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When it comes to the nightlife in Manchester, you are completely spoiled for choice, with live music, clubbing, comedy shows and a variety of bars. Manchester is renowned for being a great night out; no matter what you like there is always something for everyone.

From the bohemian vibes of the Northern Quarter and the colourful streets of Canal Street to the student's favourites on Oxford Road for a great night out. Or why not seek a luxurious evening and head down to Spinningfields where you are ensured a night of luxury and might even come across some famous faces.

Where to start

Let’s begin at the areas within Manchester to help fulfil your nightlife needs.

The Northern Quarter is Manchester’s bohemian side and offers a truly unique experience with an array of cool independent bars. You can find the main concentration of bars situated around the High Street/Thomas Street crossroads. However, if you venture further down to Tib Street and Oldham Street, you will find some bars and club with a more laid-back vibe if the mainstream bars aren’t for you.

Oxford Road

If you’re looking for that laid-back vibe, Oxford Road corridor has a fantastic variety of bars and venues popular amongst Manchester's students. Popular venues include Black Dog Ballroom and Gorilla offering live music, great food and fascinating drinks. You can also visit The Deaf Institute, a revamped derelict deaf school transforms into a vibrant live music venue and club.


This luxurious, stylish area is home to some of the most popular and mainstream bars in Manchester, particularly the prevalent favourite The Alchemist. This cocktail bar is known for its molecular mixology, alchemy and craftsmanship of cocktails paired alongside good food.

Further down the road is the Neighbourhood, a New York inspired restaurant, bar and club all in one. Designed around Manhattans own neighbourhood, this is a vibrant yet relaxed and welcoming space. Neighbourhood offers European and American cuisine from brunch to lunch and dinner as well as the constant flowing of cocktails.

Canal Street

At the heart of Manchester’s most famous Gay village, Canalside is a cobbled street full of bars, restaurants and colourful décor. The village is both party central and proof that Manchester is one of the world’s leading gay-friendly cities, welcoming all members of the LGBT community with venues to cater all. From bars to restaurants, you can even enjoy some nightly entertainment of drag queens and DJs.

Live shows

If you prefer a chilled night listening to live music, there are plenty of venues around Manchester’s city centre to do just that. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste, from the dark, intimate vibes of the Night and Day café to the Manchester Arena, one of the busiest and largest indoor arenas in Europe. Manchester Arena hosts some of the world’s biggest names in live entertainment from Lady Gaga, Madonna and Take That to comedy shows by comedian Peter Kay.

Why not go for something unique and discover unsigned bands in local bars or go back in time at the historic venue of Albert Hall, which frequently features 90s nights as well as live music from big-name pop stars such as Charli XCX.  

In the centre of town, you will find your fix of live music with gigs in Band on the Wall, Soup Kitchen and The Castle Hotel.

Comedy clubs

Manchester is home to some award-winning comedy clubs located around the city. In the Northern Quarter you can find Frog & Bucket, Manchester’s longest-standing comedy club and one of the first venues opened in the Northern Quarter in 1994. Frog & Bucket showcase live stand-up comedy most of the nights in the week with the open mic night ‘Beat the Frog’ on a Monday night.

Pop down to the Chorlton Irish Club, for a local laugh, the club was once called the ‘laugh local’, and on the first day of every month you will find exactly that. This comedy club has homed some well-known comedians such as Jason Manford, John Bishop, Chris Ramsey, Justin Moorehouse and John Thomson. All big-name comedians and Chorlton Irish Club is where these comedians made it big,

Venture down to Spinningfields and visit Hot Water Comedy Club for a good laugh. The club brings you local comedians, some of the country’s top headliners and even some famous faces.

Exquisite bars

If you’re looking for something more relaxed and hidden away, there are many underground and hidden bars/clubs around Manchester. The Washhouse is a speakeasy disguising itself as a laundrette from the exterior, but as you step through the washing machine door, you step into a Narnia like world.  On the inside you are exposed to a dimly lit attractive room, where you can sip on their unusual cocktail concoctions while listening to house music.

Looking for something a little higher class, look no further than Australasia, this is a stylish upmarket sanctuary hidden under the heart of Manchester. Venture below ground to explore the wonders of Australasia and discover why this is one of Manchester favourite restaurants. This is a place of luxury and relaxed elegance, uncover the unique list of cocktails alongside an extensive wine list with every visit more memorable than the last with guest DJs. You might even catch a glimpse of some celebrities.

Bowling or Golf anyone?

If you want a little more fun than comedy clubs, live music, restaurants and clubs then Dog Bowl and Junkyard Golf might be perfect for you. Manchester certainly has an act for taking dull boring games and injecting them with a high dose of chic and cool.

Dog Bowl is Manchester’s most stylish bowling alley. This isn’t like any other bowling alley; it’s open late and well renowned for its party-den, so swap your heels for some bowling shoes and let the games begin.

If bowling really isn’t your thing and you fancy a spot of golf head over to Junkyard golf. This golf course offers two indoor crazy golf courses with each hole named with a witty pun referencing to popular culture. Alluding to its suiting name everything in this golf course is made with scrap metal and decorated with UV lights to add an extra flair to the chic party vibe. Grab some food and cocktails from the bar ensuring you can stay for hours sipping drinks and eating between each round of crazy golf.

Manchester has loads to do at night due to its eccentric nightlife, bars, restaurants and activities there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay this weekend, Village hotels have everything you need across 4 locations in Manchester, Ashton, Bury, Cheadle and Hyde, perfect for your overnight stay.

Things to do in Manchester at Night