Lost nightclubs of Huddersfield: your memories on night spots that are no longer there – What We Know!

Huddersfield Nightclub Feature, Friday 1st February 1991. Adega

Put your rose-tinted specs down for a second.

Not each night time spent in a consuming and dancing institution was enjoyable. The attention-stinging cigarette smoke, the eye-watering costs for heat, watery lager, the failed pulling makes an attempt, the sticky flooring, the zealous bouncers, the dodgy ingredient lurking within the shadows, the stomach-churning loos and the naff music performed at volumes to stop dialog.

But nonetheless, we managed to place all this apart and have among the greatest occasions of our lives. It’s not the place you might be, it’s who you’re with, so the adage goes.

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It was the place you made mates, met a future associate and tried issues it’s possible you’ll not in any other case have skilled.

Here’s a assortment of Huddersfield nightclubs and bars the place we did all of the above in our youth, whether or not it was the Sixties or the 2010s.

From the cool and edgy to the downright naff and cheesy, you’ll largely have good reminiscences of those long-gone locations.


Adega in February 1991

This membership beneath Byram Arcade, on Westgate, throughout the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties had a wine bar and bistro. It sounds bizarre now however golf equipment within the Nineteen Eighties typically had eating places in addition to discotheques.

Adega hosted the Huddersfield Examiner’s Seek for a Star expertise contest in 1986.


This membership in St George’s Sq. was recognized for its different rock and indie nights in addition to the odd home night time.

Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen mentions dancing there till daybreak as an adolescent in her guide A 12 months within the Lifetime of the Yorkshire Shepherdess.

It later grew to become Bar-Membership-None after which Session.


Waiting for the Catacombs club to open in Huddesfield

Huddersfield’s reply to Liverpool’s Cavern was Catacombs, a subterranean espresso bar on Southgate the place within the Sixties, you may dance to beat hits and see the most recent rock ‘n’ roll bands.

Its proprietor? A sure Johnny Marsden who went on to discovered Johnny’s (see beneath) and the Huddersfield Lodge.

There’s loads extra about Catacombs with a lot of photographs right here.

Cleopatra’s/Silver Sands

13 members of the Trinidad and Tobago Girls Group of Huddersfield pictured at Silver Sands

To not be confused with a strip joint of the identical title on Kirkgate. This Venn Avenue venue was the place to catch the world’s greatest reggae artists from Jamaica together with Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Owen Grey, Millie Small, John Holt and Frankie Paul.

The membership started its life because the Empress Ballroom, then the New Theatre after which in 1967, The West Indian Social Membership catering for the city’s rising Black Caribbean neighborhood.

It grew to become Cleopatra’s within the Nineteen Seventies and at last Silver Sands within the Nineteen Eighties earlier than it was demolished in 1992 to make approach for a parking lot.


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The membership as soon as generally known as Johnny’s and earlier than that, the Bull’s Head pub was additionally as soon as “Huddersfield’s Premier Superclub” Eden.

Though it was yet one more in a protracted line of golf equipment at this handle it deserves a point out of its personal.

Using the superclub wave, which was all the craze from the mid-Nineteen Nineties to the early 2000s, Eden featured large screens and bars on completely different ranges.

It closed round 2015 and has had a number of incarnations since.


This membership in a disused woollen warehouse on the sting of St George’s Sq. had a cocktail bar and a restaurant.

The membership, owned by DJ John Quinn, was later known as Sundown Boulevard and Josephines.

Heaven & Hell

The Co-operative building used to house the Heaven and Hell nightclub
The Co-operative constructing used to deal with the Heaven and Hell nightclub

This Nineteen Nineties membership within the former Cooperative Constructing on the top of New Avenue had separate heaven and hell themed dance halls.

The constructing is at present being transformed into pupil flats.


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This membership, owned by brothers Johnny and Joe Marsden, was Huddersfield’s greatest and most well-known nightclub.

Johnny’s opened within the former Bulls Head pub in December 1969.

The membership, on Beast Market, took off when it was granted a 2am licence and loved success throughout the disco period of the Nineteen Seventies and the electro period of the Nineteen Eighties.

Johnny’s continued into the twenty first century till the brothers bought the membership and several other of their neighbouring leisure venues to London and Edinburgh Inns for a considerable sum in 2003.

The membership later grew to become Eden (see above), Black Canine, Yankee Lounge and Xanadu’s Niteklub.


Plaza in 1991
Plaza in 1991

Within the early Nineteen Nineties this venue, in a transformed church on Queen Avenue, was an integral a part of the rave and clubbing scene.

It was greatest recognized for Onerous Instances which had outgrown its authentic Mirfield dwelling and the place coaches from across the North would rock as much as see high US home DJs.


This membership on Kirkgate was recognized for its Tamla Motown and Northern Soul nights within the Nineteen Seventies.


Tokyo, inside Huddersfield’s lengthy gone crown courtroom, was fashionable with college students on weekdays and non-students on weekends.

It grew to become against the law hotspot within the final decade and closed in June 2019.

After a short spell as The Courthouse it grew to become the brand new, bigger dwelling of The Parish rock membership and reside music venue.

Visage and Ethos

Visage and Ethos again within the day

By the mid-Nineteen Nineties, everybody wished a chunk of the superclub pie and new, purpose-built golf equipment began showing in unlikely locations.

Visage and Ethos, which opened in 1994 on St Thomas’ Highway, exterior the city centre, was one such membership with plenty of dancing area and a ridiculously flash lighting rig.

It’s now a youngsters’s inflatable bouncing park.

Others names

Details about these locations is scant so in case you can fill within the gaps tell us.

  • Abraham’s
  • Amsterdam Bar
  • Broadway
  • Altering Lights
  • Charlies
  • Coach Home
  • Harvey’s
  • Kings Membership
  • Piggy’s
  • Videotech

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