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Purple Pussycat Lounge

Christabel Astaire loves Purple Pussycat Lounge, but will you?

Published on May 1st 2008.

Purple Pussycat Lounge

Even with its deliberately seedy exterior the subterranean den of iniquity that is Purple Pussycat is getting plenty of dancing feet onto its mirrored floors.

But first you have to find it. Easiest way is to seek out Mojo, in the spooky little alleyway called Back Bridge Street, west off Deansgate, and start tunnelling.

The décor suits this eccentric mix. There are poles for the girls, a New York style phone booth, for patrons with plenty of change in their pockets, and a sort of Gothic style rubber bar.

Once inside you'll find a mixed bunch of maverick vagrants who know about their music but probably just prefer a good time - any old way. Customers range from discerning 'one after work' city swillers to professional barhoppers and social butterflies, but definitely not your typical Deansgate types.

The décor suits this eccentric mix. There are poles for the girls, a New York style phone booth, for patrons with plenty of change in their pockets, and a sort of Gothic style rubber bar. Design twists include the famous urinals shaped like open mouths with full rouged lips: an interesting place for gents to relieve their tensions. Meanwhile a hungry piranha watches the revellers from his tank with intent to do damage should any drunken hands foolishly flop in.

The place is run by the well-established team behind One Central and Sankeys Soap, providing nights such as Romp. Because of this there is no such thing as a ‘quiet’ evening at the Pussycat with a line up of special guest DJs and live acts every night of the week.

The bar staff actually know what they’re talking about too. A girlfriend and I vaguely recall finding this out late last Thursday when we couldn’t make that all important liquor decision. A ‘signature’ drink was created in our honour and the resident DJ even changed the track to suit our mood – now that’s service. My liver can’t wait for them to launch their new cocktail menu this Thursday. Otherwise the drinks include pretty much the usual lagers and wine range which is perhaps something the Purple Pussycat Lounge can work on.

Overall, this place is good fun, an antidote to the Wags, nags and Chloe bags: a place to get down and dirty on the dance-floor with a crowd who know how to let their hair down. There' are even private booths for secret dates with inappropriate people.

But the place will divide people. Some will think it bohemian and lush, others might think it tacky. It's a love it or hate it venue.

Certainly the presence of a few guilty-looking gentlemen who have clearly mistaken - understandably so - the design style for a strip joint can be a little disconcerting. Although, after a couple of the cocktails, you can have a giggle at them as they stare longingly at the beaded booth curtains waiting for a feline fancy to enter and strut her stuff.

Somehow that all fits with the quirky den that is Purple Pussycat Lounge.

Rating: 14/20
Breakdown: 3/5 Drink
3/5 Decor
4/5 Service
4/5 Ambience
Address: Purple Pussycat

19a Back Bridge Street
M3 2PB
Tel: 0161 834 5111
Open: 5pm-3am every night (with bottles of house red or white wine available for £7 from 5pm-9pm)

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

eugene can't spell his own nameMay 1st 2008.


mMay 1st 2008.

They need to ditch those tacky coloured lights on the DJ booth. Its totally out of character with the rest of the bar. Or at least stick a purple filter over them. The lad's loos are ace but the quality of design has not quite been replicated throughout. Its friendly place though and is definately worth a visit. The Piranha is neat touch and I was impressed with my knowledge of, erm, fishology, to actualy realise what it was without being told.

peteMay 1st 2008.

i agree with charlie. i was in there last friday. wondered in by accident. they had a night there called the sound of proper music which raises money for charity and it was a right laugh. i agree the crown and music were great. good luck to them.

AnonMay 1st 2008.

I'm sure i had a lock in on the thursday just gone. They said they were open till 2 and then i stumbled out of there about ten to 4 in the morning. can't argue! Was this my imagination or was anyone else also in there??

charlieMay 1st 2008.

there last friday night and had a ball. small, unpretentious, a bit too knowing but music and crowd were great. i'll provide sean with a small wager that he'll be eating some humble pie during the autumn.

jenMay 1st 2008.

Aweful, the speaker in the so called VIP area fell off the wall and landed on my head. I took it over to the manager who then proceeded to attach it back on with a member of staff and the light of a mobile phone before even checking if we were ok. The place is as miserable and tacky as the owner who wanders around it.

SeanMay 1st 2008.

Was in there last night totally dead and you can smell the desperation of the owners in the air, my verdict it will be gone by summer

Jonathan Schofield - editorMay 1st 2008.

Eugene, technical probs...please try again.

CheeseheadMay 1st 2008.

I was there until late, I think Christabel was there, now my head is cheese

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