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Middlesbrough at night
Middlesbrough in General
Member Name: mrdave2001
Middlesbrough in General
Date: 03/09/01, updated on 03/09/01 (4997 review reads)
Advantages: Good club scene, Friendly atmosphere, cheap prices in clubs, etc.
Disadvantages: Some crime problems, avoid the seedy side of town
As there are no venues listed in the Nightclubs category and as I wanted to consider other aspects besides clubs, I felt this opinion should go here.
Firstly, Middlesbrough is not one of the major places you would think of when looking for somewhere to go on a night out. However, there are some good places if you know where to look.
The Empire in the centre of Middlesbrough is the town's biggest and best nightclub. Once a theatre amongst its many incarnations, it is now one of the most popular nightclubs in the region if not the North. You will find it listed in the Guide (published with the Guardian) every Saturday for its Sugershack nights, which attract some of the county's best DJ's (Judge Jules recently played there and I believe Fatboy Slim has too). It is built on two levels, with the main, large dancefloor downstairs, along with a small bar. The main bar is upstairs in the quieter area of the club, and being a former theatre, it all looks very grand and impressive, with a balcony looking out over the dancefloor. As well as Sugershack, on Thursday night there is Planet Pop for fans of cheesy pop music.
Apart from the Empire, there are several other clubs worth a visit. My favourite is the Tuxedo Royale, a 'floating nightclub' on board a ship which is docked next to the Riverside Stadium (home of Middlesbrough Football Club). At night it looks brilliant, and you can go out on deck and look over the dock towards the lights of Middlesbrough. There are several rooms, over three levels. You come into the reception area, and I believe there is a small bar on this level, although I have never visited it. Upstairs is a medium sized room, with sofas and comfy seats and a bar. This is the place to come to relax after you've been to the bottom level, which is the main dance area. The room is large with two bars, lots of seating and best of all, a REVOLVING dancefloor. Different kinds of music are played in each room, an
d there is something for everyone.
The other major nightclub is Liquid. It is situated just off the centre and attracts a very young crowd (some might say TOO young) The dancefloor is quite big and the music is usually dance based. I must say I like Liquid the least out of the three mentioned. It's often quite empty, especially on a Friday and the atmosphere is much better at the other two.
Away from the clubs, there is plenty more to do. There are several theatres in Middlesbrough, including Middlesbrough Little Theatre. There is also regular live music and comedy acts at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Recent visitors include Jack Dee and the Bootleg Beatles.
A brand new UGC cinema has just opened in the centre of town, replacing the old Odeon cinema, which frankly was in need of closing. The cinema has 11 screens and a bar over 3 levels and has an usually large amount of legroom. However food and drink prices are EXTREMELY high-if you must eat, go to McDonalds next door, which opened at the same time as the cinema.
The major eating place in Middlesbrough is the Purple Onion restaurant. The food is top-class, and the service is excellent. For Chinese food lovers, there is China Buffet King, which specialises in All You Can Eat deals-very good value.
As well as the positives, there are few negatives about Middlesbrough at night. The crime rate in the town is always claimed to be high, although none of my friends or myself have never experienced any problems, apart from the tramps who often beg for money outside McDonalds.
Also, the no-go area of Middlesbrough deserves its name. The area past the Albert Bridge is the town's red light zone, with all the trouble that comes with area's such as these.
Apart from this minor problems, Middlesbrough is a good place to come for a night out, with a wide variety of things to do. Come and see for yourself.