I'm now officially old. I haven't had a birthday or anything like that, but I have reached a point that in my youth, I swore would never happen. I have fallen out of love with "going out on the town".
When I say going out on the town however, let me be a little more specific. Because we all know that there is "going out on the town" and bar trawling. My town, god love it, is a bar trawling type of place. Many bars that you can frequent over the weekend, nightclubs offering cheap drinks, dancing until dawn rises if you want to.
I would go out with my friends all weekend and for years, the magic of a "night out down town" was there. Overcrowded was "it's busy so it's cool", the age limit of over 25 in the nightclub was a weekend game to be played and usually won. Weekends were edged in a kind of magic, where everything was fun, romance and whatever you wanted was there for the taking.
For money, work, university and a million other reasons, I haven't been out into the town on a weekend for a very long time. Over Christmas I went to a party and afterwards, we decided on a foray into town to hit a couple of bars. That's when it hit me. The magic had gone. I stayed for a couple of drinks and then made a rapid escape, via the kebab shop though, some things will never change. Food at the end of the night will always cure most of your hangover.
I realised the next day however that it wasn't the magic that had gone from the town. The town hadn't changed. The bars had changed over the years but were still there, the cheap drinks, the masses of people out for a good time. No, it wasn't the town that had changed, it was me. For one thing, I could no longer go out with just a purse in my hand with a lipstick crammed in, how did I ever manage????
My 30's are just as much fun as my 20's, just in a different way. My idea of a great night out is now somewhat more expensive, but as I don't go out nearly as much as I used to, this type of night has become more affordable.
|See, she's still there, just better dressed and drinking cocktails ;)|
So hence, I'm sat here planning a night away in Manchester next Friday. The hotel is booked, just a Premier but who needs something fancy for a one night stay, the eating place is chosen, in this case Revolution which does nice on the go food well, with good cocktails and then off to sample some more cocktails at the delights of the Alchemist Bar.
Good friends, great conversation, lots of laughs, cocktails, a night away and a good breakfast in the morning. That's my style these days. What's yours?