South Essex was once considered the place to be when it came to the 80s and 90s clubbing scene.

Sadly, in recent years, many of our iconic nightclubs have closed their doors for good.

Earlier this year, Unit 7 in Basildon closed after almost a decade when bosses were "unable to reach an agreement" with the landlord and "forced to hand back the lease".

However, there are still plenty of thriving clubs, bars and pubs to be celebrated in the region, including Southend's latest venue, Sun Rooms 2.

The venue is said to have created "a little Shoreditch" in Alexandra Street.

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To highlight some of the great nightspots in the south of the county, we asked our readers, 'What are the best clubs or bars for a night out in south Essex?'

Here's what they had to say.

Emma Keeling said: "The Loft in Basildon is a really good night."

Rachel Leach said: "Sun Rooms 2 looks great!"

Kim Kimmee Elks pointed out Chinnerys as an option, while Ali Rs-Dvs favoured Rayleigh's famous The Pink Toothbrush, claiming it has "always been the best".

Sabrina Lagden recounted the days when Chameleon and Talk were popular, stating they "were great night clubs".

Other popular mentions included Red Door in Rayleigh, named by Joanne Bell, The Oakleigh pub in Leigh by Angie Smith, and Revolutions in Southend city centre, recommended by Mia Walker for later nights after visiting Dickens pub.