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Gay bars in Manchester

Looking for recommendations for Manchester's best LGBT hangouts and watering holes? Check out our guide to the city's gay bars and pubs

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

The Molly House

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The eighteenth century equivalent of a gay bar, a Molly House was once a place where men could meet others like themselves, without fear of prosecution and public hanging. These days, the only worry is finding a space at the bar.

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Central Manchester

G-A-Y

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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.

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Central Manchester

TriBeCa

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As the date bar of choice to many, TriBeCa has the right mix of Village influence without feeling like a typical gay bar, transporting you to New York with the cool aesthetic of its many jazz lounges and late night drinking dens.

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Central Manchester

Velvet

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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.

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Central Manchester

Sackville Lounge

Just shy of the main gay quarter, Sackville Lounge is part of the Village’s more refined elite, standing back from the main hyperactivity of Canal Street to usher in something a little more urbane.

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Central Manchester

The Eagle

This men-only basement bar opened just a few years ago but is a well-established addition to the Gay Village. While its doors open for a more sedate experience from 5pm daily (2pm on a Sunday), it really finds its crowd late into the night of a weekend.

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Central Manchester

Vanilla

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.

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Central Manchester

Via

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.

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Central Manchester

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