and they normally have deals on drinks if you go in there before 10pm or 11pm, although its not worth going in here until after 11pm when its much busier!
I have seen many fights in this club, some of which people have had their nose broken, but I think they now have a better door-team and seem to handle it a lot more better then they used to.
There was an article in the local newspaper a few months back reporting how many times police were called to this night-club because of trouble there.
I actually tend to stay in one of the Bar's (Bar Med) until they close at 1:30am, by which time I want to go home anyway, so I don't really go clubbing much in Guildford anymore.
This may be a bit of a controversial opinion to advertise, but I actually like clubbing in Guildford. To be sure, it doesn't compare to London, Brighton, Leeds etc. but Guildford isn't that big, and if you really want something more top-of-the-range then you don't have far to go. To start with, there are three main clubs in Guildford - Bojangelz, Cinderella's (well known for the murder outside it), and The Drink. None of them are mindblowing, its true, but people don't go to Guildford to have revelatory experiences - they go to drink somewhere that is not too expensive, dance somewhere that is fun, and have a good, night out. I never saw what was wrong with Bojangelz. People say that it is small, cramped, dirty, but to be honest, I've never seen that. This might be because whenever I've gone I've spend all my time on the dance floor. There are two rooms - the downstairs one plays a variety of stuff, while the smaller plays R n' B. Upstairs is great - hardly ever crowded, nice and small, and good music. The music played downstairs varies according to what night you go - student nights, while v. cheap (£1.50 a drink all night), tend to veer towards chart dance, cheese, and then finally (horror) old cheesy classics at the end. If you are out to have a good time, this shouldn't bother you too much, but even I have been known to wish myself elsewhere when Steps comes on and all the teeneyboppers start doing the dances. Oh, that's another thing - although policy seems to vary according to how many police raids there have been in the recent past - Cinderella's and Bo's in particular are known places for the underaged to sneak into (I know, I was one of them!). The worst times are student nights, but Saturdays tend to be much more selective. I don't really like Cinderella's. Last time I went there I felt like I was constantly being leered at and/or touched, every man i
n the place was over 30 (I'm sure they weren't, but it seemed like it), and had been starved of cleavage since birth. I felt like I was at a meat market. It is too small, the music was either too old or too cheesy, and the bar is impossible to get served at. But despite this, it is not a bad or expensive place to go if you are looking for fun. I've never actually been to the drink when it was very full, but it is quite large, quite nicely decorated, and the staff are nice. The only problem is that the drinks are scandalously expensive. Essential tip: Hide some in your coat. Guildford might be a bit violent, but go in a group and you'll be OK. The point is, a night out is what you make it. Chose your night carefully and you will not be assaulted by music that offends your ear-drums. Guildford can be, and is, fun. This is testified to by the huge numbers of people who flock there every weekend. No, its not Bedrock, but at £3 on the door, and a short taxi ride home, who needs it to be?
Clubbing in Guildford is a waste of time and effort. If you want a no agro' night don't go to Guildford. There are three main "clubs" in Guildford, "Bojanglez", "Cinderellas", and "The Drink" although I doubt anyone who'd actually been there would call them "clubs" - they are more like dingey little cess pits, dripping with sweat and dark as hell. Bojanglez is dirty, small and unfriendly. The bar/door staff are incompetent, full of contempt and a waste of space and the dj should go back to his bedroom and stay there til he figures out how to beatmix. The music policy varies from night to night but is generally very cheesy indeed, pop, pop and more pop. Not good if you like harder stuff. The toilet doors don't work and come 11 oclock the whole toilets are flooded bringing mess and water out into the club. It's dark, smelly and sweaty. And the drinks appear to be heavily watered down. Stay away. On the upside, it's cheap and that's enough for many people. Cinderellas. Well, I've been beaten up here, and not by the clientel. I was beaten up by the bouncers, for looking at one of them. They took me into a small room and gave me a kicking til a policeman stopped them. It's better looking, sounding etc (better music policy if you like more club stuff, more trance/garage etc) than Bo's but it's still poor and that sort of behaviour from doorstaff is outrageous and unforgiveable. Stay away. The Drink: Over priced (£3.50 - £4 for a bottle of beer), pop music all night, empty. Nuff said. All in all, the clubs are poor. The bars are pretty good though, such as Bar Coast, Bar Med, Yates and Edwards. These are all pretty local to the station and easy to get to and most stay open till 1'ish. There are stacks of pubs etc all over Guildford, catering for all tastes. It's not a bad place to start a night but gets a bit viole
nt late on and the clubs aren't much to stay for, so get on the train after a few drinks and go elsewhere. Have a good one!