old night clubs.

Started by: briorrell (49)

any one remember any old nite spots in wigan. heres a few: scots, moives, chaplins any more. obviously there are loads, and your memories too would be good ta.

Started: 15th Oct 2011 at 04:51
Last edited by briorrell: 15th Oct 2011 at 04:55:25

Posted by: ann-spam (3470) 

Tiffanys , turnkey , shapiros ,just to name a few .

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 09:51

Posted by: staffbullterrier (2224)

candlelight club

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 10:18

Posted by: staffbullterrier (2224)

and of course ...the king of clubs
didn,t like my feet sticking to the carpet tho!

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 10:19

Posted by: mollymaye (275) 

used to love blutos and jrs

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 14:15

Posted by: PeterP (9313)

King of clubs
Bodegga bar

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 17:33

Posted by: tuddy (1193)

Pemps, The Casino, Riverside, Mr Ms.

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 18:19

Posted by: amanda333 (2418)

I loved chaplins

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 21:24

Posted by: marieg69 (3359)

Paradise club in scholes

Replied: 15th Oct 2011 at 21:47

Posted by: briorrell (49)

i thought of another one, the cow shed in newtown, now thaty floor was sticky

Replied: 16th Oct 2011 at 04:41

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 

cow shed . god that was a place ,what a reputation that had

Replied: 16th Oct 2011 at 07:11

Posted by: peter g (3063) 

Castaways in Hindley.Never forget every Saturday there was a woman called Big Mavis used to go in there with her husband and daughter,her daughter was gorgeous always dancing but us Hindley lot knew the score.We used to watch strangers try to pick her up, then wallop they usually got Mavis's handbag round the earhole and were told where to go.happy days

Replied: 16th Oct 2011 at 11:46
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Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

Remember Blutos when Thursday night was 25p for any drink, nearly always ended up in "Sweaty Betties" later

Replied: 17th Oct 2011 at 10:37

Posted by: janet gisbon (28)


Beachcomber under the Casino

Replied: 17th Oct 2011 at 10:46

Posted by: kitekat (1498)

What about The Pink Elephant, was that in Aspull?

Replied: 17th Oct 2011 at 16:22

Posted by: wanner (372)

"Angels" Down by the side of Wallgate station early to mid 80's

Replied: 17th Oct 2011 at 19:10

Posted by: dave© (3507)

Never forget every Saturday there was a woman called Big Mavis We must have gone at the same time.

Replied: 18th Oct 2011 at 00:52

Posted by: carol gr (910) 

Tiffany's .. with the plastic palm trees. That was when that club first opened.... clean carpets. Everytime I hear December 1963 (oh what a night) - it takes me back to those days!

Replied: 18th Oct 2011 at 12:16

Posted by: pisolivadi (1812) 

'Angels' was Trucks prior to that from about 1977 and above was Sloopy's which had an earlier incarnation as the Vegas. Next door in the 70's was Puffers from around 1972 which comfortably morphed into the daddy of them all for any reveller born between 1950 and 1985: Pemps..... If you're not members , don't wait. ( RIP Barbara)

( Th'owder end may remember this buliding as Wigan Labour Club, aka ' the Bolschevic club).

Replied: 18th Oct 2011 at 16:04
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Posted by: mswigan (inactive)

The most famous of all. TH'EMP.

Replied: 18th Oct 2011 at 21:37

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

The "Bolshie" ( Wigan Labour Club/Puffers)is up for sale now with a £100,000 price tag..

Replied: 19th Oct 2011 at 00:39

Posted by: billkingsley (23)

My favourites in mid 70's were :
Tiffanys (especially in the Summer of 76 with songs like Oh what a night, December63 and Young Hearts Run Free) Sloopies (now Stilletoes)
Blutos and the Riverside (watching bands like Sweet Chariot, Candlewick Green, Greengage and Rainbow Cottage)
Anyone remember the Manhattan in Ashton? Cromptons staff had a few Christmas do's there.

