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      25.07.2010 00:29

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      I went once to the Ritz. What a disapintment, it is full of drunk people.

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      01.02.2010 17:46
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      A great night out... if you time it right.

      The Ritz used to be an old ballroom that is now a night club. The venue is located on Whitworth Street West and it attracts a completely different crowd, depending on the event that is being held.

      On a Monday night you will find alternative music being played - and a crowd that are really into rock, metal and Goth music. On a Wednesday The Ritz host the "Love Train" night, where the theme is music from the 60's and 70's and the crowd is very mixed - some of my friends call this "grab a granny night" because there are lots of older men and women in here - as well a younger crowd. On a Saturday there is a student night on, you won't be able to get in without an NUS card and this certainly isn't a night for the faint hearted - think lap dancers and wet t-shirt competitions.

      Live acts also play here sporadically. Over the year's famous bands such as The Happy Mondays, The Smiths and the Stone Roses have performed live. It is a good, intimate venue for bands, because there is a stage in the middle of the venue and it's worth keeping an eye of The Ritz website to ensure that you don't miss your favourite live acts.

      The Ritz is quite a fairly big venue (as far as night clubs go) - it has two large bars, a big dance floor, a stage and a cloakroom. On busy nights it is very easy to lose people, so make sure you and your mates all have your mobile phones with you.

      The drinks prices depend on the event that is taking place and the admission prices also vary.

      I'd say that if you fancy checking The Ritz out, then you should make sure that you check what event is taking place first, because the entertainment in here is really varied. Four out of five stars.

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        08.03.2007 11:45

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        hey guys im movin 2 manchester n i need help on decen places 2 go out 2 listen 2 rock music please lemme no if ya have myspace tell me on there cos i dnt use msn nemore my myspace is myspace.com/crazyrandomvicky cant wait to move there just dont no anywhere to go cheers guys xxxx

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        17.03.2002 20:30
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        The Ritz is the second biggest Rock Club in Manchester, after Rock World, but in my opinion much better, and much cleaner. Although it isn't as such a rock club, it does have a great rock night on Mondays. The night begins at 9 and finishes at 2. Once you get there it is £2 pound in before 10.30, or 1.50 if you have a flier. Once actually inside the club it becomes apparent just how big it is. The dance floor is huge and situated right in the middle of the club, this also might be a good time to mention that the dance floor bounces. Which is unbelievably cool. Around the outskirts of the dance floor are numerous seats and tables, which also bounce due to the vibrations of the dancefloor. Behind these, on the first floor,you will find the two bars, opposite each other. The price of beer is very reasonable. A bottle of heineken will set you back £1 and if youre into the alco-pops you can buy quite nice Wild Brews in 2 favours for £1.20. One great thing about the club is that you can buy food from a little food place in the corner, food available includes chips, burgers etc, which are quite nice and reasonably priced. For the gambling types out there, the club hosts numerous machines in which you can pile your money and celebrate a tiny win. The DJ booth is on the edge of the dancefloor overlooking it. The DJ does take requests and he usually has what you want (they are the same djs from the affermentioned Rock World). If a pit breaks out expect the music to stop and the DJ to shout something along the lines of 'If you wanna do that f off to Satans Hollow'. The club itself has 2 floors. All the previous information was about the ground floor. The second floor has a large amount of seating which is baically what it is used for. It is also a good place for the voyeurs among us who want to watch he people dancing below. If you need to go to the toliet, unless you have been before, plan to leave about ten minutes. Not only is i
        t hard to find through a maze of under ground tunnels, but these tunnels are littered with drunken bodies. Next to the toilet you can leave your coat in the cloakroom for £1. At the end of the night if you plan on getting out before day light, go and pick your coat up at least 10 minutes before the club closes. The music itself is great and varied. The night starts with hard obscure metal, which progresses to the more massly appreciated, nu metal and less abscure metal like SOAD and Disturbed to name a few. This leads into the punk and ska, featuring great bands like Green Day, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake,Rancid and many more. Next comes the rap and hip hop, not my favourite music but you will find some song that you like. Dance music follows, with the hugely popular Alton Towers theme tune usually making an appearance. The night finishes going back to the metal. So as you can see there is something for almost everyone. If you are worried about transport to and from The Ritz, it is close to the Metrolink stop St. Peters Square, and many a taxi is available right outsid when the club shuts. The Ritz is a great night out, and well worth a visit. So go now.

