A Week of Waterloo Clubbing
Features Editor Alanna Fairey seeks out the hottest spots to visit in Waterloo every day of the week
With Waterloo having a large student-occupied area, it isn’t surprising that there are a number of bars and clubs catered towards us.
When school and assignments begin to pile up, it’s important to have a night to wind down and have some fun.
If you are hoping to hit all of Waterloo’s best clubs and bars, this weekly list will allow you to find out where you should be during the week and what specials are available on each night. You are bound to find a club or bar that suits you and your schedule.
Phil’s Grandsons Place (Sunday Night Retro): A prominent fixture within the Waterloo community, it is nearly impossible to not associate Phil’s with their infamous retro night. The mile-long line to get in is a standard expectation of Phil’s, so it is best to get ready to leave early. Once you’ve paid the $5 cover fee, you will spend the night dancing to the beloved retro tunes of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The most frequently played artists include the Spice Girls, Shaggy, TLC, Nirvana and Madonna. The old school music videos are projected on two jumbo screens, which adds to the overall nostalgia and feel for the night. Mix that in with the inexpensive drinks and you will soon find yourself adding Phil’s into your Sunday night schedule every week from now on.
Phil’s (All Request Video Mondays): The Monday night Phil’s crowd gets to request what music they want and, like Sunday night, it’s accompanied by a music video mash-up. As if Phil’s couldn’t get any better, they have no cover charge before 11 p.m., so get there early and use that $5 towards two drinks instead.
Fox & Fiddle: If you want to go to a bar that has drinks, food and live entertainment, Fox is the place to be. Students were spotted lining up as early as 6 p.m. during Orientation Week to get in to the infamous “Foxy Tuesday.” With $3 cover, Tuesday night specials include $3.50 domestic bottles and $4.25 Jägerbombs.
Chainsaw (Toonie Tuesdays): For a measly $2 cover charge, Chainsaw has a ton of specials on Tuesday nights. Cheap beer, shots, burgers and fries can be yours for as little as a toonie each. The place fills up fast, so make sure you get there early if you want a table or want to sign up for karaoke.
Phil’s (Infamous Wednesdays): When you go to Phil’s on a Wednesday, you will understand why it is called “infamous.” Phil’s spins the best R&B, hip-hop and reggae in town that will bring out the best dance moves in anyone. If you are a frequent listener of Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and Drake, you are without a doubt guaranteed to have a good time at Phil’s this Wednesday.
Turret Nightclub (all-ages): In an attempt to ease first-years into the bar scene, Wilfrid Laurier University’s club hosts all-ages events on Thursdays for first-year students to mingle and get to know one another. Though Thursdays are aimed at first-years, students 19+ can also attend.
Chainsaw: If you like to sing but aren’t partial to dancing, Chainsaw is just the spot for you. On Thursdays, Chainsaw exclusively offers $10 pitchers until 11 p.m. and karaoke until closing time. Their patio is the place to be, so take advantage of it while you still can.
Phil’s (Feel Good Friday): On Friday, Phil’s spins a mix of top 40, rock, retro, electro, dance and a little hip-hop, pleasing almost every musical taste.
Starlight (Fresh Fade Friday): If you are preferential to Phil’s Retro Sundays, you are also going to love Starlight on Friday nights. Known as “Fresh Fade Friday,” Starlight has made a name for itself in the Waterloo community for spinning the best in old school hip-hop and party jams. The cover charge is only $5 and you are guaranteed to have a good time dancing to the nostalgic old school tunes.
Beta (Ladies Night): On Friday nights, ladies don’t pay a cover fee and can freely dance the night away to house music and top 40 hits. Fret not gents, Beta frequently hosts events where men can get in free if they arrive by a certain time in the night.
Dallas (Ladies Night): If you like to wear plaid, denim cutoffs and cowboy boots, Dallas is going to become your new favourite local hangout. Located just a bus ride away in Kitchener, Dallas plays the latest hits in country music. Similar to Beta, ladies get in free on Friday nights. With the spacious dance floor and jumbo screen to show the music videos, Dallas helps to bring out your inner country boy or girl. In addition, you can ride the mechanical bull for $5 and compete with your friends to see who can stay on longest before falling off.
Phil’s (Saturday Night Electro): By this point, you can almost guarantee that Phil’s themed nights are always a hit. You can expect your Saturday to be a mix of eclectic electro and house music that will certainly have you and your friends dancing all night long. To make it even better, the first 100 ladies get in free.
Turret (SaTURRdays): Even though you probably spend most of your week on campus, you won’t regret partying at the campus club on Saturday nights. Infamously named “SaTURRDay,” the Turret is reserved for students who are 19+ and cover is $5. The music for the night is the best of house and top 40. Drinks are also inexpensive and there are varied drink deals throughout these events.
Starlight (Global Warming Saturday): Starlight’s “Global Warming Saturdays” are just $5 at the door and the musical genres of the night include electro, house music, hip-hop, dance hits, dubstep, reggae and retro.