Pubs of Manchester

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

Monday, 14 June 2010

099. Revolution / Henry's, Parsonage Gardens

Revolution, Parsonage Gardens, 2010. (c) Pubs of Manchester.

Seven pubs into the day and we come across the gem that is Revolution. As you might guess, I'm being very tongue in cheek here. Like its sister pub on Oxford Street, there is little to recommend this place to your average beer drinker, with yet again no real ale in place and a sterile environment that would put most hospitals to shame. Again, attempting to attract a certain style of customer, its target market are the bottle drinking younger crowd methinks and I suppose for them it suits.

In its former guise as Henry's Café Bar, it was one of the first proper style café bars and was also one of the first places to have Stella on draught, a fact which caught out many a youngster at the time - including a certain Roy Keane who famously was arrested for assaulting a woman here in 1999. It was also one of the places to be seen but as with most of these places, its popularity killed it as the emphasis was placed on more and more people through the door with limited spend on keeping the place spruced up and eventually became a tatty hole. In time, Revolution picked it up and whilst its improved a little it's still not great. It's out of the way for us now, I'd be surprised if we ever come back.

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