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42nd Street

Clubs

An unreconstructed indie club peddling the predictable soundtrack of Manchester tunes past and present, plus assorted Britpop and other guitar-based...

2 Bootle Street

5th Avenue

Clubs

This popular, student-friendly club features the usual cheap drinks and draws dancers to the floor with its revamped sound and light systems, and indie...

121 Princess Street

Brickhouse

Clubs

Tucked under a railway arch, the Brickhouse is easy to overlook, but a shame to miss if you're looking for fun and nostalgia. The Blur-vs-Oasis-era music...

Arch 66

Circle Club

Clubs

Hidden round the back of St Ann's Square, the Circle is tough to find unless you know where to look: it's a perfect members' club location. The door policy...

Barton Arcade

Club Alter Ego

Clubs

If the bland Gay Village soundscape of homogenised house turns your shimmy into a shudder then take refuge at Club Alter Ego, home of evergreen innovative...

105-107 Princess Street

Cruz 101

Clubs

Really two clubs in one, with a large main room and smaller lower level, Cruz is Manchester's oldest gay club - but the (mostly) bright young things on its...

101 Princess Street

Essential

Clubs

Opened by Take That's former manager and de facto king of camp Nigel Martyn Smith, Manchester's first gay superclub took Canal Street by storm when it burst...

8 Minshull 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

Iguana Bar

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Comedy, Music

This unpretentious, welcoming set-up has seen a number of additions and improvements to its already eclectic schedule. Stop in for long-running weekly...

115-117 Manchester Road

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

Legends

Critics' choice
Clubs

A brilliantly disorienting labyrinthine set-up on the site of seminal '60s night-spot the Twisted Wheel. Legends plays host to the original antidote to gay...

4-6 Whitworth 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

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

Mint Lounge

Clubs

A venture of local promoters Electriks, Mint Lounge has grown from being the only burlesque bar in Manchester to a vibrant and varied club, popularly...

46-50 Oldham Street

Opus

Clubs, Music

With a bar, restaurant, comedy, live music and club facilities, this is one of the most well-rounded (and liveliest) venues in the mainstream Printworks...

Printworks
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