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Thompson Arms
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Lamarrs
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Ye Olde Cock Inn
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Living Room
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Mulligans
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TV21,ManchesterTV21
10 Thomas Street
Northern Quarter
A new themed bar for the Northern Quarter, very similar in decor to the successful 'Fab Cafe' over on Portland Street.
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Mojo,ManchesterMojo
19 Back Bridge Street
Deansgate
"Music for the people" is Mojo's mantra, with the music policy strictly 'non-house' - expect old skool and new skool rock and roll. Despite this rough and ready image, the bar is an awesome pre-club hangout, or somewhere to chill out on and sink into the sofas. Check out their excellent website.
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Living Room,ManchesterLiving Room
80 Deansgate
Deansgate
Three storey complex that has become the blueprint for many top-end city centre bars in Manchester (and beyond). Upstairs is a small, but sumptious, members only bar that harks back to colonial India. The restaurant on the middle floor offers mid-market modern English, and the bar downstairs - complete with a small number of pavement tables - is still popular with the 25+ group.
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Direktors,ManchesterDirektors
109 Princess Street
City Centre
***Updated May 2009*** Direktors is now Baby Platinum, a gentlemen’s club offering...well, all the things gentlemen’s clubs offer. If you don’t know you probably shouldn’t be going. A new lapdancing bar on Princess Street that plans to open it's doors in May 2008.
Lap dancing bar



Bar Epernay,ManchesterBar Epernay
Great Northern Tower
Peter Street
***Updated March 2010*** We recently went down to Epernay and are pleased to report that alongside the expected swish, champagne-oriented persona lies a much cooler, relaxed inner. A live sax player, great choice of drinks and a distinctly eclectic crowd dispelled any idea that this was purely a place for the wealthy and well groomed, or a once a year destination for when your parents are in town, and actually a very cool place to hang out. Reports from readers below also seem to confirm this and Epernay seems to be slowly and subtly gaining a reputation for being a great place to go for a few drinks – or even a whole evening. With Cloud 23 at the Hilton nearby, by all accounts charging nearly double what Epernay does for cocktails (if you can get in), and the infamous Peter Street venues across the road, it seems to be a bit of a shining light in an area not known for such venues. ________________________________________________________ ***Updated May 2009*** Those plans became less tentative and more pro-active with Epernay opening recently in The Great Northern Tower on Watson Street. The venue is on the first floor and delivers perhaps what you might expect of a champagne bar – classy surroundings and lots of champagne on offer. Perhaps not likely to appeal much to the crowd frequenting the bars nearby (Brannigans, Chicago Rock, Walkabout et al), and even if it did one suspects most wouldn’t get in anyway, Epernay will surely be looking to attract custom from the nearby convention centre/Midland Hotel/posh restaurants around Deansgate. ________________________________________ A Birmingham based champagne bar that has tentative plans to open up an outlet close to Peter Street.
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Jumpin Jaks
106-108 Portland Street
City Centre

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Lamarrs,ManchesterLamarrs
57 Hilton Street
Northern Quarter
Lammars has a bit of a reputation for being a ‘hidden gem’, tucked away in the Piccadilly wasteland that isn’t quite the Northern Quarter but isn’t quite bang in the city centre. In reality, it’s not really that tucked away but is nicely away from the Northern Quarter ‘scene’ to not feel like it’s being sucked into the uber-trendy mob, but also close enough to be a reasonable option on your way into or out of town, via the train station. It is, of course, a decent option for a night out in itself. Inside has the feel more of a luxurious living room than a bar, with sofas, loungers and quirky furniture giving a a relaxed air to the place. A bejewelled piano sits in one corner.
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Socio Rehab,ManchesterSocio Rehab
100 - 102 High Street
Northern Quarter
Small but perfectly formed, a strange little cocktail bar that's hidden away in the Northern Quarter. Socio Rehab attracts a pretty cool crowd, and they come - in part - for the drinks, which are lovingly prepared with an exotic collection of spirits. Musically this place is as off the wall as the decor, which sadly has been toned down (at least the porn has been removed from the toilets).
Indie and Underground bar



