21 long forgotten nights clubs in Southampton

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Top Rank in Southampton.

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THROUGH the mists of time and overindulgence, it might be hard to recall some of the nights out you've had in Southampton. This list of 20 venues may just jog your memory.

The Beach Tucked away at the far end of Ocean Village, as the name suggests, The Beach was themed around, er, a beach.

The Nexus Southampton’s alternative club de rigeur. Tucked away along Back of the Walls, you’d pile in here, jump around a bit before sitting outside under the tarpaulin when you got too hot. The drinks were cheap and the music was loud.

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Walkabout Such a mainstay throughout the 90s and 00s, it’s hard to think this has now closed. The windowless, Australian themed bar was formerly the Bank of England and was always popular for sport - leaving many people blinking into the daylight as they stumbled out during an afternoon World Cup match. In 2009 it rebranded to Wahoo! Before changing again to Elements in 2011. Has been closed for over a year.

Thursday’s Cheap champagne for your birthday – so every week was your birthday. When it closed, every pint was just 10p.

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Los Marinos Down on the waterfront at Ocean Village, it was the nearest Southampton ever really got to a waterfront venue. Managed to cling on to life while all else left Ocean Village, until Canute’s Pavillion was demolished.

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The Square Balloon Formerly a huge cinema on Above Bar, it was best known for the huge rotating screens above the bar and the array of expensive cocktails. If you weren’t wearing shoes, you weren’t getting in. Was later renamed Squares and remained as such until it closed a couple of years ago to become Provenance and is now Myth.

Top Rank For those of a certain age, this was a night out in Southampton. Roller discos, skating, a revolving dance floor – it had it all. Even Jimmy Tarbuck performed here.

Burbanks Over several floors and had a sports theme. Closed to become a strip club, which then became Junk and is now known as Tripp.

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McCluskey’s International/426 Had a nickname which you can’t really repeat in a family publication, but regardless was still loved by many. Was renamed as 426 before reverting back. Is currently in the process of being demolished to become houses and flats.

New York, New York Along with its next door neighbour, NY2 as it was later known, has now gone from the city, but will long be remembered. Tended to attract a slight older crowd than McCluskey’s and a long time ago, even Saints players.

Simon’s Wine Bar On Vernon’s Walk. It attracted an older and more ‘stylish’ crowd before it was replaced by the more youthful Orange Rooms. It lives on in Oxford Street as Simon's at Oxfords.

Brannigan’s It’s light shone for only a short time, but it made a lasting impression. Had a strict dress code and lots of drinks deals. The best seats were right in front of the window on High Street so you could show strangers how much fun you were having. Is now a supermarket.

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Jumpin’ Jaks Duelling pianos, Spinny Man and the barn dance theme always made sure there was a huge queue across the interior of Leisure World to get in – even if it was actually empty inside. Also, you could usually find Matt Le Tissier and Claus Lundekvam in the corner. Best known for a sewage pipe which exploded over the dance floor, covering revellers in something they’d probably not remember.

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Martine’s Okay, it was in Eastleigh, but is definitely still worth inclusion. Massive dancefloor in the centre, surrounded by balconies overlooking it. Well known for its 999 parties and attracted  90s Saints stars such Richard Hall and Neil Heaney.

Bar Med/Below Bar A sunshine-themed bar when the High Street was a busy place to go out at night. It was a brightly coloured chain pub which later became the more sober-coloured Below Bar. Is now a strip club.

The Venue Really dark inside, despite the huge windows overlooking the water at Town Quay.

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Chicago Rock Another well known chain that opened up in Southampton only to vanish (like Walkabout and O’Neills). At one point it offered £12-all-you-can-drink deals, but made sure you spent most of the night trying to get the attention of the barstaff. Closed to become Ocean & Collins and has since rebranded as Bliss and is now Voodoo.

Magnum Is now Unit, but was known as one of Southsampton’s main gay clubs in its heyday. Has had a number of names, such as Club M.

City of Sound/Star’s Tucked away beside York Gate, behind Hanover Buildings, the building is now empty but still purple.

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Celebration Plaza A joint venture between Matt Le Tissier and Mike Osman, on Terminus Terrace. Le God is on record saying he lost a few quid on this place. Is now flats.

C’s Brightly coloured plastic chairs and screens in the toilets so you could make sure your date was washing their hands. Closed to become Bambuubar and is now a strip club.

