This place always offers something different. Great music, great Dj's and a great time. If you are looking to enjoy yourself on a night out. Get down to to this place. It won't disappoint.
I was originally barred from Independent for some indiscretion several years before, whilst it was still Bar 36. Which is another story altogether.
I originally wrote it off, dismissing it as a 'poor-mans, wannabe Ku Club.' After my ban was eventually lifted, I gave it a shot, and I was proved right. It was pretty much a poor-mans, wannabe Ku Club, with louder music. Except the music wasn't constant Stone Roses and Oasis. And it had more scenesters. So, I didn't initially warm to it. The place was a clusterfuck of epic proportions, and if there's one thing I don't like, it's having to raise and project my voice. I can, but I'm too lazy to do this in order to have conversations with people, or as a means pull ladyfayres, especially whilst drunk.
Nonetheless, Independent does have one saving grace. The smoking terrace is the easiest place to pull - in the world. I'm not one for smoking really, but if you don't use - ''Excuse me, have you got a cigarette?'' Or ''excuse me, have you got a light for this cigarette?'' - as a means of starting a conversation with a pretty girl, then frankly you're a frigging idiot. Some would argue you're an idiot for smoking in the first place - but I digress.
There you have it. Independent's one saving grace is its Smoking Terrace.
Not that I'm advocating going out and taking up smoking as a means of becoming a fucking manwhore. But I'm trying to be objective and that's the only particuarly good thing I could think about the place.
Independent's a pretty decent place, Sunderland's 'Indie' club. Plays the usual type of music rock/indie music with a few more dancey tracks thrown in too.
The place is set over two rooms, the first is a dance floor, small raised area with couches and a bar. The other room is just chairs tables a few old couches and a bar.
Both are quite dirty and grubby looking, and where ever you go expect your feet to stick, but don't let this put you off. It's one of the better places to go in Sunderland and welcome change from the rest of the nightlife.
Drinks are pricey for the style of the place and there aren't many offers on. Live bands from around the area play regularly and they occasionally get some bigger names; it's worth looking out for whose playing.
I am a regular at this club on a night out. I love the music that they play and they never have a huge request list, so when you request a song you will still be in the club to listen to it, unlike many places. The bouncers are friendly and you are able to talk to them without feeling as though they are trying to chat you up. The toilets are clean and I have never been short of toilet roll, which is important to me on a night out. However, the price of drinks are not the cheapest around.
Great music venue. Gets some fab local bands and pulls in a good crowd. Drinks aren't too badly priced either. Could do with a lick of paint! Would recommend to any music fan
A proper club. No gimmicks, great booming sound system, doormen who don't punch people and a great range of drinks - cherry beer on draught my favourite :)
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