SWANSEA, CLUBBING

Swansea Centre has eight Clubs, Mumbles has two, and The gower one. Below are our personal and highly biased opinions of all the clubs in the area


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SWANSEA.

H20 | BARONS | BEATBOX | SPOOFERS | ESCAPE | CLUB EUROPA | THE PALACE | QUIDDS INN | ROCKIT (THE ZONE) | TIME
MUMBLES
BENTLYS | CINDERELLAS
GOWER
COUNTRYMAN


H20


In the Maritime Quarter

Swansea's Only Gay Club Never been there, so we can't say much.
If you know the club, feel free to email us some details.

That was a crap review, you can give up now, or read on... It does get a little better!











BARONS


College St, 01792 650123

One of the more friendly clubs, and not as prone as some to trouble.
Has Two Floors, Downstairs has a central dancefloor, with bars at both ends of the room. It doesn't look at first sight like a good layout, but get a couple of hundred people in there and it really works.
Upstairs has the dancefloor in a corner with a raised stage behind. (if you have seen Twin town, this is where the boys have that famous piss) Bands occasionally play on this stage. This floor has the better lightshow.
Predominently an over 25s club, rumoured by the Cities Taxi Drivers to be a good place "grab a granny". Very popular on weekends with chart and house Music and an increasingly younger crowd
Thursdays sees the Soundwave Party upstairs where the local Radio Stations DJs Play a wide range of commercial Tunes, downstairs is 80s Night.
has 2 nights for younger people,
Funked Up and the aforemensioned 80s night











THE BEATBOX


(in the Grand Hotel, next to railway station) 01792 650541

Beatbox Is currently shut... More info if it re-opens












ESCAPE


Northampton Lane 01792 652854

Bills itself as Wales' only superclub, which is a bit ambitious. Certainly is the only club in Swansea to get all the top dance DJs down; Carl Cox, Oakenfold Judge Jules etc they've all played here. It often costs 10-15 to get in and all the top names sell out.
The summer of 2000 saw the arrival of indie and rock on a friday night.
Specialist nights are:
Wednesday, Athletic Union Night, Student only and only during term time. Hot and Sweaty Cheap Beer.
Friday, Face Off upstairs and Space Base Playing Hip Hop to Drum 'n Bass.
Saturdays, Name DJs, Phone the club for Details.
Escape have their own website though the under constuction signs have been up for a long time now!











CLUB EUROPA


Dillwyn St, 01792 468892

Re-Opened Oct '98..
this place has little going for it, they concentrate on discount entry and booze, this isn't working and the Club is looking set for another shut-down and refit.











THE PALACE


Upper High Street

Re-Opened May '99..
The Palace is the most attractive venue in Swansea, Downstairs is fairly plain, but upstairs is an old victorian theatre with 2 tiers of Balconies and a cieling at least 60 feet high.
Seeing is Believing It's worth paying the cover charge one night just to see the interior!
The Palace is no longer a Gay club, The only Gay Club in the City is H20 in the Marina.
Nights to look out for, DiVersion; Oldskool Rave, Fortnightly on Fridays and occasional name DJs on Saturday.
The Palace is a Members only Club, You need to Join before you can go! Or you can get a member to sign you in.
The Palace have a rather inactive Website











QUIDS INN


Kingsway, 01792 476520

1 to get in 1 a pint, hence the name. Open 7 nights and always busy Get your best football shirt and jewlery on for this one.
The club is upstairs, it has a light show which was the business in the 80s, but looks a little tired now. The soundsystem is still the business. It is the envy of the other clubs and was one of the main pulls when the previous owners used it for rave nights.
The music is chart & dance.
Here is a comment emailed to us by Stuart "R"...ITS A GOOD CLUB WITH LOTS OF GOOD LOOKING GIRLS. THE BEV IS CHEAP SO YOU CAN DRINK MORE FOR LESS.













