The hospitality industry has undoubtedly been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic with many sadly shutting their doors never to be reopened again.
However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for those who will be able to reopen on April 12 and who have the resources to facilitate outdoor socially distanced seating.
Although there are some venues who won’t be able to reopen, whether that be that they don’t have the space or for financial reasons.
It means that locals have feared that some of their favourite pubs and clubs won’t again see the light of day in an industry that has already experienced years of hardship and decline.
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Hull in particular has seen some of it’s best night’s out lost to the decline of the pub and club trade with local favourites Oasis, Pepi’s, LA’s and Planet Earth just some of the hotspots remembered for their legendary nineties nights on the town.
With that in mind, Hull Live has taken a look back at some of the areas in town that were public houses once upon a time although you might not think that to look at them now.
Hull Comedy Lounge
The building that now houses Hull’s Comedy Lounge on George Street, and Laser Quest before that, was initially ‘purpose built as a nightspot for Hull’s younger generation’ when it began as Malcolm’s Discotheque in the 1970’s.
It was then known as Intercon for a short while before reopening as Bali Ha`I, which became a popular venue from around 1980 to 1988.
It then reopened in 1990 as the famous Ku2, a nightclub that soon became popular for being the only one with a slide.
Later in 1994 the building transformed into Caesar’s before changing once more to Planet Earth.
Planet Earth was the final attempt at nightlife in the building, which was once the place to be with it’s revolving dancefloor.
Laser Quest kept the revolving floor as part of it’s combat area before the comedy club took over the premises.
The Comedy Lounge plans to reopen in May in line with the government’s exit roadmap guidelines and are currently busy rescheduling previously postponed shows.
Old BHS and Co-op department stores
An iconic building in Hull’s city centre which many in the younger generation may not know was formerly a legendary nightclub attracting the likes of Olivia Newton John and Rick Astley.
Housing the iconic Three Ships mural, It was originally Baileys before turning into Romeo and Juliet’s in the late 1970s and dominated Hull’s social scene into the early 1990s while it became renowned for its rave culture.
Suspicious drugs were rife which led to a carefully planned and large scale drugs bust which proved dramatic and catastrophic to the club’s future.
A five-week undercover operation was carried out by a dozen women detectives posing as customers before a raid which saw officers divided up into 12 teams with each one given a specific job, such as sealing a part of the premises or carrying out searches.
The raid, filmed by ITV’s Calandar, was carried out with the full cooperation of the night club’s management team after Humberside Police suspected the club was being used to buy and sell drugs including ecstasy, cannabis and amphetamines.
The club didn’t reopen after the raids.
Lidl, Beverley Road
Beverley Road was the place everyone flocked to for a night out in the early noughties, and one of it’s most popular venues was The Main Event, also known as Turnpike.
The bar had a big screen and more than 20 additional TV monitors, meaning three different sporting events could be shown at the same time.
It was usually where the night started and finished and was perfect for a good boogie, according to past revellers.
Sadly, despite a £500,000 investment at the time, the pub only lasted a few years and was demolished in 2004 to make way for the now Lidl supermarket which stands in it’s place.
Another former pub on the Beverley Road strip, The Hogshead opened in a former grand cinema and was one of the most popular pubs on the strip.
Before Princes Avenue and The Old Town became one of the cities best areas for a drink and a boogie, Beverley Road would see students embark on messy pub crawls while Hull’s workers would head to the pubs to let of steam, although many, like the once Hogshead, have been transformed for more mundane uses such as apartment complexes.
During the 2002 World Cup, Beverley Road was the place to go – but things did get out of hand after the England v Argentina game when riot police had to attend the street and were pictured lining the street outside the once popular The Hogshead.
Papa’s Fish and Chips
The majorly popular fish and chip shop complete with drive-thru was once home to the Swiss Cottage pub.
The east Hull institution could be found on the roundabout between Holderness Road and Ganstead Lane and was once a very popular watering hole.