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Updated August 20, 2012
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  1. Cheap "Nightlife & Entertainment" in The Hague, Netherlands
    Crossing Border is an arts/ music/ literature festival in Den Haag. This year, guests ranged from Black rebel Motorcycle Club through Kula Shaker and Rufus Wainwright to Chuck Pahlunik, Patti Smith and Salman Rushdie. The venue is a group of theatr…
  2. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    The music hall is a large live music venue at ArenA boulevard in Amsterdam, and a great venue. The facilities include a well staffed cloakroom, enough bars in different areas where you probably don't have to queue too long, and clean toilets with ac…
  3. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Manchester, England, UK
    The Manchester Apollo is an incredible venue on the outskirts of the city centre of Manchester. To get there, you have to walk North-ish out of the centre, past the station and under the Mancunian Way, and follow the crowds of gig going people. The…
  4. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Oxford, England, UK
    I'm struggling not to review the band I saw - who were incredible - and the venue - which wasn't. Bear with me. Oxford is mostly known for its university, and many tourists are perfectly content to see the beautiful colleges, where Harry Potter w…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Swindon, England, UK
    Swindon town gardens are lovely. A classic example of British town parks at their old fashioned finest, most of the time, town gardens have the benefit of both a traditional bandstand and a Bowl. The Bowl was built n the early twentieth century and…
  6. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The British Music Experience is an interactive attraction in the O2 arena. Taking the form of video walls, interactive displays, a dance booth and a guitar studio, the emphasis is very much on playing with the buttons. There are also physical exhbi…
  7. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Bristol, England, UK
    The Cooler is about £4-5 in. It is an Indie club on Park Street, and I have been there quite a lot. The bar is about average priced, small, but well staffed, and the dance floor usually starts filling by 1am. The playlist - poppy indie, for the m…
  8. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Bristol, England, UK
    The Hatchet is the world's most friendly, least scene-ey, Rock pub. It is, conveniently enough, near the Carling Academy, but it was there first - it turns out that my dad got drunk there several hundred years ago, which was a strange conversation a…
  9. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Swindon, England, UK
    I went to see Massive Attack in teh Oasis in Swindon. The Oasis, in the daytime, is a leisure centre, so I was not at all sure how they would accomodate a major league band. I had visions of them trying to get a soundsystem into the swimming pool, …
  10. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Bristol, England, UK
    Thekla is a nighclub and gig venue in a boat in teh Welshback harbour part of Bristol. Entrance depends on the night club or which band is playing, and is free if there is nothing much going on. the boat also serves food in the day time. They do…
  11. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    The MEN Arena is a mixed use arena in Manchester, used for sports, gigs and comedy. I will endeavor to review it, and not the band I saw. The MEN is a bit confusing when you go in. It has helpfully put the merchandise stands out of the way in li…
  12. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    The Manchester Academy is a music venue a little way out of the city centre, near Manchester University. ALthough lacking the distinctive decor of the Apollo, it is a very nice venue. The accoustics are good, and the stage is big enough to allow …
  13. Cheap "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Wigan, England, UK
    Club Nirvana is a nightclub in Wigan, which also occasionally has gigs. I was there to see Delphic, and they were excellent, but of course this is a travel blog so I am reviewing the venue. Club Nirvana is in an excellent location, very near the st…
  14. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Liverpool, England, UK
    Korova, which I am not at all sure I am spelling right, is a small bar and gig venue where I saw New Young Pony Club. It is in Liverpool. Liverpool crowds seem to be just as nice as Manchester crowds, so there will be no partisan slating of Live…
  15. Cheap "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    Moho Live is a sweaty little venue in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, not to be confused with Noho, which is a bar with cool art on the walls. Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I do not use the term “sweaty little venue” …
  16. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Blackpool, England, UK
    The Empress Ballroom is a fantastic venue in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The Winter Gardens are themselves something of a diamond in a dunghill – a fantastic, beautiful set of venues and exhibition halls that somehow manage to remain classy t…
  17. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    Fac251 (aka The Factory) is a new-ish club and live venue in the former offices of Factory Records, near the student part of Manchester. And Factory Records is as much a part of the history of Manchester as the cotton mills were. I will try –…
  18. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Chicago, Illinois, USA
    As a snark, the official name of the bar is Legends, and Buddy Guy is the legend who owns it. Buddy Guy’s Legends is a Blues Bar in downtown Chicago, and I love it. It was the one consistent recommendation I got from the concierge in my hot…
  19. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Chicago, Illinois, USA
    The House of Blues is a chain of Blues themed restaurants and music venues. I’m reviewing the one in Chicago. The Chicago House of Blues is in a very cool modernist building in Marina City (the ones like giant corncobs in the sky), easily reached…
  20. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    The Ritz is another gig venue and night club in Manchester. It is small, but has nice lighting and the carpets aren't too sticky. It's obviously a converted cinema, as many venues round here are, but that always means that the acoustics are goo…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Manchester, England, UK
    Manchester cathedral is one of the few old buildings in Manchester. It's medieval, although it looks modern because it was extensively remodelled by the Victorians. As cathedrals go, it isn't very grand. It doesn't have a great steeple or an in…
  22. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    Band on the Wall is a gig venue in the Northern Quarter.  Taking its name from an old incarnation as a dance hall, where the band perched on a tiny stage half way up the wall, it is recently and gloriously refurbished.  The venue is not huge,…
  23. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
     The Ghillie Dhu is a bar with live music and, sometimes, ceilidhs.  It is just beyond the west end of Princes Street, near Rutland Street.  It makes quite a big deal of its Scottish heritage, which is to be expected given where it is  and its na…
  24. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Scotland, UK
    Regular readers will have noticed that I make pretty much constant mention of the concept of a “ceilidh.”  What is this mysterious row of unpronounceable letters?   A ceilidh, pronounced kayley, is more or less Gaelic for party.  For non-Gae…
  25. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    The Lass O' Gowrie is in Manchester, and it is a bit of a gem. It manages to combine indie music and a bit of an obsession with computer games from the 1980s with really nicely kept real ale and organic cider. I love this city. Located close…
  26. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    The Royal Glasgow Concert Hall is a mid-sized venue, smaller than I was expecting.  It’s easy to find, right outside Glasgow Queen Street Station and near the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre.  It has excellent sound quality, comfortable seats …
  27. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Manchester, England, UK
    The Ruby Lounge is a small gig venue in the centre of Manchester, with club nights sometimes.  It’s just opposite the Arndale.   For a venue just opposite the arndale, it’s surprisingly loveable.  Down a little flight of stairs (aren’t the…
  28. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    The Queen’s Hall is a nice gig venue close to the university in Edinburgh. As a general rule, it tends towards classical music, but it also programmes some rock, pop or comedy from time to time. I’m reviewing the venue, rather than the gig I sa…
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