We asked members of We Grew Up In Southampton Facebook group which nightclubs they miss the most; here is their response:​

1. Top Rank

Question any long-time Southampton local about a nightclub from the city's history and chances are they will mention Top Rank - as the majority of the comments proved.

In Banister Park, there was once a much-used and well-loved building situated on the site of the stadium. This was home to a revolving stage which showcased numerous renowned performers.

During the mid-1960s, the Top Rank opened its doors for the first time, and Southampton had never seen anything like it before.

The suite was a popular destination attracting more than 200 visitors almost every night.

Daily Echo: Top Rank nightclub.

Known as The Mayfair towards the end of its life, the venue introduced an entirely new concept for the city with a nightclub, dance hall and disco all under one roof.

On the first level, a grand balcony provided a bird's-eye view of the expansive dance floor below, encircled by a bar and an array of tables and chairs.

Recognized for its vibrant pop groups, lively parties, and thrilling roller discos, Top Rank was a versatile venue that also hosted elegant dinner dances for various local clubs.

Among the memorable events held there was the Southampton Press Ball, featuring captivating cabaret performances by renowned artists like Jimmy Tarbuck, Ted Ray, and The Brothers Lee alongside the talented Roy Castle.

2. Adam and Eve

Hidden within the winding pathways close to Spa Road in Southampton during the 1960s and early 1970s was the vibrant Adam and Eve Discotheque Club.

In an era long past, the Adam and Eve establishment thrived as a sought-after destination for a delightful night out, drawing in patrons eager to experience performances by the era's leading pop artists.

Daily Echo: Adam and Eve nighclub.

A welcoming presence at the club, Colin Bull could always be found eagerly greeting visitors who had come to catch a glimpse of iconic figures like the late, legendary DJ John Peel.

Forty years ago, the Adam and Eve establishment stood out for its unique decor featuring tiger-striped wallpaper, drums, and shields, something considered exotic 40 years ago.

Some of the staff even wore leopard skin print dresses.

3. Barbarellas

Nestled below the towering presence of Arundel Towers, Barbarellas stood as a distinctive yet unattractive structure along Portland Terrace.

Daily Echo: Barbarella's nightclub

Designed with an air of nostalgia, it exuded a unique charm and was made to look like an old castle tower. ancient fortress. However, it was solid concrete instead of stone

In reality, it looked almost as though an alien craft had landed. It was odd and a little sci-fi-looking.

4. Rhino

Although the exact opening date is a little fuzzy, by 1988, the Rhino had already established itself as a key player in Southampton's nightlife scene, particularly for underground music.

It offered a platform for upcoming DJs and a diverse range of music genres, attracting a loyal following.

The Rhino quickly became a beloved institution in Southampton and gained a reputation for its unique atmosphere and ability to cater to a wide range of musical tastes.

Renowned DJs like Norman Cook, Gilles Peterson, and Carl Cox graced the club's stages.

Daily Echo: Rhino nighclub.

It wasn't just about established names; the Rhino also championed up-and-coming talent.

But in 2014, the club's future took a dark turn.

Police launched an investigation into alleged incidents of false imprisonment and blackmail linked to the venue.

As a result, the Rhino's license was revoked, forcing its closure.

The club remained closed for several years and in 2021, the building was finally demolished.

The site was redeveloped for mixed commercial and residential use.

5. McCluskys

McClusky's was a well-liked venue. Locals enjoyed going there for its pop music and party atmosphere.

At some point, McCluskey's name was changed to " McClusky's International 426."

The reason for the change is unclear, but it didn't last. The venue eventually reverted back to its original name.

Daily Echo: McCluskeys, Southampton

McCluskys in Queensway ceased trading in 2005 when councillors refused to renew the licences due to a lack of a plan to address crime fears.

A bid by national club operator Nexum Leisure to spend £1.6m to reopen McClusky's and the club next door was thrown out in 2009 after objections from the city’s police and 150 nearby residents.

The building that housed McClusky's was demolished to make way for new housing.