17 Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4PH. 1975 – c. late 1970s?

King’s opened in February 1975 in an old building on the east side of Prince Street, backing onto Queen Square. Many of the staff had worked at the Moulin Rouge. It had three floors: a ground floor pub-style bar, a dance floor with light show above, then a brighter lounge space on the top floor.

King’s was sold and reopened as Smith’s in about 1978. Smith’s was fairly short-lived. The building was demolished and replaced with offices in the 1980s.

  4 Responses to “King’s”

  1. King’s was run by Tony and Jo-Jo (who used to run the joke shop in Colston Street and later on Gloucester or Cheltenham Road).

  2. I was in King’s one Saturday night they had an act on on the top floor fire eating and he set fire to the polystyrene tiles. we were on the middle floor and didn’t know so when the fire brigade arrived we thought it was an act, they put it out and the performer was fine he had so much slap on he was fine

  3. I used to like going to the Kings until one night I was thrown out and banned. I was friends with the DJ Alan and we both started dancing to Mick Jagger, stomping about and throwing drinks at each other.!
    When we left we were singing Lou Read’s Good Night Ladies.
    People who know me now wouldn’t believe I could do that. ?

  4. Does anyone remember a barman there, probably 1976, who was called ‘Della’ I think his real name was Graham Whitting. I always thought he was a good laugh, very friendly.

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