Perhaps it’s the combination of party-happy students and young city slickers, or the city’s heritage of musical talent and club innovation, but there’s no doubt about it: Manchester is a stomping place to go out at night. From grungy clubs to stylish bars, choosing where to drink and dance is an almost overwhelming task. So let our rundown of the city’s top spots be your guide and rest assured that one of our Manchester hotels will be ready and waiting, no matter what time you decide to call it a night.
Nightlife in Manchester
As the former home of Boddingtons Brewery, Manchester’s famous for its beer - although these days it’s all about craft beers and microbreweries. Whether you’re after the latest rare pale ale or just want to soak up the atmosphere of a traditional boozer, you’ll find it all in this city.
Highly recommended on TripAdvisor, The Waldorf on Gore Street is a fantastic city centre pub. With a cool and quirky decor, this is handy for Piccadilly Station (and our Manchester City Piccadilly hotel) and has a great atmosphere on match days, with footie fans of all teams welcomed.
Looking for a city centre pub with a beer garden? Head to Sinclair’s Oyster Bar. Housed in one of the few surviving Tudor buildings in the centre of town, it has the biggest beer garden in the city - and the lager’s half the price of the pints being pulled in the Northern Quarter, just a few streets away.
The original home of Manchester’s Marble Beers, the Marble Arch on Rochdale Road offers a great selection of real ale and craft beer, made at it owns brewery or from further afield. You’ll love its original Victorian decor - and the tasty pub grub.
Pubs in Manchester
Nightclubs in Manchester
Bars in Manchester
The legendary Hacienda may now be a block of flats, but there are still plenty of amazing clubbing experiences to be had in Manchester.
A clubbing institution, the Warehouse Project has carried on where the Hacienda left off, and put Manchester firmly back on the map as a dance music destination. More a series of club nights than an actual club, it runs every year from September to January in pop-up venues all over the city, with most nights taking place in a former air-raid shelter in Store Street, right underneath Piccadilly train station. Enjoy its underground, grungy feel, safe in the knowledge that it’s just a short walk from your delightfully clean Manchester City (Piccadilly) hotel room.
Fancy clubbing in the place where the Madchester phenomenon began? The Factory is a club set up in the former offices of infamous record company, Factory Records and it’s marketing reads: “Built by Tony Wilson. Designed by Ben Kelly. Paid for by New Order. Broken by The Happy Mondays.” It’s been redesigned for live music, club nights and indie tunes, and spans three different floors.
Found in the student haunt that is the Oxford Road area, Gorilla is fast becoming a Manchester institution. With a great crowd, an eclectic mix of music and club nights virtually every night of the week, the drinks here are refreshingly cheap, too. Booking into our Manchester Central hotel puts this and other cool Oxford Road pubs and bars within easy reach.
Head to Dusk Til Pawn for one of the Northern Quarter’s coolest cocktails bars - if you can find it, that is. The speakeasy-style joint is cunningly disguised as a pawn shop - a theme that’s carried on in the decor once you’re inside. Drinks-wise, try anything that comes with the Prosecco sorbet, an alcoholic take on crushed ice.
For cocktails with a side order of fun, head to the Dog Bowl. Slick and glamorous, it also has a retro bowling alley. Try one of their tasty cocktails - or come for Fizz Face Fridays when Prosecco is just £3 a glass.
Cocktails don’t come much more creative than the ones at Apotheca. Modelled on an old-fashioned apothecary, you’ll find antique pharmacy cabinets, Queen Anne chairs and drinks made to share, served in vintage bottles.Try Root to Ruin, which has gin, triple sec, lemon, teapot bitters, beetroot and pressed apple juice.