By Mark Gibson Nov.
It’s hard to describe The Manzil Room to someone who had never been there. It was almost like a parody of the ultimate rock venue. It was a place that was always jumping, especially in the wee hours of the day. I distinctly remember leaving there on more than one occasion, just in time to catch the bus down to Martin Place to start work at 8am. It was a place where you had no idea what time it was or whether it was night or day. It was all about the music.It wasn’t just the great bands that played there, it was all the musicians in the audience. It was THE place to go after you’d finished your own gig just to catch up with other Muso’s and Crew who were in town. The Manzil Room was the original “after party” before there was even a term for it. I had the pleasure of working there with Bandanna a few times and The Choirboys on one occasion and saw many other great acts like Kevin Borich and Judge Mercy. It didn’t matter who was on though, there was always someone to party with there.
Some time around 1990 the Nightclub changed its name to Springfields and the legend continued on for a while longer. I’m not sure of exactly when it closed down but I’m sure it is sadly missed by many.