But have we become too reliant on it to have a good night out? The pre-drinks, the first bars, the drinks in the club, the after party drinks... Nights out now seem to be all about what is consumed and I'm wondering have we become too reliant on it for a good night out? What set me wondering was a documentary on the Wigan Casino -
One of the things that you'll find out is that alcohol was never served in the Casino, this is a mind blowing thought to people going out now, but its even more mind blowing when you realise that the venue was open from midnight until 8am. Being honest - how many of us could last that long without a drink on a weekend night when out? I know i'd struggle! It may sound strange to us Brits who are lucky but there are places in the USA and Canada that shut at 2am, and even in the larger cities the drinking licences do not extend past that time...
What kept them going in Wigan was discovery - hearing new tracks out loud on a big system, they were there for the music, and only the music. Coke was the drink of the night, no red bulls! If you watch the video above you can see that the casino wasn't exactly unpopular even with no alcohol! People pushing to get in and hear the music
So what if... what if a club opened in London that was purely concentrated on the music and didn't sell alcohol? Would unique line ups rule over somewhere that sold alcohol? Alright people would just pre-drink before hand harder to make up for the lack of drink later, but just think, could we ever go back to going out for the music alone?
I am DJing in Leicester this saturday (details on the right hand side of this blog!) and I am planning to drive in and have a sober night. It will be the first in a while as usually I'm drinking at home before going out, but this time i'll be on the cokes. I am hoping to 1) have more money in my wallet at the end of the night! 2) Not to have to pay for an expensive taxi home 3) Remember more of the night 4) Hopefully enjoy it more!
So i'll report back on Monday about what it was like after such a long time... Red Rack'Em on saturday night in Leicester, hope to see some people there!