Pubs of Manchester

All pubs within the city centre and beyond.
A history of Manchester's hundreds of lost pubs.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Champers Wine Bar, High Street

Ruby Lounge, High Street. 

In the 1980s, when High Street and Piccadilly were the end of town to be seen in, one of the most popular bars was Champers.  Sat next to Yates's / Blob Shop and just up the road from the Shakespeare and Bensons, this bar was part of the crawl for many people.  Essentially a downstairs bar, illuminated in neon and plastic, as was all the rage at the time, it attracted a mainly young crowd.  It did however begin to go downhill as more and more younger drinkers took to the place and now is infamous as the first bar to bring in the use of metal detectors for entry.  Eventually as the remainder of Manchester improved and took over this area for popularity, Champers shut.  It has fairly recently re-opened as music venue, the Ruby Lounge, and maybe, by carving a niche in this area, it may well survive.

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