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Last night I attended the Revolution New Year's Eve party 2010. I am sad to report that in my opinion it massively under delivered. For such a high profile occasion in such a high profile location I would have expected so much more - especially at a cost of £18 per ticket. Not all Wilmslow residents are multimillionaires Revolution!
It is key to note that other Wilmslow venues were offering much better value tickets, and we chose to attend Revolution due to good nights we have had at other bars in the chain in the past. Not so here. Furthermore, due I'm sure in no small part to the reputation of this corner of Cheshire for being home to many rich people, the prices are £1 more expensive than in other locations. Helpfully, their online menu doesn't state prices without a Privilege Card. Well, to give you an idea, a single cocktail will cost you in excess of £6. £6!! There's a recession happening in case you hadn't noticed! As a student I can FEED myself for the price of two cocktails a week. Yes they are nice but in my opinion absolutely not worth it - especially when you can get cheaper prices for identical drinks at the related bars in Fallowfield and Central Manchester.
Back to New Year's Eve, and to provide a very brief overview of the evening: it was absolutely dead when my friends and I arrived at around 9pm - and the promised canapes were nowhere to be seen (just what WERE we getting for this £18?!). We found a table without issue - there were plenty. As time wore on the bar began to fill up with (what I am led to believe) is the usual clientele of the so-called "silver fox" brigade and the glut of orange-stained women who ensure a gaping hole where a venue of this size should be packed with atmosphere!
You need only check their facebook page and browse photographs from previous events to get a feel for the place. If that's your thing - overpriced, no atmosphere, bar staff who can be friendly but more often than not, in my experience, look like they cannot be bothered - then absolutely go for it.
A quick scan of the Revolution website describes their music policy as "eclectic as it gets" but after last night I don't feel there was anything eclectic or individual about this venue whatsoever. You would be just as well to go to Lloyds a little further up the road. It offers an equally generic, mass produced feel, but the drinks are at least affordable. Yes Revolution cocktails make imbibing mass quantities of alcohol much tastier than it should be, but my goodness they are overpriced. Yes, the venue may have cost in excess of one million pounds to refurbish - but somewhat like the wares they promote - what a waste, what excess! The Sam Finney was just fine, and a location in which I had many fun times prior to moving away from the area in 2007.
By all means, if you're a silver fox with a fat wallet and heavy pockets, if you are desperately seeking someone who is absolutely beautiful, but absolutely fake - why not give it a try? You'll fit right in. There is no shortage of stereotypes to be found in here. Anaemic cheerless bar staff and thuggish doormen included.
Needless to say, those canapes never did materialise. We left early.
Having lived in Wilmslow for the last 4 years I regularly sample the nightlife here as it is on my doorstep and convenient. This bar used to be the place to go up until around 6 months ago but a door policy which has become progressively lax in terms of dress code (you can now wear unbranded sportswear whereas it used to be proper shoes and smart attire) which now means all the people you want to avoid on a night out who previously went to the Bollin Fee are now in Revolution. They seem to have changed the DJ now as well and the music is not as good. The prices are fine but perhaps they need to go up to improve the clientele again!! They are lucky because right now there is little competition for them in Wilmslow but as soon as some where else opens in Wilmslow ie in the old Wilmslow Wine Bar or perhaps even where La Tasca used to be they will suffer.
One of my friends has recently moved to a small and rather exclusive town called Wilmslow which is located in Cheshire in the north west of England. It's quite an affluent place with a lot of footballers and other equally famous people choosing to live there. When my friend suggested a night out there I nearly jumped at the chance, imaging that I'd be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous... well a girl can dream can't she?! I visited Revolution on my first night there and since then have been back numerous times, both during the day to eat and at night while on a night out.
There are just under sixty Revolution bars in the UK at present with them mainly being found in larger towns and cities. The bars vary in size, I've been to some that are quite intimate and small with a capacity for around one hundred and fifty people and I've been to some that are quite large with a capacity for closer to six hundred people. They're all decorated in a similar way with lots of dark wood, leather and an intimate atmosphere. They advertise themselves as being a vodka bar although they do sell much more than vodka for those of you that aren't a fan.
