From Lola Lo to Kartel: Vote for the Norwich nightclub you miss the most

Which of these closed Norwich clubs do you miss the most?

Which of these closed Norwich clubs do you miss the most? - Credit: Archant

The last few years have seen many Norwich nightlife hotspots turned into bars, restaurants and even trampoline parks. But are you jumping for joy at their replacements? Vote for the club you miss the most below.

The Lola Lo bar in Brighton. Po Na Na in Norwich is closing to be refurbished in a similar style as

The Lola Lo bar in Brighton. Po Na Na in Norwich is closing to be refurbished in a similar style as a Lola Lo bar.For Kim Briscoe.

Lola Lo, Upper King Street

After half a decade in Norwich the beach party came to an end last year when we waved goodbye to tropical chain Lola Lo.

The Tardis club that appeared to cram hundreds of people in a venue the size of a Tesco Express was a student favourite.

From Mojitos to Espresso Martinis, partygoers across Norfolk would check in to the South Pacific-inspired bar every weekend for tasty cocktails and personal appearances from the reality D-list.

Yet, its size and fierce competition from Prince of Wales Road meant the climate wasn't right for the tiki club. Oh, and the cupboard smoking area that even Dot Cotton would have turned her nose up at didn't help matters.

Lola Lo is now chain Be at One, with a large menu of tempting cocktails to prepare for a night out in Norwich.

Wonderland at Riverside. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Wonderland at Riverside. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

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Wonderland, Riverside Complex

The former largest club in Norwich was the place to be on a Friday night, until it closed down in 2014. Before the trampoline park sprung in to replace it, the stairs up to Wonderland already provided a workout for keen clubbers.

The popular Propaganda night played different genres in the club's two rooms. Pop punk and guilty pleasures in the main room would enable you to relive your teenage angst, with My Chemical Romance, Blink 182 and Oasis seeing you through to the weekend.

The second room played chart music and the best of R&B nostalgia, with the fight to get on stage fiercer than the queue for Krispy Kreme.

Clubbers are now jumping around for a different reason at the Riverside Venue, which is now Gravity Trampoline Park.

Hideout, Queens Street

Norwich Brewdog on Queen Street is offering a free beer to people who vote on June 8. Picture : Ste

Norwich Brewdog on Queen Street is offering a free beer to people who vote on June 8. Picture : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

The only club with lighting so dim it made Abercrombie and Fitch look like a dental surgery.

Hidden away on Queens Street this venue was a hipster haven that hosted drum and bass, house and electronic dance nights to whet the appetite of clubbers kitted out in flannel shirts.

Past events included 'Prince Fatty Soundsytem', 'Gentleman's Dub Club', 'Carnival Flex' and partnered events with XOYO in trendy Shoreditch.

Now Hideout exists under the guise 'Hideout Events', hosting club nights across the city in Gonzos Tea Room, The Crypt in Bedfords Bar and The Open, including the popular 'Norwich Soul Train.'

Hideout has been taken over by beer lover's paradise Brewdog, a Scottish craft beer company that has spread across the UK in recent years.

Kartel, London Street

Kartel nightclub

Kartel nightclub - Credit: Archant

Kartel closed in 2014 after a series of serious violence police complaints forced the club to move forward its closing time to 3am.

The move didn't prove popular with clubbers and co-owner at the time Brad Baxter said that '70% of his trade was done after 2.30am.' A petition to save the popular club's late license got 833 signatures.

Before the problems began Kartel was an institution of Norwich Nightlife for many years and was the go to place after a night out on Prince of Wales Road.

The rooftop terrace hosted monthly 'Rooftop Raves', which saw the biggest DJs in the region bring Shoreditch garden parties to the heart of Norwich.

Vintage bar and restaurant Gonzo's Tea Room has replaced Kartel and has proved a popular city spot since opening in 2014.

What are your memories of these recently closed clubs? Let us know in the comments.

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