Original article from Kent Live
Nightlife in Dover is a bit of a sore subject.
Where the town was once rumoured to have a pub to drink in for every single day of the year those numbers are now dramatically dwindling – especially after a hard 18 months for hospitality amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Though there are still lots of boozers to pop into for a socially distanced pint, the same can't be said if you're out after midnight and are craving a jagerbomb.
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That's because in reality, most places have dealt with their last orders by then and your only real option is The Funky Monkey. That is if nightclubs will ever reopen…
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Not knocking The Funky Monkey either but variety is the spice of life, right?
And that's something Dover's club scene used to have in buckets.
From legendary venues Images and Karma to slightly lesser known establishments Dovorians used to have to make a big decision as to where they would end their night out in the town.
Here are just five that we'd love to have one last drink in.
Images / Snoops
Images in Dover is responsible for forming the teenage memories of thousands of people in the town.
From its opening in 1984 through its hey-day and its final ever night in 2003, many will have memories of the once popular nightlife spot on Castle Street.
A few punters even labelled the boozy hot spot 'Damages'.
And bank holidays meant a pound entry and a penny pint all night – which seems incredibly cheap in this day and age!
Meanwhile the 'Snoops' re-brand in 2001 was never going to catch on and nobody bothered to call it that.
Déjà Vu / Club Karma / Studio One/ NuAge
This spot in Adrian Street has undergone several reincarnations over the years.
Last re-opened as Déjà Vu, the name aptly sums up the ever-changing face of the nightlife site.
We fondly remembered the sticky floors, watered-down, radioactive blue cocktails and the influx of underage drinkers.
The venue first opened in the late 1990s. Called NuAge the nightclub was more affectionately known by locals as “underage”.
In 2005, owners rebranded the venue as Studio One.
And in 2006 former Funky Monkey doorman Sonal Gupta took on the building and opened Karma after carrying out a £1million refurbishment.
His club hit the headlines in 2011 when residents complained of drunks urinating in the street, couples having sex outside people’s windows and ear-splitting music in the early hours.
The venue – described on its former website as “Dover’s premier nightspot” – shut after an emotional farewell event in August 2014.
Some comments from our readers included “no great loss”, “I hadn’t realised it was even open” and “good riddance”.
But others were enthusiastic about the club potentially re-opening under a new name, with one person saying: “Dover needs a good night scene.”
Kellie Waller, who stripped off in Karma with several other Dover females taking part in a Body Project photoshoot, said: “Many a good night was had there – can't wait till it re-opens.”
And the people of Dover didn’t have to wait too long, as Deja Vu opened its doors in December 2015.
Although this quietly closed a few months later, in 2016.
The Party Bar
Heading up those stairs to the Party Bar dancefloor you knew you were in for a long night.
It often attracting a strange mix of people but that sometimes made a visit there all the more entertaining.
Back in 1992 this bar was called Bluffs and at one time it was also named Harley's Wine Bar, though the Party Bar name stuck.
Open on Fridays and Saturdays it was alternative to the other clubs and bars in Dover for sometime. Though the £4 entry after 11pm did make our eyes water a little.
It closed in 2017 but there have been rumours of it opening once more…
Formerly Harry's Snooker Club, the Qube, in St Radigund's Road, Dover, went to a new owner at an auction late last year.
It had snazzy mood lighting as well as super modern decor and chairs.
You could hire it for your own personal events too.
However it has been closed for some time now.
A cheesy but fun night out is how most Dovorians remember this New Street nightclub.
It never really seemed to stay open for more than a month at a time.
But when it was it was within perfect running distance from Images, which shut two hours before Legends.
It means we had until 4am to dance the night away!