Put on your Red Shoes and Dance the Blues

Mark Hoppus was very wrong when he sang “Nobody likes you when you’re 23,” because when I celebrated my birthday last week, it was one of the best nights out I’ve had in ages!

Despite being 22 days short of being an 80s kid and my dad telling me how terrible a decade it was for fashion and hairstyles (leg warmers and perms, what were you all thinking?!) 80s music is my favourite guilty pleasure. Whether you’re fan of Synth-pop and New Romantic (Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Culture Club) or just cheesy pop (Wham, Hall & Oates and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, etc) there’s something for everyone. So, seeing as four of us all have our birthdays within the space of two weeks of each other, we decided to head to Reflex in Watling Street, London to celebrate.

Ready to party like its 1989

Ready to party like its 1989

Of course, the opportunity to dress up was far too tempting so we donned neon brights, polka dots, shiny disco leggings (not in the same outfit, of course!) and Beastie Boy style snap backs to get into the spirit of things. And speaking of spirits, it was also very handy that Reflex currently have a 50% off all drinks before 10pm promo and all sharing cocktails come in a giant Martini glass or a retro sand bucket.

Massive tip to anyone heading there for a night out: get in early and get the drinks in as quick as you can because it gets absolutely packed in there and you’ll end up fighting for space at the bar. It didn’t put a downer on proceedings luckily and seeing as there was such a large group of us, we managed to pretty much take over one half of the retro style dance-floor. I of course, must also mention that one of my friends, Samantha won the midnight dance-off with her amazing routine to B-52’s “Love Shack,” busting out the splits and the worm!

If you want a bit of a change from the usual blend of music on your average night out and aren’t afraid of making a slight tit of yourself, (again I’m sure the dance moves are another terrible thing to come from the 80s) Reflex is a fun-loving place that doesn’t take itself too seriously and if your feet can take it, will make you want to dance all night.

They’re currently running the drinks promo from Thursday to Saturday and themed nights throughout the week. If you’re a city bod, it’s conveniently located near Mansion House, St Pauls and Bank tube stations and you don’t have to look far if you have an attack of the 3am munchies afterwards, with a Subway across the road from the club.

So as much I dreaded turning another year older, if my birthday celebrations were anything to go by, my 23rd year has got off to a pretty awesome start. There were a few anxious weeks at the beginning of the year but sometimes things are sent to try you and that’s why it’s always important to have a Plan B or even a Plan C or D to fall back on. Speaking of plans, I’m still looking at organising my own little travel expedition and thank you to those of you, who have given me advice so far. Maybe I will be writing to you from a beach or a mountain top this time year afterall…

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