Newcastle is well known for being a party city, and now that venues are opening back up it’s certainly getting its mojo back.
In fact we’ve been named among the best second cities in the world by the prestigious Rough Guides only this week.
Our the team at ChronicleLive has taken a look back at some of the much-loved nightclubs we used to go to as teenagers in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that have since vanished.
Check out the photos in the gallery above to revisit your misspent youth in places like Baja, Ritzy, Planet Earth, Rockshots, the Tuxedo Royale (also known as “The Bohhht”, slurred drunkenly – if this looks Greek to you check out our Geordie lingo guide here), Walkers and The Mayfair.
If you’re of a certain age, some of the names are instantly recognisable – although the nights spent there may be a little blurry!
Many of the clubs replaced one another: for instance, below is a short history of just a few of the examples in our gallery…
La Dolce Vita
Located on Low Friar Street in Newcastle, this joint was popular in the mid 1960s with locals and celebrities. It was owned by Wallsend-born brothers David, Marcus and Norman Levey and attracted top acts such as Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ella Fitzgerald.
The brothers sold the club in 1967 and it fell into a slow decline. It was bought by the Walker brothers, Malcolm and Bill, in the 1980s and they reopened it as Walkers in 1984.
In 1993 Absolute Leisure took Walkers over, re-named the club Planet Earth and refurbished the interior to appeal to a younger crowd. Its tenure was short-lived as it closed in late 2002 to make way for luxury flats.
Back in the early 80s this venue on Market Street was the place to be seen. It was where local celebrities held parties and where Kevin Keegan used to go.
The club was owned by businessman Michael Quadrini and it had telephones on all the table which allowed you to chat people up across the room. Apparently, the noise in the club was so loud you couldn’t tell when your phone was ringing and if you did hear it you had to scour the room to see who it was.
In 1992, Joe Robertson of Newcastle acquired the former club as the had fallen into disrepair. He rescued the building and refurbished into the highly successful Bliss Nightclub and Buz Discotheque. It then became Cuba Cuba Nightclub, then Krash and is now a club called Venue.
Formerly the Casablanca, located in Bath Lane, this club was owned by comedian Bob Monkhouse and later became Bloomers.
The Oxford/Tiffany’s/Ritzy (delete as appropriate)
The famous Oxford Galleries on New Bridge Street was a popular ballroom at the heart of Newcastle’s dancing scene in the 1950s. Originally built in 1823 it was the home of , local architect, John Dobson . Over the decades the club has had many incarnations and has been known as Tiffany’s, Ritzy, Ikon and now Liquid.
Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments at the bottom.