As a city known for one of the largest populations in the United Kingdom and a music scene that has developed some of the biggest acts that have graced the planet, Manchester is a notable nightlife destination. Whether you're one to partake in the club scene, settle in for a night of smokey jazz, or grab a few pints at pubs hundreds of years old, you'll have considerable options during your stay in Manchester.
There are a few different neighborhoods where the nightlife is particularly concentrated and your chances of a good time are much higher. One of the most popular areas is Deansgate in central Manchester, which includes the Locks area, home to a few big clubs (Area 51, Revolution) and Manchester's best stand-up at the Comedy Store. Other highlights in Deansgate include indie music standby, 42nd Street and exclusive, sky-high Cloud 23 at the Hilton Hotel.
For a great collection of pubs, live music, and other student-catered nightlife, then your first thought should be to check out what's happening on Oxford Road. The Manchester Academy (all three actually), the Student's Union, and the Phoenix are all worth looking up to see who or what is playing, while canned rock music never sounded as good as they do at institutions like Jilly's and the Music Box. There is much more to do here than we have space for, so do yourself the favor of a stroll through the area.
Another area of nightlife interest, particularly when the weather is nice, is the Castlefield district. The view over the Bridgewater Canal draws the crowds, but places like Dukes 92 and the Knott bar are staples that keep folks happy once they get there. For fans of stellar classical music, head over to Mosley Street for a night at Bridgewater Hall, home to the renowned Hallé orchestra.
The Northern Quarter is home another selection of varied and high-quality nightlife, especially around Oldham Street. Live music here is key, with jazz standouts like Matt and Phred's, the celebrated indie lineage of the Night and Day Cafe, and a number of smaller establishments that can make your evening with inexpensive drinks and lesser known acts. Try Socio Rehab on Edge Street for one of the coolest bars in the city; so cool it doesn't need a sign.
if you are willing to leave central Manchester, then follow a number of the nightlife-oriented city residents south to the Didsbury neighborhood. There are a bunch of pubs out here, many with endearingly strange names like The Dog and Partridge (or Slug and Lettuce; we can't make these up), which are centered around Wilmslow Road. Barton Road is also popular for bars, lounges, and even a sprinkling of club atmosphere for the late-nighters.
Although these are the most popular neighborhoods, it doesn't mean that there aren't any other good places to listen to a band or just grab a cheap pint. Take a look through our nightlife pages for further information or start up a conversation with our embark community.