IN PICTURES: Seven former nightclubs in Northampton that we all remember

Legends bar in Gold Street, Northampton was a popular nighclub in the 1990s and 2000s until it closed down
Legends bar in Gold Street, Northampton was a popular nighclub in the 1990s and 2000s until it closed down

Almost half of the UK’s nightclubs have shut their doors in the past 10 years, according to figures released by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

In Northampton, a number of popular late-night venues have closed their doors in the past few years, with many of them not replaced.

Empty premises in Northampton town centre.  The former Groove nightclub.

Empty premises in Northampton town centre. The former Groove nightclub.

We have delved through the Chronicle & Echo archive to look at seven nightclubs that have shut down in the town in the past few years.

1) Legends

Situated at the end of Gold Street, Legends was a favourite amongst clubgoers in the 1990s and early 2000s before it closed down.

2) Groove

Groove nightclub closed its doors in 2013

Groove nightclub closed its doors in 2013

The retro bar and club opened in January 2009 on a vacant site at the top of Gold Street after being given a £500,000 refurbishment.

However, the venue closed its doors in 2013.

3) Balestra

The nightclub opened in the former Chicago Rock Cafe venue in 2011 but closed two-and-a-half years after its owners ploughed £250,000 into re-fitting the venue.

The former Balestra nightclub could become a new restaurant

The former Balestra nightclub could become a new restaurant

4)Soundhaus

The popular live music venue, based in Great Russell Street, and hosted bands such as Razorlight and The Tings Tings but closed in 2008.

5) Top of the Town

Also based in Great Russell Street, Top of the Town, opened as a working men’s club in 1978, later became a nightclub, and shut its doors for good in 1991. The Top of the Town was made of glass reinforced polyester and was finally demolished in 2008.

Top of the Town was demolished in 2008 after it closed in 1991

Top of the Town was demolished in 2008 after it closed in 1991

6) Fat Cats

The Fat Cat cafe bar in Bridge Street has been closed since it was badly affected by a fire in January 2012.

7) Chicago Rock Cafe

Based in the former Corn Exchange building in the Market Square, the Chicago Rock Cafe opened in 1998 with an appearance from Danii Minogue. But closed its doors a decade later.

The Chicago Rck Cafe opened in 1998. VIP guests at the opening including Cobblers manager Ian Atkins

The Chicago Rck Cafe opened in 1998. VIP guests at the opening including Cobblers manager Ian Atkins

Tony Clarke and Danii Minogue at opening of Chicago Rock Cafe in 1998

Tony Clarke and Danii Minogue at opening of Chicago Rock Cafe in 1998

The Soundhaus hosted bands such as Razorlight but closed its doors in 2008

The Soundhaus hosted bands such as Razorlight but closed its doors in 2008

The Fat Cafe Bar in Bridge Street has not reopened since it was badly damaged by a fire in 2012

The Fat Cafe Bar in Bridge Street has not reopened since it was badly damaged by a fire in 2012