Dukes 92,ManchesterDukes 92
Castle Street
Castlefield
Dukes 92 is situated in the heart of Castlefield overlooking the Bridgewater canal and within walking distance of Deansgate Locks. Like a spacious version of a typical pub, Dukes is laid back and low-key and has plenty of outdoor space at the front and back. Like most of the bars in Castlefield this place is for summer drinking, once the sun comes out it suddenly gets very busy!
Cheap and Cheerful bar

The Chocolate Cafe
Overseas House
Deansgate
***Updated January 2010*** That didn’t last long then- The Chocolate Cafe is now shut. I think the location is being blamed mainly and the small size of the unit. It was tiny. The company have retreated back to Ramsbottom to plan their next move. It’s rumoured this was only an experiment so they could see how the Chocolate Cafe concept went down in the city, with a view to possibly opening up an outlet in a bigger store, so they may yet return. ___________________________________________________ Opened in May 2009, the second in a chain hailing from Ramsbottom, The Chocolate Cafe specialises in all things chocolate, from drinks to pizzas. Sandwiches, jacket spuds and usual cafe fodder are all also available.
Cafe bar

The Northern,ManchesterThe Northern
Tib Street
Northern Quarter
A new grastropub for Manchester's Northern Quarter, with a focus on food rather than drink. Formerly The King, a pub that was a far cry from what The Northern stands for, the venue has undergone a complete refit.
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Chicago Rock Cafe,ManchesterChicago Rock Cafe
23 Peter Street
Peter Street
Formerly Life Cafe, this is now the Chicago Rock Cafe. Located on Peter Street, which is regarded as the hard-drinking alcopop-fuelled area of Manchester city centre, the venue holds around 400 and provides a nightly selection of mainstream music and drinks offers. During the day the venue offers light meals and coffee.
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Cuba Cafe
43 Port Street
Northern Quarter
Cuban through and through, the Cuba Caf? provides drinks in a revolutionary environment as well as regular salsa dance lessons (Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). Well worth a visit - a great selection of drinks and authentic interiors.
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Fab Cafe,ManchesterFab Cafe
111 Portland Street
City Centre
Possibly the strangest bar you will ever go to, the Fab Caf? on Portland Street is a sci-fi theme pub that's cluttered with memorabilia and trinkets. A bar this unique demands an equally unique music policy so your likely to hear the strangest collection of tunes in here. This doesn't stop a fiercely loyal set of regulars from busting a move on the dance floor and on a Friday and Saturday there's constant battle between the dancers and the sitters. As with any good niche bar, the Fab Caf? regularly puts on sci-fi themed events - in the past they've even had Neil & Christine Hamilton on their UK tour (!). Definitely worth a look, but only for those with a sense of humour and fun?
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Home Sweet Home,ManchesterHome Sweet Home
Edge Street
Northern Quarter
***July 2010*** Potentially some competition for Common in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Home Sweet Home recently submitted their licensing application for all the usual business – selling alcohol, playing music and making music. The name suggests a bar/pub style place with a relaxed vibe, maybe a little live music on a Sunday night. Nice.
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K2,ManchesterK2
52 George Street
City Centre
