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The Ritz (Manchester)
Member Name: godownonme
The Ritz (Manchester)
Date: 17/03/02, updated on 17/03/02 (934 review reads)
Advantages: Beer, Beer, Good music
Disadvantages: None i can think of
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.