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Soho club to get Irish makeover.

Byline: NICOLA TALLANT

ONE of London's most famous Soho clubs is to be turned into an Irish bar.

The Wag, which was a regular haunt of Boy George, Nenah Cherry and designers John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, has been bought by O'Neill's Pub chain.

Shane MacGowan was once clobbered onstage with a guitar at the club by his co-singer Caitlin.

O'Neill's bar at Wardour Street in Soho is expected to begin immediate refurbishment.

Original owner Chris Sullivan turned the Wag into a haunt for the rich and famous in the 1980s.

He said: "At the time we opened all the West End clubs were playing s**t pop music so I wanted to open somewhere for me and people like me."

The singers came fast and furious to play for the hot young things of Soho.

Some of the most popular acts of the 80s graced the venue's tiny stage including Fine Young Cannibals, Tom-Tom Club and Bananarama.

The club will close on May 5, with a final bash on May Day.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2001
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