It looks a little like a celebration of neon but K2 is in fact a much welcomed addition to China Town – a proper bar. And not just any bar but one in which you and your friends can sing along with classic, popular songs, with the benefit of amplification, without annoying too many people. It’s a karaoke bar with 31 private booths, all decorated and themed individually and capable of hosting from 6-30 people. The pricing structure for the karaoke booths looks a little something like this: (Prices stated are minimum spend on drinks per room) 6 - 8 people • Sun - Thu 5pm-10pm ~ £98 per 3 hours • Sun - Thu 10pm-2am ~ £118 per 3 hours • Fri - Sat 5pm-2am ~ £150 per 3 hours 10 - 12 people • Sun - Thu 5pm-10pm ~ £148 per 3 hours • Sun - Thu 10pm-2am ~ £178 per 3 hours • Fri - Sat 5pm-2am ~ £250 per 3 hours 12 - 15 people • Sun - Thu 5pm-10pm ~ £178 per 3 hours • Sun - Thu 10pm-2am ~ £238 per 3 hours • Fri - Sat 5pm-2am ~ £330 per 3 hours 20 - 25 people • Sun - Thu 5pm-2am ~ £398 per 4 hours • Fri - Sat 5pm-2am ~ £500 per 4 hours 30 people • Sun - Thu 5pm-2am ~ £498 per 4 hours • Fri - Sat 5pm-2am ~ £600 per 4 hours
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Loaf,ManchesterLoaf
Arches 3a - 5, Deansgate Locks
Deansgate
Loaf is very much like one of the Hollyoaks starlets that pass through its doors on a Friday or Saturday night ? overrated and easily forgettable. Going back seven years, Manchester was still in the grip of post-bomb construction, with a lot of fantastic plans but nothing to show for it yet. Some bright spark had the idea of turning a number of disused railway arches at the bottom of Deansgate into a series of bars (plus a bathroom and flower shop that, quite rightly, died). Little did they know exactly how much Deansgate Locks would affect Manchester nightlife, both in a positive and negative fashion, and the expansive Loaf was built at the far left of the strip. Occupying huge arches, this venue was initially loved the uber-glam Cheshire brigade (its proximity to Deansgate station, and their inability to walk for more than five minutes really helped this Loaf) but that was back in 2000 and that's a lifetime ago in the life of a bar. The venue itself isn't all that bad ? upstairs houses a bar area that holds approximately three hundred, and a restaurant that can seat a touch over one hundred. Downstairs is a bar-cum-vip area that is normally rather busy, and a ?proper? club space (as well as the toilets and cloakroom). The decor was pretty fresh for Manchester until everyone else copied it, but its still more than passable in terms of looks, for the time being at least. Over the years the crowd has changed, and now it's a bit more ?down to earth? (a.k.a. rougher) at weekends at least. Its saving grace is the events it puts on during the week ? the infamous Hideous Kinky has moved here on Thursdays and Eye Candy was the place to be on a Monday, giving this venue a new lease of life ? the crowds on these nights are much more like they used to be. Overall you may feel we're being a bit harsh on Loaf, after all this was initially built as a test project by one of the big breweries, but its hard watching a venue like this go downhill at weekends. A rebranding is definitely needed soon, and no doubt they will polish this huge bar/club/restaurant into something special, but for the time being I can't honestly say that this place is somewhere I want to visit for that long.
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Revolution Deansgate Locks,ManchesterRevolution Deansgate Locks
Deansgate Locks
Deansgate
Revolution Deansgate Locks was, and in some cases still is, the jewel in the crown for the Revolution chain of vodka bars. Whilst the company is based in Ashton Under Lyme, Manchester has always been their real home (with no less than three locations here) and you can tell that this is their pride and joy. Thus the venue (situated in a disused railway archway) is a very swish affair, with two floors, a VIP mezzanine and canal side seating. A number of important midweek nights are hosted at Revolution, including the popular Red on alternate Tuesday's, and some special one-off Saturday events. The downstairs club is well sized, but bar service is painfully slow at busy times ? perhaps a good reason to escape upstairs to the VIP suite where the bar staff:customer ratio is a lot better. The décor is above average as well, and drinks prices are reasonable. There are always drinks offers, and you can get pitchers of vodka cocktails as well as the infamous Revolution flavoured Vodkas. Overall Revolution is a good looking venue, and despite being a bit too busy on Weekends its success is down to being a great place to relax or ?have it large?.
Indie and Underground bar



