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Area 51 review
Area 51 manchester photo***Updated August 2010***

Area 51 has closed down. In the same week that we learnt House 9 has shut its doors came the news that Area 51, at two and a half years old, has also shut down. The timing of the two nearly-adjacent venues closing is purely coincidental, we assume, but devastating nonetheless for the immediate area and Manchester’s independent bar and club scene in general.

A quick scan of Area 51’s web presence shows little sign of an official explanation. Their ‘official website’ doesn’t appear to be working anymore, while their Facebook page merely announces their opening on 1st February 2008, as well as hosting photos from young ladies who seem to be on the lookout for business of some kind. Strange.

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A new all night club that takes over the former Emporia venue (Whitworth Street West) opposite Deansgate Locks. The club's busy first month looks tasty - they've certainly recruited a choice selection of DJs and they're linking up with Mancunian nights like Bitch and Sex Toy (Previously at North). Kiss Da Funk makes the trip over from Leeds each month, with the Trophy Twins and Rob Tissera.

The venue was previously an attractive two room club space that never managed to find its feet. Despite the proximity to the busy Deansgate Locks the venue lacked the pull that was needed to keep it busy. Area 51 has got an ace up its sleeve - late night opening.



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More Area 51 reviews - 8 reviews

Bouncers are complete prats - you won't get in unless you've got a suit and a quiff! What kind of peope do they want there? True house music worshippers dress funky.

Anonymous says...
7 people agree, 4 people disagree with this review

Awesome club. I made it until 6ish but 9am! I might try a later start or something. Music was awesome and so were the dancers!

Anonymous says...
1 person disagrees with this review

Area 51 is crazy. Brand new club on the rave scene and it's really pushing the boat out, I most definitely rate it. Places like this are really putting Manchester on the map. Went last Saturday and stayed until 9am, it was mental. Watch out for the lights though fellas, they're deadly!

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees with this review

Area Sessions was amazing! Definitely going to be a regular at this place. Love the terrace where you can catch a breather and the little chill out areas. The dry ice in the main room is a godsend when you are raving your booty off! Love it!

Anonymous says...
4 people agree, 1 person disagrees with this review

Bouncers were arses. My mate is 20, he had ID but they then claimed you had to be 21 to get in - which was not true, they just didn't want to let him in.
Anyway, after much arguing we had a fab night inside, from what I can remember!

Anonymous says...
2 people agree with this review

The bouncers were a pain in the arse. They were out of order and power mad. I provided my ID and then he started to question what jeans I had on. He didn't want to let me in but I was persistant. The club was incredible and I love the late closing time.

Anonymous says...
3 people agree, 2 people disagree with this review

I love Area 51

jenny says...
1 person agrees, 1 person disagrees with this review

Good music, sound system awesome! Down side: Police always there, too many bald thug like guys in there.

Anonymous says...
2 people agree with this review

Area 51 is absolutley crazy. Stayed until 7am, next time its going to be a 9am job. The bouncers are out of order and power mad bUT the night was amazing, bring on the next session!

Anonymous says...
2 people agree with this review
Anonymous says...
ha i did a 8am one! wow you feel well hungover! especially when your in work atr half pst 9 i got out of there gt changed in a ma m8s car then went to work ....... never doing that again!

Area is mint but should make clear what the dress code is. I dressed smart casual but the bouncers still had a problem with it, what do they want us ravers to wear, shirt and tie?

Anonymous says...
2 people agree with this review

If you've got money in your pocket to buy drinks and don't mess about when in clubs does it matter what you've got on. As long as you behave what's the problem? Never turn punters with money away.

smithy121
says...
1 person agrees, 1 person disagrees with this review

Got in after negotiating withthe bouncers as they said I was too old!

Wicked place - banging night, best music to be caned on in the world!

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees with this review
Anonymous says...
how olds that, i'm going on 30th jan, i'm 41, will i have same problem??

Love it! Go every weekend! Xx

amy & lauren says...
1 person disagrees with this review

Im going on 30th, and got a ticket already, if they dont let me in im gonna propper kick off

Anonymous says...

