On first impressions the narrow entrance and rather imposing Eastern European doorman didn’t bode well for my Coco Tang experience. Yet I was pleasantly surprised when I walked down the stairs. Coco Tang has a cavernous feeling but with two bars, a large dance floor, and several comfortable seating areas, you don’t feel cramped. The barmen are skilled cocktail makers and there is a wide selection of drinks on the menu with a mixture of old classics and some original inventive cocktails that taste fantastic and keep you wanting more. With quality comes expense, though – ensure that you’ve had a lucky night at the casino or not eaten much during the week, as it is rather costly. Fortunately Wednesday night offers a two for one deal, which allows you to stay longer and enjoy the experience more.
There are many features that make Coco Tang a place which you would regularly attend during the semester. Upon ordering a bottle of champagne the glasses come in the classic form of Marie Antoinette’s breast, a small touch that gives a more refined impression. Although sadly I did not see it first hand, I was told that some of the girls’ cubicles included not one but two toilets for the more open female customers. Another rather quirky and inspired touch was the small area which was more of a large alcove than an actual room where you could relax in the large raised bed in a more intimate setting.
The general atmosphere is promising for Coco Tang’s success in Nottingham. It has become exceptionally busy on a Wednesday, the bar staff are friendly and the clientele are a mixture of Nottingham’s local upwardly mobile and the more discerning student. It has the potential to steer more and more students from the pre-lash ‘smash up’ Isis Wednesdays to a more sophisticated alternative.