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6:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

soton_resident says...

The Adam and Eve Club?

The Skyways Hotel?
The Adam and Eve Club? The Skyways Hotel? soton_resident
  • Score: 15

6:22pm Fri 21 Feb 14

soton_resident says...

And the Pier?
And the Pier? soton_resident
  • Score: 47

7:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

cookingkaz says...

barbarellas
barbarellas cookingkaz
  • Score: 32

7:21pm Fri 21 Feb 14

daveprotools says...

DJ'd some of the these and played Duelling Pianos in Jaks for years.
Good times in the Beach. What about Cloysters? It was sad to see Northern Leisure, and then Luminar suck the life out of Jumpin Jaks. There will never be another bar with as much fun, or personality, as Jaks.
DJ'd some of the these and played Duelling Pianos in Jaks for years. Good times in the Beach. What about Cloysters? It was sad to see Northern Leisure, and then Luminar suck the life out of Jumpin Jaks. There will never be another bar with as much fun, or personality, as Jaks. daveprotools
  • Score: 13

7:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

I guess I must be older than this list. I always used to love Maddos and then down to Glorias.
I guess I must be older than this list. I always used to love Maddos and then down to Glorias. bigfella777
  • Score: 21

7:41pm Fri 21 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

soton_resident wrote:
And the Pier?
Mecca, gattis, barberella's (centre inn), swifts, boogies, street level, burbanks also known as spermbanks!!!
[quote][p][bold]soton_resident[/bold] wrote: And the Pier?[/p][/quote]Mecca, gattis, barberella's (centre inn), swifts, boogies, street level, burbanks also known as spermbanks!!! issacchunt
  • Score: 31

7:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jmsherm says...

Anyone remember floaters in Woolston, the old disused floating bridge
Anyone remember floaters in Woolston, the old disused floating bridge jmsherm
  • Score: 57

8:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Rhombus says...

c'S Is curreny an empty unit.
c'S Is curreny an empty unit. Rhombus
  • Score: 1

8:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jason197235 says...

floaters raffles Peggy sues great nights
floaters raffles Peggy sues great nights jason197235
  • Score: 28

8:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

veedubber says...

How about the Old Oriental, Barbarellas, raffles
How about the Old Oriental, Barbarellas, raffles veedubber
  • Score: 30

8:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

John McAndrew says...

there is a Top Rank memories group on facebook with a few photos of the club ... also seems that ALL night clubs in Southampton now are aimed at students
there is a Top Rank memories group on facebook with a few photos of the club ... also seems that ALL night clubs in Southampton now are aimed at students John McAndrew
  • Score: 24

8:23pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ShakeyWiffles says...

Had totally forgotten about Bambuubar but really REALLY miss Jaks. Had many an amazing night there, dancing with friends, spinny man (R.I.P.) and seeing a fair few celebs too. Loved it so much I did work experience for the ents team there and then worked for a while on the pot wash :)
Had totally forgotten about Bambuubar but really REALLY miss Jaks. Had many an amazing night there, dancing with friends, spinny man (R.I.P.) and seeing a fair few celebs too. Loved it so much I did work experience for the ents team there and then worked for a while on the pot wash :) ShakeyWiffles
  • Score: 5

8:46pm Fri 21 Feb 14

charley53 says...

Loved the Adam & Eve and the old oriental, great nights there. Also Jeeves and Turpins, they were the days, big choice of clubs to go to
Loved the Adam & Eve and the old oriental, great nights there. Also Jeeves and Turpins, they were the days, big choice of clubs to go to charley53
  • Score: 12

9:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

windyboy says...

Birds nest
Birds nest windyboy
  • Score: 12

9:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Leesylou67 says...

Swifts for cocktails then Barbarellas, Boogies (now The Fire House I think), the small wine bar Limelights and Fridays night club which was renamed Burbanks and then Peggy Sues, and not forgetting the Silhouette club.
Swifts for cocktails then Barbarellas, Boogies (now The Fire House I think), the small wine bar Limelights and Fridays night club which was renamed Burbanks and then Peggy Sues, and not forgetting the Silhouette club. Leesylou67
  • Score: 21

10:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

daisy.talks says...