This place was generally disappointing. The clientelle includes a lot of small town posers with egos (like those of nearby Deansgat Locks), the bouncers are heavy handed and omnipresent and the venue is not all it's cracked up to be. If you're used to friendly, open-minded, hedonistic type clubs, this may be one to avoid.

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees with this review

I'm going this evening, we are all late 20s and early 30s and are dreading it. Sounds really cheesy and rubbish. Is it? We are a pretty hedonistic lot and hope to get rather trashed but quiff and suit as mentioned in the first paragraph - gulp.

Anonymous says...

Me and my mate have been twice and did'nt get in first time on both occasions, we went away for 20 mins went in seperatly and both got in. The bouncers are power trippin but if your out for a good night it wont bother you. The music is bangin!

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees with this review

Hi,Im 20 going to area 51 for the first time..whats it like?! Im into my sankeys but trying something new.
What to wear!?! do girls wear heals etc..raving and heels isnt good...let me know please! :)

Anonymous says...

the door staff are so fkn headstrong turned me and my friends away twice in 2 mths. ive been on the clubbing scene for 19 yrs. what did the want??? me to have a lucille ball hairdo

Anonymous says...

The door staff want there heads feeling you can tell they not very bright cause all they want to do is let there mates in! They want to knock the steroids on the head for a bit! we all used to go in the Thunderdome for them that can remember and Hippo's and the door staff there were at least into the music get a life Area 51 or you will end up like the place your named after, a big secret for sad security staff no one quite knowing what going on. Sort it out we created Manchester not the not so friendly door staff!

Musashi says...
2 people agree with this review

mega but the bouncers are full on geeks thy think thy can abuse there authority let us rave u stead eating freaks

Anonymous says...

doormen fink they r well hard, they all look like robots the way they all walk but top nite when past the robots

Anonymous says...

tried to go to this club after seeing some great lineups there, and after paying for a taxi, was turned away. im 26 with ID, was dressed nice, was pretty sober and have been a clubber for years.
their reason? they didnt have one they had just decided not to let anyone else in. it was about 12.30am when places like fabric or sankeys are just starting to get going, they were so rude they just said NO as we walked up and shut the gates so nobody else could go in.
i would strongly suggest the employment of new door men cos those guys are absolute plebs.

Anonymous says...

im traveling up from london with a group of lads all over 21. these bouncers sound like cocks... will it be even harder for us as were southern?

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees with this review

went on 29th aug for Utah Saints. i had the best night ive had in years. the bouncers were ok with us on doors, got straight in, no trouble with anyone. i think you just need to be happy and not totally wasted when you get there. We had a top night but us girls were totally out numbered by the men which meant quite a bit of hassel throughout the night by the guys. But still a great atmosphere! Girls get down there!

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees, 1 person disagrees with this review

Sorry can anyone tell me who the DJ was last Friday night on the top floor...trancey but different?

Gazmania says...
1 person agrees, 1 person disagrees with this review

"Bouncers are complete prats - you won't get in unless you've got a suit and a quiff! What kind of peope do they want there? True house music worshippers dress funky."

I don't know how long ago this was but i've been there recently on a dubstep night (hitnrun) and everyone was dressed down. They didn't let a girl in who was too drunk but thats expected.

good night, bit expensive to get in, cheapish drinks.

Anonymous says...
2 people agree, 1 person disagrees with this review

the doorman are tools as you have allready noticed

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees with this review

I was going to go but since reading the reviews regarding the bouncers and general atmosphere, it sounds more like a towney venue than a serious club like Sankeys. I could go sankeys in my jeans, trainers and tshirt to do some dancing and have a good time, which is what it's all about. If I can't do that I'm not interested

Anonymous says...

Some pretentious moron at the door with the bouncers telling us how we should dress, (we were in shirts already - but not allowed chequered) and how to dance, then grabbed by bouncers because I didn't take my jacket off quick enough, then charged 12 pound to get in. Walked out, there are better, cheaper place to go that are more laid back than this all fur and no knickers place.

Anonymous says...
1 person agrees with this review

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