78 Sackville St, Manchester M1 3NJ
South of the border down Manchester way, on the wrong side of the Tweed:
– sat The Swinging Sporran, closer to the culverted Medlock than thee.
What’s in a name?
The decontextualised allusion to outlandish Bamforth innuendo and Caledonian capers.
The Swinging Sporran now, no longer swings.
It began as an abrupt end to a multi-storey car park that wanted to go on forever.
A sociable adjunct to the Umist campus and a suitably Modernist companion in both style and demeanour, bunker like brick blocks just about topped by a residential core.
It became home to live music and DJs of every stripe, enough to induce spots before your very, very wavy eyes.
With thanks to http://www.mdmarchive.co.uk
The Swinging Sporran becomes The Retro Bar, having acquired a kiosk and coffee bar along the way, and an over elaboration of signage and detail that incautiously disguises its original spare aesthetic.
You can if you wish, escape through a door, climb the stairway to the stars, and gaze at the campus below, hurry though.
Nothing lasts forever.