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      04.03.2009 22:32

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      I went on a clubbing holiday in Newquay last season and bought a ticket for Newquay's Biggest Bar Crawl- I was collered in the street by one of the REPS. I was a bit unsure at first, but thought 'what the heck- it's cheap' and I have to say i had THE best night EVER!I totally 100% recommend going on the Bar Crawl in Newquay- it's such good value and awesome fun!There, I've done my bit for all you going on holiday uin Newquay this year! See you there!

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      i dont reccomend clubs in newport thats for sure

      I think I'm "past" my clubbing time, I've been doing it since I was 16 (underage I know), I am now 22 in a weeks time, have 2 boys and like to think I've grown up a little. Not that I'm sayin clubbing is 'childish', but where I live I find it is. The clubbing scene is different in all areas, but the city I live in has gone downhill fast people seem to think there is a reputation to keep up with etc and you seem to find this whilst out clubbing. But I used to love it ! I used to love everything about my night out to Newport EVERY friday and Saturday. I'd pour my vodka, get my gladrags on and plaster my face in make up like I was using Dulux paint! Lippy would go on and I'd pout my lips.. Mmmm beautiful! NOT! Drunken babble in the back of the taxi on the way in, straight into our usual first club, a small but popular reggae/rnb club! So small nobody could move, I loved the music though. I'd fall out of that club into another, trot and stumble up to the top floor after paying my hefty entrance fee, although I can't actually remember how much I just gave her or whether I put my change back in my purse. Did I have any change? Doors would open and the reggae rhythms would pump through my veins. I'd dance and sway as if I had a body of a goddess, when in fact I was an overweight flump and everyone looked at me like DAMMNNN she's drunkkk !!! When really I wanted people to think DAMMMNNN she's fine! 4AM would come and I'd fall out of the club, wait in a taxi rank for over half an hour, finally get in a taxi pay god knows how much to come home! BRILLIANT night! I used to love that?? It was the same every week for me.

      Where I live clubs are not that big and are not that popular, the clubbing scene is not as exciting and alive as some of the major cities. Apart from where I live I've only ever been to Cardiff and Bristol, they are ten times better than Newport. Newports so small for a city, same people in every club every week, same clothes, same smells, same s**t different day as people would say.

      My idea of clubbing is going out drinking, socialising with friends, letting your hair down, having a dance and having fun especially. Which most of the time I have done all of this out clubbing, probably because of the amount I've drank though.

      No matter what city or town you go to theres allsorts of clubs to suit different people, playing different genres of music, R&B, Rock, Indie, Reggae, Oldies, Pop, Dance etc. Large Clubs, Small Clubs Zanzibar, Escapades, Oceana, La Bamba, The Page, Glitterball, Mojo's, Tiger Tiger, Liquid they are a few random night clubs. You usually will find the same group of people in a particular club when you go out as they only like one type of music or are just comfortable going there.

      My experience has been both good and bad. Yes I have loved the binge drinking, getting stupidly drunk just to boost my confidence for a few hours, and I have loved blowing my money on more drink. Waltzing into a club like I own the place (thats the confidence boost right there) and dancing the night away (well at least trying to dance). It was good back then anyway.

      Now I find when I go out clubbing it's full of 'Kids', I know I was only 16 then and people probably thought the same when they seen me out on the razz, but obviously I was oblivious then. I waste so much money, taxi into town £4-5, entrance into a club £5-8 maybe more on special occasions such as Christmas Eve, Boxing Day etc., £20 plus on drinks I really didn't need. I drink before I go out, now I drink before I go out so I only need to buy maybe one drink when I am actually out. It makes it hell of alot cheaper for me and probably safer. Drink affects people in different ways, but like I said there are alot of 'kids' out where I go clubbing, and consuming alcohol is one of their strong points, actually controlling it though definitely is not. They stand and stare, you only need to look at them once and they want to start a fight. You could walk into someone in a club, sorry means nothing to them it's an excuse for them to shout and spit at you and purposely cause a fight. In each club I've been to lately theres always a little group standing in a corner somewhere or by the bar, the group people steer clear of because if you go too close they growl and hiss, pour drinks over you. Why? Oh and the pulling part of clubbing, O.K so we go out we see someone attractive, chat for a bit and at the end of the night have a little kiss. No in fact, we go out get totally blotto, wear our beer goggles think ANYBODY is attractive and take them outside or home for a quick fumble. Once I was coming home in my friends car and we had to drive through town to get where we had to go, we stopped in a car park to get something to eat. While I sat in the back of the car waiting for my friend to get back with food I could not believe my eyes, "OH MY GOD!!" There in front of my eyes was a girl bent over with a boy behind her, you can figure out the rest. She had no clothes on, you could see absolutely everything. Thats degrading yourself surely.

      I know I'm not innocent, I've gone out got extremly drunk, and snogged somebody I will never see again in my life but that, that's disgusting. At least if you are going to do it, do it in your own home. Now if I do fancy going out to socialise with the girls and have a little drink I tend to go to my local pub, especially if the footys on.

      I know I'm painting a bad picture about the whole clubbing scene, but this is mainly about where I live. So if ever you want to try somewhere different for clubbing, don't go to Newport (Lol). I have been other places clubbing though. Been into some amazing clubs and met some fantastic people. I've walked into clubs where the atmosphere as soon as you walk in is friendly, and people will smile at each other without wanting to slap you. Music has been different, but suits everybody in the club. I do like trance music, but I can't dance to it so I'm more of an R&B/Reggae girl. If you were to see me in a club and a top reggae/r&b tune come on you are bound to see me winding in the corner I can't help myself.