Big Hands
296 Oxford Road
Oxford Road
Big Hands is often overlooked due to its small frontage and the confusing way it merges with a flower shop next door, but it's worth hunting down and once inside you're rewarded with a great selection of beers and a friendly atmosphere. With such close proximity to the Academy this was always going to be an 'indie' bar, and there's a regular roster of talent that turns up to play in the bar. When a DJ turns up then they're jammed in in the middle of the bar. Popular with students and gig-goers alike, Big Hands is well worth a visit.
Indie and Underground bar

Browns,ManchesterBrowns
Spring Gardens
Piccadilly
The large, impressive building on Spring Gardens that currently houses Athenaeum is due to be taken over by Browns in late 2010. The magnificent space has long been thought to be undermined by the cheap and not so cheerful feel of Athenaeum, so the news that Browns are to arrive is very welcome. For the uninitiated, Browns is a chain, but a slightly upmarket one with select venues throughout the UK serving a large choice of food and drinks, with a steering towards mid-priced quality rather than cheap and cheerful. A huge range of cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as an extensive wine list and champagne selection accompanies a full menu at their other venues so we are assuming Browns in Manchester will follow a similar format. If it all goes ahead this should be a good addition to what is developing into a little clutch of decent places to eat and drink – Rosso, Room, All Bar One.
Modern bar


Fernandos,ManchesterFernandos
1-7 Chapel Street
City Centre
By popular demand, here we give you our official listing for Fernando’s; Manchester’s ultimate dating venue made famous by ITV’s Take Me Out, the dating game show hosted by Paddy McGuinness. For the uninitiated, Take Me Out involves a large group of young ladies being presented with a potential suitor who, naturally, tries to impress them in various ways. The girls each have a light that they can turn out when, or if, they feel the gent in front of them isn’t impressing them enough. At the end of the ritual humiliation...sorry, the man’s attempts to impress the girls, he has to choose one from those with their lights left on to take on a date. It’s a bit like Blind Date used to be only with more people involved, no ‘Our Graham’ and less teeth. Paddy McGuinness takes the Cilla role and when the lucky couple have been whittled out of the collected participants they are ceremoniously sent off for a date in Fernando’s, Manchester’s ‘best bar’, according to Paddy. We do have some bad news for you, however, Fernando’s fans – it doesn’t actually exist. Well, that’s to say that there is no bar in Manchester with Fernando’s written above the door. The place where they film the dates is a real bar and all the shots used in the programme are of a real place, it’s just not called Fernando’s - it’s called Bijou and far from being charmingly down at heel, as Paddy often suggests of Fernando’s, it is rather a swanky place, recently refurbished and erring on the classier side of a night out than the pint and a packet of peanuts ambience of Fernando’s. Quite why it was decided to make up a bar in Manchester called Fernando’s, and then use a real bar to pretend it existed, we have no idea. If you want to go to Fernando’s in Manchester, the closest you’re going to get is Bijou. Check out our Bijou listing.
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Kro,ManchesterKro
325 Oxford Road
Oxford Road
A favourite with students and the gig going public (Kro is opposite the Manchester Academy) this two floored bar has four rooms to choose from. Upstairs is a little reminiscent of a terraced house, with the toilets at the top of the stairs and two big airy rooms to relax in. The main bar is quite small, but there's additional seating in the fantastic back room. Coffee and food are served daily, and there's some great beers on offer.
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Odder,ManchesterOdder
14 Oxford Road
Oxford Road
Much loved bar on Oxford Road that offers quality beers in an eclectic environement. Don't be put off by the tiny bar downstairs, as the main action is up the wooden stairs at the back and in to an aladdins cave of clocks and vases. Regular events offer music and DJs, whilst the recently updated menu offers delicious, low priced grub.
Indie and Underground bar


Rain Bar,ManchesterRain Bar
80 Bridgewater Street
City Centre
A huge, and hugely popular bar, that sits on the banks of the Bridgewater canal.
Cheap and Cheerful bar

