Remembering Cardiff's old clubs: Montys, Smileys, Moon, Revolution...

Discussion in 'Wales/Cymru' started by editor, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

  2. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

  3. RhiwbinaDragon

    RhiwbinaDragon New Member

    Taff Vale was next to Marks & Spencer - upstairs where Ruby was the barmaid.
    Thankfully the Moon Club on Womanby St is in the best tradition of the old Mill Lane version (but with better fire precautions maybe)
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  4. frosty-box

    frosty-box New Member

    I used to work in the Hippo Club. Fab nights ever. Does anyone know where Andy F is now? I'd love to catch up with him after all these years ;)

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  5. GM_woman

    GM_woman Member

    Hello. I used to go to Monty's, Smiley's, The Moon Club and the Casablanca. I think there were a few other places too. I was just looking for footage of the Casablanca Club when I came across this thread. I don't think a week goes by when I don't tell somebody about the Casablanca Club. I wonder what happened to the 2 guys that ran it Carl and Vaughan? I think I was about 15 we I started going there. Cardiff docks was supposed to be dodgy, I never had any grief off anyone. I wish I could go back there.
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  6. alix

    alix New Member

    you are obviously referring to carl and vaughan johnson carl lives in london and the other one is a cab driver. Do you remember the theme tune to the casablanca it was hard work by john handy check it out may bring back some fond memories my cousins husband john gray was the DJ with some great tunes ahhhhh happy days
  7. sharon squires

    sharon squires New Member

    this was the first night club I ever went to when I was about 15 live band druggies in the toilet (those that made it up the stairs) I was a weekly visitor after that it was only 50p to get in but closed at one oclock so we would get the last hour of smileys it was a £1 to get in there but because we were late comers they always let us in for nothing, got my first taste of beer in the moon newcastle brown from a bottle score smoe weed smoke s few joints listen to live music. when the band warned you the police were in you kept a low profile happy happy days im 51 now and long gone from cardiff but some things you never forget
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  8. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    I just had a flashback

  9. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    that is amazing! cheers
    mrs reckoned she signed the petition and recognised a few in the film
  10. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    We even had a demo of around 100 people to save Rajahs, led by Ninjah :)
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  11. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  12. Anniejo

    Anniejo New Member

    worked at horse and groom facing clwb ifor bwach also worked at market tavern used to know the tall dark bouncer from clwb used to let us in free after work regular at twat on Sunday nights and hippo club when I wasn't working 1995-1998 also went to UWIC anyone is free to get in touch specially people who knew me!! International days at horse and groom were awesome!!!
  13. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    The Warm as Toast cafe was open on Sunday night's?
  14. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

    Hi, if you worked at he Hippo then I must know you :)

    Pete sadly died a few weeks ago, there's a load of us old hippo heads on facebook here Hippo Club Cardiff...I was there and loved it!!! public group | Facebook
  15. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

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  16. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    wow... I wonder when that's from. I used to go there in the early to mid 90s. I'd say good memories but have very few - too much fun!
  17. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

    it's from 96 or 97 i think, few of my mates in it :D
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  18. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Shit... just joined the FB group for the Hippo club - listening to Josh Winks and wishing I could rewind the clock or go back in time for just one night. Truly brilliant times.
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  19. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Just watched that video like a hawk hoping I wasn't in it lol

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  20. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

  21. editor

    editor hiraethified

  22. ginger_syn

    ginger_syn Insanity laughs under pressure...

    I loved that place, it was my local for many years and the only place I'd feel happy to go on my own to. Thanks for that.
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  23. Nigel

    Nigel For A Degenerates' Workers State

    Happy Birthday Mate !:D:hmm::thumbs:
  24. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Someone needs to mention Toucan when it was by the taff. Good times listening to funk bands on a Friday. My first ever dj'ing gig :)
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  25. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

    I went loads when it moved down to Newport road as I live right close :)
  26. Rickinnocal

    Rickinnocal New Member

    Just stumbled across this forum. Damn, the memories....

    I was at the old Reardon-Smith maritime college out in Fleetwood from '73 - '77, and haunted several of the clubs mentioned. I remember going to Monty's because they waived the cover if you had a Students Union card. Top Rank on Thursday for 'grab a granny night :).

    I first met my wife in a basement wine club near Monty's, whose name escapes me, when her best friend set her hair on fire with one of the candles in a bottle. Eventually proposed to her downstairs at the Philharmonic. Used to go to the Revolution till I got 86'd after a fight. (which was NOT my fault!)

    I've lived in the States for years now, but still remember those days.
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  27. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    Apart from your first wifes name
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  28. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Dempseys is shutting. Just heard this weekend.
  29. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    Conflicted about this. Not particularly upset that another plastic paddy pub is shutting, I much preferred it as the Four Bars. However it looks like it might be turning into some sort of fine dining thing instead, leaving the city another pub short. There are no longer any pubs left in Riverside - a backpackers hostel is the closest thing left
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  30. Rickinnocal

    Rickinnocal New Member

    LOL.... Poor wording, I guess. Still remember the name of SWMBO. It's the wine bars name I can't recall. I'll have to ask the wife

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