Colchester has long played host to an eclectic mix of bars and nightclubs, with many lost to closure over the years.

Many will remember the popularity of town hotspots like Route and Hippodrome.

Others will recall places like Tartan House, L'Aristos and the Embassy Suite.

The market has become more and more difficult for nighttime traders, as is well documented.

Some were known for their cheap drink deals, others for their dance music nights.

There really was, and still is, something for everyone in the town centre.

We asked readers to recount the first nightclub they went to in Colchester.

Here are some of the most popular answers.

  • The Hippodrome, now Atik, in Colchester High Street

Gazette: Inside the Hippodrome, in ColchesterInside the Hippodrome, in Colchester (Image: N/A)

Gazette: The Hippodrome, in ColchesterThe Hippodrome, in Colchester (Image: Newsquest)

  • Chicago's

Gazette: Chicago'sChicago's (Image: Newsquest)

Other popular choices included The Tartan House, The Embassy Suite and Windmill.