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Nightlife - Oxford Road

With the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy, Royal Northern College of Music and the Northern Ballet School all on it's doorstep, Oxford Road is famed for it's student nightlife scene.

Dog Bowl

Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Casual

About: Renowned for the same exciting yet relaxed atmosphere offered by all of the Black Dog venues, Dog Bowl boasts a cocktail bar and five full length bowling lanes open late into the night.

Music: Expect to hear all of your favourite chart topping tunes, alongside some pop classics.

Opening Hours: 

  • Mon - Sun: 12:00pm - 02:00am

Address: 57 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW 

Telephone: 0161 228 2888

Black Dog Ballroom NWS

Venue: Bar, Club

Dress Code: Smart Casual

About: The second addition to the Black Dog Ballroom brand, is located on New Wakefield Street in the burgeoning Oxford Road Corner area of the city. The three floor New York Style speakeasy boasts a diner, pool room, roof terrace, BBQ and basement night club. 

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

Opening Hours:

  • Daily: 12:00pm - 04.00am

Address: 11-13 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP 

Telephone: 0161 236 4899


Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Smart Casual

About: Renowned for their wild and exotic collection of vodka, Revolution’s extensive menu of cocktails and shots often defeats even the best of party-goers.

Music: Rev's eclectic music policy, covers a mixture of electro, house, 70s, funk, soul and rock & roll tunes.

Opening Hours:

  • Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 01:00am
  • Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 02:00am
  • Sun: 11:30am - 12:30am

Address: 90-94 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5WH

Telephone: 0161 236 7470


Venue: Bar

Dress Code: Casual

About: A hit with local students, the club offers plenty of discounted drinks and entry options for all of their nights throughout the week. 

Music: Live acts and local DJs take control of the weekend's music policy. 

Opening Hours:

  • Mon - Fri: 08.30am - 01.00am
  • Sat - Sun: 09:30am - 01.00am

Address: 325 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG

Telephone: 0161 274 3100

Big Hands

Venue: Bar, Club

Dress Code: Casual

About: Named after the Violent Femmes song, this indie hang out is a favourite of local musicians and visiting rock stars.

Music: Big Hand's music policy ranges from reggae to northern soul.

Opening Hours:

  • Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 02:00am
  • Sat: 10:00am - 03:00am
  • Sun: 11:00am - 01:00am

Address: 296 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13

Telephone: 0161 272 7779

The Thirsty Scholar

Venue: Bar, Club

Dress Code: Casual

About: With a welcoming atmosphere and a great selection of drinks it makes a perfect midweek night out. Over the weekend has more of a club feel to it with people dancing all night to classic 60s tunes.

Music: The venue hosts everything from band and poetry nights to regular 60s/ Northern Soul DJs over the weekend.

Opening Hours:

  • Mon - Thu: 12:00pm - 02:00am
  • Fri - Sat: 12:00pm - 03:00am
  • Sun: 12:00pm - 01:00am

Address: 50 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP

Telephone: 0161 236 6071

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