      I do find going out drinking, clubbing, dancing etc is a good way to let your hair down for one night. Meet new people, listen to music you maybe havn't heard before. But I'd rather not go out if all its going to lead to is trouble, or a total waste of money. Clubbing can be a really good experience, but I suppose a clubbing experience is what you make of it most of the time.

      Another thing which puts me off clubbing in general is the whole bad press thing about needles being stuck in peoples arms as they just walk past, drinks being spiked etc. The attacks and rapes etc. Although sometimes I believe some people cause their own bad misfortunes. For example A girl goes out wants herself to look good dresses in a tight mini skirt, shows all her cleavage, is extremely drunk but wants to pull and chats up every fit male she sees, it could all be innocent but it could come across another way to a fella. Girls are big lead ons and teases when they are drunk, or maybe thats just me (lol), how do they expect a bloke to act when they are flaunting what they got in front of their face.

      I know I've made the whole clubbing scene sound dangerous and scary and basically rubbish. But if you find the right place, and the right clubs you can have a fantastic time. You can dance the night away to top notch songs bellowing in your ears. Lights flashing, people smiling, singing, laughing and genuinely having an amazing time.

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        08.12.2008 23:20
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        Time to break out those glad rags and party

        I have read about so many bad experiences on clubbing, and it is a shame that so many people have not enjoyed the clubbing scene. I myself have not had a bad experience and I enjoyed my night life and if I could do it all over again then I would.

        I am heavily into music and have loved the same style of music since my early teens, with it just expanding covering a lot of alternative music. I still listen to some of the same bands as what I did when I was 15.

        Being into mainly rock and industrial music, I would spend almost every weekend in my favourite underground rock club. There are only a handful of places where I live that are aimed at people that enjoy alternative music.

        With some of my friends not having the same taste in music as me, I have been dragged along to some mainstream clubs, so I can compare the two different scenes. I was surprised by the difference; general nightclubs seem to be all about getting 'wasted' I must have been about the only person who was still sober enough to actually know how bad it is ha-ha! Okay maybe a slight exaggeration, but seriously most of the clubbers would have had a fair few drinks, I didn't hate my time in clubs like these but I wouldn't choose to go but I would go along for my friends. The atmosphere is very different, and I would find the men to be well...a disgrace they would behave in a way that would completely put me off wanting to go into these venues, they would be very flirtatious to the point where they would think it is okay to 'grab' and feel the ladies up!

        Also because of the amount of drink that would be consumed by the vast majority of the people in the nightclub there would be a lot more violence, which is terrifying for most and puts a lot of people off wanting to go out. It would be with guys and girls, there would be people being escorted off the premises due to their anti social drunkenly behaviour and girls in these clubs are far from friendly, if anything it feels like they are in competition of one another. You only have to look at someone in the 'wrong' way and you may get slapped! The girls are almost as bad as the guys on exiting the club at the end of the night you would see rows and fights between men and women, sometimes due to the fact that the guy the girl was eyeing up in the club or even had a kiss with had left with someone else. I think that a lot of people would go out in the intention of meeting up with someone to go home with at the end of the night. One of my friends would make this all believable because most of the conversation held would be about him finding a girl and he would take out a stupid amount of money for one night, somewhere around £60! That is far too much in my opinion for a night out and then he would be out the next night.

        That is not my idea of fun, and I hope my opinion on the general night clubbing experience has not offended anyone, but that is how I see it.

        Most of my weekends I would be found in the local underground night club, that is aimed towards people who like alternative heavy metal music.

        There is a huge difference between the two experiences, and the atmosphere in the rock club is completely different. I have never had a bad experience in all my years of going out on a weekend. There would hardly be anyone escorted of the premises only a very few occasions when they have kicked someone out. There would be no violence and the whole atmosphere would be friendly, and you don't get that feeling of competition between girls, in fact everyone was friendly and out to have a good time!

        There would always be the regulars and many familiar faces as I became friends with a lot of people in there. Going to the ladies room you would find girls in there chatting and sharing make up and would often start chatting to you even if they didn't know you.

        I loved going out on the weekend, and the getting ready was part of the fun for me. I liked to look good and spend time making myself look glam. (I wouldn't buy a new outfit for every weekend but I did have a huge collection of clothes for going out in.) I would put on my make up and do my hair which I enjoyed because I'm not the kind of girl that wears make up on a daily basis, but I would wear heavy eye makeup and once I was satisfied that my make up was perfect, I would put my PVC outfit on with many accessories and my new rock boots and I would be ready to go. My friend would come and get me and we would walk into town even in the freezing winter months with just my full length coat on to keep me warm, luckily I have always lived close to town. I don't like the idea of spending more money than I can afford for a weekend out, so I would only take £20 with me and still come back with change!

        Once we arrived at the club we would pay the entrance fee and make our way down the stairs into the underground club to be greeted by heavy rock music, you would normally find me jump on the dance floor before I even made it to the bar! For me going out was not about getting drunk or hooking up with someone I was there to have a good time, and I don't need to be fuelled with drink to do so. I like to know what I am doing and I don't want to wake up the next morning feeling rough with a hangover, where is the fun in that!! I would spend most of the night on the dance floor rocking out having a good time, getting high on the music! With a lot of people knowing each other and with most faces being familiar there was always a friendly atmosphere which is what I think made the night good. On exiting the club which was from the back door onto a car park everyone would stand and chat and say their goodbyes and leave happily. I would always walk home at the end of the night with friends and a few of my friends would come back to mine and sleep on my sofa as I lived nearby and it saved them taxi fares.

        I have never had a bad experience in all my years of going out, and I have enjoyed every minute of it and if I could do it all again then I would! I have happy memories from good times.