Rampant Lion,ManchesterRampant Lion
17 Anson Road
Victoria Park
This huge pub is the size of stately home, and students of an architectural bent may think this pub has equal visual value. Outside are considerable 'grounds' (no hedge maze, sadly) with plenty of summer seating and room for the various barbecues that take place here during July and August. Inside you'll find two rooms (including a cool conversatory), cheap beers and plenty of down to earth folk. Loved by locals, which include the residents of nearby student halls as well as the workers, this bar has a suprised - a downstairs clubspace. Over the years this has played host to a shockingly large number of quality DJs, but normally plays host to student friendly nights. Perfect if you live nearby, worth a visit if you don't.
Cheap and Cheerful bar

Sports Cafe,ManchesterSports Cafe
23 Quay Street
Peter Street
Situated right at the end of Peter Street in a location that feels like it's at the ends of the earth, the Sports Caf? does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Cheap drinks, chicken wings and sports coverage on huge TV's is the order of the day, whilst at night time everything continues except the sports. As well as drinking at any one of the six bars, you can also dance (at the right times, not during matches etc), play pool or just have a jog around the 19,000 square feet of interior. 18 different flavours of chicken wings are touted on the menu, so there should be something here to please anyone. Except vegetarians, or people who don?t like sports or cheap drinks.
Cheap and Cheerful bar

The Deaf Institute,ManchesterThe Deaf Institute
135 Grosvenor Street
Oxford Road
Right in the heart of the University district, Trof 3 (now named the 'Deaf Institute'....seriously) is the third incarnation of the Trof brand in Manchester. The first - and most loved - Trof is the original in Fallowfield. Food by day, music and drinks by night, a former terraced house was converted in to a chic little cafe bar for the well appointed students nearby. The second Trof was predictably in the Northern Quarter, and this third bar is in the make-believe area called the Southern Quarter, close to Oxford Road and the nearby studentsville. The Deaf Institute opens on the 29th February.
Indie and Underground bar

The Gin Club,ManchesterThe Gin Club
310 Wilmslow Road
Fallowfield
New for Fallowfield's student population, a place whose mission statement is a simple 'Music and Liquor', The Gin Club brings a touch of city centre elegance to the 'cheap pints and shots' offerings of the area's other nightspots. An interesting idea - let's see how the students take to cocktails and decor over beer and benches.
Modern bar


Baa Bar,ManchesterBaa Bar
27 Sackville Street
Gay Village
A larger gayer version of the Baa Bar on Deansgate Locks, which in itself was quite a gay place to hang out a the best of times! Just like the original location, there are mirrored walls (which really confuse you), but there is also an amazing 70s style dance room in the basement. Clearly designed by someone who has never drank in their lives, the lighting and mirrors in this room are somewhat disturbing to the stomach. Nether-the-less, this place offers something different from all the other village locations, and can be an intimate place to spend time during the week. The drinks are also well priced.
Modern bar

Baa Bar Deansgate Locks,ManchesterBaa Bar Deansgate Locks
Deansgate Locks
Deansgate
Baa Bar has been around since the conception of Deansgate Locks (a strip of bars and clubs built into railway arches and sat alongside a canal) and its still one of the busiest venues on that block despite the size. Combining cheap drinks and shooters will always mean a messy affair, but after a recent refit they're removed the giant mirror balls and side mirrors so ultimately reducing the chances of vomiting. Their speciality is definitely shooters, of which there are far too many varieties to mention. They're lethal but a lot of fun and ultra cheap. On weekends the bar can get far too busy, resulting in long waits at the bar and very little room to move. Good thing that there are more bars and clubs nearby as you can wander down the Locks and grab a drink somewhere else.
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Grinch,ManchesterGrinch
5-7 Chapel Walks
City Centre
Very popular two floored bar/restaurant, used mostly for the latter but you can safely sit out on the street in the Summer without incurring the rath of the waitress for not ordering food. Widely lauded as the bar that server Maddonna drinks, for once the self promotion is worthwhile. If you're eating, try the new style special chicken, if you're drinking then avoid boring spirits and go for the cocktails.
Style Conscious bar

