From Bentley’s to Pzazz – when Holmeside club was the hottest venue in Sunderland

The dance floor at Bentley's in 1993.
The dance floor at Bentley's in 1993.
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Thousands of Wearsiders flocked to the Holmeside club for almost a decade but, as the charts changed from Kylie pop to Britpop Oasis, so the club embraced a new era with a new name.

“The popularity of Bentley’s ranked alongside Annabels and Ku for several years - although the clubs catered for vastly different musical tastes,” said Echo archivist Susan Swinney.

Playing the name game: Club staff celebrate the change of name from Bentley's to Pzazz in September 1994.

Playing the name game: Club staff celebrate the change of name from Bentley's to Pzazz in September 1994.

“Bentley’s was huge, with room for 1,300 clubbers, and often packed to the rafters - as these vintage Echo photos show.

“I’m sure all these pictures will bring back memories for many people.”

The former Quickfit and Binns garage site in Holmeside was chosen as the venue for Bentley’s in 1986, with Wearside’s party people quickly taking the nightspot to their hearts.

Eight years later, in September 1994, Bentley’s became Pzazz - welcoming a new generation of clubbers. It closed, however, in 2004, later re-opening as Passion. Today it is known as Illusions.

Bentley's nightclub in 1992.

Bentley's nightclub in 1992.

“The Bentley’s name may have disappeared almost 20 years ago, but people still remember the club with fondness. It was a huge part of the social scene back in the 1980s,” added Susan.

The interior of Bentley's nightclub in August 1991.

The interior of Bentley's nightclub in August 1991.

One of the bars at Bentley's pictured in August 1991.

One of the bars at Bentley's pictured in August 1991.

Bentleys Nightclub -January 1992.

Bentleys Nightclub -January 1992.