The Revolution bar in Wilmslow is located right in the centre of the town on Alderley Road. The interior of the bar is very similar to any other Revolution bar, there's lots of dark wood, low lighting, leather booths and a large dark wooden bar with a lot of mirrors behind it on the first floor. Upstairs is normally reserved as a VIP area although this contains another bar and plenty of seating area in "The Conservatory" and "The Restaurant." It's quite big in terms of some of the others I've been into; it can hold up to five hundred and twenty five people quite adequately.
The only downside I've found to Revolution in Wilmslow is the toilets. There are one lot of female and male toilets downside and a further lot upstairs. Obviously I can't comment on the male toilets but downstairs in the female toilets there are only four toilets which means that very often, especially at night, you end up having to join quite a long queue as I discovered over Christmas. However the toilets are cleaned regularly and always seem to be spotless whenever I visit which is always a good point. They could just do with a few more of them I'd say!
The main reason I tend to go to Revolution is to drink and I've done so a couple of times now. Drinks include all your usual beers, mixers and wines as well as there being a good choice of cocktails and a huge vodka shots menu. Prices for the drinks really do vary, a beer will set you back around £3, a glass of wine around £4, a cocktail around £6 and a vodka shot around £1.50 although they do offers if you're buying more than one. The prices certainly aren't the cheapest I've come across and this is one of the more expensive Revolution's that I've ever visited.
Food is served in Revolution from 11.30am until 9.00pm every day and it does have quite an extensive food menu on offer. They offer a range of burgers, mains, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and starters which all sound really quite appetising. I've eaten there a couple of times and I've had their Cajun Chicken Burger priced at £6.95, their Express Paninis priced at £4.50 and a Pollo Rustica pizza (basil pesto, chicken, onions, roasted peppers and sun dried tomatoes) priced at £6.95. Every time I've eaten there the food has been delicious and fresh!
The drinks are quite expensive I feel although I've always been more than happy with the quality and the strength of the cocktails there! It's arguably not the cheapest place to drink but then you are paying for the atmosphere and the environment very often through the drink prices too. However the food does seem to be quite good value for money as the portion sizes are larger than average and I've never been disappointed with the quality. They also have lots of offers on such as two for one on pizzas on Tuesday and two for one on burgers every day!
During the day the bar plays very low music although at night that's when it really gets going. Revolution has a DJ on every night of the week playing a different range of music, from dance to hip hop to old school so there's certainly something to suit everyone. The DJ is always located at the far end of the bar and although there's no dance floor people seem to congregate down at the bottom of the bar for dancing. I've never really been disappointed with the music, there does seem to be a general mixture of absolutely everything played most nights.
The Privilege Card
One thing I would recommend doing if you're a regular visitor is getting hold of a Privilege Card, this will set you back £4 and means you'll save money on food and drink whenever you visit. To get hold of one you can visit any Revolution at all, the card is valid in all Revolution bars which is good if you visit a few different ones. There's some great money savings to be made from getting one, for example you can get two cocktails for £8.50 (oppose to £6 each), a cocktail pitcher for £12 (oppose to £16) and a bottle of house wine for £10 (oppose to £14).
So would I recommend Revolution in Wilmslow? Well yes I definitely would, I've never not enjoyed visiting and have always had a pleasant experience in terms of food and drink. Sadly I've yet to see anyone famous there although you do get quite a lot of posers, especially at weekends - guys in sunglasses and girls in ball dresses and fabulous designer gear... all very odd really! The atmosphere is always quite classy and exclusive; they don't let anyone in wearing trainers or anything unsuitable so it's quite an exclusive clientele, especially at night.
They don't charge to get in during the day and I've only had to pay once on a Saturday night which was over Christmas and it was £5 to get in. As far as I'm aware they don't normally charge unless it's a special occasion such as New Year's Eve which is another bonus really, it gives me more money to buy drinks with! I'd recommend visiting Revolution if you're ever in Wilmslow and looking for somewhere nice to eat or have a few drinks, I'll certainly be going back there. Just don't go there planning for a cheap night as it certainly won't be that!
Thanks for reading.