As a student, it’s easy to fall into the trap of spending every Friday night of term time (and most other nights of the week) navigating your way around Concert Square, searching for your next fix of dance-worthy beats, only deviating from this tried and tested formula for the occasional Medication or Circus.
However, if you are willing to look a bit further afield then there are some really exciting alternatives to a night spent stumbling through Concert Square in a drunken stupor. Nights like Food Slam Fridays at Camp and Furnace.
Camp and Furnace is a huge warehouse on Greenland Street, which is near Liverpool Cathedral but a bit further towards the docks. From the moment you walk in and see that caravans are being used as decorative items, you know that this is not going to be an ordinary night.
Everything about the night is a bit quirky and unique: from the obscure playlist blasting out from the neon light-covered sound system to the ping-pong table situated in the middle of the warehouse to the wood-burning fireplace across from the bar and the market-like stalls where vendors sell street food more suited to the world’s most exciting, continental food markets than a warehouse in Liverpool.
This street food is definitely the highlight of the night, featuring dishes that are equally as unique as they are tantalising, like Singapore-style deep fried nigiri, salted cod, barbecue chicken wings, jerk pork nachos and all manner of sushi, all ranging in price from £4 to £6. Not only is the food delicious but it is also affordable. Sure beats a 3am Mr Chips.
To top off the delicious food on display, there are also two bars that supply cocktails and drinks all night long (the event is open from 6pm until 2am). Whilst the drinks may be a bit pricey compared to a lot of the other drinking places in Liverpool, that comes with the territory considering that it is in a warehouse with caravans and food stalls strewn across the place and the option to either play ping-pong or dance to some off-the-radar club music or do both at the same time.
However, the high drink prices are more than made up for by the fact that the event is free to enter! So whether you fancy a bit of a breather from nightclubs or you just appreciate something a bit different, Food Slam Fridays are definitely not worth missing out on.