13 great (and not-so-great) former Sunderland nightclubs - remembering Fino's, Annabel's, Ku, the Blue Monkey and others

Nightclubs still exist in Sunderland, in fact there are several good ones. But they aren’t as widespread as they once were.

One reason for their dwindling number is the 2003 Licensing Act, which allowed pubs to open virtually round the clock. There was less reason to frequent a nightclub.

But what memories.

In the 1980s and 1990s Cheap nights in the city were Monday in Chambers, Tuesday Ku Club, Wednesday everywhere, Thursday Blue Monkey; which brought you to the weekend when you could go out and enjoy yourself.

Here is a brief history and some unabashed clubbing nostalgia from someone who was familiar with most of them.

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