Manchester has got it all: great music venues, legendary nightclubs, brilliant bars, casinos, bingo halls and plenty of pubs! If you’re planning a night out in mad-for-it Manchester, this guide will help you make sure it is one to remember.
Whatever floats your boat on a night out, you’ll find it in the UK’s third largest urban area. To help you navigate the city, take a look at our Manchester manual.
The Northern Quarter
This area is home to the city’s most cutting-edge establishments, as well as the city’s favourite venerable music venues: Band on the Wall, the Roadhouse and the Night and Day. Check out gig listing before you go if you want to see some of the country’s most exciting bands play in a venue steeped in music history.
New bars, pubs and clubs are opening all the time in the Northern Quarter, and if you are happy to wander you’ll come across a number of charming, quirky little drinking holes, where you can often get a bite to eat while great music plays on the sound system.
If you want to shake your groove on the dancefloor, you might want to check out Bluu or the Mint Lounge. Or if you’re looking for a one-stop shop that includes a multiplex cinema, restaurants, bars and clubs, you’ll find it all at the Printworks in Shudehill.
Canal Street is drawing increasing numbers of visitors, who are making the most of the area’s many lively late-night bars and clubs, which famously include a number of gay venues. Chinatown’s karaoke bars are also nearby if you fancy a sing-along!
Deansgate, the longest road through the city, and its surrounding streets offer an amazing choice of bars and clubs, including Panacea, the Living Room and Cloud23 in the Beetham Tower.
Just down the road from Deansgate you can find the new nightlife hotspot of Spinningfields, which offers a great range of modern restaurants and bars. Southern11, the Oast House and the Alchemist are amongst the names currently causing a stir.
If you’re visiting Manchester in the summer, you can also take in a movie at the area’s outdoor film screen.
Oxford Road is a favourite destination for Manchester’s student population who can’t help but fall into (and out of) the bars and clubs near the university.
If you’re young and on a budget, you’ll have a great time here. Check out the listings for the Deaf Institute before you come down and you might catch a great band or see an independent film at the Cornerhouse. Dance the night away in Pure Space, Fac251 or another of the area’s nightclubs, or just make the most of the offers available in the many pubs and bars.
If you to try and win back some of the cash you’ve spent, you could always head for Mecca Bingo in Manchester – just a short taxi or bus ride from this area. Good budget hotel options can also be found nearby.