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A Guide to Nightlife in York

16 February 2018 | Anna Jones

If you ask someone what to do in York, they may suggest visiting the Minster or hiring a boat and cruising down the River Ouse, or perhaps they will even tell you to follow the infinite ducks and geese that seem to own the city. What you probably would not expect to hear is that the nightlife is worth your time. York’s Nightlife has something for everyone – whether you love cheesy old school songs or you prefer house music, you can be sure to find somewhere to suit your tastes.

If pop music is your Achilles, then Popworld and Flares will have nights to satiate your cravings. You can dance all night long to pop classics from over the years, with some musical theatre numbers added in for good measure. Popworld might not be the biggest venue, but it does have a revolving dance floor, so it’s already a winner in our books. If you think that’s great, then after a few drinks move on to Flares and head straight to their multi-coloured flashing dance floor and ultimate cheesy night out. You can even buy the club’s very own t-shirt if you love it that much.
 
If that’s not your cup of tea, then why not venture into Kuda. The club offers three rooms to choose from, each with their own distinct theme. The main section offers chart music and club hits blaring from their giant sound system and is perfect for a boogie. Or maybe you want to escape the English weather and go on holiday? Simply head downstairs to the tropical Tiki bar where you can take a seat in the bright orange campervan and dance to hip-hop and rap. Alternatively, head back to the top floor and search for the Mambo Lounge. Hidden away from the masses, this bar offers you a night of sophistication with its very own private bar and seating area – you wouldn’t even know that you were in a nightclub.


Image Credit: @KudaYork via instagram

Revolution York has to be the next place to mention. A restaurant and bar by day turned club at night, everyone goes that extra mile for a night out at Revs, which boasts four bars - two of which can be hired for private bookings - as well as stunning views overlooking the River Ouse. There is even a heated garden terrace area outside for warm summers evenings or simply if you want to grab some fresh air. If you like the sound of this then put your glad rags on and you’re all set to go.
 
Fibbers is a completely different kettle of fish altogether, having established itself as the city’s premier downtown rock ‘n’ roll social club. Fibbers is better known as a live music venue, with the likes of Stereophonics, Martha Reeves and The 1975 having played here. Despite the club’s resounding reputation for rock ‘n’ roll, it’s also a venue that boasts variety and celebrates all genres of performance. Fibbers has been home to the very popular Lip Sync Lollapalooza event, a drag night hosted by the Haus of Dench. If you’re not sure where to go for your night out in York then definitely take a look at what’s on at Fibbers first.


Image Credit: Fibbers via facebook
 
Salvation is then one of the most popular clubs amongst students at the University of York, with their infamous Wednesday nights dedicated to the sports teams. There are two dance floors to choose from with two very different music styles, which change according to the club night. If you go to Salvation Saturdays you can expect dance, house, party, chart and the best club hits downstairs, whereas upstairs you will be greeted by 90's music and retro classics. Salvation also has a large covered terrace on the second floor with heating and seating – perfect for a post-dance respite.  
 
If none of these options have tickled your fancy so far, then Mansion could be the place for you. This is the only club in York with a licence to stay open until 5am, so if you can survive without much sleep then you have found your home in Mansion. The underground setting is perfect for the house and techno style played here, as you can truly lose yourself in the music. Just be warned, you might want to take a fan with you – it can get very sweaty.


Image Credit: Mansion via facebook
 
So you see, York serves up a nightlife that rivals any UK city, with plenty of options to choose from. We only wish that The Willow was still open, because that was an experience like no other.

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