De Ville's original sign. (c) De Ville's facebook group.
De Ville's was a popular basement bar and club on Lloyd Street off Albert Square. Apparently the opening act at De Ville's in the late '70s was Quentin Crisp and in the early days it played Bowie, Roxy, Clash etc. In the early '90s it had become a bit of a mainstay of the Madchester scene, playing house, dance and all that. It was linked to its sister and neighbouring bar, Lazy Lils, which opened early and was free in, famous for its bucking broncho (these were all the rage in the '80s and '90s in pubs and clubs, despite the heavily addled riders often throwing up or sustaining injury). After last orders they hoyed punters out or into De Ville's and sometimes charged entry. It seems that the modern Boutique, the gentleman's club, may be housed in what was De Ville's and Lazy Lils.
De Ville's bar. (c) De Villes facebook group.