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5th Avenue (Manchester)
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5th Avenue (Manchester)
Date: 16/03/02, updated on 16/03/02 (141 review reads)
Advantages: student friendly, cheap entry, entrance fee reductions with NUS
Fifth Avenue, every indie fan's dream comes true. With two levels, three bars and a dance floor big enough to fit two hundred Bez wannabes Fifth Ave can't be sneered at.
The only fault I find with this club is its dj and the location. If you are not familiar with Manchester City Centre then you may have trouble finding the club. Located on the bottom end of Princess Street, past the gay village and on the corner will you find Fifth Ave.
My gripe with the DJ is primarily to do with the fact that the after myself and several of my friends made repeated requests he got a little obnoxious and then it becomes clear why he is behind a metal cage, for his own safety.
Open practically every day, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday it always promises a big crowd and never fails to deliver.
Security is quite impressive and I actually found some of the doormen to be quite polite. As I was walking in one Saturday night I was stopped by a rather large, bald, tattooed man. Thinking he was asking me for ID I went to get it but blatantly ignoring my fake proof of age card he stared at my jacket. After about a minute of him looking at my badges, one of them being the Sex Pistols he started telling me about his love for punk and when he went to see the Pistols live. He reluctantly let me go in but only because he wanted someone to talk to. Nice guy actually if not a little intimidating.
The music is what you would typically define as indie. Playing host to the full 9-minute version of I Am The Resurrection by The Stone Roses you can quickly see the regulars as they shout, "The Effing Stone Roses" half way through the song. With Oasis, Blur, The Charlatans and every thing you could possibly expect this club will play it all.
The flyer, which allows the bearer to get reductions on discount, describes the club as Indie/Alternative and if your wondering what this means then think Rage. As it empties the dance floor quicker than some
one shouting Ian Browns at the bar don't expect much music in terms of metal and rock. They do play a few punky songs throughout the night. Nothing too hardcore but a bit of Green Day can break the night up into manageable chunks.
Drink prices are phenomenally good. Offering 50p a drink throughout the week days and a £1 a drink Friday / Saturday its quite easy to forget where you are, literally. The drinks on offer for these prices are mainly Carling (bottled) and Heikien (bottled). They advertise vodka/red bull for a £1 but it isn't always Red Bull but an alternative called Red Rooster. Still nice though and as long as the vodkas there it doesn’t really matter. There are plenty of alco pops, too many to mention and most come under the £2 range. No big names but pleasant to drink.
Seating is quite tricky so expect a night of standing unless however they open the upper floor. Its not very often they do this, only when the club is at its limitations and can't fit any more people in. The bars are quite big so service is relatively fast and a cloakroom is available for the charge of £1.