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