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#61 G-Man

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 12:17 PM

and it was a pretty scary place though they did have cheap beer.

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#62 Galvanized

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 10:32 PM

^Was it the patrons or the car hanging from the ceiling?
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 06:23 AM

There were many times that I was wishing for it to fall from the ceiling.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 11:09 PM

I vaguely remember the car. But then I vaguely remember the 90s.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 11:34 PM

What I remember of under-Swans was the best combo of decor and genre of music - Neptune.

And from Good, Bad to Ugly; Harpos, Liquid, Upstairs. Well, Upstairs isn't that ugly, but I couldn't recall the club name in between the first two. The gorgeous wood inside Harpos was ripped out and replaced with plywood panels painted matt black.

I seem to recall Sweetdaughters was known as a cougar bar, but I thought true cougars were older, much more tanned and wealthier.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 11:37 PM

But then I vaguely remember the 90s.


But, but the best thing about the 80s ... was the 90s.

The clothes. The music.

The hair.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 09:23 AM

The other name for Harpo's was The Planet.

Also the cougar bar was called Sweetwaters. Now called the Social something...

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 04:22 PM

^ Sweetwaters was called Deep for a short period of time as well. I remember the Planet/ Liquid/ Upstairs, but never got to experience it as Harpo's.

#69 Galvanized

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 06:01 PM

The first bar I ever went to was Harpo's, good times!
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 08:25 AM

Wow. I feel very old reading this thread. :?

I recall in the mid 80s that both New York New York and Club Cal routinely lost their liquor lisences, so they alternated as teen/all ages dance clubs.

As a result, the summer when I was 16 I spent two or three nights a week at Club Cal drinking ginger beer and shandy [shudder], dancing to Dead or Alive, Pet Shop Boys and Madonna back when they were spinning 12' vinyl remixes.

In the late 80s we club-hopped between Al Capone's and Sweetwaters.

The last clubs I spent any time in were Rumors and Scandals, in the mid 90s. Then I got married. :wink:
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:58 AM

My old club-hopping pal tells me NY NY/Wastelands/Sugar was also known as Co-Co's.

Here's the list of bars/discos/cabarets inside the Strathcona around 1980:

Big Bad John's
The Old Forge
The Sting
The Cuckoo's Nest
Barney's Hideaway
Ivy's
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#72 Holden West

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 06:41 PM

New York, New York (Sugar) was once known as Coco's in the early nineties.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 07:08 PM

New York, New York (Sugar) was once known as Coco's in the early nineties.


iT WAS ALSO 94TH STREET (LIKE 86TH STREET IN vAN) BUT AFTER '94 gAMES HERE.
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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:03 PM

Blue Pearl has closed permanently. Last night of operation was Saturday.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:52 PM

Why? Is it going under new ownership? It was just built a couple of years ago. Or do they figure the new residents moving in next door will not be compatible to a violent riot scene every weekend at 3 a.m.?
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:09 PM

Why? Is it going under new ownership? It was just built a couple of years ago. Or do they figure the new residents moving in next door will not be compatible to a violent riot scene every weekend at 3 a.m.?


The latter from what I understand. The Station House will stay open until 2:30am on weekends though.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 08:20 AM



an old guest card

#78 martini

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 12:39 AM

Wow, this thread brought back some old memories. :D

#79 Koru

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:10 AM

The latter from what I understand. The Station House will stay open until 2:30am on weekends though.



The Blue Pearl is owned by Bill Beadle ( the creator of serveral watering holes around town in the last 10 years such as the Beagle in Cook St. Village) - anyhow from what my sources tell me, Mr. Beadle has something to do with all those condo's surrounding the Station House and in order to create more value for his condo's because of the raucous crowd that liked to frequent the pearl he shut it down.

#80 Holden West

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:29 AM

Re: Ziggy's...where was 852 Mason St.? Somewhere in North Park presumably.
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