“ St Thomas's Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight. „
Patsy's was a legendary nightclub situated in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It played non-mainstream music, and had extremely lax security, meaning many under 18's were able to enter the premises and experience club life for the first time. I'm not suggesting that this was particularly a good thing, but at the time I don't remember ever seeing any trouble in there, and perhaps the teenagers of only ten years ago were a little better behaved than they are today - who knows. The club closed quite a few years ago now, but if you mention Patsy's to a local, most people seem to have a story to tell. For me, it was probably the first night club I ever went to, and I have fond memories of the place. I remember spending one particular New Years Eve there - perhaps 1998, and being a 17 or 18 year old I was easily impressed. In hindsight, it was a pretty average venue - with incredibly sticky floors and long fabric seats which always seemed wet from years of people spilling alcohol on them. It was very dark inside, and had a few smaller rooms which you were free to wander in and out of. The small dance-floor was surrounded by mirrors which were always steamed up and moist, and you would get a real mix of people in there. To be honest, I don't remember to much of the place except that it was the dingy and alternative characteristics of the venue that i've mentioned above, which made it what it was. I doubt it would be able to operate in todays climate if it ever decided to open again - and I expect it would be a up-market trendy kind of place, but that's not what it was all about. Although i've made it sound like nothing special, Patsy's was an excellent nightclub which I look back on with fond memories.
When I saw that Patsy's was on here I just had to write a review, at the same time I am rather sad as Patsy's actually ceased to exist about 5 years ago? Correct me if I'm wrong please. I used to go to Patsy's with a group of (underage) friends on a Friday/Saturday night, occasionally after going to the ice rink (so cool) or from the Royal Squadron in Ryde, blagging our way in with fake ID, or not as the bouncers didn't really seem to care that we were only 16. Through the set of double doors and you were in the main 'club area'. This consisted of dance floor - 2 decent sized bars, and plenty of seating. The décor was dark - I still remember the sweat running down the black? Glittery walls and mirrors! Then off to the bar to get our drinks which I believe were bottles of Woodys at the time - I seem to remember some kind of strawberry/melon concoction, sticky and sickly sweet, maybe followed by Tequila. In the main bar it was usually dance music unless on the odd occasion they had an event or band on. In the smaller back bar there was a smaller dance floor, the bar, I seem to remember, was tiny and this was where the 'alternative' music was played and where we spent most of out time moshing along to some fab music. Thinking about Patsy's really takes me back to my youth, the drunken nights, old friends and just generally celebrating being young. Bring back Patsy's I say........who's with me??