The Fez Club is unique and stylish. Its diverse music and drinks deals ensure there's a night to suit everyone, no matter what their taste in music, or financial situation.
It's tucked away in in Market Passage and during the day you could walk past without noticing the Fez Club. However, come the night, the crowds gather, and the excited voices and varying music leave you in no doubt of its existence and popularity.
Its Moroccan theme is obvious as soon as set foot inside. Traditional intricate Moroccan lanterns illuminate the club with warm and atmospheric amber lighting, and large palm leaves are displayed in rustic plant pots.
Upstairs in the main club area, sections of seating are linked by arched holes in the walls, which look like windows, and some of these are decorated with ornamental metal frames.
Arched mirrors are mounted around the sizeable dancefloor, and candles in stained-glass holders are on most tables. Other small, yet effective touches, like wooden shelving and ornate floor lamps, add to this Moroccan style.
A section of the floor is leather cushioned, so you can squash up with friends if all the seating is taken, or have a lie down if you've overdone it on the dancefloor. Seating is plentiful given the size of the club, however, if you arrive after midnight most are taken.
Fez clubbers vary and it depends on the night, although most are under the age of 30. As you'd expect, the club attracts a large number of students, especially on nights such as Monday and Wednesday, when deals on drinks are available.
The time to enjoy the distinctive decoration and its stylish, soothing atmosphere is early on in the night. The unique Moroccan details are hard to spot as it fills with people, however, the crowd of fun loving clubbers create the excited atmosphere for which this place is known and loved. As in most clubs, a thirsty and often impatient crowd can surround the bar, however the staff generally remain cool and efficient.
Different nights offer different styles of music. Sunday, or Oasis, is dominated by indie bands, a contrast to the R'n'B and hip hop of Tuesday night. Wednesday is Fiesta, the international night, featuring music from around the world such as Latin, salsa and reggae, and Thursday changes every week with a monthly line-up of everything from techno to breakbeat.
Monday night, or Fat Poppdaddy's as it's known, is a popular one due to reduced drink prices. It's a massive mix of music and people. As with most other clubs, Friday and Saturday nights are busy, and music tends to be chart-topping hits that are popular with the crowd who are celebrating the end of their working week. They also host Hed Kandi and guest DJs.
Prices vary, but basically weekdays are the cheapest. On student nights, which are Mondays, Wednesdays and, during term time, Sundays, you can get your mits on a bottle of beer for just £1.50. Or you can take advantage of a two for one offer on cocktails on selected nights.
For the Friday and Saturday night crowd, the drink prices are what you'd expect from a club. Cocktails hover around the £6.50 to £8.50 mark, although they do have specials which are only £3.50. The cocktail list also has a Moroccan theme, so you can get Iced Moroccan Teas, Souk Iced Tea, or a Marrakech Mule. They also do the classics such as Mojito and Mai Tai.
If you're in the mood for a quick kick, they have a menu of shooters and shots with a range of B50s as well as the classic favourites of Goldschlager, Sambuca and Jagermeister. And if you're making a night of it you can buy spirits by the bottle and these come with two jugs of mixers. There's also wine and champagne.
The Last Word
The Fez Club is fun and individual, and it offers a mix of music and drink deals, and guarantees entertainment when visited on the night which is right for you. You're best getting there early to avoid queues and to get cheap entry. And if you're on a budget stick to the nights with drink deals to avoid off-putting prices.