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Reflex is like the best club/bar ever!!!!
No matter what your age, or gender everybody is welcome at Reflex to take part in the 80's madness. The Reflex bar is a great night out, cheap drink offers, and fab music is just what you need to let your hair down.
Im only 24, and I love Reflex, even though I dont actually know a few of the 80's songs that they play!
The Reflex in Birmingham city centre is my main one, and consists of many poles, and even a spinning dancefloor. It has recently undergone a refurbishment, and is now pretty snazzy inside (and you dont stick to the floor), and im happy to say the spinning dancefloor is still there! There is also a terraced area outside for smokers. Reflex has also started selling food during the day.
The bar stocks every drink you can imagine at reasonable prices, and also has a wide selection of cocktails available, which are in jugs, and huge cocktail sharing glasses. There are always offers available on the shots also.
Reflex is a great place to go for fancy dress, however you can purchase a wide range of products from the bar, including a Madonna Bra, Hoff Pants (gota love the hoff), hula necklaces, oversized heart shaped glasses, headboppers, and even goonies tshirts. The prices are really reasonable and always create perfect photo opportunities.
So if you want to dance with somebody and have a real good time, head down to Reflex because you will definatly have the time of your life!!
There are a number of Reflex nightclubs around the country now & they are 80s themed. Mainly I have been to the one near St Pauls/Cannon Street but have also been to the one in Southend.
It is £5 to get in but you can book a party in and get queue jump etc which then works out to £2 each. You have to be there by a certain time tho for this or they won't let you in. If you don't book and plan on queuing then best to get there early as it can get quite busy and I have waited over an hour to get in before!
The drink prices are different depending on what night of the week it is and what club it is but they are still quite reasonable. They do some great cocktails and pitchers that you get in a huge martini glass which are fab!
The club is purely 80s music and they play all the classics to have you dancing all night. You get a lot of people in fancy dress and also a lot of hen do's and birthday parties. Don't worry if you don't go in fancy dress, they sell lots of accessories behind the bar to dress up with.
Everyone there is friendly and I have never seen any kind of trouble. My friends and I always have such a good time when we go to Reflex and look forward to going again. I would recommend to all ages, especially if you like dressing up!
I went to Cardiff for my hen weekend and luckily I went with someone that was originally from Barry so she knew the area and knew where we should go for good music and a good night out.
Reflex is known for being an 80's bar which I was excited about, ok I was born in the 80's but I still loved the 80's music and thought this bar would be huge and very glam.
Reflex bar which is situated in the centre of Cardiff was somewhere that was mentioned a lot and I was really looking forward to going there and I assumed I would spend most of my weekend in the bar instead of going to other places.
Arriving in Cardiff at about 7pm we didn't actually go out until about 9pm and I kept think about the Reflex and when we would be heading there. We went to a few other pubs first and loved them all. Then after having a few drinks we decided that we would get something to eat and finally wander to Reflex. Finally I was going to get up and dance properly.
We arrived at the pub which to me looked nothing outstanding from the outside, just an ordinary pub with two door men and nothing more. I was surprised there wasn't even a queue to get in the pub but we were charged £2 each to get in. not a lot of money but I did grudge having to pay it seen as the pubs back home you don't get charged but all the same we paid it and went in.
My first impression was not as good as I thought it would be, the room seemed really small and way too over crowded. I decided not to complain and just get into the spirit of things we were on a hen night in a City after all, I'm sure it's always like this and I'm just not used to it being from the sticks.
We went over to a small bar to order our drinks, it really didn't look like the main bar as it wasn't well staffed and there wasn't much room. We all decided to stick to the same drinks and whilst my friend was waiting to order I notice this huge over-sized glass that people were ordering which had some red cocktail concoction in it. I decided I wanted to try one so it was added to the list of drinks we were ordering.
Thankfully the prices in here were pretty much the same as every other bar. Some bars did have offers on but Reflex stuck to the normal prices which wasn't too bad but so far there was nothing really tempting me to stay for more than one drink. Finally we got our drinks and the only place we could stand together was at the top of the stairs that head to the toilets, that really wasn't fun.
Eventually we found a seat which was through an archway at the back of the room, it was a darker room which seemed to have people sitting chilling out as if it was almost quieter than the rest of the bar. The seating was really comfy with big leather couches and it gave me time to take in my surroundings a bit more.
I could now see that there was a slightly raised dance floor which had a DJ playing all the music, everyone was crowding round the DJ booth requesting songs to be put on. Up in the ceiling there was several glitter balls and other decorations that I couldn't make out.
Behind the bar I noticed there was quirky stuff for sale including sunglasses, Madonna boobs and light up things like head boppers. I thought that it was a really good idea to have things as they are bound to have loads of hen parties etc that will want to buy things. Fortunately the girls had already dressed me up from head to toe. The price for these items was really cheap starting at about £2.50. Which I thought was a bargain.
Ok so I've now finished my drinks and I began to relax a lot more. The music on started to get better (or maybe the drink was making me think it was better!) We all got up and started dancing, in this back bit of the room we had so much space to move about compared to the dance floor and everyone getting squashed at the bar.
