December 17th, 2012 | Tags: Manchester nightlife, Manchester clubs,

An insider’s guide to Manchester nightlife

Manchester is well established as being culturally rich. The centre of the rave scene in the 1980s and 90s, this is the city from which some of Britain’s most iconic music has sprouted. It is no surprise that a night out in this city, whatever the day in the week, is sure to be memorable. For those looking for a big club night, there are a number of well-known stops to take that capture or highlight Manchester’s history and culture.

For starters, lovers of indie music can head to 5th Avenue. This underground club’s dance floor is usually busy, and you will struggle to find time to give your feet a rest! This is the club that is famed as the scene of hundreds of flying hands in the air when the DJ played This Charming Man by The Smiths and Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name Of. Similarly, the club 42nd Street offers affordable drinks, and indie tunes varying from The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony to great Supergrass and Oasis hits.

If you want to avoid the regular student haunts, the tucked away club, The Venue, is a guaranteed success and is known for letting people in as late as 1am. Friday nights are particularly good at this club when it hosts its famous Twist and Shout night, which presents an evening of retro 60s and 70s hits, from Stevie Wonder and The Supremes to a bit of Bob Marley and The Kinks. The club is just the right size so that there is no fear of losing your group.

Another great club is the newly opened The Liars Club, which is a rising star in Manchester’s nightlife scene. This tiki-inspired bar oozes cool, serving a number of great quality fruity and exotic cocktails and offering a great selection of nearly 100 different kinds of rum.

For more quirky bars, the hipster’s venue – The Northern Quarter – is definitely a location to check out. The area’s streets are teeming with bars like the new Kosmonaut, which took little time to make an impression on Manchester after it opened in September this year. The bar has the feeling of the streets of New York, with visitors being able to purchase a great range of cocktails and beers with an urban backdrop of exposed brickwork and metal pipes. Next, you can head over to Tusk to have a dance to some old school and new disco and house. If not, the feisty little bar that is Keko Moku is sure to provide a night of bars alit with high energy and lively bar tenders singing Woah Black Betty on table tops!

Finally, the city’s Canal Street (often featured on Manchester-based TV shows) has a totally unique experience to offer. This LGBT-friendly area is full of fun and sometimes quirky clubs and bars that all visitors to Manchester should experience, with highlights like New York New York and Via.

So there you are: a big menu of clubs and places to enjoy nightlife in Manchester.

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