CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Joy at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am. £5. 13 Nov. Monthly. Maggie & Alan’s (still) outstanding night of banging house, trance and techno for a superfriendly crowd who only hit the dance floor. Head through the back for Trendy Wendy and 5‘: lly Findlay’s disco numbers and charty :l ings.
I Lizzard Lounge Cafe Grafﬁti. 9.30pm—2am. £6 (£5). Weekly (but not 6 Nov). 13 Nov sees the All New Three the Hard Way — a DJ battle with Daryl G (Met Bar, Jazz Cafe), Joseph Malik and newcomer Adam Famos (who was spotted at the Vestax Mixing Comp in July). As usual, an outstanding night from one of the best clubs in the country. For those looking ahead to the not-too- distant future, the last ever Lizzard Lounge is on 18 Dec. Stock up on your tissues now, people.
I Loca at Loca. 8pm-5am. Free entry before 11pm; £2 11pm—1am; £5 after 1am. Weekly. A fun mix of chart, dance and disco for a more mature, but no less sloshed crowd.
I Logic at The Vaults. The Vaults has closed until January.
I Lovegroove at Gaia. 9pm—3am. Free before midnight; £4 after. Weekly. The gorgeous refurbished Gaia opens its doors to this weekly smooth groove dance party on the main floor and easy listenin 45$ upstairs.
I Luve y at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 27 Nov.
I MIB Belair at Walkers. Monthly. Next date 20 Nov.
I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Colin Cook presents a night of Afro beats and Latin fusion
blended with the best of New York house.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. World music with Sir Ossie playing the full spectrum of African, soca, Latin, salsa, reggae and ragga sounds.
I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. 10pm-3am. £6. 13 Nov. Fortnightly. Dub reggae on a custom- built sound system for a very appreciative crowd. Experience a dub shower ‘Roots-man’ style at this superpopular night.
I Mingln' at Studio 24, upstairs only. Monthly. Next date 20 Nov.
I The Mission at Studio 24. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). 13 Nov. Fortnightly. Attracting a near capacity crowd most nights, this is one of Scotland’s biggest alternative clubs with three floors of rock, gothic and indie/dance which should suit just about everyone’s tastes.
I Naughty at The Ark. 9pm—3am. £5. Half price with flyer. Weekly. A night for the ofﬁce workers wanting to drink and dance to party tunes.
I Noa at Noa. 10pm—3am. Free entry before midnight; £6 after. Weekly. Head through to the back room for quality garage and house with Taste’s Martin Valentine.
I The Party at Revolution. lOpm-3am. £5-£7. Weekly. Mainstream and dance anthems.
I Phat Pharm at City 2. 9pm—3am. Free. 13 Nov. Fortnightly. Our favourite DJ Yogi Haughton steps down to the City Cafe to spin some of his finest soul, funk, garage and the like.
I Raw at Negociants. 10pm-3am. £2. Weekly. Check out the new improved Raw with their excellent Saturdays-only
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soundsystem, lights and decor from John Finiﬂex. Neil McDonald and Ben McCabe rotate to provide deep and funky bliss for the masses joined by occasional guests.
I Room At The Top at Room At The Top. 9pm—4am. £10. Weekly. 6 Nov sees the UK Sex-dup tour touch down at RA'I'I‘ with the likes of Phats & Small guesting with their popular party tunes. 11 Nov sees Roger Sanchez and Junior Sanchez join residents Paul Mendez and Martin Malone. Check out: www.roomatthetop.oo.uk
I Salsa Con Sabor at Baracoa. lOpm—lam. Free. Weekly. DJ Hector maintains an exceptionally popular salsa night with hot music, great ambience and friendly people. Call 225 5846 or email@example.com for more info. I Scooter at Holyrood Union. 9pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. DJs Chris and Del play a choice mix of 605 and early 70s Mod, Beat, pop, psych, Motown and Northern soul. Covercharge also gets on into FBI, see separate entry. I Scratc at The Venue. 11pm—4am. £6 (£5). 6 Nov. Fortnightly. Essential night tonight — resident DJ and artist Lyley exhibits a collection of large pieces and slides reflecting street and club culture. Also showing is The Promo No 1 containing vintage footage from past Scratch events. And the outstanding residents Lyley, Richie Ruftone, Gino and Extra.
I Sensation at The Cavendish. lOpm—3am. £6. Weekly. A mix of 703 to 90$ smash hits for an over 255 crowd.