        I know there is a lot of negative feeling amongst people about clubbing in general and quite a few people have experienced or had a bad incident. Which is a shame; there are too many people that go out to get drunk which can ruin it, because drunken people will usually cause trouble.

        Always be careful when going out clubbing; never go alone always have friends with you. Never leave the club alone and try and share a taxi with people. Always stay safe, never leave your drink unattended and I personally think it is better to have a bottle so you can put your thumb over the top to prevent anyone slipping anything into your drink, if you have a glass just hold it close to you. I would advise against leaving your drink at a table if you need to leave it then get a friend that you trust to hold it for you. Don't leave at the end of the night with someone you barely know, have some respect for yourself if you like someone then exchange numbers and then you can meet them the next day I would take a friend with you. You need to be careful these days there are too many incidents and young girls are easy targets. It is not all doom and gloom, just be alert don't get overly drunk so that you have no control over what you are doing and stay safe! Most importantly have fun!

        I would always have a drink before going out whilst getting ready - It is cheaper!

        Only take out the amount you have to spend, waking up the next morning with a sore head realising that you have spent your week's wages is not going to be a good thing.

        It has been a while since I have a night out on the town as I now have my baby boy to take care of.

        I am a little apprehensive about my daughter who is more than likely going to want to enjoy the clubbing scene as I know there are dangers and not everyone has pleasant experiences like me. I think I may just have to go a long with her! He-He!

        Good times!

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          23.11.2008 18:32
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          make sure you look after your drinks

          I used to go clubbing when I was younger but have to say I am not a huge fan of it.

          I live on the outskirts of town in a rural location, so it does cost quite a bit in taxi's to get home at night. I think its an expensive night out anyway as they charge £5 just to get in, then you have drinks on top which are not cheep.

          The best part about nightclubs for me is the dancing, I love to have a good boogie!!

          I have found that some nightclubs in my area are more like meat market's, and for me I dont get enjoyment out of being groped or getting my bottom pinched constantly. And as the evening finishes everyone is completly blotto! Then they dont care what remarks they say to you, it does not make for a great evening!

          The last time I went to a nightclub was a couple of years ago and had a bad experience as I had my drink spiked.

          I went out with my friend at the time as she was having a get together with some of her old friends and asked me to come along, but she then decided while we were out to go back to her boyfriends flat and left me with her friends. I knew one of the lads there as I had been out as a group with him before, so decided to stand and chat with him. He bought me a drink from the bar, it was a bottle of reef. When I had finished the bottle I went to the bar to buy him one back, and then went to the toilet.
          Whilst in the toilet I started feeling a little strange and quite aggresive, I ended up having a row with someone in the toilets which was very unlike me, I am such a quiet person and not one to start trouble. Luckily I was aware that something was not right, so without even saying goodbye to the group I just got my coat and left for home in the taxi which were parked outside the club. The taxi driver then knew I wasn't completly with it so decided to over charge me, and in turn I then had a go at him too. Once I was home I had a glass of water and threw up twice, I knew I wasn't drunk as I hadn't had that much to drink. So I then went off to bed. I woke a few times in the night and the room looked hazy and was spinning round.

          In the morning my father in law came round to bring my daughter home as he had been looking after her the previous night. While he was round I made him a coffee, and while we sat drinking it I had several turns and the coffee ended up all over me. I have a mild form of epilepsy and something had triggered it off and I was having them left, right and centre.

          My father in law was concerned something had happened so he got in touch with my brother in law as he is a paramedic. He knew it wasnt the drink and asked if I had left my drink as maybe it was tampered with.

          I dont know if it was the lad I was with but I did end my friendship with my friend as a result. And funnily enough she kept texting me to say this lad was interested in me and wanted to see me again, so in the end I replied and told her I wasn't interested in him. It did stop after that.

          The other thing I dislike about nightclubs, especially in the city I live near is the amount of trouble there is, my brother in law goes many a time to stabbing's and violent glass attacks and is often left frightened himself.

          The best advice I would give to women is to ensure you look after your drinks, and make sure you dont let it out of your sight.

          I am now 33 and as a mother with a young child I very rarely get the chance to go out anyway, but when I do I much prefer a nice quite drink in the pub or going out for a pizza and a bottle of wine.

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            22.11.2008 23:42
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            When I was younger I used to love going clubbing but I'm not really into it anymore, now for anyone that knows me knows that it sounds weird me saying that but its true. I used to go out nearly every weekend and have a laugh with my mates, but it's got a little boring now to say the least.

            There used to be a good club called Harlem/Candlerooms in my home town of Kirkcaldy, its still there but now I find that it is shockingly rubbish. After going for a few weeks and always asking to have some songs played I got to know the D.J, and I always found that he played what the punters wanted not what he wanted or what the management told him to play. Recently all that has changed and they sacked him and brought in a new D.J who is, to put it bluntly, completely rubbish. It doesn't matter if you ask him to play any song, you are told 'yeah I'll play that later' and by the end of the night and everyone is leaving its still not on.

            I also find that people who are under the age of 18 are finding it a bit more easier to get into clubs, partly because a lot of the girls are wearing either really short skirts or dresses or really revealing tops, and the bouncers don't really check any I.D they just allow them in. This can spoil the night for anyone that is in there, as most young people tend to get really drunk before they go out, then have a few in the clubs or pubs, and a lot of fights tend to start over something really silly. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying that only the under 18's do that, there are a lot of older people who are the same.

