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Experience Manchester’s nightlife scene and enjoy a legendary night out

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

From sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar to eating Tex Mex and playing bowls the next, Manchester is a city where everyone can kick back and let their hair down.


Urban glam

You can find your tribe in every district of the city, like Spinningfields home to The Ivy, a magnet for celebrities and the uber glam and The Oast House where you can soak up a relaxed nightlife vibe. The Refinery, and the rooftop bar at 20 Stories restaurant are also popular places to enjoy drinks while listening to some beats and across the Irwell you’ll find Menagerie, another fashionable bar-restaurant that is as much about the experience as it is about the food.

Castlefield is the place to head for an al fresco drink. Join the crowds outside Dukes 92 or down cask ales at The Wharf or The Dockyard, then as the night progresses head to Deansgate Locks and Lola Lo.

The Ivy Spinningfields in Manchester

Check out the iconic Ivy in Spinningfields

Cruising along Deansgate you can soak up the revelry at Dirty Martini, go clubbing all night at Chinawhite, play snooker at the Roxy Ball Room, ping pong at Twenty Twenty Two and darts at the Flight Club. Imbibe a cocktail at Grand Pacific on King Street, or at Panacea on John Dalton Street, then follow the crowd to bar/club Vanitas at the former Freemasons Hall on Bridge Street.

Playground on Whitworth Street is where you can release your inner (wild) child, while you can lose yourself in music at Club Liv and Uberfooty247. Make a beeline for Funkademia, Manchester’s longest-running club night at the Mint Lounge in the edgy Northern Quarter to get a taste of Manchester cool.

You can find your tribe in every district of the city, like Spinningfields home to The Ivy, a magnet for celebrities and the uber glam and The Oast House where you can soak up a relaxed vibe

Alternative and independent bars

The Northern Quarter and Ancoats areas of the city are where to meet a cool indie crowd at bars such as Dive Bar & Grill, Hold Fast and The Pen and Pencil bar, NoHo, Ply and Guilty by Association. Jazz aficionados can toe-tap at laid-back basement club, Matt & Phred’s, hosting live jazz, funk and soul acts, plus cocktails and a tasty pizza menu.

Sail away on one of The Liquorist’s cruises, or hit Apotheca and soak up its stylish Gothic pharmacy interior. Feeling peckish? Make your way through the underground tunnel to Dough Pizza Kitchen, head over to the speakeasy-style bar at Black Dog Ballroom where you can lounge until 4am or hit up Science & Industry, an eccentric and experimental hideaway with full table service.

cocktails

Enjoy mouth-watering cocktails with friends in Manchester

Join the A-list at Bar 21, a movie and music-themed venue, knock back shots at Walrus, or join the in-crowd at The Liar’s Lounge at Cane & Grain. Hit the Washhouse or Stage and Radio, or head for The Font on New Wakefield Street and drink craft beers and cocktails while the DJ spins your favourite sounds.

Party time

The heyday of the Haçienda may have gone but the clubbing spirit lives on in the home of the legendary 5th Avenue, famed for its foam parties, Albert Hall on Deansgate, Gorilla and Hidden near Strangeways, as well as club nights like The Warehouse Project.

The Warehouse Project in Manchester

For a memorable gig experience head to The Warehouse Project

Enjoy nights out at Yes on Charles Street and 42s Bootle Street and enjoy the weird, wild and wonderful entertainment at Albert’s Schloss on Peter Street. There’s the underground night club South on South King Street and Keep it Unreal at the Band on the Wall, when Manchester DJ and producer Mr Scruff performs a five-hour set of funk, soul and house.

If you want to party all night, the city’s gay quarter around Canal Street is another location to find a fantastic selection of bars and venues. On summer evenings and at weekends the canalside is for people watching and it’s a location for enjoying anything from a quiet cocktail to a burlesque drag act.

The heyday of the Haçienda may have gone but the clubbing spirit lives on in the home of the legendary 5th Avenue, famed for its foam parties

Last orders

Pubs are very much a part of northern culture and hostelries such as Mr Thomas’s Chop House on Cross Street is the epitome of the Manchester watering hole. This Victorian bar has been preserved in all its ornate glory, with a fine ale and wine list. Another famed city centre pub is Briton’s Protection on Great Bridgewater Street, which attracts everyone from real ale aficionados to concert-goers and musicians from the Bridgewater Hall next door.

The Launderette in Manchester

Try some delicious dishes at The Launderette

The Peveril of the Peak is another traditional northern pub that finds a place in the affections of everyone from students to pop stars. For those who fancy exploring further afield, there’s the Dockyard in MediaCityUK, a short tram ride away from the city centre. Chorlton-cum-Hardy is worth exploring, too, with its laid-back bars and funky restaurants including Brewski, Proof, Mary & Archie and Electrik as well as the bars and restaurants of the buzzing metropolitan Beech Road area such as The Launderette.


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