BRING BACK THE FROG AND FRIGATE!!!!! :D
BRING BACK THE FROG AND FRIGATE!!!!! :D daisy.talks
  • Score: 52

10:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

Dog and duck,spa tavern, wig and pen, Harvey's ,tap and barrel, Buds.
Dog and duck,spa tavern, wig and pen, Harvey's ,tap and barrel, Buds. Zexagon
  • Score: 16

11:15pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Stuckinthemiddlewithyou says...

Crown & Sceptre (now The Dungeon), Debonairs in Chandlers Ford
Crown & Sceptre (now The Dungeon), Debonairs in Chandlers Ford Stuckinthemiddlewithyou
  • Score: 10

1:14am Sat 22 Feb 14

curious g says...

Rum Runners
Rum Runners curious g
  • Score: 7

6:00am Sat 22 Feb 14

oldage says...

Rum Runners few good nights there ! Worked at fighting **** and royal oak then would go to this joint ! Met my husband 28 years later were still together :)
Rum Runners few good nights there ! Worked at fighting **** and royal oak then would go to this joint ! Met my husband 28 years later were still together :) oldage
  • Score: 4

7:41am Sat 22 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

Stuckinthemiddlewith
you
wrote:
Crown & Sceptre (now The Dungeon), Debonairs in Chandlers Ford
Tabby cat, flatfoot sams
[quote][p][bold]Stuckinthemiddlewith you[/bold] wrote: Crown & Sceptre (now The Dungeon), Debonairs in Chandlers Ford[/p][/quote]Tabby cat, flatfoot sams Zexagon
  • Score: 4

7:41am Sat 22 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

Classic corner
Classic corner Zexagon
  • Score: 1

8:32am Sat 22 Feb 14

costa gaz says...

Zoot's and Tangiers..... great places but had a bit of a reputation for some reason
Zoot's and Tangiers..... great places but had a bit of a reputation for some reason costa gaz
  • Score: 7

9:38am Sat 22 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

The Rio Grand next door to zoots really was the wild west. Not open for long : ) the manhatton club a bit further up st marys st in what used to be the oasis club.
The Rio Grand next door to zoots really was the wild west. Not open for long : ) the manhatton club a bit further up st marys st in what used to be the oasis club. KSO16R
  • Score: 5

9:52am Sat 22 Feb 14

Dasal says...

Ahhhhhh, so many great memories from the above .................
I repeat " This town, coming like a ghost town" !!!!!!
Ahhhhhh, so many great memories from the above ................. I repeat " This town, coming like a ghost town" !!!!!! Dasal
  • Score: 10

11:05am Sat 22 Feb 14

Andy Lombardi says...

The Top Rank had a revolving dance floor...really! Poor journalism as usual. There was a central part of the stage which revolved but no revolving dance floor. Upstairs, where they held the Mayfair nights, they had an illuminated dance floor, long before Saturday Night Fever.
The Top Rank had a revolving dance floor...really! Poor journalism as usual. There was a central part of the stage which revolved but no revolving dance floor. Upstairs, where they held the Mayfair nights, they had an illuminated dance floor, long before Saturday Night Fever. Andy Lombardi
  • Score: 9

11:30am Sat 22 Feb 14

phil maccavity says...

Andy Lombardi wrote:
The Top Rank had a revolving dance floor...really! Poor journalism as usual. There was a central part of the stage which revolved but no revolving dance floor. Upstairs, where they held the Mayfair nights, they had an illuminated dance floor, long before Saturday Night Fever.
Andy
Wasn't upstairs at the Top Rank originally called 'Metro' and opened on a Tuesday night from 10.00hrs to 0200hrs?.
When it first opened there were crowds of supposedly over 21's queuing to get in as the 'Junior Disco' goers were leaving.
A lot of the old Adam & Eve crowd used to go there as the music was generally soul orientated
[quote][p][bold]Andy Lombardi[/bold] wrote: The Top Rank had a revolving dance floor...really! Poor journalism as usual. There was a central part of the stage which revolved but no revolving dance floor. Upstairs, where they held the Mayfair nights, they had an illuminated dance floor, long before Saturday Night Fever.[/p][/quote]Andy Wasn't upstairs at the Top Rank originally called 'Metro' and opened on a Tuesday night from 10.00hrs to 0200hrs?. When it first opened there were crowds of supposedly over 21's queuing to get in as the 'Junior Disco' goers were leaving. A lot of the old Adam & Eve crowd used to go there as the music was generally soul orientated phil maccavity
  • Score: 14

11:59am Sat 22 Feb 14

southy says...

