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#1 Scaper

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:42 PM

Being 36 I remember the names of some night clubs that are now completely different.

Anyone remember any of these?

Clubs like Julies?

or The Cactus Club?

etc?

#2 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:53 PM

Merlins (now Boom Boom)

The Limit (Plan B)

94th Street (?) (Sugar)

Heaven (Jungle Room)

The Waterfront (Boom Boom)

Rumours (Hush)

The Oly (Prism, or at least Prism occupies 1/2 of what Olys was)

Brass Rail (Colony Inn, now home to Sandman/Shark Club)

The Sherwood (Fat Tuesdays)

Club Cal (Plan B)

Ice House (Soprano's)

The Drawing Room (Red Jacket)
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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:57 PM

Diablos

Diesel

Al Capones
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#4 Scaper

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:59 PM

So the Cactus Club was on Yates...is that still a night club?

I also remember Merlins too.

and what is now, where Julies use to be?

#5 Scaper

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 08:06 PM

There use to be a teen club where revolution is now. or is it evolution?

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 09:52 PM

I remember back in the early 80's there was a discoteque in the same location as Sugar now. It was called New York New York. I actually was allowed in there at the young age of 6, to dance disco and drink all the pop I wanted. I thought it was pretty groovy.

And man, I remember Harpo's back in the day, Im talking late 70's. My dad used to play shows there and I would hang out during rehersal.. or at least thats what they called it. Harpo's was up above Darcy's pub in Bastion Square.

But the best place ever, that I remember, would be Rumours, the jolly old gay bar that is now Hush. During the height of the rave scene you could see real live tranny's and real live gay people making out in the booths. It was a sight to behold. I actually met my boyfriend there, now that I am remembering...

And Al Capones.. the first bar I snuck into when I was 18. I had like $2 on me. So I got drunk on 25 cent rum and raisin shooters. Good times.

And we cant forget about:

The Forge.

The Sketchy Mexican (mexican restaurant turned after hours club in the late 1990's.. I think its now Molé on pandora).

And that country music nightclub that was open at the Evolution spot, for awhile. I never set foot in there.

The hip hop club on Store street.

Atlantis, with the trippy blue underwater theme.

Thursdays, which is now Logans.

Oh, and the bubble room in the old Ikea.

#7 gumgum

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:00 PM

I visited the Drawing Room a few times as a tourist. I thought that place was cool. Was I being lame or was it cool for a while?

#8 Jada

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:01 PM

It was super cool with the Top 40's crowd.

#9 gumgum

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:03 PM

****. I was uncool then.
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#10 Scaper

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:19 PM

AHHH I fogot the Forge!!! hahahaa

#11 Rob Randall

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:25 PM

Let's see.

Yes, the Boom Boom Room down below Wharf used to be Merlins in the 80s. Before that in the 70s it was the Surfside Cabaret.

I can't remember what the club across from MEC is now. I know it was Julies in the 80s. In the late 70s it was a disco called DecaDance and the hotel was called the Century Inn. It was a nice hotel with a fancy restaurant.

When the Mosaic building on Fort was known as the Montreal Trust building in the early 60s the basement had a jazz club called "The Cellar". Around that time there was another club one block north at 1037 View called Club Tango on the site of the present vacant lot near View and Vancouver St.

Before the creation of Legends and the Sticky Wicket, The Strathcona Hotel had several clubs, including "Max Headroom", a short-lived industrial-type dance club in the basement. This was probably around 1990. They also had The Old Forge and The Sting nightclubs. Legends used to be a bowling alley in the 50s.

The Uncle Willy's buffet in the Save On Foods plaza used to be a teen dance club many years ago.

About ten years ago there was a dance club where Lyles Place is on Yates.



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#12 Scaper

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:34 PM

How about Kareoke at Louies Louies. With all the old cars shyt on the walls.

#13 Jada

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:36 AM

Scaper, I cant believe you swore!!!

Oh, I loved Louie Louies!

And Max Headroom, I remember that place. I was too young to go in, of course.

And the club @ Lyle's Place had alot of names. It was pretty popular with the Top 40 crowd, from what I remember. It was a total meat market. Not my style.

#14 Scaper

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 11:04 AM

Is shyt a swear word?? :shock:

#15 Jada

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:36 PM

Its a british version of the word sh!t. :)

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:45 PM

It sure is. You can't fool the Lord by merely swapping a vowel.

Sweetwaters was a popular dance club during the 80s. It targeted a slightly older demographic. It was downstairs in Market Square--the entrance was beside that Mexican restaurant. I don't know what's there now. It changed hands several times. I remember a short stint as a swanky jazz club later on.

Good memory there, VHF. I forgot about Club Cal. Catered to a rougher crowd if I remember. The Brass Rail was more rock n roll with cover bands like Roxxlyde.

Ah, now I remember Al Capone's. It was in the Ingy hotel up on Douglas.
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#17 Mike K.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 01:42 PM

Bar Victoria used to be where the Jungle Room is.

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#18 Oxford Sutherland

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 01:56 PM

The Boom Boom Room was called Uforia in the 90s (I think)

and in Bastion Square above Darcy's Pub, was The Planet (I think)

#19 Mike K.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 01:59 PM

Irish Times Pub took over what used to be a Polo Ralph Lauren store.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 02:04 PM

I thought Al Capone's was downstairs on Store Street.

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