8 Norwich nightclubs the city has lost over the years
- Credit: Bill Smith
With clubs allowed to reopen from July 19, we take a trip down memory lane and look at some popular Norwich nightspots we have lost over the years.
From Ritzy's to Chicago's, if walls could talk then these former Norwich nightclubs would have many interesting stories to tell.
1. Lola Lo, Bank Plain
Tropical-themed nightclub Lola Lo was very popular with locals and students alike before it closed in 2015, welcoming many reality TV stars and DJs for personal appearances.
The building, located in Bank Plain on the corner of Prince of Wales Road, is now the home of cocktail bar Be at One.
2. Ritzy's, Tombland
Ritzy's was located in the historic Samson and Hercules House, now occupied by the Mortgage Advice Bureau, and was one of the city's top nightspots in the 1980s.
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- 3 See inside this £1.15m Bridgerton-style city centre period property
- 4 Pub closes for £5,000 refurb to enable it to serve drinks faster
- 5 Teen slapped with six points on licence - but she can't even drive
- 6 Waiting game over fate of housing bid for former school playing field
- 7 Reunion for workers from the historic city factory still going strong
- 8 Roadworks slammed a 'complete mess' as another cycle lane is closed
- 9 Hidden city garden opening with live music and plant sale
- 10 Plea to get 5ft mega bush axed from busy pavement
After getting through two sets of doormen, the stoical Samson and Hercules statues and the real ones, there was a small dancefloor that was always heaving.
It was overlooked by a seating area, so you had to watch out for people pouring drinks, with hits sometimes spun by much-loved DJ Peter 'Dicko' Dickerson.
Norwich City players could sometimes be spotted leaning on the bar and Jason Donavan also visited in 1989.
3. Wonderland, Norwich Riverside
While it is now Gravity trampoline park, people were jumping up and down at the venue long before that as it was a nightclub for many years.
Wonderland, previously Lava Ignite and Time, was open from 2012 to 2014 and its indie Propaganda club nights were very popular with the younger crowd and students from NUA and UEA.
It had a huge dancefloor, now filled with trampolines, with bars around the edge and a smaller side room that played hip hop and R'n'B.
It was almost impossible to resist posing for photos with mates on the thrones at the entrance.
4. Hy's Nightclub, Tombland
Hy's Nightclub in Tombland was a Norwich nightlife institution for 30 years and was run by businessman Hy Kurzner, who sadly passed away in 2011.
He transformed Tombland into the beating heart of the Norwich night scene back in the day and he also ran Boswells bar and restaurant Pizza One Pancakes Too there.
5. Mercy, Prince of Wales Road
Mercy was by far the biggest club in Prince of Wales Road and had big queues outside most weekends and for its Thursday student nights, with many cheap drink deals.
It closed in 2018 and work is currently under way to covert the building, which was once a cinema, into a luxury housing development with more than 40 homes, including luxury penthouses, offices spaces and a gym.
6. Rick's Place, Anglia Square
Rick’s Place in Anglia Square, which previously operated as Scamps, Destiny and Deja Vu, was open from the 1980s until 2003.
It ran many themed events and was somewhere locals could really let their hair down.
The venue was named as a nod to Humphrey Bogart’s bar in the film Casablanca.
7. Chicago's, Prince of Wales Road
Chicago's, which became Bar&Beyond in 2017, generally attracted an older crowd.
It opened in the 1990s and was one of the city's busiest clubs in its heyday, with plenty of drink deals and classic hits to sing along to.
8. Peppermint Park, Rose Lane
Featuring a mock Tudor exterior and a dark interior, many people had their first romantic encounter at this Norwich club.
It had a decent-sized dancefloor, which was perfect for pogoing to Nirvana and Right Said Fred.