Bars and Clubs
Manchester boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in the country, with everything from small established bars to massive club venues. The Northern Quarter is a hub of independent bars and restaurants who’s laid back attitude attracts an eclectic crowd. Look out for Cane & Grain, a ‘rib joint and cocktail lounge’ set over 3 floors which offers you a choice of skate bar, speakeasy or Tiki party.
Up by the University of Manchester you can find Oxford Road, a thriving student area, with clubs like The Deaf Institute and Sound Control putting on big nights out every weekend, while bars like Black Dog Ballroom offer tasty food – and even cocktail lessons!
Then finally there is Manchester’s famous ‘gay village’, which can be found in Canal Street and the surrounding area. Walking down the canal-side cobbles, you’ll find a great selection of restaurants and bars in the friendly neighbourhood.
Manchester has a proud history of producing local bands, with the Stone Roses, the Happy Mondays and Oasis being just some of the household names that have come out of the city. This love of music still survives today, and is reflected in the live music scene in Manchester. The night and Day Cafe prides itself on giving a stage to the stars of tomorrow, with Alex Turner and Johnny Marr amongst the famous names to have appeared there. There are a number of live music venues all over the city, including Band On The Wall, Sound Control and The Ruby Lounge, as well as the city’s arena that regularly welcomes world famous acts.
If your looking for a night out with a difference, check out Manchester235, a Las Vegas themed casino in the heart on the city. The venue is open 24 hours a day, and offers top class food as well as the best games around. They even cater to all skill levels, with everything from starter nights to competitive poker tournaments, as well as entertainment including salsa dancing, live music and burlesque nights, making it a great choice for an alternative night out.