The Events : Clubbing in Nottingham

There are loads of clubs in Nottingham- some good, some bad. But how do you know what a club is really like until you go there? You don't- you go there and encounter something you don't like- and waste that money getting in! Not good at all- so here's our guide to Nottingham's clubs including only those that we have visited (for fairness). I will do others as & when they are visited...
(in my order of preference; information as accurate as I know it- feel free to correct me! Opinions expressed here are only opinions...)

Joint 1st place:The Bomb
Joint 1st place:The Venue
2nd place:Media
3rd place:ISIS
4th place:Rock City
5th place:The Palais
6th place:Ocean
7th & last place:The Works

The Bomb *Position 1 Joint*
Overview: The most underground club in Nottingham and the most respected in club land. Plays a wide variety of music from progressive house to drum n bass & hip hop.
Style/atmosphere: Low ceilings, white walls, dim lighting & smokey. Makes it feel like a proper underground venue. A maze of places to explore included an outdoor rooftop!
Atmosphere is generally very good and doesn't attract too many muppets. A proper club as it were...
Lighting & Sound: Sound is of very high quality and sounds good. Lighting is generally keep very dark blue with slow scans. This looks very good indeed.
Lighting: 9/10. Sound 9/10.
Music Policy: Very varied. Home to Renaissance which is progressive house. Also drum n bass, hip hop, breaks and anything else good :)
Dress code: In general no dress code since this is a decent club!
Drinks & Entry costs:: All bottles/cans-no pints. It is very expensive to drink. Probably why so many people smoke weed and take other things ;). That and its much better than drinking! Entry costs vary but usually around 8 to 10.
Personal rating & comments: Probably my favourite club at the moment as it caters for my underground taste in music. Also the lack of beer boys & muppets makes it a pleasent place to be! Highly recommended.
Website/location: 45 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham. NG1 2GN. Tel: 0115 9500600
http://www.thebomb.co.uk


The Venue *Position 1*
Overview: New club based in Long Eaton which is about half way between Nottingham & Derby. It has been purpose built for clubbers.
Style/atmosphere: Brand new state of the art club with two downstairs rooms (2 bars- inc second music room) and two upstairs rooms (main dance hall & chill out room with its own music). Usually a very good atmosphere in there as Sat nights (Fixation) are members only. A very well built club.
Lighting & Sound: Superb clean sound system and very good lighting system consisting of scanners, moving heads & one very good laser. Sound 9/10; lighting 9/10.
Music Policy: Trance on Saturdays which is the clubs premier night- Fixation. It is trance of the uplifting nature from weekly guest DJ's.
Dress code: No dress code as far as I know- keep out Ben Sherman shirts! Cyber gear welcome!
Drinks & Entry costs:: Pints- Fosters, John Smiths Extra 'Smooth' plus bottles/cans, etc. Prices are fairly reasonable. Entry is about £7 less for members. The night is open 9 till 6am (part two The Afterclub begins at 3am).
Personal rating & comments:
Becoming one of my favourite places to go now- superb atmosphere, good music, good lighting, good club & only a walk from my house!
Website/location: The Venue, Station Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1GJ . Tel: 0115 946 1566  or  07736 642581
http://www.clubfixation.co.uk


Media
*Position 2*
Overview:
Nottingham's premier club which concentrates on house of the funky kind. Thy also have RnB, trance and other nights.
Style/atmosphere:
Inside an old cinema, this listed building is well kept and stylish. The place has lots of different bars and rooms- plenty to explore! They even have computer games! Generally a fairly good atmosphere but its close proximity to the city centre does drag in the 'beer boys'....
Lighting & Sound:
1st class award winning sound & light. Sound system is based on New York's 'Twilo' club as is the lighting which is operated superbly. They use moving head scanners and par cans.  Sound - 9/10 Lighting 9/10
Music Policy:
Mainly a house club (of the funky variety) although does have an RnB night every Friday, student night Monday and has played host to trance nights & tours such as Slinky. Saturdays used to be Renaissance - progresssive house. But this is no longer the case as it's gone to The Bomb now!
Dress code:
Fairly posh- so no jeans, trainers, etc.
Drinks & Entry costs::
All bottles/cans- no pints. Look out for offers as it can be fairly pricey. Entry costs vary on the night. Thursday/Mondays about £3. Fri/Sat -  about £10
Personal rating & comments:
Was one of my favourite clubs- very nice venue and well run. However there don't seem to be many nights there to interest me anymore- it's mostly soulful, funky house. Keep a look out on the listings pages for decent nights.
Website/location:
The Elite Building, Queen Street, Nottingham. Tel: 0115 9101101
http://www.media-nottingham.co.uk    http://www.meanfiddler.com


ISIS
*Position 3*
Overview:
Large club that is outside the city in the Lenton Industrial Estate. Plays host to some very varied nights.
Style/atmosphere:
Very posh and large with a central main dance hall and upstairs balcony. A fairly average atmosphere- but that does depend on the night.
Lighting & Sound:
Sound is very good - sounds clear & is not too loud. Lighting is extensive and well used. Sound - 8/10; Lighting - 7/10
Music Policy:
Variable. Sometimes 70's, sometimes commericial dance/pop, sometimes hard house and I've heard they now do a trance night too.
Dress code:
Smart no jeans, etc...
Drinks & Entry costs::
Not cheap either on entry or drinks- look out for special offers. Usual drinks, pints, etc.
Personal rating & comments:
I've not been here in ages but when I did it was enjoyable. It is a fairly nice venue, with at least some nights worth going to. Isn't the easiest place to get to although free buses are often run from Yates' in the Market Square and from Nottingham Uni on student night. It is pricey though.
Website/location:
Redfield Way,
Lenton, 
Nottingham.
NG7 2UW
Tel: 0115 986 3211
Fax: 0115 986 0145
http://www.nightclub.co.uk




