Bars and pubs , Hotel bars Central Manchester
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Swankier than average bar-hotel, serving fine food and creative cocktails. There are 19 boutique rooms, should going home prove too much effort

Set within the heart of Manchester’s main gay area, Velvet is a boutique hotel, restaurant and bar that adds a touch of class to the revelry of Canal Street. As one of the few proper cocktails joints in the Village, Velvet has become a forerunner in luxurious drinking and canal-side dining.

Serving up a sturdy menu of British and continental favourites, the basement restaurant is a popular hangout for the hungry folk of Canal Street. With dishes like grilled hake, rabbit pot pie, corn-fed chicken cassoulet and smoked mackerel salad, the fare on offer is refined without feeling too contrived. There’s also a good selection of steak, with beef sourced locally from Glynn Brothers Butchers in Partington.

Cocktails cover most of the classic ground with the ultra-boozy long island iced tea, cosmopolitans and manhattans. But there are also camper, more exciting drinks with Velvet specials including the ‘Glitter Ball’, a blend of four types of vodka and lime, and the ‘Tokyo Green Tea’, a mix of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, Midori, lime juice and ginger beer.

With the food, drink, plush interiors and the 19 individually decorated boutique hotel rooms all sufficiently opulent, the crowd becomes a mixed bag of city workers, small parties and tourists that ensures a night at Velvet is different each time. At weekends this expands to absorb the local merrymakers with DJs playing an eclectic and funky mix of tunes, making Velvet a good all-rounder.

Venue name: Velvet
Address: 2 Canal Street
M1 3HE
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So Pride weekend came and went and the high spot for me was lunch at Velvet.  The owner, Mark who is no longer with us, was a great host and it seems that this is still the way of things at Velvet.   Due to it being Pride the menu was limited, but I had the burger with extra bacon and cheese, which was mountainous and delicious and my friend had the chicken strips which were juicy and downed with relish.  We finished with what I called my chocolate "thingy" which was so moreish, and a vanilla cheese cake, which came with way too many berries for my friends liking. 

After all the fizzy beer that has become the main libation at a Pride weekend, it was nice to sit down with a sophisticated Hendrix Gin with plenty of Ice and cucumber, whilst my guest had a Mojito to start and then a Glitter ball cocktail, which had a Martini base but wasn't the most palatable cocktail in the world, but worth the effort for the glitter at the end of the drink, which ended up going on both our faces. 

Velvet still does good quality food at a good quality price, with good service and an always quirky atmosphere and even at Pride the standard hadn't dropped!


I visited Velvet bar, in the heart of Manchester's buzzing Gay Village on a weekday evening just after 7pm. Well three minutes after 7pm to be precise and was disappointed to have missed the happy hour on cocktails 5-7pm. I have had cocktails before in Velvet and they are delish! Anyway, we settled on a rather lovely glass of Sauvignon Blanc instead. The staff are super friendly here - as indeed are the clientele. I always end up having some banter with my neighbours here. The place itself is rather swanky and funky. During the week it is the perfect place for a date night - or a first date. It feels quite sexy and decadent so it's the perfect spot if you want to canoodle! Weekends are rammed to the rafters so if you are a party animal, this is the place to be!