I Shebang at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 20 Nov.
I The Subway West End 4pm—3am. £1. Weekly. See Thu.
I Teaseage at The Citrus. 11pm-3am. £4. Weekly. Indie, with a touch of dance and funk, played to a packed and sweaty crowd. 6 Nov sees Teasage’s eighth birthday, Radio 1’s Evening Session’s host Steve Lamac who rates last year’s Citrus gig as his best ever makes a return visit to celebrate the birthday. 13 Nov sees legendary dancing maraca shaking bloke Bez (The Happy Mondays) come up to take charge of the vibes.
I Trans-mission at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 20 Nov.
I Tribal Funktion at The Venue. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 13 Nov. Fortnightly. DJ Diz from Chicago makes his debut performance at this oh- so-popularjackin’ house and funky disco club. Much rated by the likes of DJ Sneak, Gene Farris (who’ll be guesting on 4 Dec, by the way), Mark Farina et al; if he’s half as good as they claim, he’ll rock da house. Head to the Cooler for DJ Bootsy’s mix-up, mash up of funk, soul and disco.
I Viva at Club Mercado. 10pm—4am. £10 (£8). 6 Nov. Fortnightly. A flamboyant fun, sexy and kitsch night of cabaret, disco and house anthems for a friendly gay/mixed crowd. The theme tonight is Firecrackers — Viva goes bang for Gui; Fawkes night.
I Yus ! at City 2. 9.30pm—1am. Free. 13 Nov. Fortnightly. AJ from local hip hop heroes Black’anized lays on his favourite hip hop, funk and R&B tunes at this popular city centre bar.
I Arackne Rising at Studio 24. 10.30pm-3am. £5 (£3). 14 Nov. Monthly. A brand new night down Studio way. Upstairs there’s hard house and techno from Kalkito and Psycho Brown with Al Space (Apex) the special guest; while downstairs there’s an enticing web of tunes with the Black Widows.
I The Ark at The Ark. 10pm—3am. £??? Weekly. With supercheap bevvy, you might want to take Monday off.
I C.C. Blooms llpm—3am. Free. Weekly. See Thu.
I Catwalk at The Catwalk. 8pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Ali Campbell dropping jazz funk and big beat with a French flavour.
I Chocolate Sundae at Revolution. 10pm-3am. £2—£5. Weekly. Soulful house and disco dubs.
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At Club Mercado they like to do things a bit differently. ’There‘s a lot more to clubbing than house and garage,‘ explains manager Stuart Cheynes (of hairdressing fame). Hence they are ‘getting away from the druggie element‘ and providing the people of Edinburgh with an alcohol-based club experience with some excellent live cabaret thrown in.
As the legendary Trendy Wendy limbers up for the Christmas party season, Club Mercado are expecting a full house on all their extra festive TFIF evenings (16, 17, 21, 22, 23 Dec, pre-booking necessary) for that essential after-work knees-up. Specially designed Christmas decorations are going up in the next couple of weeks to herald the start of the party season for the ‘glamorous, up-for-it extroverts‘ (you know who you are) who make up Mercado‘s clientele. Sundays will be taken care of with a special Tackno, Jamboree (newly launched R&B and soul club) and Icons (gay/mixed crowd with outrageous cabaret nights), while the emphasis on Saturdays is very much dress up or don‘t get in, with a ‘no effort. no chance‘ policy at both Eye Candy and Viva.
Mercado's, Stuart explains, is a niche club. ‘It’s run by models and is very fashion-led; this is trendy cheese, not mainstream.‘ Viva, (Saturdays, monthly) is exemplary of this, the unique mix of dance and house anthems with live saxophone and 'takes you on a journey through musical taste,‘ presumably leaving you at your destination in the small hours of Sunday morning feeling exhausted, exhilarated and a little hungover.
Watch out for celebrity appearances over the party season; Steps and Darren Day have both been down recently and the cabaret acts are made up of the cream of live British entertainment. There are also some one-off parties to watch out for over the next couple of months; Firecracker (Sat 6 Nov) for Guy Fawkes celebrations, Oscar Night (Sat 20 Nov), Boys R Us (Sat 4 Dec) when Mercado‘s celebrates The Boy Band, and The Snowball (Sat 18 Dec) for a Christmas warm-up.
It looks like Mercado devotees are going to need a whole new wardrobe this season. Don't forget your handbag, darling. (Violet)