Park End is probably the best place to go if you want fairly mainstream 'dance' music, AND R&B, AND cheesey-music-since-the-50's! It's got three rooms playing each of these categories of music, plus a balcony overlooking the main room, which is the mainstream-dance room. There's not usually too much aggro here either.
It's also got about 5 bars, serving bottled drinks for about 4 quid a drink. So get drunk before you go!
I haven't checked lately, but I think it's still the same-
Wednesday- student night
Thursday- ladies night
Fri and Sat- 'normal' nights
Dress Code: This is a wannabe-swanky place, so get your best shoes and shirts on. No trainers or jeans, and even if you look thirty you'd best take ID, because the bouncers are a bunch of power-mad, arrogant idiots.
Very typical student nightclub. The attitude seemed quite underage. Imagine a drunken frat party with boys in popped collar polos and girls with screechy voices and you get Que Pasa. But come here with a group of friends and take advantage of the random parties they throw (I can recall one particularly amusing 'Brazilian Beach Party' themed evening). The drinks aren't anything fantastic, there's some mezzanine seating, a medium sized dance-floor, high energy, rather imature crowd, apathetic bartenders, ok music, flat screen televisions....that's about it. Better if you go with a group of people.
Dress Code: Anything goes, mostly students so you'll see people dressed to the nines and those dressed to...well..not the nines.
Nightclub is probably exaggerating a little...
Oxford isn't best known for it's nightlife, you can't have everything. The city centre clubs are usually full of teenage or middle age meatheads out for a fight.
The Zodiac is an old favourite of the native Oxonian. Simple, no frills, almost spit and sawdust. Bloody good fun though.
Nights vary from trance, house, reggae, to live bands of every genre.
There is an up, and down stairs, often it is cheaper if you just stay downstairs.
Not too pricey, compared to city centre clubs.
Check out the website to see what's on first.
Dress Code: Whatever you fancy.
This night club recently reopened (formerly Club Latino's). It's been completely renovated, a huge improvement. I went on a friday night, cant remember how much the entrance fee was. It's a much nicer venue.
I was dissapointed to see they no longer serve draught beer. Only bottles + spirits etc.
Dress Code: There's no dress requirements.
DTM - Downtown Manhattan - is Oxford's local meat market most nights, especially on Saturday. Full of leering men, ladies over 40 wearing more make-up than clothes, and desperate students out to score, if you can't pull here, there's no hope for you...
There are also a lot of smaller, more mainstream clubs. Po Na Na is by far my favourite of these, with friendly people, good ambience, and great music. It's good also for if you want just a few more drinks after the ludicrously early English pub closing time of 11PM.
Bar Med is also great fun, with a young crowd. Other places that a lot of people like, but aren't really my kind of place- The Old Fire Station, The Studio (or Venue- keeps changing names!), Jongleurs, DTM's.
From what I've seen, you should stay away from Rendevous, unless you are a big fan of bar brawls. It's got OK music, but more arrogant unfriendly bouncers, and more trouble than you can wave a fist (or two) at.
Dress Code: Various, but not quite as overdressed as Park End. A lot of people start here then go to Park End after, so the dress seems to get less smart as the night goes on!
Although I hardly ever go here, it is a great great place. It's got such a variety of people and music you're bound to have a good night, at least usually.
They have good live music some nights, excellent student nights on Thursdays, and various other nights to keep it all interesting! Two different rooms, playing two different sorts of music.
My only problem is that it's so far out of the centre- down Cowley Road. But even then Cowley Road area has some good pubs so you could organise a whole night out based in this area. Or get a taxi as we do!
It's a good idea to phone beforehand, as some nights are live music nights, and there are some big bands playing, so some nights are sold out! If you want to see live music, tickets are available online or by phone, and I've put the contact details below.
Dress Code: Various on different nights, but not usually too swanky. You can even get away with trainers most if not all of the time, with is another big plus for me.
I really love this place. It's one of the most 'different' places for underground dance. Looks tiny from the outside, and just as you get in, but when you get to the main room it's huge!
They play either house-garage or drum and bass on Saturdays, but as far as I can work out, the only way to find out which is to phone them!
I'll not lie- most of the people here are on some kind of drug, but for some reason, there is just no aggro at all- it's also one of the most friendly places, with even the bouncers being good guys. Which is relatively rare in Oxford! I've been here soooo much but only seen one fight, and that was just a bit of pushing about.
Friday night is gay night, and I have never been here on one of these nights, but Saturday is great fun.
The only problems-
1) Some people call it the Oven- nuff said!
2) Be slightly wary while walking home, as there are a few 'bad boys' hanging about. Again- I've only seen one person being hit, but it was me, and it was for no reason at all, so I thought I'd warn you just in case!
Dress Code: No shorts, but dress lightly as it is HOT in here!
The Park End Club (aka The Puke End)
3 dance floors, 6 bars and they usually play some pretty good music. It used to be that ladies drink free for the 1st hour on Thursdays but after checking the website, I don't think that's going on anymore. (too bad!) Otherwise, its a pretty good club.
Dress Code: Club Casual
Definately the best club is The Bridge (and it's not related to the fact that I did my operational management project there, worked about a month and had loads of good fun). Definately the friendliest people, good choice of music - RNB downstairs and house upstairs, reasonable cocktail range:)))
Other good spots: Park End, several rooms with variate music, Po Na Na, in the city centre, cool and fine, Purple Turtle, where we had our Valentine's party, Latino, before the magdalen Bridge.
Wouldn't recommend you Zodiac, right on Cowley Road, who has thogh which has the advantage of being situated close to the main curry and kebab area in town:)))
Again, the student feeling...
Dress Code: It's up to u, nothing's too excentric here but don't dress Dior or Gucci for god sake:)))
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