Rock City
*Position 4*
Overview:
Nottingham's famous rock club....
Style/atmosphere:
Somewhat messy and in need of a bit of repair work but does create a 'rock' atmosphere however! Atmosphere somewhat better than other commercial clubs but does have a lot of kids in baggy trousers & big chains.. Sat is better atmos but I believe it has gone hill by seilling out & playing nu-metel all the time.
Lighting & Sound:
Sound system is quite good - having been turned down from it's previous ear splitting level. Lighting- a very good setup and seems to have some thought put into it- scanners, moving heads and all manner of other crazy things... Sound - 7/10; Lighting 7/10.
Music Policy:
As the name suggests- a rock club playing host to live bands & tours. Thursday is commercial music (generally indie/nu-metal); Friday is 80's and Saturday is supposed to be heavy rock night but I'm told it's been toned down to the softer more commercial nu-metal rubbish..
Dress code:
No dress code
Drinks & Entry costs::
Pints of lager, Bottingtons (banana flavour), bottles/cans, etc. Often quite cheap- look out for offers. Cheap entry too.
Personal rating & comments:
Quite a good club if your into the rockier side of things and reasonably well run. However selling out to nu-metal is bad!
Website/location:
Talbot Street, Nottingham. Tel: 0115 9412544
http://www.rock-city.co.uk

The Palais
*Position 5*
Overview:
One of the oldest clubs in the area- very traditional building. A commercial club though.
Style/atmosphere:
A large club with some nice decor. Is of the commercial style and has a fairly aggressive marketing compaign around town to bring in the hoards. Has problems with violence occasionally though.
Lighting & Sound:
Quite a good lighting set up- scanners, moving heads & very nice laser that bounces all round the club. Sound is not too bad either being at an ok volume. Sound - 6/10; Lighting 7/10.
Music Policy:
Primarily a commercial dance club with some pop thrown in here & there. Does have guest DJ's like Dave Pearce from time to time too. Sometimes a few good tunes later in the night.
Dress code:
Usual no jeans/trainers thing
Drinks & Entry costs::
Useual drinks- pints, bottles, etc.. Fairly pricey unless you take advantage of offers (which usually stop at midnight). Entry is usually cheap though.
Personal rating & comments:
Not the worst club in Nottingham as sometimes you might get a tune or two but has a very poor atmosphere and is full of idiots. Not that cheap either. Nice lighting though.
Website/location:
The Palais, Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham. 
Tel: 0115 9501075
http://www.palaisnottingham.net


Ocean
*Positon 6*
Overview:
A fairly large club with a number of varied nights.
Style/atmosphere:
Typical club design with central dance floor, balcony and reasonably stylish surroundings. Stupidly, someone has put carpet round the bar- ooh the vinegar smell! Atmosphere- fairly average with many pissheads & underage people...
Lighting & Sound:
Extensive lighting system including moving yoke, scanners and par cans. Problem is lighting is badly used- mostly just everything flashing at you all the time. Sound is very bad- painfully loud and of poor quality. Sound 2/10 Lighting 5/10
Music Policy:
Typical cheesey club kind of stuff- commercial dance, garage, pop, 80's, etc. although they do play some happy hardcore occasionally!
Dress code:
The usual smart casual routine...
Drinks & Entry costs::
Pints of the usual stuff - lager, fake bitter, cider, etc. Bottles/cans etc. Often on 'promotion' with stuff like 2for1, etc... Entry - fairly cheap.
Personal rating & comments:
Went twice - both times my ears were in pain for days. The sound is extremely loud and the atmosphere pretty average with many pissed up idiots and 15 year olds... Not the worst place to go though- does redeem itself by being cheap.
Website/location:
Greyfriar Gate, Nottingham.
Tel: 0115 958 0555


The Works
*Position 7*
Overview:
Part of the new Cornerhouse development this 'superclub' is fairly new & fairly large.
Style/atmosphere:
Made up of 3 rooms + upstairs bar each with its own music. It is a commercial dance club and gets full of drunken fools each weekend. The atmosphere is fairly oppresive with many incidents of violence form drunken blokes.
Lighting & Sound:
Sound is quite good and they use many smaller feeder speakers around to distribute sound evenly. Lighting consists of moving head wash light, scanners (on one wall for some reason), some flashy tube rubbish & a laser (fairly average- used to draw pretty pictures). Sound- 7/10 Lighting- 6/10
Music Policy:
Commercial dance & garage in main room & cheese in the second room. Bar has a mix of these. Same music for Thurs,Fri,Sat..
Dress code:
No jeans, etc Smart casual magigwigy....
Drinks & Entry costs::
Very expensive overall. Drinks- lager, fake bitter, bottles, can, etc.. Before 10pm free to get in & drink prices reasonable but at 10pm drinks prices shoot up & entry costs go up to about 8 quid (on sats).
Personal rating & comments:
I do not like this place at all! Its expensive, plays some awful music (the odd good track but then quickly followed by rubbish) and has a terrible atmosphere. Filled with so many drunken arse-holes who just come to pick fights with others. When I heard this place was opening I hoped for good things- I was very let down! I generally avoid this place...
Website/location:
The Works, The Corner House, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4DB.
Tel: 0115 938 8780
http://www.theworks-nottingham.co.uk