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This is probably the hardest page to work with. The vast number of venues and their changing names - particularly in the early sixties - makes it extremely difficult to provide a full lisItng.

Plus, there is very little photographic stuff around - few of us went to clubs with our Instamatics. I can't remember having access to a camera in those days - or wanting to.

So, we try our best and welcome your recollections!!

















Manchester City Centre    
2 Js, Lloyd Street Al-Kazar Aunties Kitchen
Amber Moon Annabellas, Whitworth Street  
Arrora Ckub, Canon Street Athenium  
Barbarellas Beat Club Beat City
Bossa Nova Bier Kellar Blue Note
Bodega Blinkers/Le Phonographe  
Cabin Club    
Can Can Catacombs Cromford Club
Cavern Celebrity Club Cossack Club, Bloom St
Chanteclair Che Joey Cona coffee bar
Club 43 Cef D'Or (Brazenose St?)  
Del Sol, Bootle Street Den of the Gods Drokiweeny
Deno's Drake's Drum Devils Cave, Oldham Road
El Bossa Nova Electric Circus Explosion
Fagins FRASCATI'S, Oxford Road Free Trade Hall
Forty Thieves Foo Foo's  
Gog and Magog, London Rd Guys & Dolls  
Heaven and Hell Hi-Fi Coffee Bar House of Bamboo
Jigsaw Jungfrau  
La Roca Left Wing Coffee Bar Le Grand Trianon
Le Phonographe/Blinkers Le Petit Trianon, Bootle St Lewis's Ballroom
Magic Village Majestic Club - Deansgate Manchester Sports Guild (MSG)
Mogambo Mr Smith's  
Napoleons New Century Hall Nice and Easy, Fennel Rd
Oasis/Sloopys/Yer Fathers Moustache Odeon Osbourne Club, Oldham Rd
Paddock Club, Mosley St    
Palace Theatre Parrokeet, Spring Gardens  
Penny Farthing Picadilly Club  
Pendulum Plaza  
Rails The Ritz  
Rowntrees - Takis, Sound, Scene, etc    
Silver Moon Strangeways Prison Stax
Takis/Rowntrees Seen    
The Thatched House, Market St Top of the Town Time and Place
Three Coins Tiffanys, Oxford Street Twisted Wheel/Placemate
Wishing Well    
The Arts - Arcadium Ballroom Majestic Ballroom (Accy Con)  
College Theatre Club ABC Ardwick Hippdrome
Alderley Edge    
Regal Ballroom Royal Oak  
Stamford Hall Altrincham Ice Rink Top Hat Club
The Stamford Arms    
Ashton Palais Golden Door The Groove 
The Birdcage Ashton College  
Kings Head Sidroys Formby Hall
George VI Red Lion Queens Hotel
Tender Trap, Bacup    
Barrow in Furness    
Public Hall, 99 Club Barrow Island Conservative Club
The Mirabelle    
Beachcomber, Bolton Cromwellian Club, Bolton Bolton Palais
Nevada, Bolton Bolton Casino Boneyard
Copperfields, Bolton Blue Lagoon Odeon
Lowes Arms Bredbury Hall  


No 7 Club    
Burnley Casino Burnley Mecca Lucas Social Club
Bury Palais De Danse The Basement Bury FC Social Club
Electric Circus    
Cosmo Club, Carlisle Gretna Hall, Carlisle County ballroom
Cheadle Heath    
Railway Club    
Cheadle Hulme    
Kings Hall Music Box Parish Hall
Cheetham Hill    
Silver Blades Ice Rink Finnegans  
Frankenbergs Ukrainian Club  
Quaintways, Chester Riverpark Ballroom  
The Oaks Princess Club  
Tommy Johnsons Flintstones Cave?  
Chorlton on Medlock    
New Sunset 77 Club    
The Vic    
The Playhouse Lee Road Social Club  
Chez Nous    
Up the Junction Dirty Duck  
Pig Market    
Club Barracuda    
Denton Youth Club St Georges Social Club Sunny Side Club
Wickers Globe Trotting Club    
Swinging Door Coffee Bar Midland  
Top Twenty Club Co-op Hall  
Jubilee Hall The Moon/The OXford/Hiccups)  
St Pauls Youth Club Lyndale Court School of Dancing
Majestic Talk of the North Barbarellas/Swinging Sporran
Broadway Ballroom


