Rare footage from inside Swansea’s old Ritzy nightclub

Pink neon lights glowing brightly along The Kingsway, big hairdos and outlandish fashion statements. It could only be a night out in Swansea during the nineties!

Rare footage from one of the city’s most famous old nightclubs has resurfaced, and if you were a regular on the party scene in 1992, you may want to look away now.

Ritzy, the go-to place for many 28 years ago, is captured here in all of its glory in this footage shot by legendary Swansea photographer Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans.

And for those of us who went, or those who remember its replacement, Time and Envy, or its predecessor, Top Rank, the inside of the club will bring memories flooding back.

We get a glimpse of the layout of the famous dance floor, a wide open space and a tiered stage, all in front of the low ceiling and the balcony above.

There’s an aerial view of the dance floor itself, and all you can see is a sea of moustaches and perm hairstyles bopping along to the latest tracks.

The iconic neon pink Ritzy sign
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)
A packed dance floor at the old Ritzy
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)
Trying on some novelty neon glasses for size
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)
The perm haircut was a popular choice among women in the nineties
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)
Times like these seem so long ago right now
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)

The party dancing is well underway too, as the hordes of people on the dance floor perform routines led by an entertainer on the stage, to the sound of the likes of Black Lace’s I Am The Music Man. There’s even a conga.

The drinks menu is also incredibly nineties, with cocktails on offer called the Ritzy mugger, the Ritzy colada, multiple orgasm, slow comfortable screw and sex on the bar.

A bar tender making some of the classic cocktails that were on offer at Ritzy
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)
Performers on stage kept the crowd entertained
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)
Ladies play the ‘piano’ whilst dancing along to the ‘I Am The Music Man’ routine
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)
The conga in full flow at Ritzy nightclub
(Image: Tony ‘Spealberg’ Evans)

But other club goers are playing things far more simply by going for a can of Holsten Pills… with a straw inside.

In the club’s last reincarnation, it became Oceana, but after that closed in 2014, the building was razed to the ground.

It was demolished to make way for The Kingsway Infrastructure Regeneration Project.

They can’t eradicate the memories though!

WalesOnline – Swansea