Pubs of Manchester

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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Placemate 7 / Twisted Wheel, Whitworth Street

Twisted Wheel, Whitworth Street. (c) This Old Soul.

Placemate 7 was a warren of rooms, each with a different scene - jazz funk, electro, chart pop, the Roxy room. The original Twisted Wheel was on Brazenose Street on the other side of town but it moved into Placemate 7's in the 1966 and lasted until 1971. Twisted Wheel is widely credited as being the true birthplace of Northern Soul. It reopened decades later in the next door building, by which time the row had been commandeered as part of the Gay Village (the White Hart pub on the corner being renamed Monoroe's after a gay icon!). Twisted Wheel is now just a monthly club night in the Legends gay club, just over the road from the Fairfield Street entrance to Piccadilly Station.

New Twisted Wheel, Whitworth Street. (c) Eye on Manchester / Aidan O'Rourke.

The original Placemate 7 / Twisted Wheel building is now the Tunnel (ooer) on the left and the Outpost to the right (these seem to be part of the whole Legends complex - not one we'll have to visit). Rockies / The State were also clubs in this complex in the not too distant past.

Former Placemate 7 / Twisted Wheel and Legends, Whitworth Street. (c) googlemaps.

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