From the demolition of The Cavern to the birth of Eric’s, Liverpool’s nightlife changed dramatically throughout the 1970s.
These were the days of Liverpool Stadium, The Coconut Grove, Allinson’s and grabbing a granny at The Grafton; when wrestling drew huge crowds, and when cabaret was king.
Big bands played small venues, girls danced around handbags and the brave ones drunk Pernod and blackcurrant - and lived to tell the tale.
These were the days when you could see David Bowie at the Top Rank Suite for 50p, when chicken in a basket was all the rage and clubs like The Babalou, The Beachcomber, The Timepiece and Ugly’s were heaving, and The Shakespeare, The Mardi Gras, The Royal Tiger Club, The She and The Victoriana were all massively popular.
The newly built St John’s had the Top Rank Suite, Bailey’s, Romeo and Juliet’s, Studio 54 and then Rotters, plus The Moonstone, The Penny Farthing and the revolving restaurant at St John’s Beacon.
Over the water the club scene boomed in New Brighton, Birkenhead and Wallasey, with venues springing up in grand old hotels, houses and cinemas.
These were the days of lidos and bathing beauty contests, and while many were embracing mass market foreign package tour holidays for the first time, the long hot summer of 1976 saw the Wirral and Southport coasts filled with sunbathers, desperate to escape the heat of the city.
Southport still had its sea water bathing lake, and couples on days out could steal a kiss on the River Caves boat ride at Pleasureland or trip the light fantastic at Tiffany’s in Ainsdale and show off their moves at the Dixieland.
The Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s Liverpool is a reminder of those brilliant nights, and the people who made them what they were.