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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

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

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

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

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 235

Bars & pubs, Casinos, Music, Restaurants & cafés

Inhabiting a slightly tired-looking leisure development, Manchester 235 is a luxury, Vegas-influenced restaurant/bar/casino/live music complex. It was the...

Great Northern

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

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

One Central Street

Bars & pubs, Clubs

A beautifully designed basement club/bar with a big sound system that attracts a mixed crowd of switched-on students and Mancs. Aside from the cocktails,...

1 Central Street
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