St Kents, Fallowfield Rays Place  
Candy Club The Broadway  
Blightys Flamingo The Phoenix Club
The Big Apple    
Flixton Youth Club    
Mersey View Dance Hall    
Glazebrook Country Club    
Crystal Ballroom    
Gorton/Belle Vue    
Top Ten Club - Belle Vue Southern Sporting Club 88 Club
Zoo b doo Disco, Belle Vue Bavarian Bluebell Pub
Stoneground Spurley Hey Youth Club The Pomona
Great Harwood    
The Jazz    
Embassy Club Northern Sporting Club  
Hazel Grove    
Bamboo Club    
Heald Green    
Mercury Club    
Heaton Mersey    
Regency Club    
The Seven Stars The Richmond Club  
Higher Blackley    
Higher Blackley Labour Club Higher Blackley Liberal Club  
Top Twenty Club    
Palais Glazebrook Country Club  
Civic Hall    
The Beachcomber Leigh Casino Eagle and Child Hotel (now Bliss)
Leigh Miners British Legion The Garrick Club
The Sportsman Hotel Higher Fold Labour Club Pennington Youth Club
Higher Fold YC Abbey Street Labour Club The Crypt (under Bedford Church)
St Joseph's Hall Boars Head pub The Lord Nelson pub
The Way Inn Co-op Hall  
Browns Sporting Club/Palais de Danse  
Little Hulton    
Brown's Uncle Tom's Cabin St. Edmunds Club  
Reeces Ballroom, Liverpool Iron Door Club, Liverpool  
The Bobby J and J Club Astoria  
Lowton Labour Club Lowton Civic Hall Lowton Village Club
El Rio    
Marple General Youth Club    
The Limit    
The Three Cellars Empire Cabaret Club  
Moss Side    
Nile Club Princess Rd The Reno, Princess Rd Colonial Club
The Edinburgh, Alexandra Rd    
Stop Stop    
Civicl Hall    
Imperial Club El-Tropicano Birdtrap
Tow Bar Inn,    
Newton Heath    
Sporting Disco Club Newton Health/Ceylon Palais Devil's Cave
Cresta Ballroom    
Methodist YC    
Memorial Hall    
Astoria Hill Stores, Oldham Baileys, Union Street
Human Jungle The Thing Club Cat's Whiskers, Union Street
Spinners, Oldham Sands Club The Majestic (?), Lancashire St
Catacombs Delph Youth Club Pitt Club
Apres Ski Lodge St Marks, Glodwick Uppermil Civic Hall

