Indie commerce in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Afflecks Palace, slap bang in the middle of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, fills a unique place in Manchester’s recent cultural history. This much-loved shopping cornucopia was at the heart of the ‘Madchester’ scene during the late eighties and early nineties and was the place to go if you were in the market for a pair of flares and the chance of spotting a member of The Stone Roses.
Today, the place is still one of the highlights of any trip to the Northern Quarter. It is a veritable rabbit warren of independent shops, selling everything from a unique locally designed item of couture to a personalised tarot reading. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here, as well as the beating heart of that famed Mancunian spirit of independence.
Once you’ve exhausted yourself shopping for bargains, start your night with some food and booze at another local institution, Mr Thomas’ Chop House. They claim to be Manchester’s oldest surviving Mancunian boozer, and a pint here is definitely a little bit like stepping back into Victorian Manchester. The place has remained unchanged since 1867, and the locally renowned corned beef hash has been selling out ever since. It’s the perfect city centre haven to get warmed up for a night on the tiles.
Later, head to The Temple of Convenience, a boozer popular with today’s local musical heroes. As the name suggests, this place used to be a public toilet and today attracts a suitably scuzzy and louche clientele. Local hero and 'Elbow' frontman Guy Garvey can often be seen propping up the bar, along with other members of the budding 'Manc-rock' aristocracy. Grab a pint, and join in.
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