ALTHOUGH nightclubs were closed during the pandemic - party animals have been enjoying them since their return.

And now the Echo invites clubbers to boogie on down memory lane by looking at some of Bournemouth's most popular nightclubs of yesteryear?

We have picked out five old nightspots of Bournemouth we really miss - which do YOU miss the most?

Don't forget to cast your vote at the bottom of this article. 

The Academy



Some may remember when O2 Academy Bournemouth was The Academy? Some may even remember what it was before that.

It was The Opera House for a spell between the two and included nights from Fantasia, Wild Turkey and Parhelion.

In 1997, the dance night Slinky was first held at the 1,800-capacity venue and went on to become a regular attraction until its final event on October 5, 2013.

Before The Academy it was Tiffany's, Boscombe Hippodrome and Grand Theatre.

Maison Royale



The nightclub Le Cardinal was one the hottest nightspots in town and was the talk of the town for Bournemouth's trendsetters.

The Maison Royale complex consisted of the Maison Royale theatre restaurant that seated 700 people and Le Cardinal nightclub with a capacity for 600 revellers and a U-shaped dance floor.

There was also the Roof Top Hotel with 52 rooms and The Outlook, Bournemouth's first smart disco restaurant.

The club was open for a little longer than 12 years.


Memories of Berlins will likely be shrouded by time - and perhaps alcohol - in the minds of local clubbers of the 1990s and early 2000s.

The building itself, St Peter's Hall on Hinton Road, was built in 1908 by local architects HE Hawker who also built the Westbourne Arcade and contributed to numerous other structures around Bournemouth.

The venue lay empty for some time after housing various clubs including Berlins, Censo and Crank.

In recent years, and after murmurings of bulldozers moving in, the building was converted into student accommodation.

Jumpin Jaks

Jumpin Jaks, opened in the Waterfront complex in 1999 and closed ten years later in 2009.

The club was home to revellers at night and was regularly used for talent shows during the day.

The Waterfront complex was demolished in 2013 to make way for an outdoor performance area.

Bar Med

Bar Med was a Bournemouth nightlife staple for the best part of a decade and always proved popular, especially with students.

Time was called on the St Peter’s Road bar in March 2008 amid claims that the effect of the smoking ban had begun to bite.

Bar Med had been a Bournemouth nightlife staple for the best part of a decade and has always proved popular, especially with students.

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