7 long-gone Portsmouth nightclubs we haven’t forgotten

Whether you were a sixties swinger, an eighties glam metal head or a nineties britpopper, you probably spent some time strutting your stuff on dancefloors across Portsmouth in your youth.

By Kieran Davey
Thursday, 7th March 2019, 3:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th March 2019, 4:20 pm
Long gone Portsmouth nightclubs we haven't forgotten
Long gone Portsmouth nightclubs we haven't forgotten

Join us in a trip down memory lane as we pay tribute to some of our favourite former Pompey nightclubs that we’ve loved and lost over the years.

This Roman-themed disco was classy affair with columns, statues and a chariot adorning the dancefloor. Punters went all out for their fancy dress and themed nights. Became 5th Avenue in the 80s and Time before it was demolished.
Famous for its cheap drinks and was inside a former cinema. Despite a huge renovation when it became The Astoria, youll still get confused by the many staircases, and be able to indulge in a swing on the unexplained dancing pole.

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A big talking point was the papier mache on the dancefloor, which clubbers either attempted to climb or, erm, water rather than go to the toilets. The sticky carpets were also fondly remembered. Burnt down and demolished in 2011.
The likes of Rod Stewart and Little Richard performed live there in the 60s. As times moved on iconic bands such as Pink Floyd graced its stage, but the regulars didnt like the change and it closed just two years after opening.
Marthas closed its doors and boarded its windows suddenly in 2011. First opening in 1985, Marthas became popular with gay clubbers in the mid-1990s and is still sadly missed by those who enjoyed some outrageous nights out there.
In 2012 Highlight was taken over by Grosvenor Casino. The greatest lost was the clubs infamous student-friendly Purple Wednesdays where everyone from societies to sports teams would always find themselves on a weekly basis.
Popworld was originally called Flares before it became Babylon in the mid-2000s. Partygoers might recall Monday nights dancing to cheesy pop on the light-up dancefloor or zebra print carpet, paying just 1.50 per pint or per shot.