From students and crusties, to rudeboys and rastas, this Stokes Croft staple has been bringing the rave for decades
Much like the Blue Mountain in Jamaica from which it takes its name, this decades-old Stokes Croft club stands proud and immovable. As everything else around it strives to be more upmarket, Blue Mountain stays true to its roots in a very honest and reassuring way.
Two rooms and a large covered outdoor terrace are connected by a winding, narrow staircase, which becomes a little cramped when the club hits capacity (as it often does). In this instance, the terrace is a godsend. The interior (and toilets) have definitely seen better days, but this isn't a club you visit to swan about in your best trainers drinking cocktails. You come to Blue Mountain for one thing only – a rave.
The music policy has always fiercely represented different aspects of the bass-driven Bristol scene, from drum ’n’ bass through to dancehall, happy hardcore and beyond. This openminded and relentlessly real music policy, combined with a bar stocked to the brim with Red Stripe and Magnum, is the secret to Blue Mountain’s enduring success – and its reputation as one of Bristol’s best party spots.
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