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NYE 2010 at Revolution Wilmslow: Flat Champagne All Round
Revolution Bar (Wilmslow)
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Revolution Bar (Wilmslow)
Advantages: Decor is appealing, erm - nice lighting...? Drinks are tasty if expensive.
Disadvantages: Expensive, chronic lack of atmosphere, indifferent staff.
Last night I attended the Revolution New Year's Eve party 2010. I am sad to report that in my opinion it massively under delivered. For such a high profile occasion in such a high profile location I would have expected so much more - especially at a cost of £18 per ticket. Not all Wilmslow residents are multimillionaires Revolution!
It is key to note that other Wilmslow venues were offering much better value tickets, and we chose to attend Revolution due to good nights we have had at other bars in the chain in the past. Not so here. Furthermore, due I'm sure in no small part to the reputation of this corner of Cheshire for being home to many rich people, the prices are £1 more expensive than in other locations. Helpfully, their online menu doesn't state prices without a Privilege Card. Well, to give you an idea, a single cocktail will cost you in excess of £6. £6!! There's a recession happening in case you hadn't noticed! As a student I can FEED myself for the price of two cocktails a week. Yes they are nice but in my opinion absolutely not worth it - especially when you can get cheaper prices for identical drinks at the related bars in Fallowfield and Central Manchester.
Back to New Year's Eve, and to provide a very brief overview of the evening: it was absolutely dead when my friends and I arrived at around 9pm - and the promised canapes were nowhere to be seen (just what WERE we getting for this £18?!). We found a table without issue - there were plenty. As time wore on the bar began to fill up with (what I am led to believe) is the usual clientele of the so-called "silver fox" brigade and the glut of orange-stained women who ensure a gaping hole where a venue of this size should be packed with atmosphere!
You need only check their facebook page and browse photographs from previous events to get a feel for the place. If that's your thing - overpriced, no atmosphere, bar staff who can be friendly but more often than not, in my experience, look like they cannot be bothered - then absolutely go for it.
A quick scan of the Revolution website describes their music policy as "eclectic as it gets" but after last night I don't feel there was anything eclectic or individual about this venue whatsoever. You would be just as well to go to Lloyds a little further up the road. It offers an equally generic, mass produced feel, but the drinks are at least affordable. Yes Revolution cocktails make imbibing mass quantities of alcohol much tastier than it should be, but my goodness they are overpriced. Yes, the venue may have cost in excess of one million pounds to refurbish - but somewhat like the wares they promote - what a waste, what excess! The Sam Finney was just fine, and a location in which I had many fun times prior to moving away from the area in 2007.
By all means, if you're a silver fox with a fat wallet and heavy pockets, if you are desperately seeking someone who is absolutely beautiful, but absolutely fake - why not give it a try? You'll fit right in. There is no shortage of stereotypes to be found in here. Anaemic cheerless bar staff and thuggish doormen included.
Needless to say, those canapes never did materialise. We left early.
Summary: A let down of an evening on what you would expect to be the occasion of the year at Revolution Wilms