House 9,ManchesterHouse 9
9 Century Street
Deansgate
***Updated August 2010*** Barely a year after opening, we can confirm that House 9 has closed. Details are a little thin on the ground at the moment but, judging by numbers every time we’ve been in there, it could be due to lack of business. Their concept was an admirable one – to provide a classier, more appealing alternative to their Deansgate Locks neighbours, but we can’t help feeling there was a lack of commitment to seeing it through. It is, after all, the details that make a place and details were definitely lacking the last time we went there – for a private party no less. No draught beer, only one choice of bottle, dirty toilets, most of the spaces in the bar closed...it didn’t bode well. The project was apparently part of a plan from a small group of local businessmen who, at the time of launch, claimed to be looking at opening two other venues in the city. Nothing has been heard of these since and, with the demise of House 9, we can only assume it unlikely we will ever see them. They spent a decent amount of time and money renovating the space though so it will be interesting to see what happens to it next. _________________________________________ ***Updated August 2009*** House 9 is now open and looks set to shake up the Deansgate scene with a sophisticated take on the independent bar scene. __________________________________________ House 9 is the brainchild of a new Tameside company who plan to open three new venues in Manchester city centre in 2009. House 9 is going to be the first of these three with a planned opening date set as 1 May 2009. The idea for House 9, they tell us, is to bring a bit of an independent, quirky feel to the Deansgate Locks area. "Even though we are next to Deansgate Locks, we'll be very different to the bars that are already there," says Ben Burgess, one of the company directors. "They do their job well, but we're trying to create something with a different identity. It could be the first of a new independent scene in this part of the city."
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M20
158 Burton Road
Didsbury
M20 is as M20 does. It?s a new upstart compared to the MET and four in hand, and other such bastions on Didsbury drinking but my god is it a refreshing change. Not just for the no nonsense party crowd who go there, spurred on my delicious cocktails and well chosen foreign beers but because the place is soooo 80?s it hurts, and it hurts in a good way. Ok to say so 80?s is a little harsh, but other drinking holes in Didsbury are painfully original and seem to lack soul and heart. They are bland and have no brand, M20, even if a little on the dark side, oozes someone?s personality, someone?s dream, you can tell someone somewhere wanted a bar. Bought one and is very happy about it. And well they might be ? the place has smashed it. The drinks aren?t cheap, with bottles of beer at a price around ?3.20 and cocktails (which are great to be fair) at ?7.95 but the queue to get in after only just gone 11 shows most people of Didsbury don?t care. The drinks are well mixed and well served by two legends in the area, the RnR boys, with rumors that they might well move and start their own bar somewhere in town! Hurrah! You see the problem with M20 is that the place is so small it might as well be down a back street in Granada or in a funkier part of Lisbon. It?s so very small but this can add to the vibe of the place, as you have to squish past people and be very unbritish about touching, and get involved when getting served. It also has an tiny built for couples area behind the bar which is so dark that it?s almost a place ripe for un noticed unplanned under the table affection (those of you who know about dark rooms, alas for you, this is not one of them, shame thou) The crowd seems younger than Didsbury is used to but this could be the fact that everyone is enjoying themselves and the drinks are flowing and you cant hear the over loud talking about share prices and skiing holidays booked for next year?thank God. There are more than a few attractive ladies who vie for attention and dance for fun in the space where there are no tables, I would say dance floor but this isn?t true. However, this is a rarity, according to one regular there are usually many more men than women that go in there, and I believe her she goes there 3 times a week. A don?t know if its sad or genius to be fair, The music policy is simple but affective. Get people dancing, play what they love and mix it well enough for people to notice, but not to scratch their chins about. It?s a lively, no messing about vibe, drinking and dancing but with a VMSA feel to the place (very much strings attached, including past relationship near marriages and broken dreams of the late 20?s early 30?s career people) However to balance this out nicely there are more than a few couples, no bad thing at their / my age. However, this party vibe maybe changing, rumors of revolution is in the air, a change of guard of the staff means RIP Rich and Rob (who almost ran the place for a while, especially with the faithful followers) and so maybe M20 maybe MT
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Paramount,ManchesterParamount
33-35 Oxford Street
Oxford Road
