21 October 2013

My favourite night-out destination


Nottingham is a popular ‘clubbing’ destination – there’s six girls to every one guy in Nottingham, so nights out are popular for young, rowdy lads wanting to go out ‘on the pull’. For those a little bit more mature and saying a final bid to their single life before saying ‘I Do’, Nottingham is also incredibly popular for both stag weekends and hen weekends. Nottingham has an incredibly varied night life and there’s literally something for everyone. Being from Nottingham it's no surprise I am a fan of Rock City, but my taste in music also goes a long way in explaining why Rock City is my favourite destination for a night out. My music tastes were massively influenced by my older brothers when I was growing up, one who brought me up on metal and rock, the other who introduced me to my favourite genre – trance. Rock City often gives me a fix of both, depending on the night of the week you go, and of course it’s the perfect destination for a life gig!

Rock City has been pulling in amazing acts for decades and it’s a popular gig destination for many bands, both UK and Worldwide known. The last gig I went to at Rock City was earlier this year when my partner and I along with my oldest brother and sister-in-law, went to see Skunk Anansie. One of my favourite female vocalists, it was an amazing show! I’m next there in the New Year to see one of my favourite bands, Skindred. I can’t wait! The venue itself is huge, with three rooms plus an upper balcony in the main room. On ‘clubbing’ nights, each room will cater for a different genre; so the main room is more mainstream rock, pop punk, indie etc, the basement will be 60s-90’s and the final room will be more hardcore, ‘screamo’ music. There’s always something for everyone and the drinks deals are pretty darn good – never a bad thing when you’re out on a budget!

Other places in Nottingham I really like include the many, many pubs – my favourites are The Old Angel and the infamous Pit and Pendulum. The Pit is actually probably one of my favourite drinking establishments, ever. It’s all done up (or down, perhaps) as a gothic and dark house, with all sorts of creepy crawlies and jars filled with fake specimens. Even better, and by far my favourite bit, is the toilets. To get to the toilets you have to walk through a book case, how awesome is that?!

Where do you love to go for a night out? Have you ever been to Nottingham for a night out?

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  1. Being a Nottingham girl myself, I am ashamed to say I have never been to rock city for a night out! I've been for gigs though and think it would be amazing for a night out. It's on my list for when I'm back in England. Pit and Pendulum is amazing, even if once I couldn't find the exit of the bookcase.
    xx

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    1. It really is a great venue for a night out! I used to always go on Thursdays and Saturdays! :) Haha don't worry I once couldn't find my way in through the book case! xo

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  2. I went to nottingham a couple of weeks ago to visit my sister and we went to rock city

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    1. Ah fab to hear Sarah! Did you enjoy your stay in Nottingham and Rock City? xo

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  3. I've been for a night out before in Nottingham, we went to Gatecrasher on a student city swap pub crawl. But I've also been to Rock City for a few gigs, and love Pit and Pendulum! I've only been once, but their nachos were enough to make me go back again, never mind the decor!

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Gatecrasher is somewhere I have been meaning to go ever since it opened (which was a good few years back!) but none of my friends are into that kind of music so refuse to go haha! Ah I love having food in the Pit :) The Old Angel does great food too! xo

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  4. Rock City is my favourite place ever! Although Thursday nights have turned too chavvy :( Rescue Rooms for teapot shots is also goodtimes!

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    1. Yeah I haven't been in a while but when I was still going regularly, both Thursdays and Saturdays were becoming quite popular for the more chavvy lot lol I love Stealth and Rescue Rooms :) xo

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  5. Never been to Rock City or Nottingham for that matter but that bookcase toilet sounds really good lol. The places I love are the legendary Cavern Club and Maya in Liverpool and Underworld in Camden :) x

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    1. Ah I love Underworld too! I used to go there all the time when I lived in London :) xo

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  6. I went to uni @ Loughborough so we used to go to Nottingham all the time, have also been on two hen do's there, such a cool place :) x

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    1. I live near Loughborough! :) I really do love Nottingham! So glad you enjoyed your trips to Nottingham! xo

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  7. Last time I went to Rock City I think I saw The Locust or some equally as ear bleeding mathcore/post metal/noise band. It was a good night!

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    1. Haha, the way you say things gets me every time. Glad to hear you enjoyed your ear bleeding mathcore/post metal/noise band xo

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  8. got to love Pit & Pendulum! Its always a giggle seeing people who've never been before try and find the toilets :P x

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    1. Haha yes! And as they spot all the different decorations and bits and bobs! :) It's funny when people realise what the decor comprises of haha xo

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  9. I'm off to Rock City on Saturday to see HIM. I've never been before so I am super excited. I've been living in Nottingham for over 2 years now and I can't believe it's taken me this long to go! I'm more of a wine/cocktail bar kinda girl for a night out usually. :)
    Ra ♥

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    1. I am so, so jealous. I really wanted to go to that but I'm busy Saturday! Have a great time - I saw HIM six years ago when I was 19 and loved them live. Ville Valo's voice is amazing! xo

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    2. I'm going too! I can't tell you how excited I am! I've been wanting to see them for 13 years and now it's finally happening. :-)

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  10. Pit & Pendulum is still probably my absolute favourite place to go for a drink! Still haven't made my way through all their 7 Deadly Sins & Heavenly Virtues.

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  11. I've only been to Nottingham...three times and each time I visited Rock City, twice for a night out and once for a gig (Devin Townsend - it was intense). On the nights out we also went to Pit and Pendulum, I love the decor and 7 vices drink themes :3

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    1. Love, love, love Devin Townsend! Although yet to see him live myself! xo

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  12. I'm going to see HIM at Rock City on Saturday! Also love The Pit and the Pendulum. Haven't been for a few years, but definitely calling in for a drink before the gig. :-)

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  13. I used to spend every Thursday and Fridays in Rock City withe pre-drinks in Pit and Pendulum and then Speak Easy! I haven't been in so long, I sort of miss it!
    I do really like Bar 11 and Pandora's box as well.

    Hannah
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    www.daintyandivory.blogspot.com

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