Manchester nightlife: from a decadent industrial center to a chic and trendy metropolis. Manchester fascinates you with its wild nightlife and above all with its wide range of concerts and live music.
The metropolis that never sleeps
From a decadent industrial center to a trendy city with a thriving nightlife , Manchester is today an extremely lively and innovative city, which combines design, research and culture. Famous in the past for its sad industrial landscape and social decadence, Manchester has totally renewed itself in recent decades, thanks to an innovative urban and cultural reconversion, and has transformed itself into an immense laboratory of trends.
Its nightlife is very lively and it also hosts the most famous gay-friendly district in Europe. The old dilapidated factories and abandoned warehouses now house the new trendy clubs, pubs and cafés which give a new look to the old industrial city.
In addition to its famous football teams ( Manchester United and Manchester City ), one of the most important aspects of Manchester is, in fact, its nightlife : it is no coincidence that the city is often referred to by the nickname of "Madchester" (" Mad” in English means crazy) because it is very lively and has a thousand facets.
Manchester's nightlife is in fact one of the most renowned in the whole of England and is able to satisfy every need. Alongside the traditional cafes and pubs, the city is full of discos and clubs that stay open until dawn. The city is home to electronic music and musicians: few cities in the world host so many House and techno artists, singers and djs (among the best in the world).
The city has a distinct fondness for live music and its musical talents make Manchester one of the world's leading venues for rock, indie and alternative music. This city is always a must on the tours of various international bands and most of the concert halls host and have hosted the big names in pop and rock music.
The nightlife districts in Manchester
The Northern Quarter is a trendy, creative and alternative area. This is certainly the liveliest part of Manchester which attracts many young people and tourists. The area is full of classic English-style bars and pubs, concentrated around the intersection of High Street and Thomas Street, while towards Tib Street and Oldham Street there are some great bars and clubs and a slightly more relaxed atmosphere. The right place to listen to excellent music, accompanied by excellent drinks, or eat the famous "Fish and chips".
Oxford Road is a street full of bars and nightclubs that have the same relaxed spirit of the Northern Quarter. Find a busier nightlife in Deansgate , a commercial district located opposite the train station, precisely at the "The Locks" , a row of bars housed under the arches of the railway.
If, on the other hand, you want to pamper yourself with a good cocktail in a slightly more refined place, head to the Spinningfields , where there is an excellent selection of restaurants and bars.
Finally, Canal Street "Gay Village" , a long paved street that runs along the canal, full of bars, restaurants and colorful characters. During the summer months, the street takes on a carnival atmosphere as revelers flock here to drink in the various open-air bars. Here is the largest gay community in England and Europe.
Clubs and discos in Manchester
Manchester Evening News Arena
(Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester) Billing itself as the largest indoor arena in Europe, Manchester Arena hosts live music concerts, mainly performances by international rock and pop artists as well as British music. The Manchester Arena has been the stage for numerous famous bands, from U2 to the Rolling Stones, up to Madonna and Take That.
(Jersey St, Manchester) Sankeys is one of Manchester clubs . Reopened in 2006, the club hosts artists of international caliber, such as Steve Lawler, Carl Cox and many others. A true symbol of the nightlife of this city: not to be missed.
(46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester) Open Friday and Saturday 10.30pm-4am.
The Mint Lounge is a very popular club with an excellent sound system and LED lighting (similar to the homonymous club in Berlin). The music ranges from techno to House, up to dubstep and drum'n'bass.
Revolucion De Cuba
(11 Peter Street, Manchester) Open Monday to Wednesday 11am to 2am, Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 3am, Sunday 11.30am to 1am.
Revolucion De Cuba is a rhum bar that offers live music every night, salsa lessons, cocktails and over 50 types of premium rum. Open until late every night, this has quickly become Manchester's busiest bar.
The Milton Club
(244 Deansgate, Manchester) Open Friday and Saturday 8pm-4am.
The Milton Club is an exclusive and elegant venue, famous for its parties and tailor-made cocktails. The club embodies the style of the city, offering exceptional service and a sophisticated environment, with an elegant design and black interior. Treat yourself to a chic night immersed in a fun party atmosphere and in the midst of elegant people.
Black Dog Ballroom
(11 – 13 New Wakefield St, Manchester) Open daily 12.00 – 4.00.
