Clubbing in Liverpool has over the past 20 years gone from
good to very good to good again. In the late eighties the
notorious Quadrant Park venue was the jewel of the North;
in the 90's the world famous Cream invented the Superclub;
but since 2k clubbing has become a lot quieter.
This is not in anyway a shot at the clubs still doing it
today (Garlands and Society are still ramming them in), but
more a sign of the times. Liverpool today has 2-3am bar licencing
as do a lot of other UK cities. This allows its punters to
drink and dance into the early hours without being rushed
to the door by bouncers at 11pm and then queueing for an hour
to get into an over-rated, over-priced nightclub. Good in
many respects, but this policy has undoubtadly contributed
to the demise of the club scene.
The good news is that due to this, Liverpool's bar scene
is probably one of the most lively anywhere in the UK and
probably the coolest. Some of the city's bars are almost like
mini-clubs, the only difference being the size of the dancefloor
(which in some places does not matter, i.e. Modo).
But if good old fashioned nightclubs with DJ's and door fees
is more your thing, there is still some diamonds in this city
which are listed in these pages.
Probably the biggest and most popular nightclub at the time
of writing is the charismatic Garlands (Dale Street). With
a mixed clientele (gay & straight) the club is repeatledly
reinventing itself and pushing the boundaries of cool with
orignally themed house nights and events all year round.
Another popular night is Society in Duke Street. Similar
to Garlands, in that it targets its marketing at the more
glamourous end of the market, the club boasts some great nights
and has one of the city's most firendly clienteles.
Whether you just like to bop to the latest pop tune, stomp
to some of the best DJ's in the world, or you want to catch
one of the latest indie bands, Liverpool still has it all.
TIP - As with most big cities, there are new nights being
put on every week - which are usually the coolest nights.
So you're best bet is to check flyers in some of the bars
listed and just ask about in the Baa Bar, where you'll usually
get some good advice to what's hot and what's not.
This guide offers an insiders perspective
of Liverpool and Merseyside clubs. The opinions and comments
stated are those of the writers and should not be taken as
gospel (different persons will obviously like different venues).
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