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A Drop in the Ocean
Member Name: huddro
Date: 23/03/01, updated on 23/03/01 (384 review reads)
Advantages: You can drink and dance till late
Disadvantages: None to think of
Let me take you back a little before that finishing cocktails following Tequila shots, let’s go clubbing piped up some bright spark. Great idea was the general cry and so a brisk walk across town and here we were in what seemed to be the longest queue in snowy Nottingham. The big advantage of this queue is it gives you the chance to admire the little boys in their souped up Halford’s specials racing round the ring road, what better entertainment on a Saturday night.
The first thing to say is do not let the queue put you off, we arrived sometime after 11 and there seemed to be hundreds of people in front of us but it was no more than ten minutes, and the handing out of several packets of Dooyoo party hats, and we were in reception.
The reception is the usual mix of bright colours, chrome, and wood that actually combine well together and do not look gaudy but still manage to look somehow entrancing to the alcohol fogged mind.
The charge for admission seemed reasonable to me, at £6.00 per person, when compared to the prices you pay here in London. The club actually varies pricing depending on the night so here follows a quick breakdown
Fridays: £4.00 before 11pm £6.00 After NUS £2 all night
Saturdays: £4.00 before 11pm £6.00 After NUS £3 all night
A reduced price can be obtained by becoming a member of the club; now this is the cunning bit, membership is free. Yes free! You simply fill out your details in reception and they send you a membership card. The next time you go back show the card and prices are
Wednesday: members or NUS £1.00
Fridays: £2.00 before 11pm £4.00 after
Saturdays: £3.00 before 11pm £5.00 after
Definitely worth singing
up for the free membership to save some money. The club opens it’s doors at 9.30pm and closes at 2.30 am on a Friday and 3.00 am on a Saturday.
The usual pound for the cloakroom is fairly standard it seems, the big bonus of this cloakroom being that there were 4 staff behind the counter and it took no time at all to lodge your coat nor to get it back at the end of the evening, but hey, we don’t want the evening to be over yet, we haven’t even had a dance!
So a quick guided tour of the club. As you enter the dance floor is directly ahead of you. To the right are a set of chrome stairs leading to the balcony area and two bars overlooking the dance floor.
To your left, as we stand, is bar and an archway leading to a quiet area with, you guessed it another bar and also a lots of comfy chairs and tables. This is the bar to be in if you actually want to chat to your friends. So ok if we get separated meet me in there ok?
All the bars here are really well staffed and we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes to get served, nor did any of the bars seem crowded despite the number of people in the club. Well let’s face it flashing……..a smile!!! at the lady behind the bar often gets the desired result.
After partaking of a refreshing lager, as obviously we had not touched a drop all night, we were ready to show these young clubbers how to dance properly. Heading onto the packed looking dance floor we found more than enough space to strut our funky stuff in comfort. The one major difference to clubs I had been in before was that you could drink on the dance floor and there were lots of bottles rolling round on the floor despite the efforts of the collectors to get them all.
Ocean like all clubs runs a number of different “Nights”
Wednesday being Campus night, which, as you can guess is a student night with all drinks £1.50
Friday is called Chunky
night which plays House, and Garage music and I would think is for the serious clubber only
Saturday is called Seduction, and from the number of couples an apt name. This plays the more commercial end of the music spectrum and is a night for everyone.
It should also be mentioned at this point that the first Monday of every month is Revolution Gay Night
The dress code for the nights apart from student night is smart casual which basically seems to mean no denim on men, or tee shirts on men, or trainers on men, basically it seems the ladies can wear what they like but the guys have to be careful. Mind you this is nothing new at clubs and came as no surprise.
Well this brings me nicely onto the music. A good mix of dance and chart music opened the evening then came the change back through the decades to the early 80s. For those of us of an older persuasion, and I say that in comparison to the average age of the club, 23ish, it was a chance to relive the glory days and we took full advantage of this. Well at least until the DJ totally lost the plot and played the Proclaimers, still haven’t worked out how Lordpercy arranged that one. I can only think that St Patrick’s Day went to the DJs head. Later the tempo picked up again with more current dance sounds and ended with the obligatory slow dance or two.
The lighting in the club was excellent with nice subdued lighting round the edges of the club, but not so dark that you walked in to people and some excellent effects lighting over the dance floor. Beware the strobe gets used to major effect and there are not many warning signs up for those suffering epilepsy or any other condition that can be induced by strobe lighting.
The final thing to mention is Security. Ocean has a fairly large security staff although probably the most discreet I have seen. There were 3 big built guys on the door in the usual long coats and suits. Inside a number of guys
wandered round keeping an eye on things and there were several strategically located fire exits to remove troublemakers through.
Saying that I did not once feel threatened in this club. The atmosphere was fantastic and the people friendly. On more than on occasion I found myself dancing with someone I did not know at all, and I am still getting over the fact my mates kept trying to lose me!
All in all if you want to end a good evening in Nottingham with a dance and a good laugh over a late beer or two I would thoroughly recommend you head here.
Ring the OCEAN Hotline! (0115) 941 1941
Greyfriar Gate, Nottingham NG1 7EF