Located under the famous Affleck Palace , the Black Dog Ballroom is a very popular club inspired by the style of New York, which offers good cocktails and excellent evenings. The club also has a hidden VIP room.
The Bijou Club
(1-7 Chapel Street, Manchester) Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm, Saturday 10.30pm to 5am.
The Bijou Club is undoubtedly Manchester - opened in 2009, the place is renowned as a celebrity's favorite club. The illustrious guests who have passed through here are very numerous and among them there are characters such as Ne-Yo, Drake, Rita Ora, Little Mix and The Wanted. The Bijou Club is in fact a popular hangout for Manchester's elite, especially celebrities and footballers, who can often be spotted dancing to House, funky or R'n'B music. The club attracts a crowd of well dressed people and pretty girls.
The Bijou Club features a terrace with a heated seating area, a main bar with an LED ceiling that lights up to the beat of the music, custom booths and tables, and a large dance floor. The VIP area has a cocktail bar where talented mixologists prepare excellent cocktails. The club organizes a unique range of events and club nights which are among the most exclusive in Manchester nightlife .
(110 Wilmslow Road, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 2.00pm to 2.00am, Friday and Saturday 2.00pm to 3.00am.
Suede elegant club in Manchester, located just off Deansgate. This luxurious nightclub attracts a trendy crowd every week, who pour onto the large dance floor, to the rhythm of R'n'B, Hip Hop and House music.
(23 Peter St, Manchester) Open Thursday to Saturday 10pm to 4am.
Every city in the world has its emblematic hot spot that defines an era, a place that becomes the main attraction for generations of beautiful people and the center of their nightlife desires. In Manchester, that special place is the LIV . Designed to impress through its stunning décor, music, dance and performances by internationally renowned artists, club Liv is an opulent event space which never fails to leave a lasting impression on its guests. Unique, ultra cool and trendy. the Liv has a large dance floor, LED screens, a luxurious marble bar, a beautiful terrace and even an Asian restaurant in tow: wine, dine and dance the night away.
Cirque Club Manchester
(359 Queens Rd, Manchester) Cirque Manchester is a club with a mysterious and seductive atmosphere and which is spread over two breathtaking floors. The club offers a lavish drinks menu and a totally unique experience every time you visit.
(Manchester235, 2 Watson St, Manchester) Open 24 hours.
Located in the Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester235 is a spectacular Vegas-style casino, with two restaurants, multiple gaming floors and a glamorous cocktail bar. Inside there are slot machines, electronic casino games, gaming and poker tables. The Poker Lounge is a space dedicated to poker, where some weekly tournaments are also organised.
Upstairs is celebrity chef James Martin . Here you find the best in modern British cuisine, with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. For an exclusive culinary experience, James Martin offers the opportunity to spend an evening of tasting at the chef's private table and to enjoy a 7-course dinner, accompanied by excellent wines.
The Vega Lounge , on the other hand, offers a wide selection of cocktails and embodies all the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, with live music and DJ entertainment every weekend.
(1 New Wakefield Street, Manchester) Situated just off Oxford Road, Sound Control is a three-storey club which opened in December 2009 in what was once a music shop. With a large concert stage upstairs, a ground floor bar and a basement club, this venue is well equipped to carve its own place in Manchester's music scene. The three different levels of Sound Control sometimes join together to form a sort of megaclub.
Suburbia Cocktail Co.
(4 Ridgefield, Manchester) Open Friday 9-2.30pm, Saturday 10pm-4.30am.
Located just off Deansgate in what was once the infamous Avici White , Suburbia Manchester is now a luxurious underground party venue that attracts a glamorous clientele. Suburbia Manchester the second nightclub to open following the success of the popular Suburbia Hale . Both clubs are basement nightclubs that offer an intimate environment for dancing until the early hours of the morning, and with a wide range of drinks, which range from the great classics to a series of handcrafted cocktails created by the Suburbia bartender team. The club is open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings, while during the week the Suburbia is perfect for corporate events, product launches or receptions.
Solis Rooftop Parties
(8 Lower Ormond Street, Manchester) Sun, parties and super natural good vibes. Djs, live saxophones, percussion and a selection of street food, all combined with a spectacular view of the Manchester skyline.
(4A S King St, Manchester) Open Thursday to Saturday 11pm to 5am.
