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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

Comedy Store

Comedy

This venue, the northern outpost of the long-running London laughter-factory, is at the heart of Manchester's current comedy renaissance, with big names...

Arches 3 & 4

Dancehouse

Comedy, Dance, Music, Theatre

Although best known for its comedy nights, this art deco former cinema puts on dance, drama and music gigs, and is the home of the Northern Ballet School.

10 Oxford Road

Frog & Bucket

Comedy

The Frog has given an early boost to such comedians as Dave Gorman, Peter Kay and the inimitable Johnny Vegas over the years - a list the venue hopes to add...

102 Oldham 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

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

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

Opera House

Comedy, Dance, Music, Theatre

Opera House is a wonderfully ornate 2,000-capacity theatre whose output of West End musicals, comedy, ballet and drama is similar to its sister venue, the...

Quay Street