Mercury Theatre...: In the shadow of Jumbo...
The Mercury Theatre is the most active producing theatre in the east of England, & has been at the heart of Colchester's arts scene since it opened in 1972
The still modern-looking building, comprising a Main Theatre & Studio Theatre, seats 580
0n site is a workshop so that the Mercury is self-sufficient in set-building & prop-fabrication, as well as creating costumes, both for their own productions, & other theatre groups...
Various groups use the Mercury stage area for external activities, such as dance or performance practise...
The public area of the theatre sometimes provides art gallery space for local artists, such as Ian Hay's, 'A Mile From The Mercury' exhibition...
- Theater Travel
- Arts and Culture
Hole-In-The-Wall Pub...: Colchester's iconic drinking spot...
If you want to find a pub that truly represents Colchester, I think there is only really 1 candidate - The Hole In The Wall - so-named for obvious reasons, being built right beside the actual hole-in-the-wall, which provided access through the Roman Wall in the Balkerne Passage area of the central old town...
The venue provides regular live music, real ales, & food from 12:00 - 03:00 on Saturdays & Sundays...
Dress Code: Casual or fancy dress on theme nights...
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
The NEW Silk Road Lounge & Bar: Don't judge a book by its cover...
Ive worked in many clubs across Essex & London and for me, The Silk Road is right up there with the best. Each club has its downfalls and no club is perfect, but The Silk Road is given a lot of unfair criticism in my opinion. Ive worked in the industry & in this town for over 8 years, in pretty much every role possible so I'd like to think I know what Im talking about when it comes to bars/clubs/nightclubs. The Silk Road USED to be a rough and troublesome place. It USED to attract a certain type of cliental, one which some might have found daunting, making the venue an unenjoyable place to party. September 2013 the owner gave the venue a much needed refit, a whopping £150,000 injected into the once dark, rundown gloomy venue. This as you can imagine transformed the venue, making it a spectacular looking place to party. With strict dress codes & new doorman at the venue the place has been able to create a superb atmosphere. I spend most weekends at the club and Ive seen only a handful of incidents (which have all been defused inside the venue by the doorman verbally and not physically) in the past 10 months or so. Police reports can back that statement as recently it was discovered they have UNDER 10 incidents linked to The Silk Road since Jan 2013. Now not naming names but I know venues in the town that have 10 a WEEKEND. Anyway... If you come to party at The Silk Road, what can you expect? A great atmosphere, superb service, a clean well-run establishment, great drinks selection and an array of music genres. The Silk Road is often described as a 'family', as the venue has so many repeat customers everybody seems to know everybody - something that makes it not only a more enjoyable place but a welcoming friendly environment. The service you receive is of a very high standard too. Greeted with a smile and prompt service, the freshly made cocktails are a must. The music at the venue depends on the evening and also what promotion is running. Sunday-Thursday is a mix of all kinds, Fridays are urban and Saturdays are house & old school. Occasionally the venue has famous faces pop in, chart topping artists performing and world class DJs doing what they do best. In a nutshell, The Silk Road is a great place to party, so if you're in town make sure you check it out!
Dress Code: No flipflops, Shorts, Vests or Baseball caps.
- Beer Tasting
Route: Late Night rejection
Well, I have no excuse really. I was warned about this place, I was told it was rough, dirty and the worst place to go in Colchester, bar the STI clinic on a Saturday morning. It would seem most people had the opinion that Route in Colchester was not far off being crammed in a chlamydia infested waiting room.
However; on our way through town, myself and my two male friends got a stamp from a very nice lady, offering us free entry to Route that evening. Being a student, and massively skint, I thought; what the hell. I was looking for a cheap skanky night...
So, at around twenty past twelve, we walked a mission of a walk to this club, only to be greeted by hands down the most ignorant, arrogant old fart of a doorman I have ever encountered. And I have come across many the cocky doorman.
So, we showed him the stamp; to which he replied 'Its only free til twelve', with a smug look on his face.
So, we continued to just say that we thought it was free, and the nice lady had obviously forgot to point out the fact we had to go there before twelve. Then I proceeded to kindly ask how much it cost to go in. Yes, it was only two quid each, however; one of my friends had nothing on them...(money)
The doorman then snidely snapped something about my friend being a cheap skate. The way he was from beginning to end was rude, abusive and completely out of order.
I have worked in this kind of industry for a long time, and have never been treated like this. STAY AWAY from this *** hole.
Dress Code: Dress code; preferably at least 2 different types of STD's
- Study Abroad
Liquid & Envy: Investment Pours in to Liquid Refurb
INVESTMENT POURS INTO LIQUID REFURB
The launch of the new Liquid and Envy nightclub in Colchester is to receive another £1m investment.
It was originally reported that the venue, which replaces the Hippodrome, would receive £1/2m but management have received confirmation of a complete £1.5m investment to completely transform the venue.
