So you’ve been in Bath a while now, and you may fancy stretching your legs a little. Well the train to Bristol only takes about 10 minutes and costs £4.75 with a railcard (unfortunately the glory days when you could get it for free past 9 o’clock are long gone). For those who haven’t sampled them, here’s a little guide to some of Bristol’s hottest spots.
This is just a selection, but Bristol really does have a lot to offer, go explore!
First time I went to Bunker I heard the Grease megamix…twice, but I’ve gradually developed respect for the place. Expect to hear chart stuff in a pretty decent sized venue. Lots of people go too so it’s good for meeting people. It’s not massively different from the kind of thing you can expect in Bath but with the right group it can definitely be a fun night. The DJs are not against taking requests either.
Described by a friend of mine as ‘a dungeon full of weird people – but great’. Another one that’s open until late.
The big Mac Daddy. Consistently voted amongst DJ Mag’s ‘Best Clubs in the UK’ Motion is a converted skate park which offers nights in house, techno, drum and bass, funk, soul and more. The sound system is like nothing we can compare to here in Bath, so even if the music isn’t your favourite genre anyone can appreciate the surprisingly warm feeling of your bones vibrating to a baseline (seriously). In addition to the music, the venue is huge with a giant balcony above the main dancefloor and a large smoking area with tables. Plus, nights at Motion are often a bit of a spectacle; over the years I’ve seen trapeze artists, indoor fire cages, ballet dancers dressed as rabbits, giant seagulls and massage chairs. Pick the right night and it’s a bloody circus. Ticket prices are dependent on the event and how quickly you get them, and it’s usually open until 6 so just get the train back in the morn. I should probably point out; most people in there will be on drugs. If that’s not your thing don’t let it put you off; all it means is if you accidentally bump into someone instead of ‘Big Darren’ having a word with you, they’ll probably apologise, ask you where you’re from and buy you a drink. Also there’s a friendly dog on the door, but don’t pet him. Oh and don’t wear heels.
Big venue, usually offering a good variety between rooms/floors. Also often attracts really good nights (Happy Daze and Wide Eyes are both ones to keep an eye out for) and the place is generally laid out in a cool way. Downsides? The staff (mainly the bouncers) seem to have degrees in how to be an unpleasant douchebag – I wouldn’t recommend pissing about in the queue.
Live music and special venues
If you’re more into gigs, Bristol’s not short of venues for that either. Thekla, a boat with a Banksy on the side, has won NME’s best small venue for the south west twice and is impressive whilst intimate. Start The Bus is a nice little one as well. Occasionally nights are put on in pretty unique locations. At the Old Crown Court, the DJ plays were the judge sits, you dance in the jury box and gallery. The Old Coroners court is a kind of Victorian School and The Island is an old underground prison space turned gallery – the toilets are genuinely cells.
David Guetta and groping, otherwise no.
You’ve been kicked out of all other clubs and desperately need to dance at 3:30am? Dojo.