St Margaret's Hollinwood

Savoy Ballroom/Candlelight Princess Ballroom
Flintstone's Cave Unity Hall Uppermill Drill Hall
Billingtons St James's C of E Church Hall Birch Hall Hotel, Lees
Old Trafford    
Luxor Club    
Empire Dance Hall    
The Majestic Ballroom    
Top Rank    
Civic Hall    
The Lower Chambers Cubi Klub Mambo Club
Carlton (Mecca) Fire Station Shamba
The Masque Coffee Bar Medici Coffee Bar Pyramid Club
The Three Cellars Turner's Ballroom  
The Astoria    
Royton Co-op    
St Crispins, Rusholme The Pop Inn, Platt Lane Birch Park Palace, Dickenson Rd
Man City Social Club Astoria, Plymouth Grove  
St Helens    
The Plaza, Duke St    
Sale Locarno Town Hall  
The Blue Room Palma Nova Coffee Club Palace Theatre Club, off Chester Rd
Regent/Academy, Salford Cumberland Club Hr Broughton Assembly Rooms
His Excellencies/Cage/Gaytime The Georgian Disc-a-go-go
Riverboat The Devonshire Gainsborough
Gainsborough, Pendleton Condron, Frederick Rd Merrygoround
Whiskey-A-Gogo - Riverboat Fusiliers Spare Wheel Club, Corporation St
Black Lion Yellow Bird Club, Regent Road The Tower Club, Gt Clowes St
Maxwell Hall, Salford Tech Bamboo Rooms  
Shaw Stores Jackies Beat Club  
Empire Ballroom Bower Club  
Browns (Teenbeat/ Inn Place) Stretford Banqueting Suite Hardrock
St Peter YC    
Stockport area    
Alma Lodge Chez Fred's Coffee Bar,
Tabernacle Empress Rat Pit
Sgt Peppers Imperial Club Cresta
Raven Coffee Bar Club Offerton Palace Sinking Ship
Texan Cabaret Club Kingfisher Manor Lounge
The Masque Essoldo Cinema Stockport Town Hall
Poco-Poco Cobden Place Coffee Dance Club  
New Plaza Ballroom Bee Hive Palais
Wishing Well    
Young Ones Rock Club    
Prince of Wales pub    
Urmston Baths    
St Paul's Youth Club Night Owl Club  
Whalley Range    
Beech Lawn Club Clifton Grange Hotel - The Biz  
Warmingham Grange Country Club    
Co-op Hall Bell Hall The Towers
Parr Hall Blue Candle Disco Club Carlton Club
Lion Hotel    
Black Night Club    
Weaverham Church House The Salter (now demolished)  
Room at the Top Casino Rugby Club
New Upper Morris St WMC Higher Ince Labour Club  
Strand Ballroom Mr Smiths  
Club Creole/Rex Ballroom (Pop Inn)  
St Bernadette's Mauldeth Road Youth Club  
Staxx St Francis's Youth Club, Newall Green St Anthonys,Woodhouse Park
St Columba's Youth Club St Johns,Benchill William Temple, Woodhouse Park
Woodhouse Park C.A St Peters, Firbank Road Skyways
St Lukes, Benchill The Golden Garter Yew Tree

Any info on some of these clubs/coffee bars of the 60s? Any info gratefully accepted.

Al Kaza, Fennel Street Highspot Birdsville
Deno's Whitworth St Jackies Explosion Club Annabels
Two J's Coffee Bar Bus Stop Wishing Well
Cellar 64, Stretford Road Four Drums HiFi Coffee Bar, Richmons Street
The Golden Gate Oxford Rd Station App Regent Combo, Rochdale Rd Amigo's
The Seven Stars off Dantzic St, Candy Club, ,Oldham Road Rawtenstall Astoria
The Stage and Radio on Newton St The Garden of Eden Whitworth St The Paddock Club Lower Mosley St

