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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Gaiety Bar, Aytoun Street

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

The Gaiety Bar was the non-residents lounge of the Grand Hotel on Aytoun Street.  The grandeur of the old imposing 1867 building stems from its rebuilding in 1883 as a hotel, whilst retaining its original warehouse exterior.  The decor of the Gaiety Bar gave it an old, worn theatre bar feel including a model stage fire curtain and footlights, with old poster advertisements, theatre notices and pictures [1].  Apparently, formal gentlemen would mix with informally-dressed ladies in the Gaeity Bar, where the pricey beer on offer was Wilsons Great Northern Bitter, Worthington 'E', Double Diamond and Carlsberg.  The hotel was converted into The Grand, a residential development, by Ian Simpson Architects in 1988 [2].

Grand Hotel signs, Gaiety Bar, Aytoun Street. (c) Manchester Pub Surveys [1].

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

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