Launched by Paul Cons, the South Club was created as an antidote to the superclub: a small underground club, dark and deliberately underground in style. This small club has become one of the reference points for Manchester nightlife , especially for fans of House and techno music. Make sure you get here early as space is limited and there is a long queue at the entrance. This place is fast becoming one of the best clubs in Manchester .
(101 Princess St, Manchester) Open Wednesday 24.00 to 5.00, Thursday to Monday 23.00 to 6.00.
Open six nights a week, Cruz 101 has been Manchester's most popular gay venue for over seventeen years. A wide choice of evenings on offer with a musical selection ranging from funky house to pop, r'n'b and house music.
(121 Princess St, Manchester) Open Thursday to Saturday 10pm to 3am.
Fifth NightClub is one of Manchester's longest running indie and student clubs.
(112 -118 Princess Street, Manchester) Open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday 11pm-4am.
The Factory mixes live music, indie influences and dance music on three different floors for concert and clubbing lovers.
(16-18 Mary St, Manchester) Open Friday and Saturday 10pm-4am.
The Hidden is a playground for music and the arts. The Basement ( The Den ), the Blue Room , the Courtyard and the Hangar form the club areas and ensure music second to none. On the upper floors and in the warehouse next door there are spaces used for exhibition and creative spaces.
42nd Street Club
(2 Bootle Street, Manchester) Open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday 11pm-3am.
In this club we party every day and there is a musical selection suitable for all tastes ranging from Indie music, Rock n Roll to 60s, 70s and 80s music. During the week most drinks cost £1 and entry is free before 11pm. Present your student card and you will get discounts!
(50 Sackville Street, Manchester) This club offers Hip Hop, R'n'B, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, indie, rock, pop and lots of goodies that don't fit into any category.
(Whitworth St West, Manchester) Open Monday to Friday 12.00-14.00.
Ritz Ballroom located on Whitworth Street was built in 1920 and has played an important part throughout Manchester's unparalleled musical history. The Ritz has an eclectic and vibrant lineup of live music, nights and special events spanning all genres of entertainment. The Ritz is certainly one of Manchester's best concert venues .
Matt and Phred's
(64 Tib St, Manchester) Live music venue known for its jazz nights, Matt & Phred is a friendly Northern Quarter club that has been at the center of Manchester's music scene for years. The venue offers the best of jazz, but also offers live performances of folk, gypsy, electro, salsa, swing and ska music.
Band On The Wall
(25 Swan St, Manchester) Open daily 5-11pm.
After being refurbished, the Band on the Wall is now one of the best clubs in Manchester where you can watch shows and dance. The venue is spacious, with a huge wooden dance floor and a series of wrap around balconies. The musical programming is oriented towards the world of experimental music, and also gives a nod to jazz, for which it is considered one of the best places in the United Kingdom.
(27 Peter St, Manchester) The Albert Hall is a spectacular club, among the best known in Manchester. In addition to the spectacular interiors where concerts and parties are held, this disco organizes excellent evenings with the best djs around.
(The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester) With more than 250 performances a year, Bridgewater Hall is a large concert hall offering a diverse musical program and is also home to three resident orchestras: the Halle , the BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata .
(54-56 Whitworth St West, Manchester) Open Monday to Thursday 11.30am to 2am, Friday 11.30am to 4am, Saturday 9am to 4am, Sunday 9am to 2am.
Located under the platforms of Oxford Road railway station, the Gorilla is a medium-sized concert venue with a line-up that mixes established artists with emerging or trying to make it big. After the concerts, the party lasts until late at night with the sounds of the best djs.
(31-33 Spear St, Manchester) Open Sunday to Wednesday 12.00-23.00, Thursday 12.00-1.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00-4.00.
The Soup Kitchen is a pleasant canteen during the day, while at night it transforms into a club with one of the busiest music schedules in the whole city.
(Rusholme Grove, Manchester) Located in an old abandoned house, Antwerp Mansion is a seedy, run-down space that has been transformed into a club for wild and alternative parties. Among the walls full of graffiti, a terrace and the rooms of the Victorian-style house, here you can let loose under the music of the DJs until the early hours of the morning.
(109 Oldham St, Manchester) The Gullivers is a club with an upstairs concert hall, an elegant and dimly lit space that hosts indie concerts, parties and even live theater performances.
(Oxford Road, Manchester) Open Monday to Friday 8am to 10.30pm.
