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By Rory White on 11.3.2024

Magic Mungos

So it’s that time again: the ubiquitous Friday night, a night that can (in formal terms) only be described as ‘a little bit woo, a little bit wee’. Uncertainty arises as one considers trying the Venue and immersing themselves in Hip Hop and R&B for around five hours, or instead heading into town and enjoying thirty year old males on the prowl. Yet the answer is really quite simple, as students we look for a good night out without the pressures of formality, and of course a selection of stupidly priced drinks.

Therefore it is my great pleasure to reveal a place that ticks all of these boxes: Magic Mungos. By day the charming bistro is famous for its no nonsense food and laid back ambience, perfect for enjoying casual conversation over lunch or coffee. However on Friday nights the Eliot college bar is transformed, providing a DJ, cheap drink prices and a dance floor – the recipe for a great time without the need for a high street white shirt and smart shoes.

Taking place every Friday night from 8pm, you will find a selection of drink promotions that change every week, but always incorporate a range of spirits at very low prices. However, probably the best thing about the night is the fact that there is free entry, and also the way the atmosphere asks nothing of the partier as the night carries on all the way to 1am.

With ex-employee of Mungos Sam Harding coming from Essex every week to DJ, the music takes the form of Chart, Cheese and normally a cheeky fifteen minutes of Garage squeezed into the routine. Yet going beyond the low price of the drinks and the music, it is the ambience of Magic Mungos which really leaves it as the best night out on campus, and debatably in Canterbury, on a Friday night.

When stepping into other venues, one never feels totally relaxed in the chaos of the event and surroundings. Mungos is the complete opposite, offering comfy sofas to sit on if dancing isn’t your thing, or an informal seating area to enjoy the music, or indeed to stretch out before ‘throwing some shapes’.

The only factor going against the whole night is the slightly dated appearance of the college bar itself, after minimal renovation since being built. Yet in some ways this adds to the charm of the place and in fact helps to create the informality which aids such a good student night. If this seems off-putting though, Mungos is being completely rebuilt over the Easter holiday period and will be back in business with a new bar, decking leading outside and even talk of a VIP room.

So if you are stuck for ideas on a Friday night, which from experience is a distinct possibility, make your way down to Magic Mungos in Eliot College – it is a fact that nowhere else offers such good music, good prices and good times on a Friday night.



Comments

  • Excellent stuff Rory, i may just have to head down to the place that goes by the name of Mungo’s. Editor position for you next year perhaps?

    By Anonymous on 14.3.2024

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  • Very good , Rory, but you told me you were at your books on a Friday! arguably rather than debatably in para 4?

    By Barry Dell on 13.3.2024

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  • Hi Rory, great article-I just made the connection that you are Rory from my seminar group. Tim

    By Tim Marshall on 12.3.2024

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  • Great article Rory, brilliantly written

    By website-editor on 11.3.2024

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