“ Address: 28-32 Gabriels Hill / Maidstone / Kent / ME15 6JG UK / Telephone: 44 1622 678211 „
The Maidstone branch of Strawberry Moons opened a few years ago now, in a building which became an empty space after the Ro9bert Dyas store reduced in size by about half. The building was nicely cleaned up and had quite extensive rennovations to make it look nice and fresh and quite stylish with marble tiles and brass door handles etc etc. This is really as much as I can tell you about the club because I have never managed to get in. My friends and I have tried on a number of occassions and have failed to get in each and every time without exception. It seems the door staff operate a policy whereby if your face doesn't fit you won't get in. The reasons my friends and I have been given have ranged from "No groups of lads"...when there were only three of us trying to get in, "it's one in one out at the moment" when we have clearly seen them let in groups of others in just in front of us and indeed after us to a simple "not tonight" for seemingly no reason. Now, I could understand this if my friends and I were scruffy, or drunken or looked like trouble but we don't, half my friends don't really drink, we're always well dressed, shirts and shoes etc etc. We're not rowdy in the queue and none of us have ever caused any trouble anywhere. The only thing which I think counts against us is the fact that none of us your typical fashion conscious mindless style sheep with the latest shirt etc from the latest trendy shop. We each have our own tastes and styles which might mean our faces don't fit with the image the club is trying to portray. From reports from people I know that have managed to get in, it's alright inside, nothing special just your typical club with bars, dance areas etc etc and a typical range of music from a bit dancy to a bit RnB-ish to a bit cheesey. Havin heard this, I have never again attempted to get in because not only would I still be unlikely to manage it, but frankly I don't want to spend my time in a place which clearly has an overblown sense of it's own status...at the end of the day it's a bog standard chain club in a town which is just like any other!!! If I could give a lower mark than 1 star I would!!!
If you are looking for a very cheesy tacky club, that is not pretenious like a lot of London Clubs and a lot of disco fun then this is the place for you. Strawberry Moons is located in Heddon Street which is just off Regent Street so a great location to begin with. Before you go in there are a number of bars on the street next to it to start your night off. Entry is only £5 I believe and the dress code is smart casual which is nice. The venue is not very big. When you come in there is a small dance floor to your left with a bar there and also a bar in front of you. The clockroom and toilets are downstairs, be careful on the stairs, they are quite steep and a bit dangerous if you've had a few to drink. The last time I went there was on my hen do with a big group of girls and they treated us really well. I got free entry as the bride and then they gave us a hen night pack which included a free bottle of bubbly and novelty toys and games such as handcuffs, dares written on cards and a spank wand. Their specialities are the cocktails, they do a great Woo Woo and Sex on the beach in big jugs which are quite reasonably priced at £15 each. You get about 4/5 glasses out of each jug. They do food as well which is nice and also offer a great party planning/event planning service if you have a lot of people turning up. The music is fab if that's your kind of thing, cheese all night long, classics include S Club 7, It's raining men, Madonna, Rick Astley, etc etc etc. They have a DJ who keeps the night rolling along and also a stage and a pole which is always fun to watch people dancing on. Most people tend to be friendly and in a good mood in here so the atmosphere is very light, it can get quite crowded in her due to teh size and there really isn't very many places to sit although they do have some seats and a few couches. All in all a great night out.
England's hippest entertainment cocktail and showbar.