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Ye Olde Cock Inn
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Living Room

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Long Legs,ManchesterLong Legs
Basement 46 George St
City Centre
Review updated: A full strip is now offered by Long Legs (hurrah) and the Fantasy Bar is rumoured to be re-opening. Manchester gained a third strip club with the opening of the classy Boutique bar on Lloyd Street. Located in the heart of China Town, slightly off the beaten track, Long Legs charge between five and ten pounds to get in, depending on the season but this includes a free dance. Walk down the stairs and there's a bar to your left, with a dancefloor-cum-standing area and two seating areas around it. Stringfellows this ain't, as the carpet/wallpaper/furnishings will tell you, but you?re here for the titties right? The girls are strictly boobs only - no amount of money will result in you seeing a front-bum. The long legs girls are decent looking girls with at least 10 working each night, and sometimes more. Some are friendly, some aren't. Doesn't really matter does it? The girls dance for ?5 for approximately five minutes, whilst ?10-?15 will get you a two girl dance and maybe some nipple licking. Some people consider this a waste of money, but unless your some sort of alcoholic regular who's spending the rent money (and child support) on titties then it's not really a big deal. Long Legs is a great place, don't get me wrong, but Manchester deserves at more than one strip club. It almost looked like we were going to get one, but sadly the actress who plays Rita Sulivan on Coronation Street took great offence to Peter Stringfellows plans - due to the fact that it would take place very close to her front door - and kicked up a huge fuss. With hundreds of solicitors in that same area, you'd make a mint from it, but equally you'd have to be insane to go up against so many legal eagles.
Lap dancing bar

Cloud 23 - Hilton Skybar,ManchesterCloud 23 - Hilton Skybar
Beetham Tower
The highest bar in Mancheter (23rd Floor) and the one with the highest aspirations, the door to Cloud 23 is strictly controlled on the weekends, this rather attractive (and somewhat expensive) drinking hole remains unseen by large numbers of Mancunians - some by choice. For hotel guests and tourists it's a great pull, with windows in the floors and fantastic views across Manchester (and beyond)
Style Conscious bar

Fantasy Bar,ManchesterFantasy Bar
140 Deansgate
A lapdancing club on Deansgate, in central Manchester. One of the first venues in the city, and recentyl refurbished, it's located on the corner of Deansgate and John Dalton Street in a hidden doorway. If you have a hankering for nudity then this strip bar should keep you happy.
Lap dancing bar

2b Whitworth Street West
A new lapdancing bar that's right next to the busy Deansgate Locks. House above the even newer Area 51 nightclub, it's a fairly swanky affair with a glitering array of girls. Bit more swanky than the other venues in town (Long legs, The Fantasy Bar) but nowhere near as good as Boutique (Lloyd Street)
Lap dancing bar

Sugar Lounge,ManchesterSugar Lounge
Deansgate Locks
The Sugar Lounge has had an interesting history, but there's no doubting that the tiny venue at the end of Deansgate Locks is an equally interesting place to hang out. Attractive, and with attentive service, there's a bling bling vibe in this bar and a 'take it or leave it' attitude. If that's your cup of tea then get your glad rags on and prepare to brave the oft-strict door staff. As the saying goes, if you deserve to be in this bar then they'll let you in.
Style Conscious bar

One Central Street,ManchesterOne Central Street
1 Central Street
Peter Street
A former gay club, One Central has survived on Thursday nighter Romp, with the recent addition of Funkademia and Northern Funk providing popular, but funk fuelled, Friday and Saturday nights. Not quite got the edge that it used to, but still part of a good night out in central Manchester.
Indie and Underground bar

Sugar Buddha,ManchesterSugar Buddha
Arch 12, Deansgate Locks
Another change of tenant on the seemingly fickle Deansgate Locks scene, Sugar Buddha arrives to take over from the Sugar Lounge, so they could save a bit on the signage if they’re smart. Slotting into the notorious strip of bars has traditionally gone one of two ways – go wuith the flow (i.e. standard exposed brickwork, long bar, ‘modern pub grub’, funky house on Saturday nights) or try and stand out from the crowd. We’ve yet to get down there to see which way Sugar Buddha have gone but we will this space.
Modern bar

The Purple Pussycat,ManchesterThe Purple Pussycat
19 Back Bridge Street
Opened in November 2007 the Purple Pussycat comes from the team behind the popular One Central Street. That club-cum-bar has a modern design, but the Purple Pussycat is far more sleazy and intimate. Located in a basement space on Bridge Street - formerly as an italian restaurant - the bar holds around fifty punters, and they've clearly made an effort on the decor.
Indie and Underground bar

Portland Street
City Centre
Yikes! Another chain bar, and it's located right next to the bus station - put your glad rags on this is going to be a top hat and tails affair! Oh we jest, but to be fair to Edwards each time we've visited we've had fun. In fact the last time I came here we saw a 5ft high old man dancing around and entertaining a group of scantily clad young ladies. Top dollar, we thought, until two nights later we saw a familiar looking old woman dancing around at a venue down Canal Street - yep it was the original old man wearing women's clothes and make-up. Pointless story, but Edwards has little to talk about so I had to fill this review somehow. Cheap drinks (Promotions! Alcopops! Wodka!) in the cheap seats.
Indie and Underground bar