Replied: 19th Oct 2011 at 13:15

Posted by: bambam (2512)

i remember barneys and aries also underground and cricketer.

Replied: 21st Oct 2011 at 21:29
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Posted by: kellysdad (inactive)

trucks where all the PuNk'S went

Replied: 23rd Oct 2011 at 16:34

Posted by: piper65 (56)

Turpins behind Thowd hall in Ince

Replied: 27th Oct 2011 at 08:09

Posted by: baker boy (15598)

bolton palais was a really memorable nite spot some extremely attractive young ladies.mind you they where all from wigan and district

Replied: 28th Oct 2011 at 20:37

Posted by: hindleyite (3995)

Turnkey,with the mock French courtyard,"The Outside Inn"

Replied: 6th Nov 2011 at 09:09

Posted by: baker boy (15598)

the sportsman,s club was the best for me, cheap to get in ,rarely any trouble, beer was,nt to bad and not that expensive ,good acts,and some good looking women. what more could a fella ask for!

Replied: 8th Nov 2011 at 05:56

Posted by: cllr gareth fairhurst (5397)

playhouse was good on a Sunday night. I know it was chaplins ordinally.

Replied: 5th Dec 2011 at 18:23

Posted by: cllr gareth fairhurst (5397)

The boulevard was ok too.

Replied: 5th Dec 2011 at 18:24

Posted by: fletcher (693) 

In the mid/late sixties, what was the name of the club which was close to the Telephone Exchange in Dorning Street. I think it went on to be Sloopies or Pemps but in and aroun 1966 I'm sure it had another name. Used to go there after a night in the Clarence.

Replied: 7th Dec 2011 at 21:17

Posted by: xxstuartxx (5799)

I'm sure it had another name.

Las Vegas?

Replied: 8th Dec 2011 at 19:47

Posted by: pugthedog (27)

was big mavis -mavis france from hindley

Replied: 9th Dec 2011 at 12:47

Posted by: peter g (3063) 

Thats her pug did you ever get the handbag treatment off her.And is she still with us not seen her for years.

Replied: 10th Dec 2011 at 13:17

Posted by: ruddy duck (inactive)

Turnkey, 51 state, the Officers Club.

Replied: 11th Dec 2011 at 22:55

Posted by: cllr gareth fairhurst (5397)

Turnkey wasn't bad.

Replied: 16th Dec 2011 at 10:51

Posted by: standishgirl (1004)

i used to love the Mirage at standish

Replied: 16th Dec 2011 at 15:58

Posted by: cllr gareth fairhurst (5397)

Mirage was good and handy for me too.

Replied: 16th Dec 2011 at 16:14

Posted by: stooo (inactive)

Ex cllr gareth fairhurst

"playhouse was good on a Sunday night. I know it was chaplins ordinally"

No,,,, Chaplins was underneath the Playhouse Cafe Bar, the entrance was in the alleyway, which goes through to the 'Iron Bridge'

Replied: 17th Dec 2011 at 21:53

Posted by: kerry (510)

scotts and the turnkey!

Replied: 17th Dec 2011 at 22:18

Posted by: peter g (3063) 

Pugthedog ive been told Big Mavis France has passed away this week sometime R.I.P. Mavis you were a legend in Hindley

Replied: 6th Jul 2012 at 16:18
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Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Mirage eh...Thought I saw you in there once, Gareth.

Replied: 7th Jul 2012 at 17:24

Posted by: meccy69 (755) 

henry africas

Replied: 7th Jul 2012 at 21:15

Posted by: steviegoko1958 (204)

all great clubs , but further affield ,, blackburn cavendish , blackpool mecca, marthem grange(best tapping place ever ),blightys at farnworth, blackburn mecca,angels and cats whiskers at burnley, mid seventies to mid eighties all of these where great clubs

Replied: 7th Jul 2012 at 23:06
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Posted by: tony g (295)

