RETRO: Looking back at Club Wow
Ever since The Star's Midweek Retro began turning its attention to some of the best nights out Sheffield has had to offer in the past 30 years, we have been inundated with tales of the interesting and unusual experienced by fondly nostalgic pub and club-goers.
One woman let us know that she had met her husband at the much-missed Brannigans.
Even when we focused on other nightspots, one name continued to come up in the comments section on Facebook: Club Wow.
By popular demand, we’ve pulled out these photos of the inimitable night spot which was housed at Sheffield’s Valley Centertainment complex on Broughton Lane.
The club had a very unusual, spectacular interior which was like nothing else - all bright reds and golds, looking more like a theme park than a nightclub.
Offering a mix of dance, pop and cheese, Club Wow - which stands for World of Wonder, by the way - had a large dancefloor which could hold several hundred people.
It has been argued that one reason the nightclubs at Centertainment didn’t stand the test of time was their location.
Club Wow attempted to fix that by laying on free buses at the start and the end of the night.
Punters would be shipped in and out on the ‘Wow bus’ - a vehicle which allegedly transcended a mere bus ride and became home to some scenes as entertaining as the club itself.
The club also played host to several events including a Sheffield Steelers evening in which fans of the ice hockey outfit could meet and greet players, in April 2000.
Carla Dudhill told us on Facebook: “My place was Club Wow every Friday/Saturday, finish work at Meadowhall and straight out not come in while 3/4am in a morning but then had to be on at 6... those were the days”
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