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Ritz A Good Night
The Ritz (Manchester)
Member Name: GodToldMeTo
The Ritz (Manchester)
Date: 13/03/02, updated on 29/04/02 (267 review reads)
Advantages: cheap drinks, cheap entry, great atmosphere
Disadvantages: quite heavy music, not alot of choice in offers
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.