Gigs and DJ nights in Bristol mean venues with plenty of character, from local pubs and old jazz haunts to indie hangouts and drum and bass nights
Lakota has weathered the tide of closures that swept Clockwork, Native and the Croft away, as if its thick coat of graffiti might have pickled it like a gaudy preservative. The mean-looking building conceals a busy warren built around one tall, central atrium, which packs to the galleries two or three nights a week. It is still one of the vital organs of Bristol’s clubbing scene, posting a schedule of house, hardcore and techno DJs and representing the local passions for drum and bass, dub and dub-step. At 25 years old, Lakota feels almost respectable, although anyone who has witnessed the spectacularly unruly psy-trance night "Tribe of Frog" would be hard pressed to use that word.
6 Upper York Street, 0117 923 2225, lakota.co.uk. Check venue website for event details