by Paul Bacon
Rotherham, United Kingdom
October 2, 2006
In terms of being a sports stadium, the concrete monolith has definitely seen better days. However, it has somewhat reinvented itself as home to a whole cluster of bars and nightlife. Two of the most popular of these are Vix and Mix situated just inside the north gate. Both are home to a combination of east and west. Fitted beneath the eastern wall of the stadium though is the Cuty Club, a less well-known establishment which boasts a far more Chinese clientele.
Before we begin I must predicate my thoughts on Cutie Club by saying that considering it is a late night venue some of my recollections may well be viewed through something of an alcohol fuelled mist My favorite aspect of Cuty though, is the entrance. The corridor leading to the main bar area is bedecked in small glass panels which contrive to reflect light around like an array of precious jewels, almost giving the impression that you are entering a place of genuine splendour.
Whilst that perceptions of crystals encrusted walls may be just an illusion, Cuty does work hard with its use of light to create a glistening atmosphere. Once inside Cuty, the clarity of light is unfortunately impinged upon by the obligatory clouds of smoke emitted by Chinese revellers. This is exacerbated by the fact that the dance-floor is a compact affair crowded primarily with young Chinese women, bordered by the bar at one end and rows of tables to all the others. Around 1 or 2am this arrangement allows Cuty to hit something of a peak, with those wishing to enter the dance-floor left limited to just a few square centimetres of space in which to show off their best dance moves.
The only downside to Cuty is the price of drinks, 30RMB would suggest that the walls really were jewel encrusted. On the plus side though, there is no cover charge.
From journal Tender is the Beijing Night