Entertainment in Manchester, England

A vibrant nightlife is a big part of what attracts such large numbers of visitors to this city. From bars and clubs to theatres and live music venues, there are a huge number of places for you to check out once the sun goes down.

Along Oxford Road, which is where most of the city’s large student population can be found, there’s a selection of great bars and clubs, including the popular Revolution.

Head out in the Northern Quarter and you’ll have a great choice of bars, including the well-loved bar Trof, the Keko Moku cocktail den, and the Night and Day Café, one of the city’s premier spots for live music.

Manchester also serves up a wide variety of treats for culture vultures every night. Head to Bridgewater Hall and you’ll get the chance to experience classical music, as three orchestras call this venue home. For theatrical performances, check out the Palace Theatre, which hosts popular musicals as well as plays and many other events.

Entertainments in Manchester

  • Night & Day Café

    26 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

    Reminiscent of New York’s Bitter End, albeit on a smaller scale, this is a comfortable bar that’s seen many a long night. It’s also one of the best places in Manchester to catch live music. From one of the many tables in the long bar area, you can watch the stage or just sit and enjoy the beers, spirits, shooters and cocktails all offered here. The drinks and food menus are written up behind the bar on a series of chalkboards, and there are some arty prints on the wall. An alternative stalwart, its flickering fairy lights and candle strewn bar give a softer edge to the slightly rough and ready interior. The bar staff is friendly, and for aspiring musicians, if you drop in a CD or MP3 you too might spend a night on the stage here.

    Open Mon-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-11.30pm.

  • Keko Moku South Pacific Cocktail Den

    100 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

    From the Aloha at the door to the Tiki cocktails, this tiny bar really does live up to its cocktail den moniker. It’s a busy spot and the barrel seats are filled with punters sipping away on a kaleidoscope of colourful concoctions. There’s even a little alcove with a rug covered booth for couples who want to canoodle over a cocktail. The staff are really friendly and the drinks are reasonably priced. The bar itself is a treat too, with lots of bamboo and twinkling lights.

    Open Sun-Wed 5pm-12am, Thurs 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am.

  • Trof

    6 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

    Well-loved and rightly so, Trof is a superb spot to spend any part of your day or night in. Taking up three levels, starting out in the large ground level bar and ending up in the cosy Montana Lounge on the top floor, this bar is welcoming from the moment you step in the door, thanks to its friendly staff, laid back regulars and mood lighting. Popular with a younger crowd, it’s busy all week and it serves a large selection of beers and spirits, along with a tasty food menu too.

    Open Mon-Wed & Sun 10am-12pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-1am.

  • Chicago Rock Café

    23 Peter Street, Petersfield, Manchester, England

    Spread over two levels, this bar also has its own dance floor. It’s your pretty standard nightspot, playing popular tracks and papered with pictures of musicians. What sets it apart though are its great drinks offers on everything from shots to a beer and a burger. There’s a few big TVs too, showing all the major sporting events from the Champions League to the Six Nations.

    Open Mon-Thurs 11.30am-10.30pm, Fri 11.30am-2am, Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.

  • Revolution

    90-94 Oxford Road, Oxford Road, Manchester, England

    Revolution has a dance floor in the open plan upstairs section where cheesy music is played. Downstairs red table lights and hanging chandeliers give the booths and tables a more chilled atmosphere. Here you’ll mainly hear indie rock. Start off the night downstairs with a few drinks and once you’re done, head upstairs for a dance or two. Turning a two-floor bar at the weekend and on Wednesdays for student night, this is a very popular venue.

    Open daily 11.30am-2am; free WiFi available.

  • Bridgewater Hall

    Lower Mosley Street, Petersfield, Manchester, England

    Serving up a wide variety of aural treats, this venue is this city’s international concert venue. Classical music is especially prominent here, as the Hall is home to 3 different orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic. It hosts a classical music season. Other events such as rock shows, jazz concerts and world music performances also take place here.

    Open Mon-Fri 11am-3.30pm, Sat-Sun on concert nights from 5pm.

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