At the heart of Manchester is the Gay Village, a globally recognised hub for the LGBT community. Since the early days of Manto in 1990, The Village has welcomed in a huge number of high class LGBT venues in Manchester.
Drag, cabaret, pubs, bars, nightclubs – the Gay Village has exactly what you’re looking for, and more. It’s for that reason that the Village is constantly the centre of activity in Manchester, its brilliant selection of LGBT venues providing a warm and loving atmosphere for everyone!
The Village is easily accessed from every direction, sandwiched in between Piccadilly station and China Town. It’s event quite a picturesque location, lining the edge of the Rochdale Canal for hose picture perfect moments!
Each venue in the Gay Village and Manchester has a different vibe with different requirements, so we’ve broken them down! Find a complete guide to LGBT Venues in Manchester below.
LGBT Nightclubs in Manchester
Front and centre, the belle of the ball, G-A-Y is a little hard to miss. Right off of Princess Street is this legendary pop music heaven and Northern sister to the London venue! Cheap drinks and classic hits galore, G-A-Y see students flooding it’s halls every night. As a result, the crowd skews a little young with a pretty casual dress code.
Cruz 101 is open seven nights a week and is one of The Village’s oldest gay clubs! Officially opened since 1992, Cruz 101 is one of the most popular LGBT venues in Manchester. They host a variety of regular nights from APEX, QWERK and Cha Cha Boudoir to Klub Kids Manchester. Dress up if you’d like, but it’s pretty casual most nights. Keep an eye out although, as some events will have a particular dress code!
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Another one of Manchester’s long-running and favoured clubs is New York New York on Bloom Street. From 1pm you can stop by the cocktail bar for some chilled out drinks and comfortable seating, but the real energy gets going every night from around 8pm, with DJs, Drag Queens and more hitting the stage.
Kiki offers some of the biggest parties on the canal every night! During the day, you can sit out on the canal and try soak in some of that fleeting Manchester sunshine. Or, wait until night and take advantage of free entertainment with 24/7 drink deals, disco balls and dance floors! Kiki also host Void, an underground House club, throughout the week.
Finally, Bloom Club has taken over the old AXM building out on its namesake Bloom Street. It’s open 7 nights a week with a great variety of events, from Drag shows to karaoke, cabaret and weekly themed nights.
LGBT Bars in Manchester
If you’re looking for a Gothic atmosphere – complete with fancy chandeliers – Via has a beautiful interior with dark-wooden decor that is impossible to resist. They put on a variety of Drag shows and DJ nights, so make sure you’re ready to dance.
At the heart of the Village is The Eagle, a rustic bar with a lush Victorian style that caters male clientele. They host themed fetish nights and late night DJs, as well as being just a great place to grab a drink. Company Bar also operates a man-only policy, often frequented by the leather and fetish crowd.
For a more Manhattan feel, Tribeca can thrust you right into the centre of New York. The many tiers of the Tribeca mean they throw many different events at the same time, some even in the legendary bar B.E.D that features actual beds!
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Oscars is a lovely musical theatre bar that serves delicious cocktails and even more delicious entertainment! Centre Stage is right around the corner, serving up cheesy nolstalgia and camp cabaret. Then not too far away from them is Iconic, a friendly little “back street Oasis” bar. They stock over 200 gins and boast the second biggest collection in the city.
Home to Poptastic, and one of the star LGBT venues in Manchester is Bar Pop, a local favourite on Canal Street! Pop bangers and camp classics are always on the playlist, and it’s open every day until late. For a luxurious feel, Velvet bar’s decadent and high class vibe is perfect. Their dark, moody walls, rose gold features and smoky mirrors make for great selfie moments.
The Thompsons Arms is a cosy little Gay Bar on Sackville Street hosting and one the best places to grab a drink. Cabaret, Drag, DJs and more play the Thompson stage on a regular basis.
Finally, we have Napoleon’s, who host a regular Wednesday night party popular with the trans-community. It’s also the oldest gay club in Manchester, and in the whole of Europe. Not too far from it is Richmond Tea Rooms, a traditional little place for afternoon tea and refined dining. Book in for their award-winning Alice in Wonderland themed dining experience, or indulge in a glass of wine.
Lesbian bars in Manchester
Ladies can make themselves at home in Vanilla, the UK’s leading lesbian bar and the one of the friendliest LGBT venues in Manchester! Since opening in 1998, Vanilla has had more than one million women visited, enjoying their safe and enjoyable atmosphere. The bar is open until late almost every day (1am on Sundays and closed on Mondays), with regular club nights and celebrations all throughout the week.
LGBT Pubs in Manchester
If the nightclubs and bars are a bit too fast paced for your liking, the Gay Village has plenty of classic pubs in it’s quarters as well! The New Union was built in 1865, making it one of the first LGBT venues in Manchester. Bees decorate the walls to represent the spirit of Manchester, whilst inside boasts a lively bar and hotel.
Down the road is Churchills, open 7 days a week with a friendly atmosphere that welcomes in everyone, no matter their age or sexuality. Grab a drink or grab a seat for some of their regular entertainment including cabaret, karaoke and Drag.
The Rembrandt sits where Canal and Sackville Street meet, right at the heart of the Village. Like the New Union, The Rembrandt operates a hotel and pub, so it can become a touch-point if you’re visiting the city. If you’re just here for the drinks, the pub is friendly and chilled with plenty of 80s and 90s pop!
The Goose is a popular watering hole on Bloom Street and one of the oldest places in the Village. The crowd skews a little on the older side, hosting regular gatherings for the LGBT community. It’s within walking distance from the coach station, luring in visitors with cask ales, home-cooked food and a warm and loving reception from the staff!