Colchester’s historic Hippodrome will make way for a nationally recognised and award-winning, Liquid & Envy branded club due to open on Friday 25th July for the general public.
The rolling-refurbishment, which allows customers to witness the progressive change, will reveal a three room venue – Liquid for over 18s and Envy for over 23s on Fridays and Saturdays.
The former Grand Theatre and Grand Palace of Varieties venue will receive extensive work to maintain and return original features of the decor and mouldings to its original state as seen when it opened in 1905. Restoration experts and contractors will work meticulously to preserve and restore the building to its former glory to give a breathtaking contrast of contemporary and classic design.
The intricate hand-carved Edwardian curved balconies compared to the stylish and modern high-quality finishes will provide a unique experience enhanced by multi-coloured lighting systems. The three-floor Liquid room will feature an impressive dance-floor and podium area brought together by a state-of-the-art sound system controlled from the raised DJ box.
5 VIP Pods and 4 further VIP booths will be a new and major addition to Liquid’s offering. Available for hire with table service, the luxurious leather seating booths have been designed to give customers an extra special evening for birthdays and celebrations. General manager, Glen Freeman.
“The additional investment to the venue will be fantastic for us and our customers. The new look Liquid and Envy will have something for everyone with a completely fresh look. Mixed with the entertainment and lighting & sound effects, we’re going to create a superb clubbing experience.”
Liquid will also feature an urban lounge room, dedicated exclusively to urban music that is free to access by anyone in the venue.
The Envy room completely contrasts Liquid’s stark white interior. Envy boasts a dark and intimate feel, which will be exclusively for over 23s who can freely flow between the buzz of chart, dance and urban music in Liquid; and Envy’s classic tracks, disco and party anthems.
“Envy’s sleek dancefloor and surrounding seating booths are great for everyone; whether you’re dancing the night away or relaxing with friends. This is a gorgeous room that gives the older market somewhere just for them to enjoy,” adds Glen.
For more information bout the opening, contact the team on 01206 7625555 or visit www.liquidclubs.com
Dress Code: Smart - no trainers/sportswear.
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Yates's: Friday and saturday night dancing
Well, frankly is not the kind of place i really love to go... I mean, it's beautiful with beautifuk girls in beautiful dresses... but it reminded to me too much a discoteque, and maybe i'm too old for that ;) Anyway, if you are in Colchester check it out for a drink, and have fun...
Dress Code: Cool...
The Park Hotel Pub: In the countryside
Very real people, real beers, tv footbal matches... When you want to escape from town for a dart game and a couple of beers with friends.
The owner is a good beautiful girl and the staff is friendly.
Ha! Ha! Bar & Canteen: Nice and Rafined bar
One of Colchesters nicer, more refined bars. When this place is busy, it's VERY busy, leading to slow service. An OK range of beers. A bit "modern/edgy" in its styling .
Dress Code: Well... i yhink people will watch your clothes... I don't really care, i just do as i feel on my day... but you could come here "cooler tha possible"...
The Odd One Out: No frills or fancies
This pub is included on the tour because of its uniqueness as 'a drinker's pub.' The landlord and his family run it on traditional lines, no frills or fancies and definite rules for rowdy or offensive customers.
The Odd One Out is a free house and is a past winner of the N E Essex CAMRA 'Pub of the Year' contest. The landlord, Mr Parrick, considers his pub to be 'The Drinkers Pub of Colchester' and he offers a range of traditionally served beers from a variety of regional brewers and also a range of more than 40 Scotch and Irish whiskies. There is no food on offer, so avoiding restaurant type smells to spoil the taste of the beer and it also claims to be the cheapest pub in Colchester.
Dress Code: as you like
The George Hotel: "Classy" afternoon pub
The George is one of the most attractive looking buildings in the High Street and the interior are very comfortable and tastefully furnished. It has an excellent restaurant too. But my friends in Colchester wouldn't recommend as place to stay and sleep...
Dress Code: Don't come here as a punk or a rocker....
The Abbey Arms: Darts champions
Really classic and beautiful pub with good and friendly staff. I saw darts champions playing as i never did before... Amazing!
Dress Code: as you like
Hippodrome: Dancing and events
Main Room, Lounge and The Gods Bar... different music day by day, student parties..
Dress Code: No sportswear or hats
Wig and Pen: Soldiers and mini skirts
It's the soldiers place. Colchester is a soldier town and this is the soldiers place. They told me is the best place to pick up girls but even a bit dangerous...
Dress Code: probably as you like
Playhouse: Huge, cheap and crowded!
Wonderful ex theatre, with different kind of people coming there... Really cheap prices for food and drink...
Dress Code: as you like
The Twister: Late dancing
Gooood music with great dj! When i went he put dome Echo and the Bunnymen stuff too...!!
Dress Code: as you like, but don't come elegant...
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