20 Bristol Pubs & Clubs That No Longer Exist
Old Bristol pubs and clubs
Bristol didn’t use to be full of secret underground bars, swanky cocktail joints and hipster cafes, well there were some but not as much. We remember those old bars and clubs you frequented back in the day.
This place has now been demolished but used to be found next to the Blue Mountain. If you wanted a grimy rave this was the place.
You’ll remember this place for the ridiculous light up dance floor. It was closed down in 2011 after the police and council provided over 4,300 pages of evidence against the club that didn’t have the best reputation:
“Footage from council CCTV cameras and Panache staff head cameras revealed door staff grabbing clubbers around the face and violently ejecting them from the premises, groups of bouncers assaulting cowering customers and apparently punching them on the ground, and staff chasing punters down the road.”
3. The Tube
The current location of Redlight. This place used to be owned by Massive Attack and sweat would drip of the ceiling but it was GREAT. There was a night on a Wednesday if you had a moustache (or wore one) you got in for free.
4. Arc Bar
This used to be next door to where The Strawberry Thief currently is. Massively grimy, you’d be offered so many drugs in there that it was like that sketch in Brass eye with the made up drug names.
5. The Junction
Now no. 51 in Stokes Croft, this was a proper bare bones rock club. No locks on the toilets, lots of metal and punk bands and also bloody cheap.
6. Chicago Rock
Less said about this place the better.
Now a Tesco on Filton Avenue, this place was a rough as balls pub that served cheddar valley and let you dance on the table.
Spread across three floors, it was bloody grimy. One of the original hosts of Propaganda, it shut down in 2006 it got turned into flats but it was next to the petrol station on Park Row
9. The Cooler
The Cooler on Park Street you’d find live music and the legendary DJ George doing indie disco during the week. Those that have been there will of course remember Klub Kute.
10. Romeo Browns
The current location of Pata Negra and it was the ultimate early 00’s RnB pretentiousness. Truly awful. Back in 2006 a load of Bristol City players were jailed after brawling outside of here.
11. Dug Out
Up on Park Row, The Dug Out survived until 1986 but is considered the home of Bristol’s music scene
12. The Studio
Formerly located on Frogmore street it saw The Clash, Iggy Pop, U2 and many others play here. It’s even got a facebook group dedicated to it’s memory. Now it’s sadly student flats.
Previously Jesters Comedy Club it turned into Metropolis in 2008 before shutting its doors in 2012. Sadly still sitting derelict at the moment on Cheltenham Road.
14. The Croft
A great place in the middle of Stokes Croft. Lasting for 11 years The Croft closed its doors in 2013 but never fear the Crofters Rights rose in its place.
Now SWX, most of Bristol’s 2000s clubbers would have visited here at least once with over 3.5 million people visits in its life time.
16. The Mandrake
One of Bristol’s longest running clubs, The Mandrake was open for over 40 years until it became Basement 45 in 2009. This photo says it all.
17. The Lokiel
Before Thekla there was Lokiel, the original club on a boat.
18. The Granary
Specialising in Jazz and blues. This was supposedly where Bristol’s Hells Angels frequented. 1968 to 1988. It’s even got a website that memorialises it.
19. Spaghetti Tree
You’d find this old place on Small Street. Legendary for drinking under age back in the day, this quote sums it up:
‘The place where I first got drunk “legally” – Spaghetti Tree, which is now Timbuk2. They’d let you drink at 15 as long as you bought a pizza – BOSH!!’
It has now been replaced by Timbuk2.
Oh Oceana, the 00s staple for a student. This place is now Pryzm and… is pretty much the same as it was.
Got a favourite Bristol pub or club that we didn’t include? Then tell us below in the comments.
16 Awesome Old Photos Of Bristol Throughout The Years
Old Photos of Bristol
1. Bristol Centre before the fountains
2. The Centre from the roof of the old Bristol Omnibus office in the 1960s
3. In 1911 with the Frome river still running
4. The centre during the Queen’s coronation in 1953
5. Bristol bombed during WW2 in 1940 – Mary Le Port & Bridge Streets
6. King Street in 1946 (way before the proliferation of craft beer pubs)
7. The Albion Dock before the coloured houses
8. St Nicks Market in the 1960s
9. Bristol Docks in the 1960s – The Grove
10. A demolition in Bedminster in 1988
11. Paddle Steamer heading below the Clifton Suspension Bridge
12. The old Bristol tram on Cheltenham Road in 1937
13. Stokes Croft back when the trams still ran
14. Welsh Back in 1931
15. Whiteladies Road in the 1980s
16. Bedminster during the 1968 Bristol floods
17 Unusual Facts About Bristol
These facts about Bristol may just surprise you
There’s a lot of things most people know about Bristol. Wallace and Gromit, Skins and Deal or No Deal is filmed here. Banksy is probably from Bristol and we have the world’s first mayor with red trousers. But here are some other facts about Bristol that you might not have known.
1. Part of Bristol from World War 2 now lives in New York.
2. The “cafe wall illusion” is named after the former cafe at the bottom of St Michael’s Hill.
3. Chocolate bars were invented in Bristol in what is now the Odeon cinema in Broadmead.
4. Bristol Airport is actually owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
5. Peckham’s Nelson Mandela House from Only Fools and Horses is actually behind Ashton Gate.
6. More only Fools. The famous Batman and Robin scene was filmed in Broadmead.
7. In the event of a nuclear strike in the Cold War, Bristol was 4th on the list of British cities to be targeted. Isn’t it good to feel important?
8. In 1979 there was an unexplained ‘hum’ in Bristol.
9. Ribena was invented in Bristol at the National Fruit and Cider institute.
Photo courtesy of Zzzone Bristol.
10. Gary Glitter was held in Bristol’s Horfield prison after taking his laptop into PC World in Cribbs Causeway and a technician yet again discovered child porn on his hard drive.
11. We produce more hot air balloons than anywhere in the WORLD
12. The Young Ones was filmed in Bristol
This ridiculous house was actually up in Bishopston on Codrington Road.
13. The first ever bungee jump actually happened on the Clifton Suspension Bridge
14. The infamous pirate ‘Blackbeard’ was actually a Bristolian
15. There was actually a jail opposite the Louisiana
16. Isambard kingdom Brunel actually built a second Bridge in Bristol – The Swivel Bridge
17. Casualty is actually filmed in Bristol
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