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Manchester nightlife venues

Manchester’s nightlife is one of the most exciting and the most diverse. You might be sipping cocktails in a rooftop bar one minute and eating Tex Mex and playing bowls the next. Spinningfields is one of the most vibrant with its mix of restaurants, and late-night haunts.

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 swish bar-restaurant that is as much about the experience as it is about the food. And finally, 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.

For something a little different, check The Warehouse Project, a series of club nights organised in Greater Manchester since 2006. Unlike most other clubs, The Warehouse Project has a limited seasonal approach rather than running all year.

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 Peveril of the Peak is another traditional northern pub that finds a place in the affections of everyone from students to pop stars. And 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.

Our picks


8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU

A dandyish den of opulence. The kind of place where you can hang out day or night, access the wifi with a big slice of cake and a frothy coffee, munch on breakfasts and burgers, sandwiches and salads and/or sample the extensive and exquisite beer menu, sophisticated selection of spirits and wines to make you go woozy. Trof pride themselves on serving the best cocktails around and the finest food specials… plus, staff will make you want to stay all day and be best friends. And that’s not all, Trof is famous for their love of music. Visit website

The Printworks
The Printworks

27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS

Nestled between the Corn Exchange and the Arndale is one of Manchester’s most iconic venues. The Printworks is a buzzing, entertainment complex located in the heart of Manchester. The Printworks include eateries and bars to tickle your taste buds from every corner of the World. Enjoy live Oompah bands at Bierkeller, go East to try Japanese delights at Wagamama and Wasabi Sushi or stick with the classics like family favourite Frankie and Benny’s or Hard Rock Cafe. It’s alive with activity until 3am – pop in for lunch, watch the latest blockbuster or meet friends for a drink after work. Visit website

Manchester Hall

36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT

Manchester Hall is home to some of the UK’s most popular restaurants including Honest Burgers and Dishoom. Award-winning Masons Restaurant Bar can be found on the ground floor of the building and their ethos is to always provide locally-sourced produce, independently farmed and creatively prepared. Vanitas Bar resides in the centre of the building and is home to some of the North West’s best DJs, live musicians, and a private bar. Visit website

Band on the Wall

27 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ

Band on the Wall is Manchester’s multiple award-winning original music venue. Located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, you can enjoy the most inspiring music from a wealth of different cultures – from folk, rock, jazz and blues to electronic, world music and a variety of club nights. Visit website

Live music

54-56 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 5WW

Under the railway tracks on Whitworth Street West is Gorilla, a bar, kitchen, live venue and club space from the people behind Trof and The Deaf Institute. Choose from award-winning royal breakfasts and Sunday roasts, chargrilled burgers and fancy sandwiches. There’s a grilled selection too! On the drinks list, there’s have a full menu of cocktails and shakes, alongside the best in bottled and canned beers, fine wines and fair-trade coffees. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Africa Studio/; Chris Slupski/Harry Swales/Lily Banse/Unsplash; The Vain Photography/Carl Sukonik/The Printworks; The Warehouse Project

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