Nine nightclubs Sunderland has loved – and lost...

Annabels.
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Murder on the dance floor... Nine nightclubs Wearsiders have loved - and lost.

1. Annabels:

Bentleys in 1992.

Bentleys in 1992.

Opened on November 27, 1968, on Walworth Way. Famous visitors included Pink Floyd, The Who and David Bowie. Later moved to High Street West.

2. Chambers and Gossip:

Thousands of clubbers flocked to Chambers, in the Hutchinson’s Building, to dance the night away to Adamski, Garbage and The Prodigy in the 1990s.

3. Ku:

Finos in Park Lane in 1992.

Finos in Park Lane in 1992.

The High Street West venue welcomed clubbers for more than 20 years. It was later turned into a community venue.

4. Close Encounters:

The legendary R&B/blues singer Bo Diddley played at the nightspot in 1982.

5. Bentley’s, Pzazz and Passion:

Bedford Street September 1983. To the left is Top Rank bingo hall which later became the Blue Monkey.

Bedford Street September 1983. To the left is Top Rank bingo hall which later became the Blue Monkey.

Bentley’s opened at the former Binns garage site in Holmeside in 1986, with room for 1,300 clubbers. In September 1994 it became Pzazz - welcoming a new generation of clubbers. It closed, however, in 2004, later re-opening as Passion.

6. Blue Monkey:

Originally based at an old bingo hall in Bedford Street. A New Monkey club later operated at the Plaza bingo hall in Pallion.

7. Finos:

Close Encounters October 1981.

Close Encounters October 1981.

The Park Lane club was a focal point for music fans for almost two decades. It was even immortalised in the song She Goes to Finos by the Toy Dolls in 1985.

8. Barbary Coast:

Based in the old Boilermakers’ Club at Monkwearmouth.

9: The Kazbah:

More of a music venue than a nightclub. Steve Marriott, Chicken Shack and The Alarm all played there.

Chambers and Gossip Nightclub in 1990.

Chambers and Gossip Nightclub in 1990.

Barbary Coast Nightclub.

Barbary Coast Nightclub.