Dry Bar – Dry Bar, 28 – 30 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN map
- An historical drinking venue in the manchester music scene, the cavernous interior of dry bar might take you by surprise. This is the place where britain’s modern bar scene is said to have started back in 1989. designed by hacienda architect, ben kelly, dry bar was originally owned by factory records and new order under the name of dry 201 (fac201 being the factory records catalogue number for the venue). Both Liam Gallagher and Shaun Ryder are amongst those banned from here. The Happy Monday’s frontman for notoriously firing a gun whilst trying to blackmail Anthony Wilson (as documented in the 24 hour party people film). The bullet hole still can be seen today. Like Factory Records, the bar itself has had a few ups and downs over the years but with the current resurgence of the northern quarter, things are looking good for this historic venue. Dry bar has a little bit of everything, great djs at the weekend, live bands two or three times a week and a good selection of drinks behind the bar. If you love Manchester’s musical heritage, you’ll love this place.
- live music
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