Manchester's clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants are just about the best in the business but you don't get much more fun than a night out in the Gay Village, with the pink party people of this part of the world putting on just about the best knees-up in town. But it's not just about Canal Street - there are plenty of other gay bars in Manchester doing things equally well. The thing that tends to unite them all though? They're frequented by a welcoming bunch. So whether you're gay, straight, somewhere in between, not sure or you just don't care, make a beeline for these gay bars in Manchester and prepare to have a whole heap of fun.
Manchester gay bars
As the Manchester branch of the well-loved London nightclub, G-A-Y boasts a prime position within the city’s gay scene – both geographically, with its location in the centre of Canal Street, and in reputation, as one of the most popular bars of the area. That’s not to say it’s necessarily the best, but it’s certainly the king of the roost, enjoying a sturdy stream of trade throughout the week.
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.
Established back in 1998, Vanilla has become one of the UK’s leading bars within the LGBT scene. Claiming to be ‘where the girls are’, Vanilla is branded primarily as a lesbian bar, but the joint still enjoys a healthy and diverse mix of men and women despite the clientele being predominantly female.
Set right in the heart of Canal Street, Via is always a popular choice for those after something beyond the usual gay bar offerings. Attracting a slightly older crowd, it isn’t exactly classy, but in comparison to some of the camper bars nearby, it does offer a slightly more upmarket vibe.