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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

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

Pure

Clubs

A 2,500-capacity mega club from the people behind London's Heaven, Pure was piloted in the Printworks site in 2006 after the former tenants failed to make...

Printworks

Purple Pussycat

Critics' choice
Clubs

The name and the neon outside suggest something seedier than the cheeky electro- and funk-oriented disco within this club. The strip-joint theme continues...

19A Back Bridge St

Queer

Clubs

A glamorous bar that's a favoured spot in which to warm up before moving on to Essential. Queer serves food accompanied by a chilled soundtrack during the...

4 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

Retro Bar

Clubs

A mere stone's throw from the Canal Street strip but a million miles away in terms of outlook, Retro is - as its name suggests - a defiantly run-down yet...

78 Sackville Street

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

Sankeys

Critics' choice
Clubs

Following a radical refit that mirrored the regeneration of its industrial surroundings, Mancunian institution Sankeys (formerly Sankeys Soap) is proof that...

Beehive Mill

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

Sub Space

Clubs

A late-night counterpart to the Pure Space bar, basement venue Sub Space runs busy club sessions. Specialising in soul and funk, the nightclub is popular...

New Wakefield Street

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

Venue

Clubs

Indie-loving students are spoilt with yet another anthem-peddling club only spitting distance from the very similar 42nd Street. As well as the usual indie...

29 Jacksons Row