Soup Kitchen

Bars and pubs Central Manchester
Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Bar
Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Exterior

A pleasingly scruffy gig venue teamed with great casual eats. Visiting DJs are generally at the top of their game, often playing as late at 6am

Soup Kitchen strikes a unique balance between enduringly pleasant canteen in the day and anything-goes club by night, not to mention a favourite venue of travelling bands. It has one of the most jam-packed schedules of any venue in Manchester, and its passionate management are always making changes to improve the experience. It’s not half as grubby as it used to be, but it still has a raw charm and a dingy atmosphere that lends itself well to nocturnal fun.

True to its name, Soup Kitchen is pretty charitable price-wise, and the food, which yes, includes a variety of soups and stews, is consistently tasty and generous in portion. The weekly jerk chicken special is well worth a go if you’re able to catch it. There’s a very consistent selection of ales and wines available, friendly staff, free wi-fi and by evening, usually a deep-digging DJ playing vinyl. The bar has a neat and casual ‘canteen’ feel with long wooden tables and benches, with crafts and sculpture hanging from the ceiling.

Downstairs plays host to some of the finest underground dance music in Manchester, and the venue’s reputation is out amongst some of the best in the business: Resident Advisor’s number one DJ of 2013, Dixon, played the 200-capacity venue shortly after his crowning. Admission rarely tops a tenner, and the licence occasionally runs as late as 6am.

By: John Thorp


Venue name: Soup Kitchen
Address: 31-33 Spear Street
M1 1DF

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On first glance, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Soup Kitchen is a trendy Northern Quarter cafe and nothing more. And while the cafe/bar is superb, with some delicious soups, sandwiches and other dishes, head downstairs and you'll find an intimate basement, which plays host to all manner of bands, DJs and producers from around the world. More than meets the eye.