            When I go out I am very protective over my self and my friends and I find that when we are out we tend to get some unwanted attention, which everyone gets at some point, you get the really drunk idiot who think that its fun to try and grope you, but I'm sorry it's not funny and women don't like it. This happened to me one night I was out and it nearly ended in a fight. I was walking to the bar with 2 friends when this really drunk guy decided to grab my bum, which I really didn't appreciate, I turned round and asked him what he thought he was doing, and he just laughed and tried it again, by this point I was really angry, what gives him the right to touch me, so I nicely told him to get lost. He didn't listen and moved onto my friend saying 'well if I can't have you I will have your pal'. This made me really angry as my friend was also pregnant at the time and she was feeling really awkward as this guy was invading her personal space. So I took matters into my own hands and took his arm off my friend and told him that if he didn't leave us alone there would be trouble, but yet again he didn't listen and then proceeded to move onto my other pal, now I was seething, we couldn't even get out of his way as all his pals had crowded around us so we were boxed in. He made a grab for my other pal and I grabbed his arm and twisted it up his back telling him to leave now or I would make sure he went home in an ambulance. As soon as he realised how angry I was he walked away, meanwhile all his pals burst into fits of the giggles and walked away. I know that really wasn't the right thing to do but there wasn't any indication that he was going to leave us alone, and there were no bouncers near by to alert them to what was going on. This could have turned out really badly with either one or all of us getting hurt.

            When I am out clubbing I like to visit clubs that play R&B and dance. I have been dancing since I was five and I just love it, it's my one passion in life. I always find that when I am dancing I am in a world of my own and always feel very relaxed.

            I do always find that the prices that you have to pay to get into a club are normally quite expensive. A few of the clubs on the local high street have a period at the start of the night when the clubs are quieter, that if you enter before 11PM you pay only half the entry fee, normally about £5, then after 11PM you pay the full £10, all that just to access the place. Then once you are in you have all your drinks to pay for and I always find that they are not cheap either. On an average night out down the town if I am visiting a few places it can end up costing me about £60 that's including taxis too.

            One of the clubs in my area do a student night on a Thursday, where you just pay a really high entry fee and all your drinks are either £1 each or it is included in the entry fee, depending on the offer on that night. I have never taken advantage of this as I work all during the week and have to be up at 6AM. When I do go out I tend to make it a Saturday night as I am off work on the Sunday.

            I also doesn't matter which club you go to there's always some one that is either getting escorted out or is being asked to leave, and by the end of the night you are guaranteed to see at least one fight, normally consisting of 2 very large drunk men.

            There is also a very high chance of your drink being 'spiked', as sadly to say there are a lot of people out there who think that it's funny to slip something into your drink when you are not looking. I have learned to buy my drinks in a bottle and keep my thumb over the top, and never lay them down for even a second, as that's all I takes for you to become a victim. If I have placed my drink down and taken my eyes of it foe even a split second I will buy my self another. Id rather spend a little extra money than spend a night in the hospital or for something worse to happen.

            So I guess what I am trying to say is that I only go out if it's something special, like a friends birthday or Christmas, as I really can't be bothered with all the hassle that comes with trying to enjoy a night out with your friends.

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              06.11.2008 18:11
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              Are you an early finish or an early starter???

              Ever since I turned 18 I have loved clubbing, but I definately don't go out as much as I used to!

              I look very young for my age . . Im 23 and even got asked for ID for the lottery a few months back, was quite offended at that!!

              When I first turned 18 I would go out clubbing every Monday, Thursday, Fri & Saturday night and I would also go out on Sunday nights to Karoake. I can put my hand on my heart and admit that I can always remember what I have done and what has happened to me when I've had heavy nights out on the town!

              I now go out clubbing every weekend Fri and Saturday nights and only 1 of those nights if any, will i go to an actual club! Although I love clubbing and enjoy it very much, I hate the idiots you get and the horrible, nasty people who thinks its fun to take the mick out of you or one of your friends! I'm sure everyone has had experience of this!!

              A lot of people find clubbing an excuse to get drunk, but I always seen to have a good time without getting drunk. As long as I'm with a good group of friends and I like the music, thats all I need to have a good time!

              There are many different clubs to suit lots of different people! Some clubs play R & B, Hip Hop, Funky House, Trance, Dance and Hard House music, some clubs will play 80's and what I call cheesey music!

              With my boyfriend being a DJ I have been to many clubs across the country such as Guildford, Brighton, Southampton, Crawley, Bournemouth and lots more. I always try to have a good night clubbing but you always get 1 or a group of people who try and pick fights or get so drunk they can't stand and they have to be escorted out of the club by the doormen! To me, this isn't a good time!! This has also given me fond memories of ridiculous clothes people will wear out and what they think look's good on them!! The amount of messy people I have seen, has put me off drinking too much when I go out clubbing!!

              I have also been to The Ministry Of Sound in London with my boyfriend and we went clubbing from about 11pm until about 5am in the morning. It was an amazing night and an amazing experience, if you like that type of thing and I would love to do it all over again!

              Some clubs can be pretty expensive to get in, and some of the drinks prices in clubs are unbelieveable but I think they charge these prices as they know customers will pay the money so they can have a few drinks!

              Some people prefer to just go to a bar or a pub and have a few quiet drinks then go home but for me, I love clubbing and partying!!

