The Boardroom deserves its own entry as this refurbished venue's had so many name changes over the last couple of decades, it would get lost in amongst the Blue Parrot, Che, Huxters, AM:PM, Hugo Mash etc. Seen here in 1975, the Boardroom was within the walls of County Hall (now Westminster House) on the corner of Minshull Street and Portland Street. It was one of my first drinking haunts within the town centre in the 1980s, a Webster's house back then. Then it was a long thin pub with no windows on the Portland Street frontage, and frequented by young scallies who liked to drink too much at a young age, before staggering off drunkenly home on the last train. The Boardroom was a pre-match haunt for many and also boasted a bank of Space Invader arcade machines, a rarity in town in the '80s . The place closed in the early '90s I guess, and following a refit and installation of windows, began its time as a succession of crappy bars in this seemingly cursed location.
1. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres, Manchester Pub Surveys (1975).
2. Phil Blinkhorn at www.aidan.co.uk.