Dry Bar, Oldham Street. (c) musictrekker.
Dry Bar (aka FAC201), opened in 1989 by Factory Records (i.e. pretty much New Order), has stood the test of time well and is still seen as something of a Mancunian's must-go-to bar. It's always been popular with the music crowd and regularly hosts gigs for up-and-coming bands. A young Oasis played here in 1995 prior to moving on to bigger and better venues. As for beer, not surprisingly, there is no real ale but rather pricey Guinness was available. Many famous names have frequented this bar over the years, and it's even said that both Liam Gallagher and Shaun Ryder are both banned after being thrown out one night! Despite the lack of proper ale, the chilled out feel of this place these days, with its spacious interior and evocative Factory Records decor and Manc music history, makes Dry Bar a decent enough place to relax with a pint of something cold of an evening when there's no gig on (except perhaps Fridays and Saturdays when it still gets busy).
Dry Bar article, Independent, 1989. (c) cerysmaticfactory.