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Bars and nightlife in Manchester

Top bars

Cocktail Bar
“Amazing views of Manchester from Hilton Tower. Book ahead to secure a table or book high tea for a special occasion.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“Once upon a time, two musicians named Matt & Phred decided to open a Jazz Club. In 2010, some years after both musicians had left for pastures new, the Turner family took over the little back street Jazz Club and have been enjoying meeting musicians and guests from all over the world ever since. The club has now firmly established itself as one of Manchester city-centre’s most dearly loved live music venues, with an emphasis on creating an atmosphere people from different backgrounds and ages can all enjoy as one.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Manchester's first Bohemian bier palace, cook haus and bakery. Showtime entertainment, live music and mountain frolics every day of the week.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“A very local bar in Castlefield - a couple of mins walk along the canal from the Loft. A stunning venue that can get very busy at the weekend. A beautiful outdoor door space in the sunshine and great food in the busy restaurant”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the most famous gastropubs in the city with great canal views, short stroll from deansgate , price mid range to low £ - great for lunch ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“This very stylish Pacific Rim restaurant from Knutsford's Living Ventures group offers a fantastic choice of sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes. The menu combines modern Australian cuisine with Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking traditions, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia's strong ties with Japan are reflected. Located underneath the Armani store in Spinningfields, you enter via a glass pyramid on Deansgate.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Really good food and great atmosphere. I’d recommend booking in advance though as they’re always busy.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Night Club
“Good food- American/English diner and cocktail bar, very friendly staff, often play music on a weekend. ”
  • 16 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Restaurant
“Great scenic spot to grab a drink, especially on an evening. Just avoid on cloudy or cold/wet days. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Night Club
“Good food- American/English diner and cocktail bar, very friendly staff, often play music on a weekend. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Night Club
“Band on the Wall have been a live music venue since the early 70s and have hosted some of Manchester's most famous bands.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Night Club
“Iconic comedy club with great acts and a brilliant atmosphere. Gets very busy during the weekends”
  • 12 locals recommend
Night Club
“For a hundred years people have been dancing on the famous sprung dance floor at the Ritz. Originally a famous and then notorious nightclub in Manchester, it's now a live music venue.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great bar which is full of ping pong tables and pool tables. You can also ask for a set of cups to play beer pong with.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Night Club
“Vibrant bar serving creative cocktails and champagne in a stylish setting with booths and dining.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“A great bar in the Northern Quarter where you can play table tennis and beer pong, definitely worth a visit on a night out!”
  • 7 locals recommend

Music venues

Opera House
“Theatre named for its short-lived role as an opera house, now the setting for popular entertainment.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Dating back to the 1930s, the Apollo has a traditional music hall feel, crammed with art deco design features and an atmosphere rich with eighty years of performance history. Thick velvet curtains frame the huge stage, making this a venue best appreciated in the upper tier, with the plush seating giving a striking view of the action.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Great old music venue with various musical styles, see the schedule for more info.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Loud music, dark rooms and sticky floors. Leaving with that high-pitched buzzing in your ears and strained vocal chords for singing along to your favourite band.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Created in 2000, Islington Mill remains a work in progress; an ever-evolving creative space, arts hub and community. Scratch the surface and you’ll find a vibrant and resourceful cross disciplinary creative network; a space where conversations leads to connections, collaboration and co-creation. Public arts programmes, residencies and galleries sit alongside rehearsal space. Music and visual arts mix with events and exhibitions. More than 50 businesses and 100 artists call the Mill home. Over the last 15 years we’ve supported more than 5000 artists from 35 countries. More than 15,000 people visit the building every year. Some stay for an evening, some make it their home for several years. Islington Mill is a celebration of the unconventional; of radical and subversive thinking – it is a place where anything feels possible. Our flexibility and fluid structure is a catalyst for creativity, allowing artists, residents and tenants to challenge accepted notions of what arts and culture can do, and who can be involved. We treasure our independence to explore and to create; to live and work as freely and creatively as possible, fostering an openness to experiment. The Mill was built on an ethos of experimentation, creativity and inclusivity that has evolved and clarified over time. More than just a physical venue, ours is an attitude and approach that unites people. The organic network we have forged here continues to evolve because of the actions of the people who get involved; our community. We value collaboration – within the Mill, the local community, nationally and internationally – and we are an integral part of the area’s regeneration. Attracting and retaining talent is fundamental to what we do – supporting creative entrepreneurs and facilitating the potential and promise they bring. Our ethos of participation, community and open space makes us a vital ingredient in the urban regeneration mix, both in complementing what’s on offer and generating new possibilities. The Mill sits between the University of Salford and Manchester city centre, straddling the two cities; simultaneously at the heart of Salford’s creative community and just a 10-minute walk down Chapel Street to Manchester city centre. Our studio spaces are situated across the upper floors of the main converted mill – an imposing red brick building constructed around a cobbled central courtyard.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Live music, beer festivals, gin festivals, etc. Definitely worth checking out their website to see what's on. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Concert hall/bar for great music and nice beers, cocktails, sliced pizza and sandwiches on 4 floors! Super affordable prices”
  • 3 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Irish World Heritage Centre showcases a unique bar ‘The Wild Geese Bar’ which has panoramic views of Manchester city centre and opens out onto a large garden which is enclosed by an Iron-Age Celtic fort style wall. Our centre is home to a shop selling your favourite Irish food brands and weekly newspapers, and a popular cafe serving light bites and a delicious Irish Sunday Dinners.”
  • 1 local recommends
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