Manchester Nightlife

Manchester has long been famed for its nightlife. The Northern Quarter is a hip area, attracting alternative, creative types. Deansgate is a lively shopping district and has a more mainstream vibe. To the west, Castlefield is a great spot for canal-side drinking. Centred around Canal Street, Manchester's renowned Gay Village is also popular.

Bars in Manchester


This is one of the most strikingly-designed bars in the city. Frequented by the rich and famous, the bar features burnt orange and red hues whilst colourful paper lampshades are suspended from its ceiling. Interspersed amid the chairs are six cocoons where drinkers can recline in semi-private comfort. A seriously stylish drinking den.

Lord North Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0871 978 9600.
Dry Bar

Located in the Northern Quarter is the legendary Dry Bar where Shaun Ryder, Tony Wilson, et al used to hang out. It now plays mainly indie and underground music.

28-30 Oldham Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0161) 236 9840.
The Alchemist

Neighbouring the Manchester Opera House, this good-looking bar offers wooden floors, leather sofas and smart outdoor seating and is renowned for its impressive, hand-made and innovative cocktails.

3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0871 231 7756.

Clubs in Manchester


Describing itself rather pretentiously as the place for couture clubbing, Bijou attracts a well-dressed and well-heeled crowd of celebrities and wannabes keen to hang out in decadent surroundings, the VIP room or cigar terrace, with a glass of champagne in hand. Make sure you look the part if you want to join the elite party crowd.

1-7 Chapel Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0871 230 5510.
Cuba Cafe

With an over-25's door policy at weekends, this friendly, popular club tends to attract people who want to escape young drunken revellers.
Fridays and Saturdays offer a mix of motown, soul, funk, rock and roll, pop, disco and even jazz and country - they play just about anything to get people on the dance floor.

43 Port Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0871 230 4407.
Tiger Tiger

With six themed bars including a colonial-styled Raffles and a Moroccan-designed Kaz Bar and a club designed to mimic the best of Ibiza's dance scene, you're guaranteed a great night out in well-established, swanky Tiger Tiger.

The Printworks, Corporation Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0871 230 5238.

Live Music in Manchester


A well-established live music venue in Manchester.

Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 08444 777 677.
Manchester Academy

Larger acts perform at the Manchester Academy, which is based on the Manchester University campus.

Oxford Road University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0161) 275 4278.
MEN Arena

Claiming to be the largest indoor arena in Europe, the MEN Arena has staged a number of big bands, from U2, Rolling Stones to Madonna and Take That.

Victoria Station, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0844 847 8000.

Classical Music in Manchester

Bridgewater Hall

The impressive Bridgewater Hall is the home of the famous Hallé Orchestra and a great place to experience classical music performances.

Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0844 907 9000.

Theatre in Manchester

Contact Theatre

A great place to see more experimental theatre and dance performances.

Devas Street, off Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0161) 274 0600.
Manchester Library Theatre Company

For 58 years, the Manchester Library Theatre Company has produced drama, musical theatre and plays for families, and comedies.

St Peter's Square, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0161) 200 1536.
Royal Exchange Theatre

The city boasts many top-notch theatres, including the Royal Exchange Theatre. It is housed in a seven-sided, glass-walled structure which is situated within the former Victorian Cotton Exchange Buildings in the city. Its striking design means that the audience is less than 9m (27ft) away from the circular stage, giving unimpeded views.

St Ann's Square, Manchester, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0161) 833 9833.