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                All good things come to end, to make way for better things

                Being only 21, my clubbing days seem a distant memory, which yes does seem odd, but i gave it all up 2 years when i decided to opt for the quiet life, well not so quiet with two small children, but you catch my drift!.
                When i was 16/17 i had a advantage as i looked older for my age and managed to get into clubs and bars without being asked for i.d.
                M e and my friend sean used to always go out together as he also looked older for his age, it was always just the two of us because no one else our age could get it.
                I grew up listening and admiring dance music, and thats all thanks to my dad and older sister, i used to love listening to radio one on a Saturday and Sunday night listening to dance anthems with Dave pierce.
                I also used to love the thrill of getting all dolled up ready to go party, when i look back now some of the things i wore, i would dare wear in bed, never mind outside! mini-skirts, hot pants, halter-neck tops, dresses that left nothing to the imagination, but at the time it was fun and i loved it.
                Getting so drunk that by 2am i was ready to go home, or slumped in the corner waiting for my friend to stop chatting up other men!
                Clubbing how ever isn't as good as it used to be in more ways than one, take for instance the music, ten years ago we where dominated by a mass of brilliant artists, dj's, and great songs to go with them, the songs that made clubbing what it is, still live with us today but the generation of clubbers today for some reason don't honor these tunes like they should.
                I went out recently with a friend and all night not once did i hear any of the classics like faithless,moby, Tiesto, Fergie, Fat boy slim. All the dj played was cheesy pop songs, i even went up and asked the dj whether he could play a Tiesto track and he gave me a look as to say i'd asked him to play a opera song, which needless to say i didn't stay out very long.

                I like to think i quite knowledgeable in this history of dance music and clubbing, as for quite some years dance music became a passion, i even brought some decks and now have quite a large collection of records, which ok haven't seen daylight for a number of years, but i want to keep them as a memory.
                I also used to love going to festivals such as creamfields, global gathering, etc. The atmosphere was amazing and i love every minute of it, thousands of dedicated Clubber's together, listening and sharing there passion for music was great.

                Sadly when i became a mum 2 years ago, i gave up my clubbing shoes, but to be honest within the 3 years that i did go clubbing i think i had my fair share for life, going out Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, didn't do my health any good neither my bank balance.
                I do have some great memories and i do have some bad,but i wouldn't change it for the world.
                Looking back i wonder how on earth i manged to stay up all night when these days im lucky if i can make it to Ten o clock!

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                So many clubs so little time.

                I have always been into clubbing and the whole dance scene, it is not just my social life but also my work as well and as such I have been to dance clubs all over the country and many of the top dance spots around the world. I enjoy the large open dance venues the most where there is a real hardcore party scene going on however after a big night it is always important to find a good cool down party and some of the best of these can be found in Ibiza where you have a great mix of clubs and some of the best DJ's around.

                Aya Napa in Cyprus has a good garage scene but it can be a little intimidating at times especially as you get a lot of squaddies in the town and I have never felt totally relaxed there. One of the best places for clubbing has to be Miami and so far I have only been there the once but it was a truly awesome place and a great music scene.

                In the UK London is tops but Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham have their good venues, I love the buzz I get when a good series of tracks are laid down and you can feed off the energy created by other dancers around you, that and it certainly helps keep you very fit as well.

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                When I first went to University I didnt particularly like going out all the time, mainly because it costs so much for a big night out.
                Outfits, alcohol, entry to the club. If you go out a lot it can all add up.

                Some people worry about not wearing the same thing twice, however I dont really worry about that as long as I dont wear the same thing in the same week, mainly because of photos going on facebook. For some people going clubbing is about getting really dressed up, loads of makeup or spending a lot on an outfit.
                Bear in mind that there will be loads of drunk people who may spill drink on you so dont wear your best white shirt out!

                Im in my 3rd year now and Im really loving going out now. I always go out after working in a bar, and this helps me get in the mood. I always put some dance music on, and have a few drinks before I leave. I get a free taxi to wherever Im going after work so I just get a taxi to the club and meet my friends there.

                This week I have been out twice after work, one night was a motown night in a small club for a course social. The other was an r n b night at a club in a church!
                Entry wasnt too expensive and as it was both weeknights all the drinks were at student prices.

                A lot of my friends like to get absolutely off their head before they can enjoy going clubbing or class it as a good night. Some friends stay out all night, and others get taxis home at about 2.

                I think that you should always go to clubs where you like the style of music, so that you can dance and relax. I also think everyone should wear earplugs when they go clubbing as the sound levels are so loud it actually makes your ears hurt.
                I always wear proper ear plugs, you can hear all the music fine but it blocks out the nasty sounds that make it painful or give you ringing in your ears.

                In Leeds there are a lot of great clubs, and different kinds of music for whatever your taste is. Even my mum has been out clubbing in Leeds and enjoyed it!

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                  I'm 23 years old and I've felt that I've done a lot of my clubbing years already. From the age of around 18 myself and my friends used to be out clubbing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, so say 4 years of constant partying week to week, I don't know where I got my energy from, not to mention how expensive it is nowadays. I just loved the ritual of it all, deciding what to wear, buying a new outfit, getting ready with music on in the background, pampering, doing your make-up and hair, it was fun, fun, fun.

                  The clubs themselves had a great atmosphere, everyone was looking to have a good night, dancing, drinking and generally just having fun with friends as well as meeting new people. Our club often had celebrity appearances, the chosen celebrity would do an appearance then sign autographs and chat to fans afterwards and it always felt very relaxed and a generally good atmosphere. I even went to one of the after parties of one well known celebrity, I'm not saying who though, but his agent was an utter and complete *insert swear word*.

                  The advantages

                  * Great time to catch up with friends
                  * Music
                  * Meeting new people
                  * Dancing

                  Disadvantages

                  * Queuing
                  * Some don't have cloak rooms
                  * Cost, once you add it all up, new outfits, taxi's, entry fee's, drinks, food afterwards you'd be surprising at how much ££'s you can get through
                  * Sleazy people trying to latch onto you
                  * Hangover the day after
                  * Irritating people who get far too drunk
                  * Violence, I've seen many fights happen inside/outside of clubs

                  That's just a few pin-pointers. All of this of course depends on which club you go to. Always remember never to leave your drink unattended though; fortunately I have never had my drink tampered with although I do know people that this as happened to and it's always been an unpleasant experience. Only get into registered taxi cars too, and drink to your limits!!!

