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The Plug (Sheffield)
Member Name: bluemoon37
The Plug (Sheffield)
Advantages: Cheap, Good Atmosphere, Location
On a rare night off, after deciding to go out on Thursday night for a late birthday celebration, we decided upon the Plug in the centre of Sheffield due to its infamous Jump Around nights every Thursday.
The Plug is located centrally in the city on Matilda Street, which is on the main bus routes and is easy to find. It is extremely popular amongst students, thanks to its low prices and being a good night out. It is a fairly large club that can be split into 3 rooms, called Earth, Live and Neutral, hence its name.
Live is the main room, which can accommodate about 500 people, there is a ground level and then steps up to a platform level. Overall, the venue can hold up to 1200 people. On a Thursday night, the main room usually plays current songs, anthems and popular music. Along the left wall is a bar, I have to say the staff where very efficient but I did have to queue for about 20 minutes until I was finally served and then I had to shout to be heard over the music.
The other two rooms are smaller and used to play alternative styles of music, there is a smaller bar in the other rooms. When I went on Thursday night, they were having an Easter special handing out mini eggs, bunny ears, a chocolate fountain and a booth to have glow in the dark rave paint painted on you. After you could have you photo taken in a booth and I think the photos are loaded onto Facebook afterwards.
There are different themed nights held throughout the week, I know next Thursday night is Sumo and Shorts, where if you wear shorts, you get reduced price entry at £2.50. Usually they will have a band playing on a Friday or Saturday night and this finishes around 10pm. Afterwards it is transformed into a nightclub and you can gain entry from 10.30pm. Entry prices vary depending upon the event, on Thursday, it was £6 without a student card, £4.50 with a student card but if you send a text to the Plug VIP service on the day, you got £3.00 entry before 10 past eleven, which I thought was quite reasonable.
On the door, they ask for identification to prove your age but once inside, at the bar, you aren't asked again. There is a cloakroom facility, which costs £1.50 per item and in return, you are given a raffle ticket with the number of your item on that you mustn't loose.
Drink prices are very cheap. A bottle of lager and coke with vodka is only £1, VS is £1.50 per bottle at Cheeky Vimto is £2. However I find that I don't drink very much as to be honest I can't be bothered queuing up and getting pushed and shoved. It isn't really a classy establishment, you do end up with drinks spilt all over you, it is hot inside and full of young men who are keen on groping you. I would watch yourself and stick with a group of friends but otherwise it is a good night out and I feel quite safe in there.
Chucking out time on a Thursday is 3am, if you are like me, I was desperate for my bed by that point, there is a taxi rank right outside but there is a bit of a scramble for a taxi, so it is usually easier to walk up to the main road and flag a taxi. Plug is in walking distance of the bus interchange and the railway station, if you are coming into to Sheffield for a night out.
Overall, I think this is a good night out and I can go out and still have change from a tenner at Plug. It is popular and you can see why, get there early to avoid queues.
Summary: A good night out on a budget
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