Did you do some of your best living on the dance floor at Fanny’s?
Well, now you can relive those heady Friday and Saturday nights of your youth literally every day because the original sign for the iconic Wharf Road nightspot is going under the hammer on eBay.
Yep, that’s right. You can impress and possibly blind your friends with the 2400x1200mm neon sign that perched atop Fanny’s for decades.
The seller has apparently given the sign some ‘TLC’ so it is in working order, however, the ‘y’ is currently inoperable. But, the seller added in the post that they can point you in the direction of someone to fix it.
At the time of publishing, 13 bids have been placed on the sign, with the current top bid sitting at an even $1400.
If you want to own a no-fooling piece of Newcastle cultural history, you’ll have to get in quick because the auction ends on Sunday 22 November.
Fanny’s opened its doors in 1984 and was a prominent fixture of the Newcastle ‘getting on it’ scene until the party ended in 2013 when it was sold and renamed Argyle House – the original name of the heritage-listed building.
Live music was a massive part of what made Fanny’s (or Fanwah’s, or is is Fanois?) so great with this writer fondly remembering sets from Cold Chisel on their 1998 Last Wave of Summer tour, and Faith No More frontman Mike Patton’s side project Mr Bungle in 2000.
Here’s how we recalled the iconic venue back in 2015 in our 5 Newcastle Venues We Wish We Still Had piece.
“With a name like this, Fanny’s was always destined to be one of the notorious highlights of a night out in Newcastle. Sexy bar staff (both genders), lots of cozy little alcoves to settle in and a fantastic stage, sound system and dance floor – the nights where excess was just a matter of course. The best local acts were really able to strut their stuff on the big stage and the crowd responded as one. And, of course, the catwalk bikini babes and muscle men competitions were unmissable. Ah, the celebration of youth.
The venue was at its peak during the late ’80s and early ’90s under the ownership of Rolly de With who, apart from supporting the local music scene, made sure the place had a sense of style. Let’s face it, with a name like Fanny’s, it would have been easy to become the sordid underside of Newcastle’s nightlife. But, during this period, Rolly created a place that had some glamour attached to the party.”
Ahh, those were the days!