The lost nightclubs of Hereford

HEREFORD has seen an array of nightclubs come and go over the years, but which one would you bring back?

We asked Hereford people just that, and here is what they had to say.

Manhattans, in St Peters Street, was mentioned several times.

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Andy Catley set up Manhattans with Mark Spalding in 1993 when it was called Manhattans Suite and Video Bar. It closed its doors in October of 2011 and became a craft market.

Hereford Times: Andy Catley, owner of Manhattans Andy Catley, owner of Manhattans

Now the School Uniform Shop sits where clubbers once danced.

Those who grew up in the county in the 1990s were lucky enough to have had one of the UK’s biggest club nights on their doorstep: Crystal Rooms.

Hereford Times: Crystal Rooms nightclub, Bridge Street, Hereford Crystal Rooms nightclub, Bridge Street, Hereford

The club in Bridge Street appeared to be the favourite, with most comments reminiscing about its live acts.

Hereford Times: Crystal Rooms, Bridge Street Crystal Rooms, Bridge Street

Emily Leroy said: “Rooms. Always Rooms. Will never be anything like it.”

Ed Sulman fondly remembered the top DJs the club used to draw.

Ed Sulman said: “Crystal Rooms used to have the best DJs: Tony de Vit, John W Fleming and many more.

“I remember the queues going all the way round the corner down by the church.”

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Leon Bullock said: “100% has to be the rooms: Naughty But Nice really did start to attract the top DJs.”

Now the building is home to bike shop NFTO.

Others remembered The Jailhouse, in Gaol Street, known as an ‘alternative venue’ and inevitably nicknamed the ‘Jaily’.

Hereford Times: Lee Symonds & Anthony Murphy have taken the decision to close the Jailhouse nightclub after seven years at Gaol Street venue Lee Symonds & Anthony Murphy have taken the decision to close the Jailhouse nightclub after seven years at Gaol Street venue

It had its final night in December 2014 when its managers made the decision to leave.

Owner Steve Harrison previously said trading levels and a failure to renegotiate the building’s leases meant it was no longer sustainable.

Ed Lindsay said: “The Jaily – best residents in the county and the best live acts every week.”

Fusion nightclub, also previously owned by Harrison and home to Dusk nightclub, closed less than a month later.

Others nightpots mentioned were Marilyns, Love Joys, Booth, Redhill hostel and Cherries.

Over time, clubs in Hereford have come and go but the memories of drinking alcopops and dancing on sticky floors will always remain!

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