Just for the record, my weekend started on Thursday nights. Started in a few good pubs back then, Crofters, Vic, Grand and then came Friday night, Wigan rugby club listening and dancing to all the top northern soul sounds and Motown. Saturday night off to Blackpool Mecca and the Highland room on the coach from Wigan, back at 1am Sunday morning straight into the que on Station rd to get in the Casino for the northern soul all nightier untill 8am Sunday morning, straight to Wigan Baths for a refreshing swim. Then hitch hiked a lift to the Mecca northern alldayer, back Sunday night in Wigan, a few more pints in all those wonderful now gone pubs I think and work Monday morning to start all over again. What a great time we had. Wigan was the club and pub capital of the north, great nostalgic times, I then joined all my casino mates to Pemps, Sloopies, bees knees once my casino days were over. I am now 54 and guess what, back on the northern soul scene. Never forgot those wonderful times, I owe it to my little home town called Wigan

Replied: 30th Aug 2012 at 09:05
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Posted by: hindleyite (3995)

Well,can't really follow that.

Replied: 1st Sep 2012 at 12:30

Posted by: bassman (3591)

After all that Tony, I'm surprised you reached 54...

Replied: 16th Sep 2012 at 00:03

Posted by: Oganeil (130)

Worrabert Puffer's and Sloopy's?

Replied: 17th Sep 2012 at 22:03

Posted by: roundy (175)

laurels cabaret club down woodhouse lane. now a farmfoods and vet

Replied: 18th Sep 2012 at 19:14

Posted by: daviessb (86)

Chaplins was the best. By far.
Trying to think of the name of one club. It was the Bodega bar, then ???? Leo's?? Then Movies, then became part of Scott's with the old King of Clubs. Still have my membership card for Scott's from 1986, so sad!

Replied: 28th Dec 2012 at 18:13

Posted by: kathpressey (5459) 

Room at The Top was the first place i remember. it wa a wierd place with lots of little rooms, i can't remember where the music came from. i think Whelan took over the building when he opened his first supermarket.All gone now of course

Replied: 28th Dec 2012 at 18:22

Posted by: upthetims (6577)

Room at the Top had first all nighters in Wigan,proper good wizzin place and some good live music at times

Replied: 31st Dec 2012 at 03:16

Posted by: aussie94 (2397)

Room at the Top , great , Crawford Rooms , Sloopies and Sportsmans all good but King of Clubs was a dive as was Paradise Club and the Pink Elephant what a jokethat was.

Replied: 6th Jan 2013 at 07:56

Posted by: fletcher (693) 

Aussie94, I remember Room at the top, Sloopies and Sportmans, but where was the Crawford Rooms - I can't remember for the life of me -must be an age thing.

Replied: 6th Jan 2013 at 18:55

Posted by: alpal (17)

The Vic,Grand,then of to The beer keller,

Replied: 8th Jan 2013 at 20:31

Posted by: gazzer (383)

Bluto's on Thursday's Disco and cheep beer . Then up for work Friday

Replied: 12th Jan 2013 at 13:37

Posted by: smiling assassin (173)

Green Curtain was a rum place to visit. Didn't bother about licensing hours there.

Replied: 13th Jan 2013 at 18:28

Posted by: baker boy (15598)

gordon bennett ,when you think back they had a shedful of dives in wigan

Replied: 14th Jan 2013 at 13:48

Posted by: kathpressey (5459) 

they probably still do!

Replied: 14th Jan 2013 at 17:16

Posted by: brocklanders (696) 

One for the 90's, KUDOS

Replied: 14th Jan 2013 at 17:47

Posted by: mand1 (140)

Gigolos, down the alley at the side of Scotts (I think).

Replied: 17th Feb 2013 at 17:25

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

Gigolos, down the alley at the side of Scotts (I think).

Wasn't is previously, Leo's, Sinclairs and the Bier Keller?

Replied: 17th Feb 2013 at 22:14
Last edited by 0 years: 17th Feb 2013 at 22:15:22

Posted by: bluey (107)

sloopys on a thursday night watch the stripper then onto king of clubs for a game of three card brag

Replied: 19th Feb 2013 at 23:55

Posted by: oldjourno (51)

Take a look at the Lankybeat website for lots of info on local clubs and rock 'n roll groups from the Sixties. You will not be disappointed.

