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Nightlife in Northern Quarter

Nightlife in Northern Quarter

The nightlife in Northern Quarter is one of Manchester's most popular, there will never be a quiet weekend with the place always buzzing. There's some of the best bars spread around Northern Quarter Manchester so pick a night and join in the fun!

Located between Piccadilly and the Ancoats, the area offers a heady mix of independent pubs, bars and live music venues so you know nightlife in Northern Quarter will have something for you.


Venue: Cafe, Bar & Club

Dress Code: Casual

About: Established in 2006, Bar21 is a movie and music themed venue at the forefront of the Northern Quarter's quirky nightlife scene . Decorated with posters, memorabilia and props, this off-the-wall bar/club is spread over two floors and even boasts a brand new island bar, stocked with a large selection of quality spirits.

Music: With some of the most talented DJs in Manchester, Bar21 offers a fantastic atmosphere for your weekend nights out, playing the best Indie selection in town. 

Opening Hours: 

  • Sunday: 11am - 1:30am
  • Mon - Wed: - 4pm - 1:30am
  • Thu: 11am -1.30am
  • Fri - Sat: 11am - 3:30am

Address: 10 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1DH

Telephone: 0161 832 2769


Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Casual

About: Don't let Apotheca's unusual decor deter you, this multi-award winning Northern Quarter bar serves some of the best cocktails in Manchester. The name comes from the antique pharmacy cabinets, which grace the front bar that were originally used to provide medicinal relief in the form of a remedy.

Music: Apotheca's music policy ranges from classic rock and hip-hop to jazz and funk. If you're a fan of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and Snoop Dogg, you'll feel right at home. 

Opening Hours: 

  • Sun - Wed: 12:00pm - 12:30am
  • Thu - Sat: 12:00pm - 01:00am

Address: 17 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1FS

Telephone: 0161 834 9411

The Blue Pig

Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Casual

About: Discover all that's weird and wonderful at The Blue Pig. Modelled on European drinking dens of the early 1900s; The Blue Pig oozes vintage bohemian glamour. Expect striking antique art deco features and tipples from around the globe. 

Music: A host of Manchester’s finest DJs and special live guests provide evenings of entertainment for the discerning Northern Quarter crowd. 

Opening Hours: 

  • Sun – Tue: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Wed: 12:00pm – 12:00pm
  • Thu: 12:00pm - 12.30am
  • Fri: 12:00pm – 1:00am

Address: 69 High Street, Manchester, M4 1FS

Telephone: 0161 832 0630

Black Dog Ballroom

Venue: Bar, Club

Dress Code: Smart Casual

About: The Black Dog Ballroom is a New York inspired Speakeasy, situated in the Northern Quarter underneath the famous Affleck Place. Whether you’re out for the night or fancy a relaxed few after work, let the Black Dog transport you back to the time of prohibition and decadence.

Music: Expect to hear all of your favourite hits alongside some Gatsby inspired tunes. 

Opening Hours:

  • Daily: 12:00pm - 04.00am

Address: Basement Affleck’s Palace, Church Street, M4 1PW

Telephone: 0161 839 0664

Hula Tiki Lounge

Venue: Club

Dress Code: Casual

About: Hula is a 1950s inspired tropical slice of paradise, step inside and allow Hula to transport you to the tropics. With a basement den full of cocktails, rum and good cheer, this eclectic venue is the perfect place for you to unwind and wash away your troubles. 

Music: Enjoy the very best of "Desert Island Discs" Elvis and the beach boys for a chilled out evening in tiki paradise.

Opening Hours:

  • Sun - Thu:  05.00pm - 03.00am
  • Fri - Sat: 05.00pm - 04.00am

Address: 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DB

Telephone: 0161 228 7421


Venue: Bar, Club

Dress Code: Casual

About: Since opening its doors in 1989, DRY Bar has stood the test of time and still remains one of the Northern Quarter's livliest bars in Manchester. DRY offers a wide range of both food and drink with an impressive back bar not rivalled in the Northern Quarter. 

Music: The venue offers a wide variety of events, bringing some of the finest DJ’s and live acts based both locally and worldwide.

Opening Hours:

  • Mon - Wed: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Thu: 11:00am - 01:00am
  • Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 04:00am
  • Sun: 12:00pm - 12:00am

Address: 28-30 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN

Telephone: 0161 236 9840


Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Smart Casual

About: Spread across two floors, Walrus is a unique fusion cocktail bar and lounge. The venue's quirky interior is the perfect setting for cocktails, world beers, fine wines and local ciders. One of the Northern Quarter's most popular destinations after dark, Walrus is well worth a visit. 

Music: Walrus' music policy is almost as ecletic as its decor. DJs spin the very best in funk, soul, disco, classic hiphop, house and soulful classics. 

Opening Hours:

  • Sun - Wed: 12:00pm - 12:00am 
  • Thu: 12:00pm - 01:00am 
  • Fri - Sat: 12:00pm - 03:00am 

Address: 78-88 High Street, Manchester, M4 1ES

Telephone: 0161 828 8700

Odd Bar

Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Casual

About: Odd Bar has become something of an institution in Manchester's Northern Quarter. The venue offers a chilled out place to meet up with friends over a pint and a bite to eat. With an array of hand selected spirits, local real ales and wines and a delicious menu full of homemade, mouth-watering delights, Odd bar is still a breath of fresh air in the 'trendy' Northern Quarter.

Music: With top local DJs playing your requests, there's always something to suit everybody's musical tastes.

Opening Hours:

  • Mon - Wed: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Thu: 11:00am - 01:00am 
  • Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 02:00am
  • Sun: 11:00am - 12:00am

Address: 30-32 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1ER

Telephone: 0161 833 0070


Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Casual

About: NoHo is an independent bar set in a truly one-of-a-kind space, with experienced bartenders that offer a seasonal cocktail menu. Low-lit chesterfields, Connect 4 and other classic games, with films shown off the huge ‘drive in movie’ style wall art. 

Music: Resident DJ’s offer a mixture of grooves and beats, turning it into a late night boogie den.

Opening Hours:

  • Wed & Thu: 05.00pm - 01.00am
  • Fri & Sat: 05.00pm - 04.00am

Address: Spear Street, Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1FB

Telephone: 0161 236 5381

Cord Bar

Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Casual

About: Cord is a cosy boutique bar, serving great cocktails, a fantastic choice of ales and premium whisky. Since opening its doors, this hip cocktail bar, and lounge has become local favourite and destination of choice for the Northern Quarter's quirky creative types. 

Music: Cord boasts an array of great live music events, open mic nights and top DJ sets. 

Opening Hours:

  • Wed & Thu: 04:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Fri: 04:00pm - 1.00am 
  • Sat: 02:00pm - 01:00am 
  • Sun: 02:00pm - 11:00pm

Address: 8 Dorsey Street, Manchester, M4 1LU

Telephone: 0161 832 9494

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