So, we may not be allowed out at the moment and yeah… it’s not ideal. We all wish that one day we would wake up and it all just be a terrible nightmare but unfortunately we won’t be so lucky. We’ve put together a little draft-up of what a night out with us would entail. It’s important to stay positive and optimistic about the future, one day we will be back out there… but who’s night out would you want to be on?
Leana’s Night Out
Pre-covid days I worked at Spoons so it would always be the natural thing to head there first. After all, 20% discount in a place where the drinks are dirt-cheap anyway is the best way to start a night. Off we head… Benjamin Huntsman and Waterworks are the only options in my opinion for a night in town. 4 drinks for under a tenner has to be a win in anyone’s books. Don’t and I will repeat, don’t order pitchers as in my opinion they’re a massive waste of money. You’re better off buying in a bottle of wine or a few doubles… of course, you should expect a round of sambuca to be heading your way on a night out with me!
After we start feeling suitably off the trolley, we can move on… but where to? We’re going to Revolution! Are you regretting your choice of footwear yet? We’ll stay in there for an hour or so, dancing away and sipping on Pornstars. At this point, the sway-dancing is becoming less and less… Leana is feeling comfortable enough to bust out some questionable dance moves.
Let’s get ourselves to Molly’s, the place that holds some sort of strange power to unite everyone, allowing strangers to celebrate together and dance like nobody is watching. Molly Malones is a place of no-judgement, of happiness and being care-free… a lover for all ages. By this point in the night, we’re only paying £2.50 for a vodka coke so it would be wise to suggest that we’re feeling it.
What’s that I can here in the distance, dragging us towards it… “Who’s that girl, la la la la la”
PLAYERS. Now this is not a place for everyone but the music is great and it’s loud, exactly what we want when we can’t walk straight. We’re now channelling our inner Destiny’s child, I’ll be Kelly and let you be Beyonce… now drop that sista!
We’ll last for a little bit in here but there’s one place on West Street that you HAVE to go to… Tiger Works, the best place in town. This place is sweaty, this place is loud and this place is filtered with just about every variant of student you can think of. This is the ultimate place to just let go… to drift away with the music!
Dependant on our state at this point, we’re either going for a kebab and bed or we’re going to Queer Junction… I’ll let you decide that one.
Lily’s Night out
I think pre-covid, I went on so many nights out, that I absolutely perfected it in Sheffield. I knew all the best places to go and all the deals on offer. I would always like to start a night out at Tiger Works, it plays some good songs but sells the best £5 round I’d ever heard of. Being from the South, you’d be lucky to get a vodka and coke for £5, so I know a bargain when I hear one. The Tiger Works £5 round is one shot, normally Sourz, a vodka and mixer, a WKD/VK of your choice and a Jägerbomb. Now, this sets me up nicely.
If we are feeling like a few more drinks before the club, we like to pop into West Street Live. The drinks there are on another level. You have combinations you wouldn’t get anywhere else with drinks named after fictional characters and shots galore! There is plenty of seating in WSL, but it is normally neglected as the playlist is always spot-on.
At this point, we have a choice, Hallamnation with the throwback playlist on, Tank for a rave, Corp purely for their rainbow drinks or my personal favourite, Code. Code Saturdays have never failed me, but 90p night on a Tuesday is something you can’t compete with. Every drink, for just 90p…
Safe to say with drinks as cheap as that, anyone can dance the night away at Code. I’ve never been one for after-parties, I prefer a trip to the 24 hour McDonalds after a night out. I’ll sit there with my eyes shut, chicken nuggets in hand, reminiscing on what a good night we’ve had.
Hope’s night out
I did not go on many nights out before COVID, I probably only had maybe five to six mad ones a year. With the majority of my friends being from Barnsley, it is such a hassle trying to get home when you are absolutely wasted and it is so expensive.
However, when I do treat myself to a night out it usually starts off like everyone else’s, in Spoons. There is just something about the packed atmosphere, everyone is drinking and having fun and all the drinks are cheap that make it the ideal place to start off. Everyone talks about their lives whilst the pitchers keep coming and then the shots start. Sometimes we will order small dishes for those who have not had the chance to eat before to help the alcohol go down. The usual standard is that we do not leave Spoons until everyone is at least tipsy, apart from the mum of the group.
Then it is off to the next bar that someone suggests. We do not really have a routine since we do not go into Sheffield often, so we just see if there is anywhere that one of us is particularly wanting to go and head there. One of my favourite places to suggest is Revolution Sheffield. Yes, the drinks are a lot more pricier than they are in Spoons, but the cocktails are to die for. It is such a good feeling to be surrounded by your friends with amazing drinks and some absolute tunes playing.
Again, another person will choose the next destination and if we do not feel like moving around for the rest of the night then it will probably be Corp. I would not say it is the best place in Sheffield but the colourful drinks are beaut and it is pretty fun migrating from one room to the other.
If we want to keep bar hopping, then we head to West Street and have a couple of drinks in some bars. There is West Street Live, which is usually the first place we go. Then there is my personal favourite, Bierkeller. There is nothing better than dancing on the benches, belting out all the bangers and laughing when someone falls off. Yes, the drinks can cost a little more than I would like them to be but at that point in the night, all my care has gone out the window.
Finally, we make one last pit stop at either a chicken takeaway (who does not crave chicken at three in the morning) or a McDonald’s. Once the ‘mum’ friends has made sure everyone has drank their water, the next task is finding a taxi and trying to collect £40 between all of us.