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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Footlights Bar, Aytoun Street

The Grand, former Grand Hotel, Aytoun Street. (c) philipjames.

Another bar in the old Grand Hotel on Aytoun Street, Footlights Bar was rebuilt in 1969 after a fire destroyed it.  Only a couple of decades later and the hotel has closed, converted into 'The Grand' apartments in 1988 by Ian Simpson Architects [1].  The Gaeity Bar was the main non-residents bar and it, like the Footlights Bar, was blessed with pristine loos.  The gents had hot water, plugs, towels, mirrors and shaving sockets - clearly an extravagance in the downtrodden '70s [2].

Footlights Bar, Aytoun Street. (c) Manchester Pub Surveys [2].

2. The Manchester Pub Guide: Manchester & Salford City Centres, Manchester Pub Surveys (1975).  

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