TIME


The Kingsway, 01792 653142

The biggest club in Swansea, actually 3 clubs, Icon, Time and Jumping Jaks with a conbined capacity of over 4,000!
A refit early in '99 has given Time it's current name and a very impressive lightshow.
In April '99 Jumpin' Jaks opened Upstairs in the old Odeon cinema, It is super cheezy but occasionally features live bands.
The Mondays in termtime is Student Night, where you go to wait half an hour for a drink and get very sweaty they play a mixture of indie and old hits, but above all bad dance and euro.
Thursdays is 80s Night, with the cheeziest of 80s, from Duran to the Weather Girls. This is still the most popular night of the week!
Fridays in Icon is cheezy 70s disco, the main club plays Euro (no we won't say cheezy 'cos its worse than that).
Saturday is when all the buses from the valleys drop off on the Kingsway, but fear not, Time's small army of large doormen will protect you.













SPOOFERS


Formerly Quids Inn, Then DBs
Kingsway/St Helens Rd Roundabout 01792 464050

A pub with a club license really, Hugely popular but many people then move on to the larger clubs.
The whole place is pretty small, and the dancefloor is tiny. There is a balcony all the way around the dancefloor which is popular for talent spotting.
Cheap entry and cheap beer.
Music is chart and dance every night.













ROCKIT (THE ZONE)


Ivy Place, (in the Grand Hotel, next to railway station) 01792 650541

Recently re-opened as the Dance Station in Glorius Pink... We will have areview as soon as we get suitable sunglasses to survive a visit!











MUMBLES, CLUBBING



BENTLYS


Castleton Walk, Off Oystermouth Rd 01792 361043

A total shoe box, the sort of place where you can set your watch by what the DJ is playing, its cheap and cheerful.
Popular Student Night on Thursday

Bentleys have Their Own Website which has not been updated since 1997....











CINDERELLAS


On the Pier

Regular club, one large rectangular room with the bar on a raised area near the entrance, a great place to fetch up after the Mumbles Mile. There are no specialist Nights at Present, but they have a Stage and Bands Play occasionally.
The sound System is Excelent!











GOWER, CLUBBING



COUNTRYMAN


Pub and Night Club in South Gower, Scurlage which sounds like a desease cows get but is a village between Port Eynon and Rhosilli.
Phone 01792 390597

Does everything, sells beer, sells food, kids entertainment for campers and a night club which is v.busy in the summer. Sat a good night all year round in the club. Go down and drink with the farmers!
Sometimes hired for student functions

Music is Mainstream, good place for holidaymakers to "meet" the locals...












This is what is on in Swansea's clubs

Green Indicates club is closed
Yellow Indicates club is Open


SWANSEA
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDS THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
H20
 
 
 
Residents Residents Residents Residents
BARONS 1st floor
 
 
Duo's Funked Up Residents Residents Residents
BARONS top floor
 
 
 
Karioke Residents Residents Residents
BEATBOX
Bands Bands Bands Bands Bands Bands Bands
ESCAPE
 
 
 
A.U. Student Night
 
Face Off (upstairs)Space Base (downstairs) Name DJs + residents
EUROPA
 
 
 
Residents Residents Residents Residents
THE PALACE
 
 
 
 
 
DiVersion
(Monthly) Space
(Monthly)
Residents
QUIDS INN
Residents Residents Residents Residents Residents Residents Residents
TIME
Residents Student Piss Up
 
 
80s Night Residents Residents
SPOOFERS
Residents Residents Residents Residents Residents Residents Residents
ROCKIT (THE ZONE)
 
 
 
 
Residents (rock (ish)) Residents Residents (Indie (ish))
MUMBLES
 
BENTLYS
 
 
 
 
Student Night Residents Residents
CINDERELLAS
 
 
 
 
Residents Residents Residents


HIGHLIGHTED NIGHTS



FUNKED UP


Barons, Wednesdays, Entry 2

the name says it all, this night is stricly 70s funk.
DJ Ben plays many of the chart classics and lots of rare groove. Guest DJs have included Snowboy & Keb DeBarge, Snowboy has called this the best Funk club in Britian, Quite an accolade for Swansea.

FACE OFF


Escape, Fridays, Entry 3, look out for free passes.

A merger of "The Indie Thing" and "In Yer Face" this club has 2 rooms, One plays indie and 60s while the other plays alternative rock.
Very the combination of 2 moderately popular nights has revived both, the night gets very busy!

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