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Topic: Venues page
Tony Bailey says...
Little Hulton many years ago over the co-op was Uncle Tom's Cabin top Soul Disco with live bands
26th May 2014 8:24pm
Chris Thorpe says...
In a little pub in Spain we were discussing the Manchester clubs and an elderly DJ told us he had worked at the Rainbow Rooms in (near) Manchester, but couldn't remember where it was. Then another chap said his uncle used to go to a really rough ... Read More
15th June 2014 5:53pm
John Hough says...
Hi Chick Hubert's was on Ashton
Old Rd in Openshaw at the side of the Alhambra
Cinema.The building survived intil recently but its
Now a Morrison's store.
29th September 2014 11:03pm
Kay griffiths says...
The rainbow room was in patricroft near Eccles. It also used to be a rollerdisco
30th March 2015 8:51am
Norma Currie nee Scott says...
  • Anyone remember Ian Raven's Club in 60' & 70's
20th January 2016 6:18pm
Kevin Lane says...
Chris The Rainbow Rooms was in Patricroft just down the road from The Talk of The North. Also owned by Joe Pullen.
15th June 2014 8:19pm
Margaret Allbright says...
No mention of Club Coquette on Portwood Stockport. You went up a staircase and the entrance was a sliding door with a life size picture of Adam Faith on it. Saw many groups like Freddie and the Dreamers there.
16th July 2014 6:43am
mick ward pt says...
Hi Paul - there was a Burnley Miners,  a little hall that used to get absolutely packed on a Sunday dinnertime and repeat at night.  It was a great place to play, they used to have all the big bands - The Hollies, Sweet, Mud, before making it big. ... Read More
23rd July 2014 8:01am
Ralph butters says...
Hi mick , good to see your still alive and kicking . I was keyboards for phase one ,later to become Cottinfields . We did the following summer after you at the Flamingo . I remember Bankhall Sundays . We always went for late lunch at the Sharma ... Read More
11th January 2017 7:48am
Mick ward (Liverpool) says...
Hi Ralph,we had a great time at the flamingo,the digs at mont cushion where a bit rough but you got used to it,after twenty partys if you go to my page on Facebook you'll see a few pics of the digs and the house across the street with all the ... Read More
10th November 2017 12:11pm
nigel chantler says...
Does anyone remember the Carina star club in sale and chequers in Altrincham.
29th October 2014 2:55am
Nigel Dawson (Sale) says...
I remember the Carina Star Club well - I think it only ran for one season, but was great during the summer of 1970 if my memory serves me well! I was probably there with you Nige - email me if you read this. We had some great times at the Blue Rooms ... Read More
21st November 2017 10:38am
Tex Hallows says...
The Pennyfarthing was my haunt. Situated at the end of Beaver St. Now an NCP. The best dj there was Tony Just. He taught me the craft. It was licensed and owned by Greek Cypriot businessmen.They had the large café on the other side of Whitworth ... Read More
15th December 2014 2:49am
Bob C says...
Tex I remember the Pennyfarthing. My girlfriend at the time left the Bluenote and went working there for a time. I remember the owners who had a definite gangster look about them. One New Year's eve I made a fool of myself when I saw a guy ... Read More
23rd October 2016 4:43pm
Alan Taylor says...
Anyone remember Barbarella's in Eccles circa 1972 where I was resident DJ after Chunky left.
6th January 2015 10:42am
Tony Bailey says...
Went to Barbarella's Alan that's where i met my Wife Lynn Ne Dowson Bailey also wood street Bier Keller good times never come back 60s 70s best ever.
6th January 2015 10:33pm
Tony Burke says...
Anyone remember The 5 Ways at Hazel Grove (big pub) having a regular Saturday night in one of its rooms. I think they charged to go in but the music was a juke box. We used to go there quite a bit. Remember playing Cream's White Room on the juke ... Read More
21st February 2015 10:43pm
Dave Hamer says...
Hi Tony I used to go to the Five Ways(on the Poynton road), Hazel Grove in about 1965/66. I thought it was on a Sunday night, but I may be wrong. I used to go with one of my first girlfriends, Christine Pratt. We'd get the 92 bus to the Rising ... Read More
4th December 2015 6:37am
geoff boniface says...
theres a photo of the top cat club round about 1980 todd street near victoria station in the manchester local images collection went to many clubs in late 60s/70s don't know to much about it…did it have live bands or play music anybody any ... Read More
14th May 2015 10:48pm
Chris Thorpe says...
The Top Cat club was a seedy little place up a staircase on the 1st floor. It was your typical 60's 'dive'. We used to go for a lads night out in our teens as the Cat had the usual 3 strippers, blue comedian and a singer all doing a ... Read More
27th May 2015 5:21pm
Susie says...
