Nightlife in Manchester
Manchester certainly knows how to throw a party, which is why the city is famous for its buzzing nightlife, bustling bars and legendary music scene. It caters for all kinds of tastes, whether you live in the city centre or a suburb on the outskirts of town such as Bramhall or Urmston, and whether you want to have a relaxed meal, a few drinks or a raucous night on the tiles. Read on for our pick of the best spots to check out, as we raise a glass to the best nightlife in Manchester.
The Northern Quarter is brimming with great bars, including independents, tiki and cocktail bars, dive bars and swankier joints. It’s also the place to be if you love music. From the Stone Roses, Joy Division and the Smiths to Oasis, Elbow and Middleton rockers the Courteeners, Manchester’s music scene is second to none. You’ll always find a gig on somewhere. The Northern Quarter is packed with great little venues such as Band on the Wall, Matt and Phreds, the Castle Hotel and the Night and Day Cafe, all showcasing local and international talent.
There’s a noticeably different flavour on offer in Spinningfields, which is known for its slightly more well-heeled clientele. Manchester Crown Court can be found in the heart of this area, with the local bars and restaurants popular among the legal workers who ply their trade there and in the offices nearby. The Alchemist is the place to go for theatrical cocktails, while Australasia, the Ivy and 20 Stories are among the city’s top restaurants. If you fancy changing up the pace at a rock and roll bar after your meal, it’s only a short stroll to Mojo, an icon of the Manchester nightlife scene.
The Village is centred around the vibrant Canal Street, offering some of the most colourful nightlife in Manchester city centre. A pretty area of the city centre where cobbled canalside streets come alive with exuberant bars and clubs, the summer months in particular can throw up a wonderful carnival atmosphere in this part of town. The focal point of Manchester Pride and a welcoming, safe space since the 1990s, you can be sure of a great night out at haunts like No.1 Canal Street, Cruz 101 and Via.
Many a Mancunian youngster has hopped on the Metrolink, hopped back off at Deansgate, and enjoyed a night out on the Locks. Some of the bars and clubs are aimed at the younger crowd, but there are also other options on the Locks themselves and the surrounding streets. Predominantly chains such as Revolution, there are quirkier and swankier options to check out, including the tastefully styled Lock 91.
The spiritual successor of the iconic Hacienda, the Warehouse Project is right at the forefront of Manchester’s clubbing scene. If you’re looking for a night out surrounded by thousands of other revellers where the tunes are pumping through monstrous sound systems well into the night, the Warehouse Project is for you. The venue may change, but top-notch DJs and a devoted following – which only ever seems to grow with each passing year – ensures each night is one to remember.
Whether you’re sticking to the centre of town or checking out what’s going on in nearby Salford, Manchester’s nightlife is one of the city’s biggest draws. You can enjoy the best of this whenever you want when you pick out a contemporary 3 or 4 bedroom home just south of the city at either our Galloway Grange or Stanneylands development.