                  Nowadays I prefer to go to a nice bar, something more relaxed which is still lively but you can still have a conversation with people. Clubbing will still be a part of my life and I'll still gladly accept those invites out with the girls!! Just not so much as my younger days, am I getting old you think? Hehe.

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                    well. really... its just a big room full of drunk people, but its such a laugh, so get out there! - Advantages: good music, oggling fit males, feeling like u own the place after one too many Aftershocks! - Disadvantages: the best mate who becomes really annoying , spending taxi money by accident and therefore having to...., walk home!

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                    I have recently been to many rock/metal nights in Soho. I am a die hard fan of the music and so are the people I have been hanging low this year. Up and til then I'd put up with dance clubs, music which I hate as the people I use to hang low with liked this music. Anyways I have noticed there is a complete distinction in atmosphere between dance and rock clubs. In dance clubs, there are far too many people for a start, their main ambition is to pull a gal or boy or manybe more. In other words it's a cattle market the moment one enters. Men in particular hog the dance floor or/and always trying to move in with girls. I just wanted to dance with my friends yet here they are moving in on us. I for one am not even dolled up, I wear my torn flares and punk tops! It's that feeling of intimidation, having to watch yourself, your friends, their moves and your drinks. People who go to rock clubs on the oher hand are largely there to enjoy the music. The atmosphere is electric, people dance or rather mosh and pull only if they want to and if the pullee agrees. Towards the middle of the night everyone seems to be speaking to each other, girls and boys. The guys do not harass girls, they might look at them but only pull if the women want to. That's what I call respect. Above all everyone's friendly and understands that the next person is there for the same reason - to mosh to proper music and get drunk on snakebites. It's amazing how music genres set many young people apart, how it can shape attitudes. I do not really want to get started on the Trendy V mosher thing mind. That's another issue. I adore rock men, they are usually fun and easy to get along with and do not see women as mere sex objects. Rock girls are usually equally eccentric and interesting to talk to. The rock people I know are very much aware of the world, we have topical discussions such as race/gender/sexuality issues. People into garage never discuss
                    such issues and always change the subject if it arises. Garage guys, from what I have seen are fairly vain, boring and see women as objects and indie women as unfeminine due to drinking and dressing habits. Garage girls tend to talk about makeup, sex and boys and see indie girls as freaks. Strange World. I am glad I breathe, sleep and talk indie!

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                      Now contrary to popular belief, clubbing is an art form. One which men and women alike have tried to master over the centuries, with little success i might add! Clubbing normally thought of as a weekend activity, is often taken very seriously and there are those who can be seen on the dance floor concentrating as hard as they can with their eyes straining as they groove their bodies in time with the music. Now i must admit i am not a huge clubbing fan and find it rather amusing just being a spectator and watching others work their magic on the dance floor in order to impress or seduce. However the funniest style of clubbing has to be the middle-aged style often plagerised by the young when very drunk or just if they are very odd. This is the home-made boogying where you take everyday actions and turn them into funky retro dance moves.... I must confess to having done a bit of boogying of this kind on the dance floor onece or twice when under the influence but it is an extremely entertaining spectator sport. Here is a list of various famous moves and how to perform them step by step:- 1. Stacking The Shelves ------------------------ To perform this move you simply imagine you are stacking shelves in a supermarket in time with the music. Make sure you stack various size items!!! 2.Digging the garden --------------------- For this move simply mime digging a hole in your garden! Don't forget to use your foot as well to get the spade deep in the ground! And stay in time with the music!! 3. Big Fish, Little fish ------------------------- With your hands show a big fish. Then show a small fish. Repeat in time with the music with a smooth, flowing action and don't forget to say big fish, little fish at the same time! 4. Washing the car ------------------ This is a simple one and recommended for begginers. Simply do a car washing action with your hands in time
                      with the music. 5.Dealing the cards -------------------- Do the simple action of dealing a deck of cards in time with the music. Once you have mastered these moves, you can move onto more tricky moves such as: Playing the Fruity ------------------ For this move you are playing a slot machine and you must hit imaginary buttons with your hands and pull the lever on the right. Don't forget to collect aswell and it must all be in time with the music!! You can make up all sorts of these legendary moves and have hours of funs planning your nights out sharing your new moves with friends and even make up seductive versions such as the possible Spanking the Monkey, but the choice is yours.... Toby

