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The best areas for nightlife in Manchester

Whether you like to party until the early hours of the morning or prefer to enjoy a delicious dinner followed by cocktails and dancing alongside the city’s elite there’s something for you when it comes to nightlife in Manchester.

Boasting some of the best clubs in the country, Manchester is the place famous DJs, bands, singers and acts come to bring their act to the north of England, leaving you spoilt for choice. And if you prefer to stick to the Indie scene there are plenty of underground clubs to choose from as well.

Oxford Road

The Oxford Road is a great place to start when looking for a night out in Manchester. It’s home to huge clubs like Sound Control and The Deaf Institute where you are guaranteed a wild night out nearly every day of the week. Just make sure you book before you go as tickets are often cheaper in advance. If you prefer something more low key Gorilla hosts a whopping range of bands and DJs, with music styles ranging from Indie to House and everything in between.

Deansgate Locks

The perfect place to go if you want to rub shoulders with Manchester’s elite, Deansgate Locks are ideal if you want to put on your best outfits and try a trendy new cocktail or two. For ale and whiskey connoisseurs The Britons Protection is perfect. Offering a huge range of options – including over 200 whiskeys – since its foundation in 1806 it has cosy fireplaces for the winter and an excellent beer garden for the summer. And if you prefer cocktails, trendy décor and a view of the canal why not try Lock 91?

The Northern Quarter

Becoming increasingly popular for those looking to enjoy the nightlife in Manchester, the Northern Quarter is perfect for those wanting to discover their own favourite bar. Jump from independent bars to bigger clubs and enjoy the relaxed vibe of Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter. Our top choices in the area are Soup Kitchen, which also hosts some fantastic comedy greats as well as up and comers. For something more hard core head to Mint Lounge which is especially lively at the weekends.


Bridgewater is home to lively historic pubs and is considered by many to be the most picturesque area of Manchester, ideal for lazy days spent enjoying a glass of cider or white wine in the summer. Located in the centre of town it’s ideal for those wanting to enjoy an upmarket taste of nightlife in Manchester. Enjoy the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, an independent film at the Cornerhouse art house cinema or a play at the theatre before heading to one of the traditional British pubs for a drink or two. For a mixture of incredible drinks, a clean, modern vibe and a sense of history we recommend visiting Mr Coopers.

Where to stay?

Wherever you choose to spend your evening, after a night out enjoying Manchester’s nightlife we recommend a stay at the city’s first five star hotel – The Lowry Hotel, Manchester. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group its restaurant is the ideal place to start your evening with a delicious meal overlooking the river.