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Band on the Wall

Critics' choice
Music

Band on the Wall, one of Manchester's best-loved music venues, has fought a long battle to get to where it is today. Although its musical pedigree dates...

25 Swan Street

Deaf Institute

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Music

The Deaf Institute - aka Trof 3 - is the third bar in the Trof empire, following Trof 2 in the Northern Quarter and the original in Fallowfield, called...

135 Grosvenor Street

FAC251: The Factory

Clubs

In 2010, FAC251: The Factory opened in the former head office of Factory Communications, the site that's been credited with the birth of that whole...

112-118 Princess Street

Joshua Brooks

Bars & pubs, Clubs

This lo-fi student hangout manages to keep everyone happy, with match screenings, a lively early evening drinking atmosphere, and a basement space after...

106 Princess Street

Manchester Academy 1/2/3 & Club Academy

Clubs, Music

Three spaces on the university campus accommodate acts across all genres, from unsigned to well-established. The Academy now includes Club Academy, home to...

Manchester University Students Union

Manchester Apollo

Music

A staple of the Manchester gig circuit, and just a short walk from Piccadilly, this former theatre turned mid-sized concert venue is packed nightly by music...

Stockport Road

Manto

Clubs

Manto was one of the catalysts for Manchester's now-established bar scene, proudly showcasing the creativity and vibrancy of the gay scene behind a glass...

46 Canal Street

Rampant Lion

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Music

Established for years as cosy boozer for the student halls next door, the Rampant Lion reopened in 2009 with stylish new decor, a gastropub menu and a...

17 Anson Road

Ritz

Clubs, Music

This ex-ballroom's sprung dancefloor has been graced by generations of Mancunians. Mondays and Saturdays are popular student sessions. Even better (and...

100 Whitworth Street West

Roadhouse

Clubs, Music

Walking down the flight of steps into the Roadhouse is akin to kicking open the doors of a blast furnace: downstairs, you're all but guaranteed the hottest...

8 Newton Street

Ruby Lounge

Music

Straddling the border between the City Centre and the more bohemian Northern Quarter, Ruby Lounge has an independent streak more in keeping with the latter....

28-34 High Street

Satan's Hollow

Clubs, Music

Gothic decor, wilfully eclectic club nights - including bhangra, rock and pop - and regular gigs define this theatrical set-up. But despite its devilish...

101 Princess Street

South

Critics' choice
Clubs

South reopened in 2010, redesigned by Ben Kelly of Haçienda and FAC251 fame. The old space has been modernised - the new additions include a bespoke...

4a South King Street

St Philip's with St Stephen

Attractions, Music

St Philip's, a neoclassical Anglican church dating back to the 1820s, is one of a handful of 19th-century buildings to survive the neglect faced by many of...

St Philip's Place
Free

Vanilla

Clubs

Vanilla is the only bar on Canal Street with a female focus, and one of the most famous in the country. DJ nights through the week offer everything from pop...

39-41 Richmond Street
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