DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts): Fun
DCA is a multi faceted place. I was there to see a film - the French comedy Imogene McCarthery - but it also has a bar and restaurant, plus exhibition space.
The films are all the kind you won't see at the mainstream cinema. Ours was part of a French festival. It has two small screen rooms. Ours was almost full.
Cost £5.50, but they have a whole host of discounting schemes. Not being unemployed, a student or a pensioner (lucky me), I had to dig deep. But seriously (why?) it is tremendously good value. Highly subsidised, no doubt.
In their November/December programme I saw 11 films I'd like to see. Hope I'll be back soon. Its a 40 minute drive for me, but worth it.
No popcorn or chatting during the film (aaah, bliss).
You can have a beer before or after (more bliss). Not sure about during - didn't see anyone take drinks into the screen room.
Dress Code: Hmm... relaxed, arty, bohemian, pretentious, or all 4.
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Dundee Rep Theatre: Live, Original, Creative
My first visit to this theatre (Oct 10) even although it is only 40 minutes away.
I went to see Ibsen's "A Doll's House" with friends.
It was very enjoyable, but made slightly mysterious by the set and costumes being 1950s, when the play was written in 1890something and is about social attitudes of that time - fast forward 50 years.
It is a small venue, and as always when that happens, great to be up close to the action.
The theatre has a bar and a restaurant - didn't try the latter. Maybe next time.
The Rep seems to be very much part of the local community - check out the website.
Paid £17 for my seat - good value.
Dress Code: No. Dress up if you want, but not obligatory.
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Absolutely AWFUL scheme pub: The Shand Bar
If you're ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in the Menzieshill area of Dundee.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GO INTO 'THE SHAND BAR'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you're not accosted into buying dodgy DVD's or Razors, if you look like you've got any money, you'll be followed into the toilets and have it stolen from you at knifepoint.
Don't be tempted in with the promise of a 'Quiz Night'. If it happens (and if not, see the point above) it'll be rigged in favour of the regulars. If you DARE to prove that you're smarted than the *** regulars....
... well, just make sure you can run faster than they can.
Dress Code: Suit and tie...? Don't make me laugh.
Jeans and T
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Fatsams: Popular Nightclub
7 nights a week 365 days a year. (yes you just read it, this place opens on Xmas Eve and Day! A popular nightclub with the nearby University and it student population and locals alike.
We paid £2.50 for entry on a Monday Night and bottles of Corona were £1.50 each (not bad at all). Even on a Monday night this place had a lively beat to it! So if in Dundee check it out.
Dress Code: Didn't see any particular dress code in operation and it seemed quite a relaxed atmosphere with professional (not over the top and in your face) security.
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Tally Ho & Popl Nero: Tally Ho & Popl Nero
Great staff and a great atmosphere. Tally Ho's (Tally's for the locals) is a student oriented pub and has a great Guinness. Gets very busy at the weekends ... quiz night Tuesday and student games Wednesday.
Popl Nero is a more up-market pub - but anyone is welcome and you won't get strange looks from regulars if your not wearing the right label!! Go in during the day and chill out with a superb coffee on the comfy sofas ... cool
Dress Code: Whatever you want. casual or smart
As a race th Scottish love a...
As a race th Scottish love a 'wee dram' a small drink. They have many of these small drinks, usually single malt whiskeys (Scottish of course) until they are plastered. Therefor most of their nighlife entertainment takes place in bars and pubs.
The pubs are usually small and set in historic old buildings with a unique friendly atmosphere. Join in with the locals in pleasant conversation or a game of cards.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
There was not a wild, exciting...
There was not a wild, exciting nightlife in St Monan's.
With views like this it was just wonderful to wander around the harbour in an evening.... or just sit looking out of the window of our house.
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