The UK’s lost nightclubs – gone but not forgotten
Fabric nightclub London via Getty

The current troubles surrounding Britain’s clubbing scene, including the controversial closure of London’s iconic Fabric, has many nightclub lovers understandably concerned.

Over recent years, and past decades, some of the nation’s finest establishments have closed their doors – leaving a strong legacy in their wake.

Here, we pay homage to the most fondly remembered, long-gone nightclubs around the UK.

May they rest in peace.

The Venue, Edinburgh

What is now reborn as Ingleby Gallery, a place for fine art and expansive thinking, was once The Venue: one of Edinburgh’s most notorious nightclubs and also a place for fine art (of sorts) and expansive thinking (again, of sorts).

A gigging hotspot throughout its lifetime (first opened in the 80s and finally closed in 2006), The Venue also hosted the legendary club night Pure.

Nice long-gone Edinburgh nightclubs we haven’t forgotten

Volcano, Glasgow

…Dianne/renton… #trainspotting #dianne #markrenton #sex #trainspottingmovie

A photo posted by Exiomyst (@exiomyst_oficial) on

You may well recognise Glasgow’s twilight tavern Volcano from the movie Trainspotting, as the club served as the setting for a classic scene in Danny Boyle’s iconic adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel.

It also used to be known as Cinders Disco, and served as a must-visit destination for any clubbers excitedly venturing into the city’s nightlife.

Many West End bars will vie for a Glaswegian’s love, but Volcano will always be lovingly remembered thanks to Renton’s antics.

10 long-gone Glasgow nightclubs we haven’t forgotten

The Hacienda, Manchester

Iconic picture from 1984 of #Madonna at the #haciendamanchester

A photo posted by Andrew Lytollis (@audiojunkie82) on

The fact that The Hacienda was closed and demolished in the late 90s shouldn’t deter you from recognising its importance in the history of Manchester.

It was owned by Factory Records and New Order, and boasted the likes of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays as featured acts.

As well as sparking the spirit and ethos of the so-called ‘Madchester’ movement, it even managed to procure Craig Gill, the drummer of Inspiral Carpets, as a DJ for Tuesday Student Nights.

10 long-gone Manchester nightclubs we haven’t forgotten

Town & Country Club, Leeds

Town and Country Club Leeds

Long before the O2 Academy took over, Town & Country Club was an absolute ‘must go’ on any post-Otley Run pub crawl session.

T&C was home to Leeds’ original (and only) ‘Love Train’ night worth going to, and also earned its stripes as a gig venue, hosting David Bowie and Robbie Williams in its heyday.

Seven long-gone Leeds nightclubs we haven’t forgotten

Roxy Disco, Sheffield

Roxy Disco on Arundel Gate

Sheffield Star

The Steel City has a rich night life heritage, with the success of its classic dens harking all the way back to the 70s.

Pop temple Roxy Disco was massive, covering two entire floors of the car park sized building, and bringing in some genuinely big names in its time – Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan to name just a couple.

Seven long-gone Sheffield nightclubs we haven’t forgotten

Highlight, Portsmouth

Highlight Portsmouth

Facebook / Highlight Portsmouth

This student favourite was bought out by Grosvenor Casino in 2012.

Its Purple Wednesday student nights were weekly events that never failed to unite club goers of all backgrounds.

Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays is well within range of plenty of nightclubs, but for many locals, without Highlight it just isn’t the same.

Nine long-gone Portsmouth nightclubs we haven’t forgotten

Fabric, London

The support for London’s flagship rave destination Fabric managed to spawn a trending hashtag online, so that should give you some insight as to the level of love for the venue.

Voted as the best nightclub in the entire world on two separate occasions, it’s easy to see why regulars have been desperately fighting to keep the place open.

It’s probably going to go down in night-life history, hosting – as it did – more than 5000 different artists since 1999.

More:

London nightlife guide: 15 of the best bars, clubs, eateries

Nearly half of the UK’s nightclubs have closed in a decade

Main image: Getty