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          13.03.2002 00:53
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          I have to give the thumbs up to the Ritz on a Monday night. There are not many places where you'll get the same quality venue open until 2 o'clock on a Monday night, especially student friendly and in the centre of Manchester. Alternative night, as it’s known, kind of just means a night of nu metal and 20 minutes of ska but the place itself is superb and the atmosphere is great ideal for those of you who don't see binge drinking confined to the weekend. The Ritz is huge and the resident DJs are the very same from Jilly's Rockworld on a Friday night. Speaking of Rockworld, there’s a place to slag off, is there a rulebook somewhere that says rock clubs have to be dumps? If there is then Jilly's follows it to the letter. Nothing like the Ritz, which is well kept, and relatively clean. There are two bars so getting a drink is quick and easy and there is even a snack bar. A little pricey thanks to its captive audience, a bowl of chips will cost you £1. But when the wee small hours are approaching you’ll be glad its there. The Ritz is not strictly a rock club, in fact not at all was built as a dance hall and the wooden floor, when absorbing the pounding bass lines rock music omits vibrates and shakes. Now this can either make or break your night. I suggest if you plan to take advantage of the alcopops then you stay off it but when that precious half an hour of ska comes on skanking has never been as much fun. In terms of 'moshing' the Ritz is definitely not the place to do it, thank god anyway, mindless violence if you ask me. If a pit breaks out expect the music to stop and the djs, who have full view of the huge dance floor to usually "eff off to Satan’s hollow." This is, in my humble opinion pretty cool. I'm the type of person who enjoys music without having to knock someone to the ground to make my night. Also expect the whole club, all two floors of it to st
          are at you quite intensely. If you want to go to the toilet then head for the corner of the club. I don’t mean to pee on the wall but each corner has its own door that leads to the basement kind of place. Here you can put your coat in, which costs £1 and visit the little boys/girls room. You will have to climb over however a floor awash with dyed hair and nirvana tops, which the security guards don't even try to disperse. Personally I love going to the Ritz on a Monday, there’s usually people there I know and the drinks are quite reasonable value. You can get a bottle of fosters for £1 or a bottle of wild brew, which comes in two flavours, cranberry and lemon lime for £1.20. These offers last all night and not just for the first hour like some places, (Jilly's). I don't particularly like nu metal but I love punk and even though the same songs are played every week in pretty much the same order I enjoy it. The only thing I ask is that they change the offspring’s I want you bad for something else now. In my experience I’ve found that if the club is full, one time it took me and my friends about 15 minutes to get it due to the queues they play far more punk than usual, which is great. So go, take your friends and maybe we’ll get more than the usual few songs. Its £2 in or £1.50 with a flyer that’s available on request for your next visit. Don’t worry about having to wait for taxi’s either as there’s no shortage when the club shuts. There are also plenty of take aways close by so if the in house snack bar doesn’t appeal to you, you’ve still got plenty of options.

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            12.03.2002 23:06
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            O.K. i have been to the Ritz a few times on a Monday night, because it’s alternative/rock/dance/hip hop night. I personally prefer the rock but still there’s very few rock places on a Monday night in Manchester. I still went down with a few of my friends as they recommended to me, I had a few quid on sod it I went. The format of the place as soon as you walk in you see the dance floor, which I would like to say bounces with all the people jumping up and down,(it’s so cool). There is two floors with a main stage(some bands play there), with several bar around the place. There are so many passages around the layout of the place where went the first time I went I go lost. The music is as I mention above. At the start they play a bit of nu-metal, then it goes into punk and ska, it play that for most of the night. Then it goes into some rap(which I hate). Then it goes into dance but good dance like prodigy ect. Then it has some rock and old metal. Overall you can request any song, he will have most of them(it’s the DJ from rock world). It’s really good music up till the rap and dance bit but it gives you time to get drunk. The drinks are reasonably priced from £1 and there’s a large selection. It’s £2 in before 10.30 and I don’t know after that. Overall its not a bad night out so go if you want I don’t care.

