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Legends

Critics' choice
Clubs

A brilliantly disorienting labyrinthine set-up on the site of seminal '60s night-spot the Twisted Wheel. Legends plays host to the original antidote to gay...

4-6 Whitworth Street

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

Manchester 235

Bars & pubs, Casinos, Music, Restaurants & cafés

Inhabiting a slightly tired-looking leisure development, Manchester 235 is a luxury, Vegas-influenced restaurant/bar/casino/live music complex. It was the...

Great Northern

Manchester Academy 1/2/3 & Club Academy

Clubs, Music

Three spaces on the university campus accommodate acts across all genres, from unsigned to well-established. The Academy now includes Club Academy, home to...

Manchester University Students Union

Manchester Apollo

Music

A staple of the Manchester gig circuit, and just a short walk from Piccadilly, this former theatre turned mid-sized concert venue is packed nightly by music...

Stockport Road

Manto

Clubs

Manto was one of the catalysts for Manchester's now-established bar scene, proudly showcasing the creativity and vibrancy of the gay scene behind a glass...

46 Canal Street

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

Mint Lounge

Clubs

A venture of local promoters Electriks, Mint Lounge has grown from being the only burlesque bar in Manchester to a vibrant and varied club, popularly...

46-50 Oldham Street

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