Now 42nd St, I went to this place once when it was The Zoo in about 1982. All posey 80's style chrome and mirrors. I seem to remember a glass bridge or am I making that up?, snooty waitress only service and the outrageous price of 50p per half, no pints, in a poncey glass.
The giant stuffed polarbear in the hallway later turned up at Sacha's hotel I think.
This was a great night; it reflected the diverse and eclectic music scene in the city at the time. It attracted people from different scenes and the music was always on the pulse. To my ears it was like a head's jukebox, Dave Booth was the most popular DJ and soon outgrew the place, he was spinning funk and soul, Madchester tunes, early Grunge, classic Psych, hip hop and some early house...The Playpen attracted a crowd of Punks, Rockers, Goths, Hippies, Bikers, Ravers, and was a very cool place, never any trouble there, ever!
think it was before 87 poss 85
i know cos i started the nite with first paul clements and then derek goodwin who i lived with for a short period
artworks all mine again
by the way 'the pigpen' as it was fondly known was as u said dave was the cooliest of cool places bettered only by 'the hangout' which was also mine
this night is still running and im pleased to say is the longest running weekly nite in manchester