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              22.11.2001 23:17
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              I went to the Ritz nightclub on a monday night and let's just say it wasn't somewhere I was going back to in a hurry! The club is located just around the corner from the Cornerhouse Cinema and is just off Oxford Road, from the outside it looks like it isn't up to much but once you get inside it has a rather impressive set-up. There is a stage obviously for when they have shows and there is a bouncing dancefloor (well I wouldn't call it bouncing but you can feel the vibrations to every note of music, ain't a good thing when drunk!) and there are plent yof seating for those of you who don't like dancing. Now the two things that put me off this club, and don't get me wrong I'd definetly go to their 70's night or their lovetrain wednesday, was that the music was all 'alternative!' now I don't mind all the unkown bands from America and all the punk rock, but they just played chart hits from Amercan teen bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit which wasn't what I'd call alternative if you can listen to it on Dr.Foxes pop chart! My other problem was when we stood in the crowd waiting to get in the group of guys in front of me and my mates got ID'd or asked to prove their age, so one of them said " I don't have any!" so the bouncer askewd him how old he was and he replied "I'm 16!" so the bouncer laughed and told him to go away, now I myself might have thought the guy to be stupid but when I got inside and realised the average age there was 15 I did kinda feel sorry for him mistaking it for an underage club! But no it's definetly SUPPOSED to be over-18's only. The drinks were averagely priced and they didn't have a very good choice but you don't go to clubs for the drinks really thats what pubs are for! Anyway definelty avoid the Monday Night Alternative unless your 14 but the club does seem to be quite cool so check out the We
              dnesday love train!!

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                03.10.2001 16:54
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                The Ritz on a Wednesday Night is Brutus Gold’s Love Train, not as dodgy as it sounds! It’s a seventies night, playing seventies music, and most of the people here can actually remember what it was like to be going out in the seventies. In a stark contrast to the Monday night Ritz, if you go on a Wednesday at age 19 you can expect to feel young as people who are 30-40+ along with the student regulars surround you. There are dancers on the stage who pull up random people to dance with them on the stage in front of a packed room, they also hand out posters and badges to the crowd. If you’re female and dressed in seventies attire you’re more likely to end up on stage or going home with a poster/badge than if you’re wearing modern clothing. So make the effort if you fancy a chance! The majority of the crowd do wear seventies clothing, take a look around and see more pairs of flares than in a vintage clothing shop, the funny part is, that most of the older crowd look like they’re wearing clothes that really are 30 years old. At some point during the night, three guys will be pulled on stage, and the crowd will be asked to cheer for the worst dressed. This poor guy will win a t-shirt that he has to wear for the remainder of the night. Because the dance floor is bouncy, it doesn’t hurt your feet, in those 70’s style platform shoes and you can dance the night away to the 70’s music. You can request a song, but it’s rarely played straight away. Most of the popular 70’s songs are played anyway. Most people will hear something they recognize, even if it’s only the 4th Abba song of the night! The Ritz has a large dance floor on the ground floor, with the bar and a few tables, then an upper level balcony with a couple more tables and chairs. Most people have to stand on the balcony though or dance on the ground floor. Then there’s the lower lev
                el, corridors and toilets and the cloakroom is about all that’s down here. The disadvantage is the price. After 11pm it’s £5 to get in, and drinks are expensive, about £3 each. There isn’t a student discount on a Wednesday night. The night is good as a one off night, but if you go the week after you’ll find it’s exactly the same, same songs, same people, same clothes. Worth taking your mum to, if she wants to go out!

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                  26.09.2001 00:04
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                  Monday nights at the Ritz are "alternative night"s which is really wicked as they play some quality music. They also play a different variety which is cool too as every alternative music fan gets at least something that they like played. Another bonus of The Ritz is the bouncy dancefloor which is wicked. I used to dance the night away to my favourite tunes whilst getting really drunk cheaply. Lovely. the price to get in is also really cheap, especially if you have the frequent card thingy. Bonus! However change was a foot at the Ritz. Suddenly the average age dropped from around 18, maybe a little less, to about 12. Suddenly I was surrounded by gangs of 12 year olds getting amazingly plastered and running around the place. Now don't get me wrong I am not against kids of that age going out 'cos I used to when I was that age so it would be hypocritical of me to condemn them, but the Ritz hit new heights when the WHOLE place was covered in them, and NONE of them looked even slightly 18, I don't know how the hell they got in. My theory is that the bouncers let LOADS of them in ebcause they're half the size of normal human beings meaning that they thought they could fit more in, or maybe it was to make more money... I am making it sound like I'm around 60 when I'm 20, but the last time that I went to the Ritz the place was HEAVING with 13 year olds making it AMAZINGLY hot as there were too many people in there and i felt like a paedophile in a sauna, which isn't a nice feeling....by the way I didn't fancy any of them or anything, it was just an analogy to make me seem older...seriousley. I am not a perv. Really. However the last time that I went to the Ritz was in the school holidays, but this is the only time that I am home to go to the Ritz as the rest of the time I'm away at uni, during term time it must calm down a bit and must fill up with manchester uni students, which would make it wicked again, so ba
                  sically all in all I would reccommend the Ritz on a Monday night to you if you like alternative music, but one tip, don't go in the school holidays....unless you want to feel like Roy Cropper looks.

