Match Box, located on Friar Street in Reading, claims to be the "first venue of it's type" in Reading. Reading boasts quite a large number of wine and cocktail bars and venues of the like far outnumber traditional pubs and clubs in the centre of Reading. That being said, I think Match Box is doing something new and something a little bit old school at the same time.
Match Box is located in a really great spot. It's about as central as you can get and a mere 3 minute walk from Reading Train Station. I walked over to Match Box from Revolution (now owned by The New Inventive Bar Company instead of their former name, "Inventive Leisure") with a few friends and I won't lie to you, we had had quite a few wines and maybe a few shots before we rocked up. Match Box was running a student night (yes, I'm too old, but yes the drinks are going to be cheap) so I was quite shocked when the guy on the door slapped us with a £6 entry fee. £6 in Reading on a Thursday AND a student night is quite a hefty price to pay when #LUX at Sakura (an established and well attended night run by events company Clique) charges £4 or £5 and only go up to £6 when it gets pretty late.