Manchester's live concert landscape has expanded in recent times, thanks to clubs such as the Albert Hall and independent initiatives such as the Soup Kitchen. Manchester Academy the beating heart of the city's live music scene, remains the last bastion for moshing sweaty concerts, plastic pint glasses and paper tickets you can take home as keepsakes.
O2 Apollo Manchester
(Stockport Rd, Manchester) The O2 Apollo Manchester is a fairly large venue which regularly hosts some of the biggest names in music and comedy on its stage. Buy tickets before coming here as concert seats are usually sold out.
The Deaf Institute Cafe Bar & Music Hall
(135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 4-12pm, Friday and Saturday 4-3pm.
Located in an old school for the deaf and dumb, The Deaf Institute is a live music club, offering a space for drinking and eating on the ground floor, while upstairs there is a music room capable of seating a few hundred people . In addition to organizing live shows, The Deaf Institute is also a nightclub.
Lola Lo Manchester
(Arches 9 -10, Manchester) Open Monday to Saturday 12.00 to 3.00, Sunday 12.00 to 24.00.
This tiki club in Manchester is the perfect tropical escape from a working day to a night of fun. Spread over three floors and overlooking the canal side of Deansgate Locks, Lola Lo is an ideal place to party and enjoy lush drinks.
(5 Whitworth St W, Manchester) Open Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday 5-11pm, Friday 5-12pm, Saturday 12-4am.
Ark is an elegant and trendy club located in Deansgate Locks: always well attended, this is the ideal place to party until dawn. Come dressed well.
Tiger Tiger Manchester
(The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester) Open Monday to Saturday 12.00-3.00, Sunday 12.00-24.00.
The Tiger Tiger Manchester is a club that mixes melodies, lights and fun. In every room there is a different genre of music: whether you are looking for good disco, old school music or the best commercial hits of the moment, the Tiger Tiger has everything you are looking for.
Versions (formerly Joshua Brooks)
(106 Princess Street, Manchester) Open Sunday to Wednesday 11.00 to 3.00, Thursday and Friday 11.00 to 4.00, Saturday 12.00 to 4.00.
Joshua Brooks is a trendy club in Manchester, furnished in a cavernous warehouse style, which attracts people of all ages to its basement who gather here to party until the morning.
The Warehouse Project
(Store Street, Manchester) Located under industrial arches near Piccadilly station, the Warehouse Project draws the city's raucous revelers to party well into the night. The best DJs in the world come to this legendary club to throw some of the most popular parties in the UK.
Bars and pubs in Manchester
Pubs and bars are certainly the main evening meeting place in Manchester. Every Sunday, football fans gather in the various pubs to watch live matches and to drink large quantities of beer or gin, capable of igniting people's spirits in a short time (even too much!).
(28-30 Oldham St, Manchester) Open Monday to Thursday 4pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 4am, Sunday 12pm to midnight.
Opened in 1989, the Dry Bar was the first bar to open in the Northern Quarter.
(Smithfield Market Hall, Manchester) Open Tuesday to Friday 11.00 to 1.00, Saturday 9.00 to 2.00, Sunday 9.00 to 24.00, Monday 11.00 to 00.30.
Bar, restaurant and open-air café, Bluu is one of the Northern Quarter's most popular bars.
Peveril Of The Peak
(127 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester) Open Monday to Thursday 12.00 to 23.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 24.00, Sunday 12.00 to 22.30.
Peveril Of The Peak is a traditional Manchester pub dating back to the 1830s and set in a quaint green-painted house. Its interiors are still furnished as they once were. The place is very popular, especially with tourists, and offers excellent beer and traditional English dishes.
(8 Dorsey St, Manchester) Open Wednesday and Thursday 4-11pm, Friday 4-1am, Saturday 2-1am, Sunday 2-11pm.
The Cord is a trendy bar, fully furnished in a vintage style, which offers excellent cocktails. The place is very popular with young people, who come here to have a drink before diving into Manchester's nightlife .
Hard Rock Cafè
(The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove Unit 7-9, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 to 23.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 23.30.
This is the UK's largest Hard Rock Cafe as well as a live concert venue and American restaurant. As per tradition, objects and memorabilia that belonged to rock legends are exhibited inside.
The Liars Club
(19A Back Bridge St, Manchester) Open Monday to Saturday 5pm to 4am, Sunday 5pm to 3am.
