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The worst nightclub in Europe is in the UK

Gabriella Ferlita

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The worst nightclub in Europe is in the UK

There are some seedy bars in Europe. Nightclubs with sticky floors, questionably priced drinks and cheesy music is hardly a phenomenon on the outskirts of popular cities across our little continent. 

But what may come as a surprise to fellow nightlife goers is that the 'worst nightclub in Europe' is actually in the UK

Well, head on down to the city of Durham to Klute Nightclub - which FHM once voted as the second-worst nightclub in Europe before the actual worst club ironically burned down, leaving Klute to take the cake by default.

Coined with the catchphrases ‘wipe your feet on the way out’ and ‘knee deep in Klute’ (gross), the establishment has become a ‘rite of passage’ for local uni students.

The worst nightclub in Europe is in the UK. Credit: Britpix / Alamy Stock Photo
The worst nightclub in Europe is in the UK. Credit: Britpix / Alamy Stock Photo

If I’m being honest, I couldn't see why - until I had a look at the drink prices. Coming in at just £7.50 to £8 is their range of 'Buckets & Bombs', according to the Klute Nightclub website, which include Purple Rain, 'Sex on Beach' (clearly, 'the' was far too much effort for the venue to add in) and Klute Passion variations.

On 'Quids In Every Tuesday', which is their exclusive 'student party', drinks start at just £1.50 depending on the time of your order, while they offer £1 shots all night.

For the city being known for its picturesque Norman cathedral and 11th-century castle, as well as the Russell Group University, it feels somewhat out of place to have quite literally the worst nightlife establishment within the vicinity. But such is life. 

If you are brave enough to step up to the mark, it’s worth noting that the nightclub has even taken the top spot for the word ‘Klute’ on Urban Dictionary for being ‘the smallest, sweatiest ‘s*** hole I have ever had the displeasure of visiting’. 

Klute was once voted as the second-worst club in Europe by FHM before the worst one burned down. Credit: Klute Nightclub website
Klute was once voted as the second-worst club in Europe by FHM before the worst one burned down. Credit: Klute Nightclub website

“Now exclusively for students,” the entry continues, “the music in Klute is always cheese, the students are always hammered, and the walls are always dripping with sweat.” Sounds promising.

And if you needed yet another reason to wrap your head around what makes this nightclub just so awful, Dominic Cummings, former Chief Adviser to Boris Johnson, was reportedly a doorman at Klute in his youth. 

To paint a picture of just how awful Klute really is, former punter Alabama Jackson, has chimed in after experiencing a night out there during her former student days.

Jackson told LADbible: “I went to Durham University, so it’s kind of a rite of passage that you go to Klute. I went there on my first night of ‘Freshers Week’ and said I’d never go again, but ended up returning on various other nights out when I was too drunk to realise it would be a mistake.”

It feels somewhat out of place to have quite literally the worst nightlife establishment in the city. Credit: Klute Nightclub website
It feels somewhat out of place to have quite literally the worst nightlife establishment in the city. Credit: Klute Nightclub website

Having discovered it was Europe’s worst nightclub ‘while in the queue to get in', the now 24-year-old thought it was a joke. 

“But the minute I entered I realised it truly was Europe’s worst nightclub - if not the world’s worst.

“It absolutely does live up to the title. It’s truly disgusting…It didn’t stop me returning, though,” she admits.

Speaking of the infamous slogan, Jackson adds: “The floor was once so sticky that the sole of my left shoe ripped entirely off.”

The nightclub has even taken the top spot for the word ‘Klute’ on Urban Dictionary. Credit: Klute Nightclub website
The nightclub has even taken the top spot for the word ‘Klute’ on Urban Dictionary. Credit: Klute Nightclub website

But despite the ‘almost dungeon-like decor’, ‘non-stop unbearable’ music and ‘disgusting toilets’, Jackson made some lasting memories at Klute.

“In all honesty, I had some of the best nights of my life in there. It was so bad it was good.

“If I was intoxicated enough I would definitely go back again. It’s fun if you’re with a group of people who have a mutual understanding that the night is going to be truly and utterly tragic.”

LADbible has contacted a representative of Klute Nightclub for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: @klute Durham/Facebook

Gabriella Ferlita
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