Does anyone remember the Cat's Whiskers in Oldham in the late 60s/ early 70s. Me and my mate Regina had wild nights there.
27th May 2015 5:02pm
Jane Ales says...
My mate Elise Cutter used to work at The Cats Whiskers. I had great nights there.
14th June 2015 5:07am
Susie says...
We used to love going to Sinatra's in Failsworth as it quite a mixed age group. I remember one night coming out of the club with two guys we had been dancing with. We were met by a couple of women who started to hit us over the head. How could ... Read More
27th May 2015 5:07pm
LES standing says...
Hello Out there, over the years I have tried to remember a group I saw at Grey St Youth Club as far as i remember the club was just off Hyde Rd lay not BOC Car sales petrol station ac 1959.across from the garage was CLOWES ST \\\ THE GROUP wore gold ... Read More
22nd June 2015 1:02am
Alan Law says...
Enjoyed going down memory lane with you all.My Agency was Stylmaster Theatrical Agency St Helens,did loads of clubs n pubs in and around M/c Wasn't huge,however,enthusiastic,and reliable,had the odd stuff up( who doesn't ?) Had a great ... Read More
28th August 2015 10:52am
Piet Royal says...
Thought I would have seen St Francis youth club in Newall Green. 1960's into the 70's and the Royal Oak pub known as Mad Movies in the late 70's. Both great venues for new music with my brother Billy Royal and me as DJ's. Maybe you ... Read More
24th September 2015 12:35am
Malcolm Barrett says...
Just been reading about Ivans Meads. Remember seeing them sing sins of the Family fall on the daughter.Sure it was called Jungfraue or similar. It was near manchester cathedral. Think teacher from Burley St had something to do with it. Also got them ... Read More
22nd October 2016 1:43am
David West says...
You've missed out a club in Brierfield near Nelson, called the Birdtrap. It was an all nighter on a smaller scale than the Twisted Wheel. No groups just a DJ with wicked Soul, blues and Motown tunes. We used to go there after The Imp if we ... Read More
14th December 2016 8:51pm
Ian Kinsey says...
28th December 2016 7:32am
Ralph butters says...
Here's a few clubs not mentioned The Princess Club on barley moor rd . The Dirty Duck Crewe . Up the Junction Crewe
11th January 2017 7:56am
Joe hardy says...
Can,t believe no one has posted about the Russell club and new Russell club in hulme the 6 Lyons brothers were the doormen
25th January 2017 11:48am
Joe Hardy says...
Surprised the Willows (Salford rugby club) monday nights - MUD were the resident group between the record sessions
26th January 2017 2:20am
Jane Ales says...
Otherwise known as the PSV club for bus drivers. Friday night was Factory night.
26th January 2017 5:04am
Alan Law says...
G'day Ian, was that Fred Shawcross you talked about, what a talent! Loved the Poco , Alan n Talk etc
26th January 2017 7:56pm
Alan Letts says...
A Few You've Missed.
The Vic. Clayton Le Moors. D.J. Plus Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. Nero and the Gladiators. The Dolphins. Eddie Martin.
The Jazz. Great Harwood. D.J. Local Groups.
The Mirabelle. Blackburn. D.J.
30th January 2017 1:50am
jackie cool (stockport) says...
Hi, I remember Chez Freds back in sixties. My name then was Jacqueline Cool,yes really! I knew Sue Edge, she was a good friend at the time, her sister used to manage Wayne Fontana and Mindbenders. She died at a very young age, of cancer. She lived ... Read More
14th September 2017 10:44pm
Dave s (Manchester) says...
I vaguely remember my older sister going to the candy club Newton Heath in the sixties it later changed its name to the devils cave ( or vice Verca) it was situated on Oldham road about 200 yards from the duke of York pub which was on the corner of ... Read More
15th September 2017 12:03am
Jenny Neill (Stockport) says...
My dad used to be a DJ/compare back in the 60's/70's his stage name used to be "Johnny be good" (no idea how he used to spell it) just wondered if anyone had any memories I could share with him. I know he would enjoy reminiscing. ... Read More
26th September 2017 9:25am
mel gage (manchester) says...
I've noticed many venues outside of Manchester have been mentioned, with that in mind many early "Wheelers" used to visit the "Golden Torch"in Stoke great soul venue , lots of us used to go to the start of the all nighter st ... Read More
23rd October 2017 10:00pm
mel gage (manchester) says...
Noticed a Liverpool venue , back in the mid 60's gang from the "wheel" used to go "Hope hall" down by Liverpool Anglican cathedral, meet up with Bunny Melia, Dave and H, among others who were regulars at the "Wheel" ... Read More
2nd December 2017 11:36pm
Martin Riley (Shaw Oldham) says...
A Manchester city centre night club not listed was the basement Paramount Club on Piccadilly near to the Bier keller and Brunswick hotel.It was open circa 1971/4.
6th February 2018 2:01am

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