Nightlife in Manchester
Music and Manchester fit together like hand in glove. The city boasts one of the most diverse and exciting nightlife scenes in the UK, so if you’re in the mood for partying, you’re in luck. From VIP clubs and indie discos to warehouse parties, Manchester has you covered. Whether you’re planning a weekend away with your friends from Huddersfield or Liverpool or are thinking of buying a house here, below is a list of some of the best clubs and discos for a night to remember.
Matt and Phred’s
Are you after live music? Matt and Phred’s is the place to be. Located in the heart of the action, in the Northern Quarter, this jazz club hosts bands six nights a week, including burlesque revues, blues jams and salsa gigs. This cosy place is not just the springboard for up-and-coming talents; it also saw internationally acclaimed artists treading its stages, such as Adele and Jamie Cullum.
A stone’s throw from St Peter’s Square, Albert Hall is hard to beat when it comes to live music. Housed within a Grade II-listed Wesleyan Chapel, this venue is so versatile it showcases a wide range of talents and tunes. Famous artists like Beck and John Grant have made an appearance here, while DJs and local bands grace its desks regularly during the week. To keep yourself updated on upcoming gigs, you can check the calendar.
Situated on Deansgate Locks, this Tiki bar will exceed your expectations. Serving fancy cocktails and playing the best tunes, this three-floor venue is always brimming with party-goers and widely acclaimed DJs. Tropical-themed drinks, an exciting dancefloor ringing with unforgettable classics and excellent canalside views, at Lola Lo great fun abounds.
The Warehouse Project
Located next door to Manchester Picadilly, the Warehouse Project has now been running for over 12 years and is an institution in Manchester’s nightlife scene. Despite being relocated to several spots across the city over the years, the club is back at its original venue on Store Street. It runs seasonally from September to New Year’s Day and attracts clubbers from around the country.
Found opposite Oxford Road, Gorilla is a destination of choice among many locals. This mid-sized entertainment venue hosts live bands, book readings, parties and everything in between. The bar serves exquisite food and offers a great selection of cocktails while playing different tunes, from hip-hop and indie to pure rock ‘n roll.
Don’t be put off by its derelict look; Antwerp Mansion is one of the most exciting spots in the city. Lying on Manchester’s southern outskirts, down the Curry Mile, this venue is a cross between a house party and a warehouse rave, ringing with original music.
A stone’s throw from Manchester Oxford Road, the Ritz is among the best live music venues in the city. Its stage has been graced by some of the most notable personalities in the industry, from The Stones Roses and The Smiths to The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.
Hidden at Downtex Mill
Sitting along the banks of the River Irwell, Hidden is the discreet version of the Warehouse Project. Here you’ll find the hippiest crowds in the city dancing their socks off, while you’ll also be able to explore the exhibition spaces located alongside the dance floors.