The music was all 80's and I knew them all so I spent most of my time dancing, then all of a sudden the room was flooded with people, the door men were still allowing people in and I felt it was way too crowded for the size of room it was. We decided shortly afterwards to head back to one of the other pubs as we had enough of being squashed which was a shame as it was a great bar for music.
My highlights of the visit to Reflex were the over-sized drinks. In these glasses who wouldn't want one? We shared ours but most people had one each!! (cheap night out!)
The music - the music was brilliant and got us all on our feet dancing, it couldn't have been a better choice of songs and it really starts the night off well.
The goodies you can buy - thought this was great at such a low price, definitely worth buying as a wee souvenir for a hen or stag night.
The staff - They were all really friendly. The service was pretty quick even though there was a lot of people to serve. They also always had a smile on their faces.
Cleanliness - I couldn't believe that they where forever coming round and clearing empty glasses from the tables which was really good, this meant your table was surrounded in other peoples glasses and you didn't know which glass was yours.
Not so good parts
Unfortunately there was a couple of things that I wasn't too impressed with which I've already mentioned but to sum up;
Paying to get in - I noticed a lot of bars had a charge to get in and although it's not much, it fairly adds up if you decide to go to a few bars in one night like we did.
The size of the pub - For this place to be so popular with people I would've expected it to be a lot bigger than it actually was. The place got very over-crowded and I began to feel claustrophobic being in there, this was the main reason we left.
Over-friendly staff - The staff were really lovely but I don't know how many times I spotted the guy collecting glasses kissing a girl (and not always the same one!) For me it was funny to watch but for others mainly jealous girls it could've caused a bit of hassle
It was a great experience to visit a bar like this. It was a good laugh and I enjoyed dancing and loved my big glass of cocktails. It's certainly different to bars I've been to before and I would probably go again if it wasn't so crowded.
We went to Reflex 80s Bar and Nightclub for my sisters hen party in June.
It is off Lace Market street which is one of the main streets in Nottingham for bars and restaurants. We stayed in the Ibis hotel just round the corner (and a very cheap hotel) which was only a couple of minutes walk so perfect. Just beware that in the very centre the car parks are really expensive, for example £16 for 24 hours, but if you drive out for literally a minute (so just 5 minutes walk from the centre) you can get car parks for a few pounds for 24 hours.
The club is on 3 different levels - the first is a bar area, the second is the dancing area with a revolving dancefloor (the highlight of the club!) and the third is another bar area. They are all very small floors so don't get the wrong impression that this is a massive club. It was pretty full and absolutely boiling hot. We all dressed in 80s fancy dress and there were quite a few other people there in 80s or with a few 80s accessories on but by no means was it the whole club so you would feel comfortable in fancy dress or in normal clothes.
Everyone was really friendly and getting really into the 80s music and revolving dancefloor. I think when there is a theme like this it gets people more excited and up for a laugh.
80s of course! All your favourite classics, most tunes will have you running up to the dancefloor so you don't miss it.
It was open until 2am which wasn't quite late enough for us and there wasn't anywhere else that we knew that we could go to afterwards
We got in for £2 each but I'm not sure what it normally is. If you book a party package, which is for free, you can queue jump and get a free bottly of bubbly and a party package (I think with silly things to wear in it), but you have to get in before 10pm. This is also mainly for hen and stag parties but I'm sure you could just book a party package anyway if there were enough of you.
Drinks were really cheap and a round of 4 drinks was less than a tenner - brilliant! There was also a girl going round selling shots for £2.50 each. The queue at the bar was fairly bad and took normally 10 minutes + to get served.
So much fun for a one-off especially if it's a special occasion and you want to dress up. I reckon it's probably the type of place that if you live in Nottingham and go to a few times, you will probably get sick of it.
Reflex is situated in the city centre of Plymouth - on the corner of what is known as "the strip". This is called "The strip" because it hosts bars and clubs in a strip otherwise known as Union Street. It is prime location if you want to stay here for the whole night or if you want to pop in before/after another place - which adds variation to your night and differing music.
I have been to Reflex many a time, never out of choice but instead fancying a different kind of night out. It technically only has one floor, but sometimes they open up a linking door where you can venture upstairs which is known as "Flares." I find the music quite unique in Reflex because it is typical 1980s music, occasionally they will play early 1990s stuff but that is few and far between. Because it is so specific music wise you get quite a few of the "older" generation. I use this word lightly! As a 23 yr old girl, i often find myself, when i go there, surrounded by people in their early 50's. One thing i really like about this club is the revolving platform - it is only tiny, but it gives you a little laugh after a few drinks dancing to David Hassleholf! Overall the club can get a little bit hot and at times you can have older people dancing quite close to you and the doorstaff are too far away to help. Another thing i do not like is the toilets are at the back of the club quite far away from the door - for some reason I am not sure I like that.
Drink prices can vary here, sometimes I seem to pay £1.50 for a vodka and coke, sometimes nearer £4?!! Although generally sunday to thursday they have special prices where most drinks are under £2! Such as a bottle of becks, VK Blue and double vodka and red bull is £1.99!!
Go here if you want something different from the norm, and love 80's music!
Don't go here if you can't stand 80's music - as this is all it plays!