Heaven & Hell, Sackville Street. (c) Alan Lawson .
Heaven & Hell was a 1960s club in an old office building on Sackville Street, with Heaven on the ground floor and Hell in the basement . As with many of the clubs and coffee bars of this period, the club wasn't licensed, but that didn't stop revellers indulging in alternative substances. Heaven & Hell opened in 1963 and played host to many famous bands of the era - The Hollies, Herman's Hermits - though it was described as a dive of a place. Downstairs seats were pulled out of buses, punters were often sprawled on the floor, wasted, and it went through a stage of being a hangout of homeless dossers. The club owner, known as Greek George, stood outside in tears thanking everyone when he was forced to close the club down . The old location of Heaven & Hell is the car park opposite the Thompsons Arms.
Former location of Heaven & Hell, Sackville Street. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.
1. It Happened in Manchester: True Story of Manchester's Music 1958-1963, Alan Lawson.