Surrey arms (upstairs was the Disco room) which later became Rum Runners, The Black Cat and After Eight, Fridays that later was called Peggy Sues, Silhouettes, Cars which had a few names afterwards, Swallows later called Barbarella.
Or you went to Bournemouth to the Chelsea or Roof Top or there was this club a little more west of Poole called the Country Club where you could stay the night later it was called the Gentleman,s club before going back to its old name and moved location some where near Dorchester Town
Surrey arms (upstairs was the Disco room) which later became Rum Runners, The Black Cat and After Eight, Fridays that later was called Peggy Sues, Silhouettes, Cars which had a few names afterwards, Swallows later called Barbarella. Or you went to Bournemouth to the Chelsea or Roof Top or there was this club a little more west of Poole called the Country Club where you could stay the night later it was called the Gentleman,s club before going back to its old name and moved location some where near Dorchester Town southy
  • Score: 3

1:57pm Sat 22 Feb 14

chavfreezone says...

What no Rio Grande, Manhattan's and Riverside,
What no Rio Grande, Manhattan's and Riverside, chavfreezone
  • Score: 4

11:35am Sun 23 Feb 14

andylymington says...

what about the old floating bridge disco?
what about the old floating bridge disco? andylymington
  • Score: 4

3:03pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

After Eight,Turpins,Adam and Eve,Centre Inn to name a few !
After Eight,Turpins,Adam and Eve,Centre Inn to name a few ! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 5

7:02pm Sun 23 Feb 14

tbilisi saint carl says...

Fridays...Vernon walk :)
Fridays...Vernon walk :) tbilisi saint carl
  • Score: 6

1:57am Tue 25 Feb 14

dtokez says...

What was the club down St Marys street, pretty much opposite the church next to soton city college?
What was the club down St Marys street, pretty much opposite the church next to soton city college? dtokez
  • Score: 0

9:27am Tue 25 Feb 14

michmunch says...

absolutely loved the Dog and Duck and New York New York. God those were the days, night clubs just arnt the same or maybe its coz im getting old lol
absolutely loved the Dog and Duck and New York New York. God those were the days, night clubs just arnt the same or maybe its coz im getting old lol michmunch
  • Score: 2

11:23am Tue 25 Feb 14

frenchvic says...

Sextons Night Club, just off of Queensway. I loved that place.
Sextons Night Club, just off of Queensway. I loved that place. frenchvic
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Disallusioned Saint says...

Good to see Andy Lombardi posting - not sure if he was still in the area!
Thinking back to the Top Rank - yes it was Metro on Tuesday nights and the venue also hosted Peaches which I think may have been on a Thursday night.
Started going there in the early 70's - well under age but fortunatelt tall enough plus sporting a good range of 'bum fluff' on the face to get me past the doormen! Funnily enough started working for the NHS in Winchester only to sit opposite one of those doormen who was in finance at the time!!
Memories of Top Rank including The Birds'n'The Bees being the resident group whose signature trach was a cover version of Venus by Shocking Blue, massive punch-ups especially when Man Utd or Chelsea had played at The Dell earlier on the Saturday and my first encounter with a drag on a cigarette containing an illegal drug! Also remember getting amourous with a mid aged lady from the Flowers Estate (Portswood) only to be told her husband was waiting for me in Gents! Took a quick exit that night!!
Shame it went, along with the Ice Rink only to be replaced by apartments.
Those were the good days - learnt a lot of social ettiquette at the Top Rank - especially respecting your elders - I was 14 the first time I went there in '71 !!
Good to see Andy Lombardi posting - not sure if he was still in the area! Thinking back to the Top Rank - yes it was Metro on Tuesday nights and the venue also hosted Peaches which I think may have been on a Thursday night. Started going there in the early 70's - well under age but fortunatelt tall enough plus sporting a good range of 'bum fluff' on the face to get me past the doormen! Funnily enough started working for the NHS in Winchester only to sit opposite one of those doormen who was in finance at the time!! Memories of Top Rank including The Birds'n'The Bees being the resident group whose signature trach was a cover version of Venus by Shocking Blue, massive punch-ups especially when Man Utd or Chelsea had played at The Dell earlier on the Saturday and my first encounter with a drag on a cigarette containing an illegal drug! Also remember getting amourous with a mid aged lady from the Flowers Estate (Portswood) only to be told her husband was waiting for me in Gents! Took a quick exit that night!! Shame it went, along with the Ice Rink only to be replaced by apartments. Those were the good days - learnt a lot of social ettiquette at the Top Rank - especially respecting your elders - I was 14 the first time I went there in '71 !! Disallusioned Saint
  • Score: 6

5:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

phil maccavity says...

