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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...


Opus One

Restaurants & cafés

Opus One presents a unique opportunity to sip cocktails under the same roof where the Suffragettes first unfurled their 'votes for women' banner and Dylan...

Free Trade Hall (Radisson Edwardian Hotel), Peter Street

Peace Garden


Manchester became the world's first nuclear-free city, in 1980, at the height of world nuclear paranoia. Today, the world may be no safer and the garden...

St Peter's Square

People's History Museum

Critics' choice

Reopened in 2010 after a £12.5 million development, Manchester's only national museum is dedicated to telling a 200-year tale of British democracy. Dry and...

Left Bank

Portico Library & Gallery


Tucked unobtrusively away at the side of the Bank pub, and accessed via a buzzer system, the Portico recently celebrated 200 cerebral years of book lending...

57 Mosley Street

Pretty Green


Liam Gallagher may be better known for his music, but the former Oasis singer recently revealed an unexpected aptitude for high-fashion menswear too. The...

81 King Street



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...


Purple Pussycat

Critics' choice

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

Radisson Edwardian


Some may say that turning the Free Trade Hall into a hotel is criminal, but the Radisson has made real efforts to do so sympathetically, retaining many of...

Free Trade Hall


Critics' choice

This hard-to-find pair of shoe and clothing shops rewards perseverance. Small premises house an eclectic mix of shoes on one side of St Ann's Arcade, and...

8 St Ann's Arcade


Restaurants & cafés

Taking its inspiration from the infamous dishes of the '70s, Room's mission is to put the kitsch back into the kitchen. That might sound awful but...

81 King Street

Royal Exchange

Critics' choice

The Exchange, once the world's biggest commercial trading floor, has its history writ large on its interior - literally, as cotton prices are still posted...

St Ann's Square

Sam's Chop House

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

If you fancy traditional British cooking, then Sam's is the place to go. It might be a beautiful old pub, but you don't go there for the Victorian tiles....

Chapel Walks

San Carlo

Restaurants & cafés

Big, busy and perennially popular, San Carlo has been dishing up traditional Italian fare for almost two decades. Although it may be part of a chain, the...

King Street West

San Carlo Cicchetti

Restaurants & cafés

Partly trading on the success of its big brother across the road, this tiny Italian restaurant is tucked unobtrusively into the corner of a 175-year-old...

Ground Floor, House of Fraser