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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

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

Blue Cat Café

Critics' choice
Music

The Blue Cat is a little enclave of city bohemia picked up and transplanted to the 'burbs. It proudly showcases the best new bands, both local and touring,...

17 Shaw Road

Bolton Town Hall

Attractions, Comedy, Dance, Music

Bolton has never been content to sit in Manchester's shadow. Its Town Hall, completed in 1873 and dominating the town centre, easily has enough grandeur to...

Victoria Square
Free

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

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

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

Lowry

Critics' choice
Art, Comedy, Dance, Museums, Music, Theatre

A long way from the grimly functional mill buildings so often captured by its eponymous subject and raison d'être, the Lowry marked a tipping point for the...

Pier 8
Free

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

MEN Arena

Comedy, Music

The City Centre's largest concert venue (aka the Manchester Arena) is a stopping-off point for those commanding a big crowd: typically big pop acts (à la...

Victoria Station
Major venue
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