Solomon Grundy
447/449 Wilmslow Road
Solomon's has been my regular Saturday and Sunday morning haunt for as long as I care to remember as their breakfasts are fantastic. This is in spite of the terrible pricing scheme and the painfully slow service, but when you've got a coffee, a newspaper and nothing to do all day it's no big deal. Situated in the middle of Withington high street, Solomon's is a more relaxed drinking establishment compared to other student bars. There's plenty of space for tables and chairs, with standing being practically discouraged, and a very boho-soho atmosphere. Grab a seat at the back of the bar in the semi-conservatory and you can drink yourself senseless in the bright sunlight. Food is served through the day (breakfast is an all day affair thankfully) and is priced just above average, but not quite into the expensive bracket. The standard of all the meals we've tried have been excellent. The coffee is well brewed, the orange juice is extra juicy, the beers are frothier and crisper than anywhere else and it just seems to have that air of something that's a class above anywhere else. Solomon Grundys is a great place to unwind during the day or for pre-club drinks - it's not exactly banging enough to entertain for a whole evening - but nethertheless it's definitely worth a visit.
Indie and Underground bar

Manchester 235,ManchesterManchester 235
Great Northern Warehouse
Peter Street
A modern take on the casino, with two internal restaurants, a bar and a wide variety of ways to lose your hard earned cash. In fact there's almost fifty thousand square feet to play with, and thankfully the non-gambling side of things is just as good as the gambling, with decent reviews coming in from the restaurants.
Casino bar

Great Northern Warehouse
Peter Street
Relish is located in the Great Northern Warehouse, on that site that was formerly Persia. The bar comprises a 120 cover restaurant, 350 capacity bar and a VIP mezzanine for the bling bling. Over ?3million has been spent on this place, but only 10p of that was spent on the website. We jest, this is a nice enough place to hang out and it gets a bit hip and trendy on Friday and Saturday nights, with some well selected local DJs. Two years ago I wouldn't have walked down Peter Street if you had paid me, but with the recently opened Manchester 235, the new Radisson and the nearby Beetham Tower (Skybar, Podium bar et al) this is turning into a decent area of town.
Modern bar

Matt and Phreds Jazz Club,ManchesterMatt and Phreds Jazz Club
64 Tibb Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester's famous jazz club, Matt and Phred's provides everything you need to indulge in Jazz related fantasies. A packed diary means that you can head down on almost any night of the week to see great musicians play within a sultry environment, there's a range of fresh food on offer that won't break the bank, and they've got a fun selection of cocktails. Based in Manchester's Northern Quarter Matt and Phreds has been around for over eight years, and in that time a number of key bars have opened around it - the kind of bars that attract people with trendy haircuts and far too much make-up. What warms that heart is that in face of this increased competition and changes in the area, Matt and Phreds is still going strong and providing something that it's neighbours can't! The venue takes part in the annual Manchester Jazz Festival (usually the last week of July) and you can check out the Matt and Phreds website for up-to-date listings.
Cheap and Cheerful bar

Withy Grove
Launching in March 2006, Opus has taken over the huge four level building in the Printworks. Promising to bring "the future of entertainment and dining" to Manchester, the venue houses 4 separate spaces, with five bars and two restaurants.
Cheap and Cheerful bar

Arch 2 Deansgate Locks
Sakura is set to open on Friday 1 October 2010 and looks like it will bring a touch or oriental glamour to the Locks’ party scene. Japanese in theme, the bar will serve cocktails and drinks, as well as authentic sushi, bento boxes and pan Asian dishes. Connected to Sakura is the Twisted Tokyo Club, open from 10pm six nights a week and promises to host some of the best DJs in the world. The Opium Lounge is a VIP area within the Twisted Tokyo Club, offering exclusive table reservations. The opening weekend at Sakura will kick off on Friday 1 October with Graeme Park and Steve Smart on the decks, continuing into Saturday 2 October with Freemasons, featuring Amanda Wilson live. Sakura seems like it will fit well into the Deansgate Locks collective. Aiming for unashamed class and a clubbing experience with a touch of glamour, it should sit nicely with other newcomers such as Lakota and Sugar Buddha. The strip of bars that had developed an unwanted, and some would say unwarranted, reputation for the less desirable aspects of a night out may just be seeing itself revived, despite the recent closures of both House 9 and Area 51. With all that in mind, we’ll be keeping a close eye on how Sakura settles in over the next few months. It might just be the shot in the arm that Deansgate Locks needed. ____________________________________________________ Plans have been submitted relating to Arch 2 on Deansgate Locks for a change of use. We are led to believe that the current CP Hart bathroom store is due to become Sakura, a mini-chain that currently has venues in Lincoln and Reading. They look like what you might expect from a Deansgate Locks venue – smart seating areas, bar food, student know the deal, but Sakura also has a bit of a Japanese twist to it, which will be interesting to see. We don’t have a timescale yet but we’re hoping it’ll arrive in 2010 – maybe in time for the summer?

Canal Street
Gay Village
Spirit is right in the heart of the Gay Village, located in a prime corner position on Canal Street, and overlooking the canal. Don't let the small front put you off, this venue goes WAY back! In the summer this place gets really busy, and cramped, with people spilling out on to the streets and sweat pouring from the walls (not literally, although it sometimes gets quite warm). The toilets are right at the back, which means that it's a struggle to get through, but the drinks prices are cheap and there's plenty of offers on. Upstairs is a small seating area, then up another flight and there's a smaller bar.
Cheap and Cheerful bar

High Street
Northern Quarter
Stunning new bar from the designer that gave us the Sugar Lounge and Panacea (and more) with an interior that is as far from understated as you can get. A great cocktail menu, and - so far - a great addition to the Manchester bar scene.
Indie and Underground bar

Lloyds No. 1,ManchesterLloyds No. 1
Lloyds No. 1 is a sub-brand of Wetherspoons - so you know what to expect here. Cheap drinks, cheap food and a party atmosphere make this the destination of choice for all those that head to the Printworks. It's not my bag, but a lot of people love this place. Props to them, they're all alcoholics.
Cheap and Cheerful bar

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