Out with the old and in with the new, that’s what we say! Replacing what was once ‘Cameo’, Watford welcomes the new Monday, Friday and Saturday night hotspot: Hydeout. After a monumental 2 million pound refurb, Hydeout Watford is a welcome addition to the Hertfordshire clubbing scene, giving even the bright lights of London town a run for its money. But don’t just take our word for it. Fellow Londoner Sam Thompson of Made in Chelsea fame managed to tot up a ludicrous bill of over 24 grand just at the launch. That’s not a comment on their drinks prices, which are actually pretty reasonable, but rather on naughty Sammy’s impressive spending. Shelling out a sum equal to someone’s annual income in one evening certainly does indicate he was having a pretty great time, dont'cha think?
In spite of only opening in January of 2016, Hydeout has already caused quite a stir - presumably due to it’s quirky vibe and gorgeously original décor. Split into 3 rooms, Hydeout makes sure to cater to the needs of the masses. The Brooklyn room is a NY style bar area complete with urban subway signage and artwork of that iconic New York skyline. There’s even a 3D feature wall designed to look like a US train carriage to really set the scene. Next up is the Ski Lodge: which essentially does what it says on the tin. With lots of wooden paneling, plush Chesterfield couches a faux fireplace and cosy tweed flooring, you’d frankly be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to Aspen. Finally, there is the ‘Main Room’. This is where the dancing goes down. With a huge open plan dancefloor surrounded by booths and a laser beam light display that would put the Starlight Express to shame, whether you’re a dancer or more of a ‘I’ll just sit here and watch’-er, Hydeout has got a spot with your name on it. Our favourite feature of Hydeout, however, is the glorious inhouse Shisha Lounge, which you can add to your VIP table for the whole night for a cool £45. Holy Smokes. Dress Code wise, it’s a bit on the tricky side as at Hydeout it’s different depending on the night of your visit. House rules are that Friday for Hyde and Seek it’s Smart/Casual, whereas admittance to Play Haus on a Saturday will require your dress-shirts and miniskirts.
Music: House, Garage, EDM, Chart, RnB, Commercial
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Train Station: Watford Junction
Address: Hydeout, 46 The Parade, Watford, WD17 1AY
With their own dedicated podcast, you can imagine that these guys are proper muzos. Each of the 3 rooms have a different musical angle so every type of clubber can enjoy themselves at Hydeout. The Ski Lodge: your guilty-pleasure-go-to, churning out all your cheesy pop favourites. But moving over to the Brooklyn room, it’s nothing but the smoothest of R&B, baby. Finally, there’s the ‘Main Room’. Geared more towards the club-ier styles of House, Garage, EDM and DNB, kitted out with some pretty heavy-duty tech to deliver nothing but the biggest, boldest Bass in Watford.
It’s evident that Hydeout likes to put on a show as they’re always chocka-block with DJs, dancers and even on some occasions, scantily-clad fire spinners. With Earlybird tickets for most events sitting around the £4 mark, it’s pretty hard to find a reason not to hideout at Hydeout. If there was an award for the most inventive events team, we certainly know where it would go. Rustling up some of the most imaginative and original promotions we’ve come across, the folks at Hydeout sure how to get bums on seats. Speaking of bums, we think one particularly hilarious promotion known as ‘Tweet and Twerk’ deserves a round of applause. The idea being that if you tweet Hydeout with your best twerk attempt you can gain free entry to the night as well as a free drink at the bar. Another gem is the super savvy ‘Tinder Party’. When you’re in, just set your location to 1km and live match with fellow partygoers also at the venue for some tech-enabled speed pulling. How genius is that? Game, set, match. Although in the competition for best Hydeout event, notable mention must go to Sean Paul Appreciation Night. We’re not quite sure who’s in charge of designing these but we think they need a raise.
Hydeout fits in Watford so well that it’s hard to remember what was actually here beforehand. Cameo-who now? After only 6 months on the club scene, Hydeout is already a firm Watford favourite so we can only imagine what it will be capable of in the future. There is always something exciting, unusual or damn right hilarious going down at Hydeout so if you don’t know, then get to know. So with that in mind, we’ll see you at the Sean Paul Appreciation party- wouldn’t wanna miss an opportunity to shake that ting now, would we?