Pubs of Manchester

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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Oasis / 2 J's / Sloopy's / Yer Father's Moustache / Reubens, Lloyd Street

Ex- 2 J's / Oasis / Sloopy's / Yer Father's Moustache / Reubens, Lloyd Street. (c) googlemaps.

This legendary 1960s venue opened as 2 J's in 1960 as a conversion of an old warehouse on the corner of Lloyd Street and Albert Square, as detailed in the fine little book, The Manchester Musical History Tour by Phill Gatenby and Craig Gill [1].  A coffee shop by day, a jazz club by night, the place only lasted a year and was sold by its owners, the two J's (Jack Jackson and John Collier), and The Oasis was born by new owners, John Orr, Rick Dixon and Hugh Goodwin.  Like so many clubs of the time, it was alcohol-free, but these places played such a key - yet largely unheralded - role in Manchester's history they should be included.

Oasis flyer. (c) Manchester Beat.

Luminaries such as The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and The Beatles played the Oasis, as well as local heroes like the Hollies, Freddie & The Dreamers and Herman's Hermits.  For a time the club was so popular it had its own magazine, The Northern Beat Scene.  Later in the '60s, the Oasis turned into Sloopy's, then the bizarrely named Yer Father's Moustache.  By 1972 it was Ruebens, but it was soon demolished to make way for the council's ugly Brazennose House and with that, Manchester's once premier venue was lost forever [1].

Yer Father's Moustache flyer. (c) Manchester Beat.

1. The Manchester Musical Histtory Tour, Phill Gatenby & Craig Gill (2011).


  1. Sloopy's - a cabaret place?? No and no again , it was just a club with a mod crowd. A disco to all intents and purposes.

  2. Thanks for the comment, any errors we can change at the next print run. For Sloopy's, I got the info from the book ''It happened in Manchester - The True Story of Manchester Music 1958-65'' by Alan Lawson.
    Page 104 states ''...Sloopy's began to mention the dreaded word 'cabaret' in its advertising''

  3. My grandad John Collier owned the 2Js ...still have the original poster from the club