The Liars Club is an underground tiki bar and, at the same time, a Caribbean rum shop. The bar is a popular hangout spot featuring the largest rum collection in the city and some of the best tropical cocktails around.
Hula Tiki Lounge
(11A Stevenson Square, Manchester) Open Monday to Thursday 5pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 4am, Sunday 7pm to 2am.
This is also a tiki bar located in a Northern Quarter basement. Great cocktails, over 100 types of rum and relaxing beach music capable of transporting you away from rainy Manchester.
(Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 11am to 1am, Friday and Saturday 11am to 2am.
Located on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Manchester Deansgate , the Cloud 23 is a stylish bar that offers one of the best views over the city of Manchester through its large windows. We advise you to book if you want to come here on Friday and Saturday evenings.
(73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 to 23.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 24.00.
Situated just outside the city centre, the Marble Arch is a traditional pub which brews vegan beers and has interesting pints on offer, including the 'Chocolate Marble' and 'Ginger Marble' . The interior is very characteristic, with a sloping floor and a wooden bar. The pub also offers great food, including excellent cheeses.
The Oast House
(The Avenue Courtyard, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 2.00.
The Oast House is a very popular bar located in the center of Manchester. The building is an oast house which contrasts strongly with the surrounding modern buildings. The interior has a beamed ceiling and long wooden benches with sheepskins resting on them. Drinks are quite expensive (around £5 for a bottle of beer).
Mr Thomas's Chop House
(52 Cross St, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to midnight.
Set within a narrow house in central Manchester, Mr Thomas Chop House is a traditional English pub which has retained its Victorian charm, with a black and white tiled floor, green terracotta archways and a dark wooden bar. This is the ideal place to sip warm winter drinks or for a meal. The food served is plentiful and there is also an excellent selection of wines.
Sinclair's Oyster Bar
(2 Cathedral Approach, Manchester) This bar is a real Manchester holdover. Its headquarters have been moved twice: once to make way for the Arndale Shopping Center and then (brick by brick) for the redevelopment of the town center after the IRA bomb. There's an open-air lounge to the front of the building for sunny days, while inside the low ceilings and oak paneling make it a cozy retreat on winter days.
The Castle Hotel
(66 Oldham St, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 2.00.
The Castle Hotel is one of Manchester's most popular pubs . Originally founded in 1776, the venue is well known in indie rock circles as the site of a legendary interview between John Peel and Ian Curtis in 1979, and today it pays attention to its musical legacy with several weekly concerts.
Night & Day Cafè
(26 Oldham St, Manchester) Open Monday to Thursday 10am to 2am, Friday 10am to 4am, Saturday 9am to 4am, Sunday 9am to 10.30pm.
Opened in 1991, the Night & Day was a fish and chip shop that slowly transformed into a popular and avant-garde live music venue. Today, there is still a steady stream of alternative bands and live acts nearly every night of the week, with an emphasis on local talent.
Dusk Til Pawn
(Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 4pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 4pm to 3am.
Dusk Til Pawn is an American style bar that has become very popular in recent years. Its facade looks like an old-fashioned pawnshop, but just open the door to find yourself in a cozy place that serves some of the best cocktails in town.
(Unit 1a, Great Northern Tower, Watson St, Manchester) Open Monday to Thursday 4pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 2am, Sunday 4pm to midnight.
Epernay is a very swanky cocktail bar mostly frequented by the well-to-do. Beautiful and suggestive view of the Great Northern Square.
(43 Port Street, Manchester) Open Tuesday to Thursday 5.30pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 8.30pm to 2am.
Open to the over-25s on weekends, this friendly and popular club tends to attract people who want to escape the drunken young revelers. The music on offer is a mix of Motown, soul, funk, rock'n'roll, pop, disco and even jazz.
(6-8 Barlows Croft, Manchester) Open Wednesday and Thursday 5pm to 1am, Friday 5pm to 4am, Saturday 7pm to 4am, Sunday 7pm to 1am.
Previously known as "Under New Management" , this bar serves a range of excellent cocktails and is open until late. During the weekend, there is a DJ who plays until the morning.
(78 Deansgate, Manchester) Open Sunday to Thursday 7pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday 7pm to 3am.
The Red Door is a bar that combines excellent cocktails with pleasant background music. Great place to enjoy a late night cocktail.