Replied: 8th Mar 2013 at 22:24

Posted by: jpaspull (159)

Room at the Top which was over Whelans supermarket near the market square, also The Monacco ballroom in Hindley and The Pink Elephant in Aspull and Leos bar in Kingstreet all in the 60s

Replied: 12th May 2013 at 21:13

Posted by: Oganeil (130)

Mr M's at the back of the Casino?

Replied: 20th Jul 2013 at 16:04

Posted by: scoop (3285) 

How about this.

Replied: 30th Jul 2013 at 11:14

Posted by: antar (711)

Aries nightclub and Golden Clog

Replied: 11th Aug 2013 at 17:01

Posted by: nopa1000 (64)

I was Regular at Paradise Club and the Transport club ,,,,, OOOOOO WHAT HAPPY TIMES LOL

Replied: 2nd Oct 2013 at 19:39

Posted by: ken rutter (387) 

I went to the transport club a man called Gerry Dorsay got the sack there

I went to the Transport Club a man called greey Dorsay got the sack from there

Replied: 30th Jan 2014 at 18:36

Posted by: eilz (553)

Met my husband at the Transport Club

Replied: 3rd Feb 2014 at 12:15

Posted by: Mime (20) 

I worked as DJ in and around Wigan from 1978 up to 1999 Leo's (then JR'S)Turnkey for yrs, Scotts for Yrs, Blutos then onto various other nightclubs around Manchester city center. Happy Days

Replied: 25th Apr 2014 at 01:51
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Posted by: ann-spam (3470) 

Proper decks not this laptop and flashing light they have these days its easy to find a tune djing now .

Replied: 27th Apr 2014 at 13:08

Posted by: dodger (3414)

2I went to the transport club a man called Gerry Dorsay got the sack there"

He got the sack at Eurovision, didn't he.

Replied: 27th Apr 2014 at 15:21

Posted by: dazzylatic (788)

cant believe no-one mentioned my favourite haunt inthe 80's The fantstic RockRock Cafe.If i had the money i would re-open it and return it to its former 80's glory.such a shame weve lost our sense of community

Replied: 7th May 2015 at 00:09

Posted by: baker boy (15598)

went to a friends stag do at the rock rock topless barmaids ?

Replied: 8th May 2015 at 19:52

Posted by: dazzylatic (788)

yes very nice pub lol

Replied: 8th May 2015 at 23:54

Posted by: springer6 (9)

Does anyone remember the name of the night club in King Street West in the mid to late 1960s. I think the "Attic" is in the same building now.
There was a dancing group of 1 boy and two girls who used to dance on tables and plinths to records like Dobie Gray's "In Crowd". There was also a gambling area in a back room. It was popular on a Sunday night around 1966-67.

Replied: 19th Jul 2020 at 00:24

Posted by: Heatons68 (81)

was that Las Vegas , the place underneath became shapiros later on in the 80s and 90s after that angels

Replied: 19th Jul 2020 at 08:23

Posted by: kenee (2104)

I think it was Las Vegas, the name changed a lot. I remember two girls dancing in cages at the side of the stage when I went.

Replied: 19th Jul 2020 at 18:20

Posted by: tonker (25132) 

Like a night-club in the morning, it's the bitter end!

Replied: 30th Jul 2020 at 18:14

Posted by: tonker (25132) 

Like a recently disinfected shithouse, you're clean round the bend!

Replied: 31st Jul 2020 at 22:01

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9479)

I was watching a flim called 'Essex Boys' which should have been called 'Nasty Boys' and in the dialogue, a character referred to another character, by saying "your harpic mate" the character said "wot" he replied "clean round the bend" meaning he was a nutter

Replied: 30th Aug 2020 at 12:11

Posted by: peter g (3063) 

Who remembers the Castaways at Hindley early to mid 70s

Replied: 2nd Sep 2020 at 13:55

Posted by: bella (799)

cow shed, jr's, chicago rock, jumpin jaks

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 22:24

Posted by: JR (324)

“Like a night-club in the morning, it's the bitter end!” –
“Like a recently disinfected shithouse, you're clean round the bend!”
Great references to one of my favourite poets...
Not many on here might be familiar with what we are talking about!

