Located above The Keys Restaurant Darlington - Institute Nightclub is an ultra modern and stylish nightclub.

The Institute holds 2 rooms; our Main Nightclub Room and Room 2. Both rooms are fully air conditioned with the latest technology such as a state of the art sound and lighting system. 

The venue plays host to a wide range of nightclub events such as; Retro, Illusion, APEL, our famous Ladies Nights and more. 

VIP Packages are also available for hire. Please call our Events Team on 01325 394222 or email events@thekeys.co.uk for further information   

Upcoming Events.

Wednesday 31st October

Apelcolypse: APEL Halloween Ball

APELCOLYPSE! The end of the world is here and to 'celebrate' we are offering £1 drinks all night long:

  • Vodka + mixer
  • Whisky + mixer
  • Sours
  • Sambuca
  • Schnapps 

We will be letting evil run through the place! A freaky mash up blasted out by Phil Stirzy! 

Please post your names on our Facebook event discussion OR speak to one of our APEL staff to secure your guest list place and that £2.50 entry! 


Want to be more involved? 


FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: @apel_institute

Wednesday 31st October

Illusion Halloween Special

One of the most anticipated nights of the year, HALLOWEEN! 

  • Room 2 will be fitted out with fun Halloween decor as Illusion bring the night to life. Dressing up isn't compulsory but is highly recommended whilst the Illusion Residents bring you the best in underground music with a few Halloween twists 

Line Up: This & That, Digit n Kemp, Triple-B and Jake Wharton being played back to back with Jonny Lazenby 

  • Room 1 is hosted by APEL for Apelcolypse / Halloween Ball 
  • Room 2 is hosted by our Illusion Residents supplying our guests with all the naughty underground beats as per usual 
  • £1 drinks all night 
  • £1 entry (collect from The Keys at 9pm) 

Saturday 3rd November

RETRO: 29th Birthday Special

We are celebrating 29 years of RETRO

Super early bird tickets are now on sale here

Expect a full on show of Special FX and Pyrotechnics inside our favourite Northeast venue! Oh ..... and the line-up ..... we have a treat for you! 

Call 01325 394222 or send us a private message on our Facebook page to book your tickets today. 

Saturday 1st December


Retro have received nothing but love since their huge return to Darlington. The Classic House Masters continue the hype train for their final Institute of 2018! Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page to view the full line-up and to purchase tickets! 

Call 01325 394222 or send us a private message on our Facebook page to book your tickets today. 

Saturday 8th December

The Mardi Gras & Escapade Big Christmas Party

Saturday 8th December from 9pm - 2.30am 

  • Main Room: Presenting you with club classics all night with Martin Norris (Mardi Gras), Kev Spencer (Escapades) and Chris Bell (affiliated with both clubs)
  • Room 2: Orleans Revisited with party legend Johnny H coming back for one night only ..... not to be missed! 
  • Pre-bar downstairs from 9pm with DJ Dev (Cotton Club-Yates)
  • Tickets are on sale via skiddle (£5 plug a £1 booking fee): https://www.skiddle.com

Monday 10th December

Dirty Dancing Experience

'Nobody puts Baby in the corner' and nobody should miss out on this spectacular dance class themed around the much loved film and now hit musical, Dirty Dancing! 

This Christmas why not get yourself down to The Keys and learn to wiggle like Patrick Swayze and bounce like Baby! You'll learn salsa, the cha-cha-cha and other 60's themed dance moves. Your group will swoon and swing throughout! Your professional dance instructor will have you dirty dancing in no time with a fully fledged group dance routine at the end 

Think you've got what it takes? 

  • Ticket Only - £25.00
  • Ticket and Three Course Meal - £40.00

Email our Events Team to book your place - events@thekeys.co.uk 

Friday 25th January 2019

Ladies Night: Flower Power

It's time for LADIES NIGHT #6! Flower Power!!! 

It's going to be another night just for you to let your hair down, have a catch up with the girls and dance the night away to some of the best party tunes around! 

All guests will receive a drinks token upon arrival from reception and will be greeted by our topless butlers who will also be handing out canapes throughout the night! 

Hosting is Miss Tess Tickle and the Dragettes: Miss Emma Royd and Miss Cara O'Hara who will be putting on a cabaret show filled with feathers, fun and lots of humour. Turning up the heat just a little, we have TWO male strippers who will be revealing more flesh than you ladies can handle ..... 

During the night you will be raising money for ANGEL TRUST.

  • Standard Tickets: £10 (please purchase in our restaurant / bar)
  • OTD Tickets: £15 
  • VIP Packages are also available. For more information please feel free to contact us on 01325 394222 to book or email Dcollings@thekeys.co.uk