The ultimate Manchester nightlife guide, with the skinny on the best bars, pubs, clubs, regular nights and after hours eats
With a population of over 2.5 million people and four universities, it’s not hard to see why Manchester is famed for its nightlife. For students and non-students alike, the city has a wide range of bars, charming pubs, clubs and nightspots that you shouldn’t miss out on.
There are loads of late bars to choose from, but here are some of the best in Manchester for a genuinely fantastic night.
Best bars: watering holes with character and atmosphere
Garden-themed bar, specialising in Gin. Quietly tucked away from the main hustle and bustle of the Northern Quarter but still manages to draw in a good crowd. Friendly staff and great contemporary food on offer as well.
24 Dale Street M1 1FY, allotmentbar.co.uk
Exciting and busy Tiki cocktail lounge with interesting décor. Value for money considering it’s an inner city cocktail bar, and they don’t scrimp on the quantity either. Excellent beats make for a buzzing atmosphere.
11 Stevenson Square M1 1DB, hulabar.co.uk
Port Street Beer House
Three-story craft beer house tucked away on the edge of the Northern Quarter. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist in your choice from the humungous beer list. Constantly changing guest taps makes this place a delightful treat for ale lovers.
39-41 Port Street M1 2EQ, portstreetbeerhouse.co.uk
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Exposed brick, sofas, dentist’s chair and even a ping pong table. Throw in a good indie mixtape and sweet potato fries and you’ve got a hipster’s paradise.
10 Tariff Street M1 2FF, kosmonaut.co
Dusk til Pawn
Cool décor and a fully stocked bar results in this, slightly secret, quirky cocktail hangout. Don’t let the entrance fool you this hidden gem is definitely worth the search. All I’ll say is – it’s on Stevenson Square…..somewhere!
Best low level street pubs: retire to these and finish the night by last orders (where the music isn’t blaring)
The King’s Arms
Owned by former Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton, the Salford PH has been described as a ‘community pub’. Upstairs, it plays host to Manchester’s local talent in music, drama and comedy and has won several awards over the past couple of years.
Bloom Street, Salford, kingsarmssalford.com
The Sip Club, Stretford
Worth the jaunt on the tram out to Stretford, it is the best kept secret in Trafford. Dubbed ‘A living room with a license’ it’s tucked away next to an estate agent and if you blink you’ll miss it. Another community pub winning awards including ‘CAMRA pub of the season’ in 2014 – it hosts many a different night including: A cheese quiz, whiskey and gin tasting, poetry and…you guessed it: Origami workshops.
164A Barton Road, Stretford M32 8DP, thesipclub.co.uk
The Crown and Kettle
Old fashioned and cosy local pub that has an authentic atmosphere – the perfect recipe for winding down the night. Good selection of ales on tap and bottled beer.
2 Oldham Road M4 5FE, facebook.com/TheCrownandKettle
Best clubs: keep partying ‘til the morning
The Bijou Club
Lavish nightclub situated in the heart of the city complete with cigar terrace and champagne bar. Book a booth and arrive in style with their chauffeur service. Make sure you’re on the guest list…
1-7 Chapel Street M3 7NJ, bijouclub.co.uk
Basement club with a retro vibe. Dance the night away to your favourite old skool tunes from the 50’s to soul classics, don’t forget to grab a lollypop on the way in. ‘Cool tunes for groovy cats’
5 Cooper Street M2 2FW, tiger–lounge.com
Home to Manchester’s longest running club night Funkademia (see below), resident DJs spin funk and soul every Saturday. A hefty range of drink offers mean this city centre hive is always busy. It has a small room at the back for intimate gigs that have seen the likes of Foals and Florence & The Machine play before their rise to prominence.
46-50 Oldham Street M4 1LE, mintlounge.com
Regular nights: best weekly and monthly events
Let’s Make This Precious – The Star & Garter
Unique night of Indie – Soul – Girl Group – Post Punk
Last Friday of the month (changes)
Sign up on Facebook for cheap entry!
Goo – The Deaf Institute
The best place to pop to Britpop – Indie – Grunge
Third Friday of the month
FREE ENTRY BEFORE 11PM
Remake Remodel – The Ruby Lounge/Soup Kitchen
Popular Rock ‘n’ Roll night – Mondays at The Soup Kitchen and every first Saturday at The Ruby Lounge
‘Timeless but not tired’
Funkademia – The Mint Lounge
The longest running club night in Manchester – every Saturday bring your funk shoes and soul booty.
JUICY – Joshua Brooks – Hip hop
Very popular Hip-hop night – every Wednesday – cheap drinks, cheap entry and classic hip-hop and R&B.
£1.50 adv tickets online
After-Hours Eats: late night takeaways and pig-out spots
Leo’s Fish Bar (takeaway)
Manchester’s finest chippy (arguably). Open ‘til the wee hours – sit in or takeaway and be served by super friendly staff. They even do delivery.
12 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, leosfishbar.com
Crazy Pedro’s Part Time Pizza Parlour
New York-style pizzeria serving cocktails and pizzas until 4am. No more drunken searches for pizza at a late hour!
55-57 Bridge Street, facebook.com/CrazyPedrosPizza
Spicy Mint, Curry Mile (formerly Spicy Hut)
The Curry Mile is always a good bed for some late night feasting but Spicy Mint is a particular highlight – situated on the town side of the curry mile so you don’t have to venture too far. Staff are always welcoming and have a great sense of humour (watch out for the rubber chicken).
35 Wilmslow Rd, Curry Mile, spicymint.co.uk
Ocean 235 (Late night Chinatown restaurant)
Something slightly more upmarket – a stylish and unique setting (inside Manchester 235 casino) with original Cantonese menu. Charming staff and supreme service. Open ‘til Midnight in the week and 1am on weekends
Watson Street M3 4LP, oceantreasure235.co.uk
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