Manchester’s nightlife is varied and hugely exciting, but if you’re after something a bit different, these bars are worth a visit (if you can find them!)
Looks like an old pawn shop, but inside you won’t find old stuff — instead there’s comfy booths and cool drinks. This is definitely one to visit if you’re in the Northern Quarter.
Find it: In Stevenson Square in the heart of the NQ.
Tucked down King Street South in the basement of an old Victorian building, Arcane looks like a wizard’s shop from the outside. Inside, the drinks are truly magical, with incredible flavour combinations that change with the seasons. It’s a bit on the pricier side of things, so head there if you fancy a treat.
Find it: Just off Deansgate by La Vina tapas restaurant.
Another underground hidden gem on King Street South. The entrance is disguised to look like an old goods entrance, but once you find it, it’ll become one of your favourites.
Find it: Part of the fun is finding it — so without giving too much away, it’s down King Street South, not far from the back windows of Cath Kidston.
Formerly ‘The Temple of Convenience’ this tiny bar was once a toilet — it’s now known for its array of foreign beers and bangers on the jukebox. Not surprisingly, it’s quite popular and does get busy so can be tough to get a table, but every student should try and visit at least once.
Find it: Head up Oxford Road onto Oxford Street, towards St Peter’s Square. The bar is just before Chilangos.
A gamer’s haven, this underground space in the Northern Quarter is packed with retro arcade games and consoles, along with craft beers and themed cocktails. They also have Monster Munch as a bar snack — worth a visit for that reason alone.
Find it: Just round the corner from Black Dog Ballroom NQ, on Short Street.
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There’s more to this laundrette than meets the eye. When you (eventually) find this prohibition bar, head to the phone on the wall and say you’re there to ‘wash some dirty clothes’. You’ll then be taken through the door disguised as giant washing machine and into an emporium of unusual cocktails, funky booths with mood lighting and fab DJs giving that Ibiza vibe.
Find it: Somewhere St, M4 2AF.