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Rock City has been the destination of choice for Nottingham's rockers since the early 80s. They showcase the best in live music and the all-standing nature of the venue guarantees a buzzing atmosphere.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

10:00 - 18:00


10:00 - 18:00


10:00 - 18:00, 22:00 - 03:00


10:00 - 18:00, 22:00 - 03:00


10:00 - 18:00, 22:00 - 03:00


10:00 - 18:00, 22:00 - 03:00



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Rock City reviews

By Jo J.

used to be best club in nottingham, but went downhill. needs more rock in rock city & toilets have always been rough, very sticky but still one of the best for live music & alternative stuff

By Ben M.

Fantastic and legendary music venue since the early 80's, huge bands play here. Club nights are good on Student nights and Saturday is as belting as ever with a variety of music. Beer is reasonable and there are always offers on Jagerbombs etc. Love it!

By J J.

To be fair this place was called Rock City long before any of the tripe you mentioned was even invented. back when I was a regular (84 - 94) it was completely dedicated to rock, whether it be Heavy Metal / Glam on Fridays or Goth and alternative on Saturdays. It's a pity it became watered down and caters to the fluff people regard as music these days, but it has seen some truly incredible days.

By Jay H.

Used to be a good club. Should be renamed POP City. Plus the bouncers are getting worse. Seem to turn lots of people away when I was in the queue. One to avoid if yu like Rock Music

By Dean H.

rock city was a good venue but since October the place has gone down hill back in march me and my friend when in the venue and the DJS DON'T PLAY ANY ROCK MUSIC AT ALL instead they play r'n'b hip hop and dub-step it is very confusing that they named this after a genre of music and they don't even play it so stay away from this venue because the DJS awful and they play crap music not rock

By Harley A.

Hi Guys! I went to Crisis @ Rock City on wednesday and it was sooo good! The sound system was amazing, especially when Tinie Tempah came on. The DJ is always playing the best student anthems...definitely one of the best nights in Nottingham.

By Richard L.

They really need to remove the 'Rock' out of the name. This club used to be the club of choice for rockers across the Midlands but now - well it was disappointing last night.Apparently they have a new sound system - frankly it is dreadful for anything with a slightly rock edge too it. Maybe that is why they didn't play anything like that... who knows. It's a sad day when the best room in rock city is the basement, because it is the only one playing rock. Can't see me ever returning to that place unless it is for a live band. One that bring their own sound system

By Ben R.

went to tuned on a thursday night. had something for everybody music-wise and two for one drinks. i'll definitely be back.

By Ben D.

Great club nights, especially tuned every Thursday. Great music - crowd pleasers and student anthems all night, just anything and everything that the whole room can sing and dance along to! 2-4-1 drinks as well, whats not to love?

By Jesse K.

Nottingham’s legendary Rock City hosts club nights and live gigs from big names through to local bands.

The Venue
Located on Talbot Street, Rock City is a mammoth club which consists of three rooms. The main hall has a vast dance floor with room for more than 1,000 people and a balcony section overlooking the arena with two bars to either side of the stage.

Then there's a smaller room with a 300 capacity, a stage and another bar. The third room is through a side door, where there is a small stage towards the back of the room while a large bar dominates the left hand side of the room. As it's a live music venue expect sticky floors, well-used toilets and bars that have seen better days.

Rock City is run by the same people who run The Rescue Rooms. While it's in no way as intimate as Rescue Rooms, it pulls in some massive acts including Feeder, The Fratellis, Motorhead, David Bowie and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

The People
There are various nights that run throughout the week to cater to all tastes. Thursday night is a student affair while Friday plays host to The Love Shack where the playlist is mainly popular 80s and 90s dance. Saturday is alternative night, although the main theme is rock-based music.

The staff are a bit uptight and service is sluggish, while the bouncers are neither courteous nor responsive. Rock City attracts a mixed bag, due to the mix of music that's played here.

Students, ageing rock fans and just the music mad turn up here to hear their favourite band. The vibe is good, albeit a little sweaty and the general feel of the place is a good one.

The Drink
With the sluggish service you can expect a bit of a wait at the four large, busy bars. A whisky mixer tastes rather syrupy, however the beer bottles are chilled and the promotions, which change weekly, are reasonably priced at £1.50 for a bottle of Rolling Rock.

The Last Word
Due to its size and reputation, you have to visit Rock City at least once. The only down side to what essentially is a good night is the attitude of the staff. While five star treatment isn't expected, it would be nice to a least receive a small amount of courtesy as a paying customer.

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