This clubbing gem south of the river provides a cutting-edge experience that rivals many other London clubs. Expect amazing lighting, affordable drinks and an impressive list of famous DJs.
Within walking distance of Vauxhall tube station, the familiar arches play host to this 24-hour licensed club. Spanning across ten archways, this space is divided into three separate clubs - Fire, Protocol and The Lightbox – each with its own entranceway, and designed to be linked and open as one venue or split up separately, depending on the night. A large outdoor smoking terrace spans the length of these archways and plentiful wooden banquettes and tables sidle up next to a large, heated hot tub.
There is a warehouse feel to the place, with exposed brickwork and high-domed ceilings, but disco balls litter the interior and fractured mirrors glue themselves onto some of the walls, creating amazing reflections. VIP areas overlook the dance floors and have their own spirit bars. State of the art LED lighting is exceptional.
This high-end venue attracts a trendy party crowd. Expect ferocious queues snaking around the corner, but student NUS offers and flyer promotions make it an affordable night out, too. Intense security ensure the hedonistic vibe remains controllable, but people come to lose themselves in the heady lights and music, with GoGo dancers making full use of the podiums provided. The club used to have a notorious gay following, and despite less focus on Fire as a gay club destination, this contingency can still enjoy Orange Nation on Sundays.
Flare audio systems are linked up to every room, and resident DJs such as Steve Pitron and The Sharpboys make way for famous touring artists such as Steve Aoki, John Digweed, Pleasurekraft and Format:B. Having hosted a variety of parties such as Space Ibiza and Mixmag, this venue can also be hired out with capacity for up to 2000 people. Discerning clubbers can expect a mix of house techno, bass and dubstep, as well as Ibiza-style raves.
A double mixer with juice is £6.80 and a can of Carlsberg in a policy-ridden plastic pint glass is £5.30. Although bartenders are experienced, expect an apologetic face if you go asking for the cocktail menu!
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With such amazing light effects, space and well-known DJs, Fire firmly marks itself up there on the clubbing circuit. Although there are some bar stools dotted around, this crowd are up on their feet from the word go, so forget the heels, don some trendy hi-tops and be prepared to stay out all night long.