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                  22.02.2001 06:34
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                  I've been going to the Ritz on a Monday night for 3 or so years now, and I must admit nowadays I feel very old when I go in (I'm 19). You can spot the 13 year olds trying desperately to look older than they are, and it is very obvious that they are barely out of nappies but I think that is just accepted in the Ritz. (actually some fo the funniest moments occur when mothers turn up dragging their kids out by the ear...) There is no dress code, but turn up in pink lycra and you will regret it. Turn up in trainers and black, and you will fit in. The music itself is a blend of Rock, Hip-hop, goth and occasionly a bit of dance (electronica kind of thing). The stuff they play is on the commercial side of Rock, hip-hop though (Eminem, Limp Bizkit, Wu-tang clan) so don't expect anything that unusal. The quality can also flucuate, some weeks it will be fantastic toons all the way (sometimes the DJ's even play 5ive, Shaggy, Britney Spears or Robbie Williams for pure comedy value, promise) some weeks it will be loads of B-sides and general dull-ness. You can request your tunes of course, you will definately get a nod, but rarely do they put anything too specific on. The venue is also a big place, with a balcony you can walk around, and a lot of space surrounding the dance floor, and lots of general corridors to wonder around and do naughty things (for god's sake they're only 12!!!). There is also a stage, which you can sit on, but heaven forbid you dance on it, cos the DJ will shout irrepeatable insults at you, then the security will grab you very hard. Unless you have glowsticks that is, or have some other entertaining feature to amuse everyone. Then there is the bouncy dance floor........ This is where the sense of community, which there is in the Ritz, comes out on top. People dance generally in a similar way - put it this way, less is not more. More is more, and the more you thrust various body parts ab
                  out and whack innocent bystanders, the better. On certain tunes as well, everyone will bounce at exactely the same time, so if you stand still you can feel the rather funky trampoline effect taking place. There is no other club where everyone will move in such perfect unison. There is also the regular mosh pit, depending on the song of course. Certain tunes, anything by Rage against the machine, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Limp Bozkit tracks will get people forming a mosh pit. Be careful though, and either dance somewhere else or just round the rims, unless you really do want to be trampled on (whatever takes your fancy really!) It's only 2 pounds after 10.30pm to get in, there is often a bargain drink, but all other drinks are extortinately priced, at around £3 each!! If you want to drink a lot, I recommend going round the corner to 5th Avenue and getting drinks for a pound then heading for the Ritz, because el cheapo it is not. The Ritz is always fun though, even though if your over 17 you will feel old, and there isn't much left for you in terms of totty....but still the Ritz is a place to dance in anyway you want, because there is not room for pretentious dancing styles there.

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                    28.11.2000 19:47
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                    The Ritz has been keeping the mundane out of monday nights since Rage first yelled 'Be off with you*, I won't do what you tell me' * words to that effect, and probably before. The staple diet of every 'Rock/alternative' student in manchester, and those of us who come home for holidays and miss it like washing done for you and clean kitchens. The Ritz is 5 times bigger than manchester's other rather sad Goth hangout, Jilly's Rockworld and had marvellously cheap drinks, some bottles £1 or £1.50. It costs £2 to get in before 10.30, and you get a little card that gets you in for £1 for the next couple of months. The main ballroom plays a range of new Rock, old indy, older Rock, Hiphop, dance and the bouncy dancefloor keeps you dancing all night.The Dj's quite obnoxious with an 'it's my place i'll play what I like' attitude. There's a balcony upstairs for sitting and getting up to no-good, and a corridor downstairs leading to the toilets, cloakroom and other ends of the dancefloor for likewise dodgy behaviour. Sadly the crowd these days all seem to be aged 15 to 18, apart from the student regulars, which made me feel old ( I'm only 19!) last time I was there, but at least it keeps the whippersnappers off the streets! The Ritz still remains my favourite club in Manchester for a cheap laugh and an opportunity to dance as daftly as you like.

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