The Paramount sits at the confusing place where Oxford Road turns into Oxford Street. We have no idea why it does this, but if you look on any map you'll see a tiny piece of Oxford Road is actually labelled as Oxford Street. Ignore me, let's talk about the bar. The Paramount is a huge pub run by JD Wetherspoon - which means three things. 1) No Music. 2) Cheap Drinks 3) Cheap Food. The Living room this ain't, but truth be told it's a nice enough little boozer to start off your night and it doesn't hammer your pocket. On an early evening it's also a great place to grab some food. It's central location means you can nip the nearby Music Box for a dance, or if you're looking for somewhere slightly more upmarket to eat then there's a Mcdonalds just across the road.
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Revolution,ManchesterRevolution
90-94 Oxford Road
Oxford Road
Revolution are expanding at breakneck speed across the UK, hell bent on bringing their flavour infused vodkas to every high street. Their Oxford Road venue, located a stones throw away from the Universities, was the first one they ever opened. Thankfully its undergone several refits over the years, including a strange period when it was renamed Babooshka. Inside it's standard fare for a bar of this type with a long mirrored bar at the back and plenty of seats and comfy sofas. DJs play occasionally, but its simply not big enough to support regular nights - not necessarily a bad thing as some of Revolution's other venues are so big you could get lost in them. During the summer months they open the front of the bar up onto the street by opening the top half of wooden shutters. This is one of the nicest places to drink in the summer as you can watch the Oxford Road traffic go by, as well as beautiful people wearing very little clothes. One of the most disgusting sights I've ever witnessed was in the toilets of this bar, which are located deep underground. I don?t want to go in to too much detail but it involved an old man, soiled pants (that got more soiled) and lots of embarrassment. This doesn?t reflect in any way on the bar, the clientele or the food - in fact they should probably be commended for letting someone shit themselves, most venues would kick up a right stink. The location makes it the perfect pre-bar before hitting the city, especially as it's on the hugely busy Oxford Road corridor (thus perfect if your coming from Fallowfield or Withington).
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Taps,ManchesterTaps
Watson Street
City Centre
***May 2009*** Taking the ground floor spot in The great Northern Tower, below champagne specialist and newcomer Epernay on the first floor, Taps brings an altogether different offering to the party. Far from the magnums and flutes upstairs, each table in Taps gets...believe it or not...its own tap. Yes, of beer. Sit down, get some glasses and fill them, and yourselves, up as much as you wish. No more visits to the bar, no queuing, no endless fiddling with change. Just turn up, drink as much as you wish and pay on your way out. Brilliant. Taps is now open.
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The Lounge
478 Wilbraham Road
Chorlton
Under new management this bar is now part of the expanding family owned Lounge Ventures group. They also own Abode on Wilbraham road and soon one more to add to the collection ? which WHLN has exclusive news on. The place is much larger than you expect when you first walk in. Keep walking on down to the refurbished back room with its great leather sofas and nice lighting for social and chilled chats and beers. You can tell there is new management, and a ladies touch in the place as the whole vibe is much less ?chav wanna be gangsta? than before. Candles now make sense and lower lightening with more appropriate music. This much needed change is added to by the addition of a decent bar menu there. Finally, catering for people with good old fashioned taste and not all ?bling bling? and frozen turkey twisters. Home good comfort food, classic fayre, which is on all day, great pies and pastas, a steak and the works for ?7, Chorlton quality but at a fine price point beautifully cooked by the ex head chef from the LIVING ROOM. Foreign beers and a good selection of drinks all round, but not at the Northern Quarter price point. Erdigner, Leffe, Negra modello (my favorite) along side polish beers with names I just can?t remember. But what I can remember is the great idea they have about catering for the night after the night before crowd with classic hangover cures ranging from eggs Benedict to properly made Bloody Marys as well as fresh fruit salads for the healthy (we are still in Chorlton remember) Saying this, aligned with Chorlton?s socialism we have Wednesday nights where people can bring in their own tunes and they have a local bands night which apparently goes down a storm. Whilst they are finally sorting out the weekend with new DJ?s and a meet and great scheme on the door to vet people and have the 21 year old+ people inside the Lounge know they are going to have a ?safe? time (manc pun weakly intended) Average age: 28 but with a strangely high number of attractive women for Chorlton Verdict: With the new management and security and style conscious measures in place (along with the new food menu) this Lounge will be one WHLN will definitely chill out in, in 2007. See you there for hangover cures and an all dayer sometime in the summer.
Modern bar

