Those in Manchester, England know where to go if they're looking for a drink and a dance. Come to Paradox Nightclub which sometimes has lines around the block and you'll be lucky if you get in. Once shown the proper ID, the bouncer will let any guest into the club which seems to be covered in black. But neon lights and posters of bands from its inception in the 1980s line the cinderblock walls. The dance floor is in the middle of the large open room at the end of the entrance hallway.
The bar lines almost the entire right side of the room where bartenders and servers work to get clubgoers their orders. But despite how much of the room the dancers take up, there are a few dark corners if one is looking to share secrets with another.
Paradox's reputation is a bit touch-and-go. More respectable families in the Greater Manchester area warn against the seedy establishment which can sometimes hurt business with the younger tourists. Paradox has tried restoring its image through more thorough searches of it guests, but to no avail.
But why would anyone boycott the club after taking a look at the week's drink specials? Paradox advertises domestic bottles for £2 and foreign beers for £3 one some nights. Other nights feature shots for £1.50. Make sure to tip the shot girl walking around with a tray and who might even take a drink with customers.
With a wide range of alcohols and mixers, it would be nigh impossible for a customer to stump the bartenders with a drink order. If the bar is too crowded, guests are welcome to sit at any of the small tables surrounding the dance floor. A server won't take long to come around for orders.
In addition to daily drink specials, Paradox also has a variety of music acts that come through its venue. Local bands often get their start playing in Paradox before moving onto more reputable places. These acts can be seen during weeknights, but an electric energy can be found on Friday nights when established DJs spin sets that last until last call at 3 AM.