Replied: 24th Apr 2021 at 17:13

Posted by: JR (324)

Oh, I must add St Cuthbert's at Pem - Thursday night pop/rock and disco circa early 70s.
My reason for this; I did the disco!!!

Replied: 24th Apr 2021 at 17:15

Posted by: tonker (25132) 

You have this 'slippery' quality,
it makes me think of phlegm!

Replied: 24th Apr 2021 at 19:56

Posted by: JR (324)

Tonker, better not print the last line conclusion of the poem or you really will be in WW dock!
As you appear to be a fan of Mr JCC, can I ask - do you know what town he refers to as Chicken Town?

Replied: 25th Apr 2021 at 17:48

Posted by: tonker (25132) 

Evidently, it was just a place he once had in his head, JR!

15th August, 2007?

Replied: 25th Apr 2021 at 22:12
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Posted by: JR (324)

Thanks Tonker,
I had thought it might have been an assembly of venues he'd put together for the poem. However, if it was a real town he referred to, then I would have liked to have known... to give it a wide berth!
I expect some of his statements in his works could refer to some of the clubs discussed on here. For a while the Bier Keller in King Street was my favourite, but after an evening of around 50 people finding it amusing to throw pints over each other, it sort of spoiled it!

Replied: 26th Apr 2021 at 19:29

Posted by: furball (3)

Blutos, top floor,followed by Ajmeer Manzil,followed by King o clubs ,then bus to work, 3 hours later.

Replied: 19th Sep 2021 at 19:33

Posted by: Wiganread (14)

Monday nights' right at the top of stairs Blutos' sounds of the sixties... Russ Winstanley on DJ. Magical place. Leo's on King Street down the stairs to reach it. Jokers at the side of the Casino...what a dive :)
Bluto's was the best. Trucks and Angels' was brilliant.

Replied: 6th Nov 2021 at 12:17

Posted by: goldringers (10)

There use to be a bar/club on King St West down the side of Wigan Wallgate train station in the mid late 1980's. It was further down from the Santi Bag on the same side.

It had 3 storeys (buildings still there today) there was a bar on the bottom level. The top 2 levels was a nightclub and dance floor.

I think at some point it was called 15's but when it originally opened it had a different name.

Does anyone remember what it was called when it first ever opened ?.
Someone asked me the other night and we've racked our brains trying to remember but we can't think of it's name.

Replied: 28th Mar 2022 at 07:54

Posted by: Platty (1239)

Can only think of Puffers, but that wasn't on 3 floors.

Replied: 28th Mar 2022 at 13:57

Posted by: goldringers (10)

No it wasn't called Puffers but thanks anway

Replied: 28th Mar 2022 at 20:57

Posted by: Platty (1239)

I didn't think it was but sometimes something else jogs your memory. Good luck with it. I'm amazed Tonks doesn't know.

Replied: 28th Mar 2022 at 21:26

Posted by: tuddy (1193)

Bluto's had three floors, but that was in Market Street.

Replied: 29th Mar 2022 at 21:25

Posted by: goldringers (10)

Yeah I remember Bluto's. This was (the buildings still there) the big old building further down from the Santi Bag down the side of the train sration were the buses go.
Like I said, it had a bar downstairs then 2 upper floors with a dance floor.

Replied: 30th Mar 2022 at 16:00

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Posted by: davey (260)

Sloopies in the seventies, Puffers around the corner.

Replied: 31st Mar 2022 at 20:33

Posted by: goldringers (10)

Was it called the Independence Bar ?

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Posted by: riocaroni (293)

Goldfinger, yes it was.

Replied: 6th Apr 2022 at 17:05
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