Copper Alley, Exchange Street, Dublin 2
Mother is the mother of all club nights for electronic music and that of a pop inclination and some of Dublin's prettiest people can be found in its dark corners. Whether or not you're there because it's part of the rainbow community, it doesn't matter, serious dancing and decent music is the be all and end all.
What has it got?
Seating: Moveable chairs and the like but you'd be a fool to be anywhere other than the dance floor here.
Doors: The doors are all kept open here and they fit a wheelchair properly.
Ground: The bathroom area is tiled, which could get a bit slippy, and in the at the bar, it's a lino-type surface.
Stairs: There are stairs in and out but there is wheelchair access through the Arlington Hotel (Temple Bar) which has a lift. You will need a key to operate the lift but staff will be on hand to help out.
Bathrooms: They have a wheelchair bathroom here which is big. It felt like it was sort of tucked away so I don't think you'd have a big problem with people using it.
Spaciousness: Other than bodies, there is plenty of space here.
Helpfulness of Staff: The bouncers at Mother and the staff in the Arlington Hotel are all very helpful. They guided me in through the hotel and were quick to get the key for the lift whenever I needed it.
Parking: There is a wheelchair parking spot right outside Mother and there are two parking spaces available on Cork Hill (map here).
Why did it lose points? The only reason that Mother lost any points was because it isn't obvious that they have proper wheelchair facilities available. I arrived at the door expecting to be carried down into the basement and it was such a pleasant surprise to find that they had everything.
One of the DJs came up to me to tell me that I was the first wheelchair user he's seen there and he was delighted. Having wheelchair facilities are hugely important but what use are they if no one knows that they're there? Delighted I made this discovery so I can return again and get that DJ to play me the Cut Copy song he promised me.