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                        I check my face in the mirror. Caked in make up..but presentable enough in dimmed light. Yes, I look older than 14. Just hope they let me in. I'm wearing a small tight mini skirt and a shiny blue top. Also tight. Oh yeah, and my school shoes. Sad I know, but I'm new to all this stuff and can't afford new shoes from my £15 a week paper round. When we get into town I feel really nervous. Approaching the club I feel even more so. In fact, I feel ridiculous. I'm small for my age and there is no way I look 18. I grip my mates arm and hiss to her "walk past". So we stroll past the bouncers. We end up walking past about four times until I get the guts to actually go in. When we do, we just walk straight past and they take no notice of us. They are probably too busy pissing themselves laughing! Once we're in though we feel satisfied and exhilerated. So *this* is what a nightclub is like. Wow. And at 4 years under the legal age, it was even more of a thrill. Oh yeah- and the fact that our complicated plan (involving a slightly deaf granny and some small white lies) to get us out had actually worked. Ahhh.. Those were the days. Now, when I go out, that sense of excitment just isn't there any more. The magic has gone. All I can feel is the stickiness of the dance floor, the lechy guys, the feeling that there is nowhere worth going...I am only 19! It shouldn't be this way! **~~~~~~Meat Market vs Posers Palace~~~~~** Every town has a meat market. In Birmingham there's Zanzibar and The Works, in Cardiff there's Zeus. These clubs are cheap to get in, with cheap drinks, and cheap customers. If you want to get your bum pinched every time you walk past a group of blokes, then this is where you want to go. Now I have had some good nights out in these kinds of places. If you are just out for a laugh and to get pissed then these places will do fine. Many of the people will be regulars a
                        nd are harmless souls really, bless them. In fact, when Exile in Birmingham closed, I was really upset. This was a club with free entry, half price drinks before 11, and (shock horror) good music. However, it was riddled with underage people (including myself), fights, and an all round bad reputation. DO- know what to expect.... *Meat Markets* People getting up to all sorts in the toilets. Blokes in groups, all in Ben Sherman shirts in varying colours of the rainbow. If you are lucky, you may spot the rare breed known as the "Ultimate Sharon".. A few years ago, this breed was abundant across the clubs of the land but nowadays they sem to be dying out. Their distinguishing features are: - Bleached hair that is practically white, with noticable black roots - Lips outlined with black lip liner - Orange foundation, usually with a distinctive tide mark around the jaw - Possibly orange all over, usually streaky - May be wearing an outfit that consists of white hot pants, a white crop top, and a lacy dressing gown type garment over the top Should you see one of these creatures, do not approach. They are known to be dangerous and contagious. Take a picture and call the fashion police. The Universal Club mating Call of "Oooh, Ooooh". This tends to begin during a quiet section of a tune, the blokes in the club must do a deep "OOOh OOOH" and the ladies must reply with a high pitched "OOOh OOOH". Don't worry if you don't know what I am talking about, it either means you are anicent, or that you frequent more classy establishments than I do. Blokes with very sad chat up lines..including: (the pathetic) "My mate fancies you, will you get off with him?" (the corny) "Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?" (and the straight to the point) "Do you fancy a shag?" *Posers Palace* <
                        br><br> -A queue Be prepared. It will be cold, so unless you arrive already pissed, wear a big coat. And have some topics of conversation at hand to relieve the boredom. I recall one cold Januaray evening a few years ago. I spent over an hour queueing to get into God's Kitchen and by the time we got to the front, we were practially life long friends with the people next to us! Good topics for conversation in queues are: "What would you do/wouldn't you do for a million pounds?"£££££ "Who would you rather sleep with.." (then choose two people..like Michael Winner or Harold Bishop from Neighbours). And you HAVE to choose one or the world ends. -Fancy Dress Now this does depend on the particular club, and the club night. So don't just turn up wily nily dressed as a devil or something just beacuse you feel like it, because you may end up looking like a twat. Certain clubs encourage dressing up, maybe in uniforms (school, nurse, fireman etc) or an an angel or devil. If you go in for dressing up, have fun and just go for it 100%, and make sure you get some photos! I have only dressed up once, and that was for a launch night where they invited "devils or angels"..I went as a bizzarre hybrid of the two. It was a lot of fun, and I got chatting to many people..even if I did feel a bit silly on the bus getting there! -Good Dancers Nice to watch, dangerous to stand too close, and can make you feel inadequate. Take my advice, and don't go near a podium if you can't dance..unless you are in a tacky club, in which case, no-one cares. -TUNES One of the things I miss about going clubbing regularly is those tunes that don't get played on the radio, you don't know what they are called, but the whole club just goes mental when they come on. Just hearing them in a club makes them more special as they do not get overplayed an
                        d you don't get every 12 year old fraggle singing them in the street. When you try to explain them later, you can only describe them as "the one that goes dum dum boom diddy"..and no-one knows what you ware talking about. Which just makes it even better the next time you are out and it comes on. ~~~~~~~~~**Club Hazards**~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Clubs that try to charge you extortionate amounts of money for a drink of water Clubs do all sorts to try and make money. They might fix the taps in the toilets so only boiling hot water comes out. They get their bar staff to tell you that the tap water is undrinkable, so you have to pay £2 for bottled water. I totally disagree with this, and hopefully the governments new initiatives regarding clubs and safety will see changes made. It is not just about drug takers. There are plenty of people who go clubbing who do not take drugs. You can get very hot when dancing, and can even faint or become dehydrated. Good clubs provide water fountains, so make use of them. When I go to the bar to ask for water, I always ask for "tap water, please". AS long as you are polite to the bar staff and explain that you feel sick/hot, most will give you a glass. Some may give you a glass of ice, which is also nice. -Dry Ice I am asthmatic, and dry ice is very dangerous to me. A girl with asthma died last year after breathing some in, and I had my worst ever attack after accidentally doing the same. If you are asthmatic or have other breathing problems, find out where the vents are in a club which let the dry ice out. Avoid them. Do not dance next to them, as I did unknowingly. Dry Ice comes out without any warning, so be careful. -Not getting in I have to say that I have only been refused entry to a club once, and to be fair I was only 15. It didn't make much sense though, as I went to that club every week and had never had a problem before, or after. Ok, if you ar
                        e underage, you shouldn't be going clubbing anyway (I can talk!)..but if you are going to, make an effort to look older, act confident, and if you don't get in, just go and try somewhere else. If this happens repeatedly, then you just look too young. Go back to the youth club and try again in a few years. For those of us that are 18, take ID with you. I don't like to take my passport in case it gets lost (and besides, I look like a muppet in my picture..) You can get a PROVE IT card, application forms are in most pubs and off licences. Other reasons you may not get into a club may be the dress code. Find out in advance whether they allow trainers, jeans etc. If it says "smart", don't wear Rockports and jeans. I think blokes have much more trouble getting in places that girls. A girl can just show a bit of cleavage to the bouncer and wahey! you're in! I worked in a bar once, and the bouncers didn't let large groups of blokes in. They think they will make trouble. So if there are a lot of you, you may be wise to split up. Now, a touchy subject of bouncers being racist. I know from when I worked in that bar that some of them are. They used to let in a few asian people and then no more. This is illegal, but very hard to prove. If you feel that you have been discriminated because of your race, and honestly not because of your age, your dress, or your attitude, then complain. Write to the local paper, speak to the manager, whatever. -Glowing UV Light Certain clubs have UV lights. Now why have I included that in the hazard section? Well, it can make your teeth glow an unattractive yellow, and any white underwear you have on will GLOW, majorly, through your clothes. As will tampon strings and sanitary towels. So wear black underwear (or none at all), and get some of those new black sanitary towels. And then avoid standing beneath the light. -Spiked Drinks Thankfully, because of all t
                        he press this crime has had, many people are more aware of it and act accordingly. Don't leave your drink unattended, if a stranger offers you a drink, go to the bar with them to see it poured...basically just keep your wits about you. When I worked in the bar, I spotted a tablet at the bottom of a womans drink. She hadn't even realised, someone had slipped it in when she wasn't looking. I think people that do this are sick. Look out for yourself and those you are with. ~~~~~~~**Happy Days**~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I mentioned before, there are meat markets and there are posers palaces. The superclubs are expensive and large and to be honest, not for me. I don't like crowds, I prefer a small venue where you get to know the people that go there, and the staff remember you. If you are lucky, you will find somehere that is just right for you. I found a club like that in Birmingham, and it was great to go to the same place every week and see the same faces. I have often thought about why, at times, clubbing can be boring and irritating, I hate venues where there is nowhere to sit, the music is so loud everywhere that you can't talk to anyone, and the prices are too high. To me, that is not entertainment, and I would rather stay at home. One of my favourite clubs at home used to be an after hours club. There was no alcohol sold, and there was a dance room, a games room with playstations, pool tables and sofas, and a small cinema. Now that is a good night, with a variety of things to do. I sometimes think about designing my own club. I will do, and I will put it up on my web site. I would like to create a place that is reasonably priced and has lots of fun things to do. I would steal an idea from a local club and have a dance floor that shakes (Wobble), and people can request particular tracks from network pods in the loos. I would have a bouncy castle and a jacuzzi. This is all dreams though..I know I'll b
                        e back down to Zanzibar dancing to naff tunes before you know it...!

