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Best Night out for £20
5th Avenue (Manchester)
Member Name: stellios
5th Avenue (Manchester)
Date: 29/11/09, updated on 30/11/09 (135 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap very Cheap, Fun atmosphere
Disadvantages: Nazi like door staff, a move away from indie to main stream music, 25+s may find it a chaotic
I have been frequenting 5th avenue for nearly 5 years and have watched this club transform unfortunately somewhat for the worst over the years.
5th avenue is a nightclub in central Manchester primarily catering for students and people in their early twenties specialising in Indie music.
In terms of the club itself you can always guaranteed a full house which can be attributed to the ridiculously cheap drinks(depending on the night can be as little as 80p and usually are never more than £2.00 a double spirit and mixer). Their are a range of nights offered through the week however the music as whole is pretty consistently based with a foundation of Indie classics with a splattering of Rock, Dance and more commercial numbers thrown into the mix.
This brings me conveniently to my 1st con, over the years i have noticed especially at the weekends that the music leans more heavily on being mixed night as oppose to keeping with its indie roots. I think this can be attributed to the recession and night clubs allowing a certain chav element through the doors to keep the revenues up.
In terms of the layout the club is based on 2 floors and has been refurbished on more than one occasions. It has 3 bars which usually has capacity to handle the thirsty punters throughout the night and queueing for drink rarely takes more than 5minutes. On the ground floor there is a comfortable sized dance floor, with areas surrounding the dance floor where it is capable to bust a move. Upstairs has 2 smaller bars and seating to rest any tired feet.
As this is a club geared towards young adults it always full of energy and has quite a frenetic feel to it. Also with the vast amount of binge drinking going on it does mean that being bumped into, having your feet trod on or having drink spilt on you is almost a given. My advice don't dress in your best gear and it only becomes a mild annoyance as oppose to a full scale fashion disaster.
In terms of dress code as a whole casual is fine, in fact will as mentioned will do you more favors than than wearing anything smarter. You may have issues getting into the club if you are in a group of lads or don't have a student card. Usually anything more than 3 unaccompanied men with out student card or female company will have difficulty gaining entry through term time.
As for the staff there is huge contrast. The bar staff are generally made up of students and are friendly and approachable. Unfortunately the same can't be said about the door staff. They are very intimidating and i have witnessed them use excessive force on any trouble makers. My advice is let them have there little power trip stay out of their way and it doesn't become a issue.
I guess my biggest problem is 5th avenue just isn't as fun as it use to be. Maybe this is because of the change in music and clientele or maybe its just the fact that i have grown up...a little
Summary: Brilliant for a cheap night out, not for everyone
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