The Book Club
The Deceptively named Book Club is usually teeming with 20 something uni students and other youngsters looking for a good time. During the daytime, come with a laptop or an old friend and linger in a soft industrial, minimalist space filled with the odd mosaic or antique. Keep your eye out for some local art which comes and goes on the walls.
As the day wears on, the freelancers and university students filter out and a different crowd comes in, often to have lunch, play a game of ping pong or meet with large, rowdy groups. The menu is filled with popular modern classics and has a full English breakfast, ham, egg and chips and chunky sandwiches with generous sides. Other items include wraps, pasta and burgers, and a good few things for the vegetarians. Naturally, the coffee flows and you can also find nostalgic double thick milkshakes, plenty of cakes and pastries and a range of teas.
The Book Club transforms by night, however, and becomes a bit of a different beast: coming alive with an endless carousel of social events, drinking, dancing, art and culture and plenty of film screenings, DJs, exhibitions and sundry speakers and celebs.
There’s always something on, so check in on any of their social media sites to see what they have brewing for when the sun goes down. Whether it’s a drunken night of revamped Scrabble, “Literary Death Match” or a ridiculous twerking group work out, you’re bound to have a fun night out that makes plain old drinking and dancing seem a little trite. The venue takes your standard pub quiz format and gets mischievous with it: think table tennis championships, fooz ball, fancy dress nights, dating nights, themed music evenings from the 20s upwards and any one of their famous “thinking and drinking” events.
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This endlessly versatile restaurant/lounge/bar/club/whatever is endlessly versatile and management knows how to keep the buzz going. At night, don’t expect to pull off a quiet, intimate conversation in the corner – the place is full-on and often packed to the brim, and is more designed for merry making, noise and festivities.
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