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42nd Street

Clubs

An unreconstructed indie club peddling the predictable soundtrack of Manchester tunes past and present, plus assorted Britpop and other guitar-based...

2 Bootle Street

5th Avenue

Clubs

This popular, student-friendly club features the usual cheap drinks and draws dancers to the floor with its revamped sound and light systems, and indie...

121 Princess Street

Band on the Wall

Critics' choice
Music

Band on the Wall, one of Manchester's best-loved music venues, has fought a long battle to get to where it is today. Although its musical pedigree dates...

25 Swan Street

Blue Cat Café

Critics' choice
Music

The Blue Cat is a little enclave of city bohemia picked up and transplanted to the 'burbs. It proudly showcases the best new bands, both local and touring,...

17 Shaw Road

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

Brickhouse

Clubs

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

Music

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

Circle Club

Clubs

Hidden round the back of St Ann's Square, the Circle is tough to find unless you know where to look: it's a perfect members' club location. The door policy...

Barton Arcade

Club Alter Ego

Clubs

If the bland Gay Village soundscape of homogenised house turns your shimmy into a shudder then take refuge at Club Alter Ego, home of evergreen innovative...

105-107 Princess Street

Cruz 101

Clubs

Really two clubs in one, with a large main room and smaller lower level, Cruz is Manchester's oldest gay club - but the (mostly) bright young things on its...

101 Princess Street

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

Essential

Clubs

Opened by Take That's former manager and de facto king of camp Nigel Martyn Smith, Manchester's first gay superclub took Canal Street by storm when it burst...

8 Minshull Street

FAC251: The Factory

Clubs

In 2010, FAC251: The Factory opened in the former head office of Factory Communications, the site that's been credited with the birth of that whole...

112-118 Princess 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

Joshua Brooks

Bars & pubs, Clubs

This lo-fi student hangout manages to keep everyone happy, with match screenings, a lively early evening drinking atmosphere, and a basement space after...

106 Princess Street
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