View,ManchesterView
40 Chorlton Street
Gay Village
Formerly Prague V, View is a two floored bar that's really more of a nightclub. There's seating upstairs for a good hundred or so, and a large dancefloor next to the basement bar.
Modern bar


57 Thomas Street
57 Thomas Street
Northern Quarter
The presence of Marble Brewery in the Northern Quarter has been on the cards for a while now and it seems, in April 2010, that it may soon be a reality. 57 Thomas Street appears to be taking shape as the new arm of the Marble Arch brigade, with Chorlton housing the other outlet in the guise of the Marble Beer House. Marble beers brewed on site at their Rochdale Road pub will undoubtedly feature highly but they also tend to have a few guest ales on too. Real pints of beer in the cocktail-soaked Northern Quarter? Sounds good to us.
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Alchemist
Hardman Square, Spinningfields
Spinningfields
A new project from Black House, the people behind a number of restaurants and bars throughout the country, known in Manchester for their Grill on the Alley restaurant. Alchemy will apparently be “an old English pub done in a US-style bar feel”. It’s a while off yet – the company haven’t officially acquired the space yet, but we hope to see it later in 2010.
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Aqua,ManchesterAqua
Albion Wharf
City Centre
Unfortunately this bar has now closed.
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Baby Grand,ManchesterBaby Grand
47 Peter Street
Peter Street
Baby Grand was the new boy on Peter Street, and the bar lends some much needed sophistication to the area. Formerly Soft, which had heavy leanings towards rnb and hip hop, the new venture doesn?t stray too far away from that genre but has undergone a much needed facelift and improvement in service. Operating a more select door policy has allowed Baby Grand to keep the undesirables out. Inside you'll find a plush venue with table service and plenty of space to hide away from the paparazzi (or a past conquest). This is one of the city centre venues that successfully bridges the gap between bar and club - well worth a visit. Opposite the giant M-Two nightclub, Peter Street is fast becoming the mass-market area of Manchester. Down the road is the huge Bar 38, the recently opened Chicago Rock Cafe, the defunct Teasers and the scary Squares Bar. If you like drinking, but don't like walking, then this area will provide.
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Bar Below
34 Canal Street
Gay Village
This tiny little basement bar is located at the junction of Canal Street and Sackville Street and the recent refit has improved upon what was a great venue - although very very small. In fact the only bar in Manchester that's smaller is the nearby Temple of Convenience on Oxford Street, and that used to be a public toilet. Down the stairs you've got a swish looking bar, seating at the back and some rather large toilet cubicles. For liquid refreshment this is one of the best stocked bars in the village, with a huge range of spirits and wines. Take a full wallet and empty stomach - the cocktails are equally good, and the only downside to visiting Bar Below is that it can fill or empty within minutes. Not really an issue, unless you have a phobia of mass people movement.
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