With world-famous DJs flocking to the city on a weekly basis, Bristol is no longer overshadowed by the London club scene, and has made a name for itself hosting some of the best nights in the country.
Here’s a quick run-down of some of the best night spots to try.
Voted 29th place in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs – Motion is host to Bristol’s best high profile nights consisting of the world’s leading producers. The venue was famously once a skatepark and the surrounding connecting warehouses are perfect to support whatever the night calls for. Two large court yards means socialising between sets are comfortable and the venue is largely one level, meaning that all those Red Stripe fuelled legs can focus on dancing instead of climbing.
A weekend in Bristol isn’t complete without a night in Lakota. This infamous club is home to some of the city’s most diverse nights, with the décor harking back to the rave scene of the ’90s. The sprawling buildings hosts a number of DJs every Friday and Saturday night, taking you on a journey through an array of electronic soundscapes. Lakota, despite its notorious past, will forever be one of best nights out in Bristol, transporting you into the kind of dark corners that could inspire an Irvine Welsh novel.
The locals may be used to it by now but for newcomers to Bristol, it sure is a novelty to party on a boat. Whether it be a high profile act in the belly of this fine vessel or an intimate acoustic gig in its superstructure just off deck, the newly refurbished Thekla is a multifaceted locale that offers so much to the already vibrant music scene of the city and is a popular choice amongst students. As a club, it covers anything from pop, to emo, to hip-hop from Wednesday to Saturday weekly.
Mr Wolf’s makes up for its modest size with character and an unbeatable DJ programme combining the best of classic funk, soul, and hip-hop almost every night of the week. This hidden gem of a venue, located in the Old City, draws in a crowd of all ages and you can guarantee the place will be packed out until the early hours. The dance-floor never lets up and the impressive backbar, complete with friendly staff, fuels the night that never lets-up. As one of the most consistently popular club venues around, you can always expect a queue that’s completely worth the wait.
The Love Inn
Located in the heart of Bristol’s ever-vibrant Stokes Croft, the recently opened Love Inn is a welcome addition to Bristol’s nightlife. You may be sat in one of the rather comfortable booths that frame the bar area sipping a Tom Collins one minute but once midnight nears, the place fills out and you’re hit with a medley of throwback ’90s nostalgia mixed with up to the minute house music. With some of the world’s most renowned house DJs already lined up to play over the next few months, the Love Inn is sure to become a staple venue to guarantee a good night out.
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