Disallusioned Saint wrote:
Good to see Andy Lombardi posting - not sure if he was still in the area!
Thinking back to the Top Rank - yes it was Metro on Tuesday nights and the venue also hosted Peaches which I think may have been on a Thursday night.
Started going there in the early 70's - well under age but fortunatelt tall enough plus sporting a good range of 'bum fluff' on the face to get me past the doormen! Funnily enough started working for the NHS in Winchester only to sit opposite one of those doormen who was in finance at the time!!
Memories of Top Rank including The Birds'n'The Bees being the resident group whose signature trach was a cover version of Venus by Shocking Blue, massive punch-ups especially when Man Utd or Chelsea had played at The Dell earlier on the Saturday and my first encounter with a drag on a cigarette containing an illegal drug! Also remember getting amourous with a mid aged lady from the Flowers Estate (Portswood) only to be told her husband was waiting for me in Gents! Took a quick exit that night!!
Shame it went, along with the Ice Rink only to be replaced by apartments.
Those were the good days - learnt a lot of social ettiquette at the Top Rank - especially respecting your elders - I was 14 the first time I went there in '71 !!
Seem to recollect that there were very few dancers on the floor at the Top Rank when the resident band (Alan Ross?) was playing.
However soon as the DJ came on in the interval the dance floor became crowded.
Remember 'Hey There Lonely Girl' by Eddie Holman was a favourite record to slow dance if you could find an attractive girl.(and there seemed to be a few around at the time)
A lot of the girls used to wear long dresses on a Saturday for some reason in the mid 70's at the Rank
[quote][p][bold]Disallusioned Saint[/bold] wrote: Good to see Andy Lombardi posting - not sure if he was still in the area! Thinking back to the Top Rank - yes it was Metro on Tuesday nights and the venue also hosted Peaches which I think may have been on a Thursday night. Started going there in the early 70's - well under age but fortunatelt tall enough plus sporting a good range of 'bum fluff' on the face to get me past the doormen! Funnily enough started working for the NHS in Winchester only to sit opposite one of those doormen who was in finance at the time!! Memories of Top Rank including The Birds'n'The Bees being the resident group whose signature trach was a cover version of Venus by Shocking Blue, massive punch-ups especially when Man Utd or Chelsea had played at The Dell earlier on the Saturday and my first encounter with a drag on a cigarette containing an illegal drug! Also remember getting amourous with a mid aged lady from the Flowers Estate (Portswood) only to be told her husband was waiting for me in Gents! Took a quick exit that night!! Shame it went, along with the Ice Rink only to be replaced by apartments. Those were the good days - learnt a lot of social ettiquette at the Top Rank - especially respecting your elders - I was 14 the first time I went there in '71 !![/p][/quote]Seem to recollect that there were very few dancers on the floor at the Top Rank when the resident band (Alan Ross?) was playing. However soon as the DJ came on in the interval the dance floor became crowded. Remember 'Hey There Lonely Girl' by Eddie Holman was a favourite record to slow dance if you could find an attractive girl.(and there seemed to be a few around at the time) A lot of the girls used to wear long dresses on a Saturday for some reason in the mid 70's at the Rank phil maccavity
  • Score: 4

9:49am Wed 26 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
After Eight,Turpins,Adam and Eve,Centre Inn to name a few !
loved thecentre inn nice round bar then down to the disco after especially on a sunday night
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: After Eight,Turpins,Adam and Eve,Centre Inn to name a few ![/p][/quote]loved thecentre inn nice round bar then down to the disco after especially on a sunday night mickey01
  • Score: 2

9:54pm Sun 2 Mar 14

gristle says...

I'm from the North, lived here 40 yrs. My early fond memories are of The Southerner and Gattis (?)
I'm from the North, lived here 40 yrs. My early fond memories are of The Southerner and Gattis (?) gristle
  • Score: 5

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