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Restaurants & cafés

When people leave Manchester, Abdul's often appears on the list of things that they'll miss. This is no mere nostalgia-driven regret - the food here is in a...

133-135 Oxford Road

AMC Great Northern


Screening standard movie fare in its 16 auditoria, the AMC cinema, which opened in 2001, is set apart by its location: a Victorian Grade II-listed building...

Great Northern


Critics' choice

Climb the rickety spiral staircase to reach this small club under a railway arch. Attic is home to some of the city's best underground club nights - expect...

50 New Wakefield Street

Big Hands

Bars & pubs

The musical smarts of Big Hands' defiantly independent crowd - compounded by regular after-gig visits from touring musicians - have made this bar an...

296 Oxford Road



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

Bridgewater Hall


With such impressive musical accoutrements as a 5,500-pipe organ, and a menu of 300-plus events every year, there's no better place to tune into classical,...

Lower Mosley Street
Major venue

Briton's Protection

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Like moths to a flame, drinkers are drawn to the Briton's Protection by the red neon sign over the door. The roomy interior is pub perfection: brass...

50 Great Bridgewater Street

Charlie's Karaoke Bar


Tatty but charming, Charlie's occasionally mutates from karaoke hangout into club proper. Decadent cabaret soirée the Whim Wham Club is on the first Friday...

1 Harter Street

Contact Theatre


With its castles-in-the-air façade, hip-hop director Baba Israel at the helm and regular showcases of new theatre, spoken word, dance and music events,...

Devas Street


Critics' choice
Art, Bars & pubs, Cinemas, Restaurants & cafés

For a quarter of a century, Cornerhouse has championed independent art and film in the city, with a cinema and festivals programme that is arguably the best...

70 Oxford Street

CUBE Gallery

Art, Attractions

The once patchy Centre for the Urban Built Environment has improved in recent years, staging a series of cerebral exhibitions that range from conceptual art...

113-115 Portland Street


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

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


Restaurants & cafés

Spanish restaurant Evuna is a must for oenophiles: it doubles as a wine merchant, selling some cracking Spanish bottles (and cases), and even has its own...

277-279 Deansgate


Dance, Theatre

A champion of experimental theatre, live art, dance and spoken-word events that expects the audience to muck in too. You have been warned…

54-56 Whitworth Street West
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