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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

Ruby Lounge

Music

Straddling the border between the City Centre and the more bohemian Northern Quarter, Ruby Lounge has an independent streak more in keeping with the latter....

28-34 High Street

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

St Philip's with St Stephen

Attractions, Music

St Philip's, a neoclassical Anglican church dating back to the 1820s, is one of a handful of 19th-century buildings to survive the neglect faced by many of...

St Philip's Place
Free

Star & Garter

Music

This Piccadilly bolthole is a contender for the title of most indie venue in Manchester, with disco monthlies dedicated to the Smiths and Belle and...

18-20 Fairfield Street

Tiger Lounge

Music

Renamed after its eponymous Saturday nighter (the place was previously called 'Slice'), this eternally entertaining extravaganza puts on rock 'n' roll,...

5 Cooper 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