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                          After a long, dull and stressful week, me and my mates are usually fed up with work and full to the brim with pent up aggresions and energy. There is only one thing for it. Clubbing. On Saturday late afternoon having watched the footy and laughed at Dave (he supports Tottenham), we get ready for the long night ahead. It doesn't take long to get changed for us, as we all wear pretty much the same. I usually put on my leopard skin - it makes me look a bit like Hercules, but no one minds that much. My mate Denise rolls around in the mud to get that stoneage feel, and once we are suitably attired as cavemen and women, we go and find our clubs. Because all clubs have to be wood, I bought an Oak 2000b last year replacing the dodgy Willow Ace I got for my birthday ages ago. The Oak 2000b has got a great grip and is not too heavey, so I can take decent quick swings with it, yet it is just heavy enough to knock people out. Wicked! Dave and Eric had to make their own clubs last week when their original ones broke, but their saving up to buy some proper ones at the shop. Anyway I reckon I have the best club out of all my mates! We turn up at the first field at around 9pm, and already there are lots of clubbers about, and it sounds great. Despite the field not being full, I can still hear yelps of pain and the crash of a club against bone. Wicked! Me and my mates stick together and corner a group of male clubbers who look as if they've just arrived. After a great bit of clubbing, we've lost Dave but they are all out cold for the time being. That first feeling is so great and I get such a rush that I can't stop myself swinging my club around and dancing to the yells and shouts. Luckily, my mate Gareth has found some magic fungi growing nearby and we help ourselves to them. This makes me feel over the moon and I go on the rampage, knocking over around ten other clubbers, causing three to lose conciousness. Wic
                          ked! At 10.30pm we decided to get some drinks. Unfortunatley the local river has loads of people round it washing away the blood from their wounds, but really enjoying it! We manage to find a spot and drink a lot. Just as I bend over to get a mouthful, I feel a crash on my head and I fall over, I've been clubbed! Luckily I've got good friends, and they reduce my attacker to a pummel. Wicked! Eventually we tire of this field and move on to another one. The bouncer asks for id but we just bash him and continue our clubbing! This new place is much better, the sounds are much louder and there are more people crying out in pain. I have a nasty bruise on my head but it doesn't matter as the magic fungus is working wonders. WHoa, I hardly know what I'm doing! Ow! Just got clubbed again, this is wild! Its now 2am in the morning and we all go down to the beach to recover. Dave doesn't look so good, he'll be feeling bad in the morning I suspect, if he survives! Its been a great night out clubbing, and I've released all my pent up feelings and had a great time. Wake up on SUnday feeling pretty poor but it was well worth it! Must take my leopard skin to the dry cleaners and mend my club, a huge chunk came off the night before when I hit this guy on the knee. Gareth got a pull, although she was rather heavy and he gave up and left her in the end. Can't wait for next weekend. Wicked!

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