Another northern institution manchester’s Dry Bar has come to the end of its time. The bar that was opened back in the Madchester days by Tony Wilson and Factory records and even had its own Factory label number – 201 – in the then pretty desolate Northern Quarter was, like it sibling, the Hacienda a symbol of new Manchester . It was frequented by bands and scenesters but in recent years has turned into being just another of the many city centre bars that it ironically inspired.

Ina sign of the times Dry Bar has now been sold with planning permission for a boutique hotel causing worry on the local music scene about another institution, Night and Day which sit next door and whether a boutique hotel will allow a music venue to exist inches away. So far the city centre flux has been ok in manchester with the city centre venues thriving and far more city venues than any other city in the country and far more than when Dry Bar itself opened. The council has been proactive in this area and this could be a real test.

The listing with Christie and Co is now marked as sold, but the agent has declined to reveal details of the buyer and their plans for the premises at this stage.

The freehold includes the ground floor bar, basement cocktail joint Blue Brick Club and consent to convert the two floors above the bar and the attic space into a 69-bedroom hotel.

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  1. I’m surprised the fucking council don’t just give planning permission for another hideous Ian Simpson designed 50 storey skyscraper to be shoved into that little space just like they’re doing every fucking where else in the godforsaken city centre. They like their huge phallic towers a lot, don’t they? I mean look at the corner of Whitworth Street West where the City Road Inn and the new Hacienda block is – two more hideous monoliths of 30 and 36 floors are being built facing opposite each other, as we speak, creating a canyon-like effect. Liverpool’s grass roots club and venue scene is forever being exploited and destroyed by the greedy developers, and now of course it looks like Manchester’s is going a similar way [see also Sankeys Soap]…..progress my arse! You either want to develop and retain a proper diverse cultural scene or you don’t, what you DON’T do is to have absolutely fucking everything in the city centre yuppified to the max and catering just for the rich fuckers [look at thew way even the Piccadilly Station approach is being purged of ‘downmarket’ shops and cafes and instead cleared out for new ‘exclusive’ ‘designer’ premises to take over. ‘Crummy’ and ‘common’ establishments like Greggs, Ian Allan Books, Entertainment {c}Exchange, Co-operative, etc etc etc…. all now no longer there….making way for more sterile posh places no doubt.

  2. Dry bar has been dead for years – who can get sentimental about it? Manchester marches forward – it’s great living in a city that keeps building – if you want to live in a town full of boarded up old buildings go and move somewhere else and whilst your at it check the deeds for where you live yourself – I imagine it’s built on top f some older building…


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