South American venues seem to be in vogue at the moment, and Deansgate's Revolucion de Cuba is no different. The new-ish restaurant has fast become a hot spot, not for dining, but for a night out with a difference.
Brazilian dancers with traditional headdress and bejewelled outfits create an excitable atmosphere, and set the tone for an exotic evening with a rather intoxicating vibe.
The music is generally a mix of 90's hits, a few modern chart toppers, and a handful of tropical sounds like Mambo number 5, and a Calypso riddim. The night is always electric with good vibes and good people.
Revolucion de isn't a club you visit for the music, but for the atmosphere. It has such a chilled and easy going vibe, that it doesn't matter about the music. Admittedly, during my visit on Saturday night I was happily dancing to every song, from the occasional Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, and Robin Thicke. However, after an hour or so of heating up the dancefloor, my friends and I were able to chat at the bar on the few seats dotted round, and we could really feel the love. Everyone was happy to just chill, and party.
Unlike a lot of clubs on Deansgate, Revolucion de isn't a pretentious venue. It isn't a place to people-watch, but to have a good time.
Cocktails are average priced; starting at £7.50, they have classics like Pina Colada, but also Revolucion de specialities like Tropical Rum Punch, which is a sweet, intoxicating mixture.
Dress code, although it's much less formal than the clubs on Deansgate, it's a bar, so dress up. However, if you're happier in jeans, that's fine, just remember no hoods, trainers, t shirts, or hoodies.
Entrance is free, but to avoid waiting in the long queue which can take up to an hour, book on to the guest list at least a week in advance. On my visit last Saturday, I went straight to the bouncer, told him my name and waltzed my way in, thanks to my friends' pre-arranged guest list.
I wouldn't know. I went to see my saxophone teacher play, but was turned away by a bouncer for being "too casual" - I was dressed as smartly as I get, unless I'm attending a wedding or a funeral.
Being so exclusive they decide how their customers dress is a form of fascism. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara must be spinning in their graves, to have a chain of poncey restaurants / night clubs like that named after their revolution.