Having closed its doors on the 30th September, Churchill's, one of the oldest venues in Manchester's Gay Village has changed hands, reopening its doors as part of the Bar Pop group on the 9th October.
The landmark building on the corner of Chorlton Street, Canal Street and Richmond Street, has operated as a pub since the 1850's, previously as the Mechanic Arms, before becoming the celebrated hotel, drag and karaoke venue - and briefly a fish & chip shop - known as Churchill's.
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Long time Gay Village operators John Hamilton (a.k.a. Viva La Diva) and partner Antonio Roman have taken over the management - at an expected annual rent of £105,000 - and promise to bring a fresh new look to the venue with drinks offers, bingo, quizzes, games nights and, once COVID restrictions allow, karaoke and new entertainment.
The Gay Village has been hit hard by the Government's 10pm curfew, with nearby Oscar's Bar opting to temporarily close, whilst G-A-Y's owner Jeremy Joseph has launched a legal challenge to the restrictions.