You'll be completely spoilt for choice when it comes to Manchester's nightlife. It has one of the strongest scenes in the country, boasting major club establishments and live music hot spots both big and small.
Take a look at our Manchester What’s On Guide if you need any confirmation that there really is something for everyone. Clubbing has many shapes and guises, from underground dance music clubs right through to commercial party nights.
The city has a pretty impressive live music heritage, and the talent that flocks to Manchester on a regular basis cements it as one of the most relevant locations in the world of rock, indie and alternative. It's also a major stop off on the touring schedules of most bands.
If you prefer a quieter night out, then Manchester’s bars range from cosy and unique through to downright outlandish. For a more cultural outlook, then there is a vast selection of theatres and picture houses to keep everyone entertained. One thing's for sure, you won't be stuck for stuff to do when the sun goes down in this town.
Areas within Manchester
The Northern Quarter
While Manchester's bohemian quarter is fast being discovered by the hordes, there are still plenty of cool, independent bars which haven't yet been tinged by the dreaded 'mainstream'. The main concentration of bars in the N4 are focused around the High Street/Thomas Street crossroads, but wander over to Tib Street and Oldham Street where you'll be rewarded with some great bars and clubs and a slightly more laid back vibe. Our favourites include The Mint Lounge, Soup Kitchen and Jimmys.
Oxford Road corridor is awash with great bars and venues, and tends to carry the same laid back spirit as the Northern Quarter. The Deaf Institute is a firm favourites for big nights out plus venues like Gorilla and Black Dog Ballroom offer great food, interesting drinks and good music.
Opposite Deansgate Train Station you'll find 'The Locks' - a row of swanky chain bars housed in converted railway arches. You'll love it or hate it.
If you're in the mood for a treat and fancy yourself a cocktail or two and something more than pub grub, Spinningfields is home to a great selection of restaurants and bars.
The Gay Village
Canal Street is the heart of Manchester's famous 'Village'; a pretty, canalside cobbled street full of bars, restaurants and colourful characters. The summer months see the street itself take on a carnival atmosphere as revellers spill out into the bars' outdoor seating areas.
From the cavernous Manchester Arena to the dark, intimate vibes of Night and Day Cafe, Manchester is overflowing with live music venues to suit all tastes. Check out an unsigned band in a local bar, or go for something totally unique at a historic venue like the Albert Hall.
In town you'll find gigs at Soup Kitchen, Band on the Wall, The Ruby Lounge and The Castle Hotel - you're sure to get your live music fix. Fans of new music should check out Now Wave, local promoters renowned for bringing the best cutting edge, alternative artists to the city.
Find our top Manchester live picks below
If underground house and techno is your thing then Hidden will tick all your boxes along with basement club South. If you're looking for something more diverse, Joshua Brooks is well worth keeping tabs on. If you fancy something bigger, Victoria Warehouse hosts some epic events, whilst The White Hotel can satisfy those who prefer an intimate do.
Covering everything from jungle to drum n bass, house to trance, there’ll be an event to suit you no matter what you're into.
Find our top Manchester club picks here