The bouncers are really friendly and staff are just as staff should be but not excessively nice or rude. The venue is a probably the worst part about Independent, the smoking area is better than it used to be but the floor is disgusting. DO NOT WEAR NICE SHOES HERE, you’ll be very upset in the morning. Sunderland’s a bit dead so the location isn’t fantastic but it is in the city centre. It is very good value for money with trebles being £3 but the alcohol is probably not the best at all. It’s much more of a student place you go to get obliterated rather than stay sober and the music is chart or rock, I prefer RnB, UK rap and hip hop but this is not satisfied in Indepent apartfrom the occasional time the play The same Skepta song as a cheap night out it’s definitelt student friendly.