Blackpool Tower Lounge was a legendary drinking establishment, underneath the famous Blackpool Tower. It closed in 2014.
How the Tower Lounge Began
Blackpool Tower opened on Whit Monday, May the 14th 1894 with the original Tower Bar in the space now occupied by KFC and Harry Ramsden. Find out more about the History of Blackpool Tower here.
It was renamed the Tower Lounge in about the mid-1920s, to later burn down on 14 December 1956.
But in May 1958, the Tower Lounge reopened in the old Tower Restaurant. It had been completely rebuilt and could seat over 1,000 people – the same number as the original restaurant.
After the 1956 fire, the corner space that had originally been filled by the Tower Bar was re-furbished and became the Tower’s Starlight Bar, then the Continental Bar (not to be confused with the Winter Gardens’ Continental Bar). In 1974, the Tennessee Pancake House opened on the corner. It later became the American Pancake House and then a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.
The Tower Lounge closed on 9 November 2014, to be replaced by a Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant.
Closure of the Blackpool Tower Lounge
Published August 2014
Live Blackpool reported that the Blackpool Tower Lounge was to close its doors on 9 November at the end of the 2014 season.
After 6 decades of the very best of party entertainment, The Blackpool Tower Lounge announced it’s last season.
Rising from the ashes of the devastating Tower Ballroom fire in December 1956 the ornate Ballroom was intricately replaced to its former glory by the greatest craftsmen of the era. The devastation of the fire continued, sadly destroying the Tower Cafe. This was to be rebuilt as the Legendary Tower Lounge – a place of live entertainment for the masses.
Locals, as well as visitors from far and wide, looking for a great fun day or night out in Blackpool would be drawn into the electric atmosphere of this fantastic venue. It truly is legendary and will be missed by many. Some have met loved ones, celebrated birthdays and special occasions in “party central” at the foot of The Blackpool Tower.
£2.4 Million investment in the world famous Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Council announced the flagship Harry Ramsden fish restaurant to open at the Blackpool Tower complex.
The restaurant is located in the space previously occupied by the Tower Lounge bar, along with a further eatery within the Tower complex.
The operator of the restaurant invested £2m into the venture. Blackpool Council contributed a further £0.4m towards the building works.
The rebranded Northern Flagship of the world famous Harry Ramsden’s restaurant chain created 100 new jobs. It also safeguarded 30 existing jobs in the town. It’s one of a series of high class eateries to invest in Blackpool.
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