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