Manchester Gay Village

Manchester Gay Village Pubs, Clubs & Wine


46 Canal Street, Gay Village, manchester, formerly Manto BarNew Union PubEden, formerly Metz barVia  formerly Via Fossa Wine bar

Alphabetical listing:

  • AXM Bar
    100 Bloom Street, Manchester M1 3LY. Tel: 0161-236 6005. Fax: 0161-236
    Email: Website:
    A stylish contemporary bar serving a menu of quality food in opulent
    surroundings. Free membership available to ensure we keep a predominantly
    gay clientele. DJs every Thursday to Sunday nights, with special themed
    nights and events. No tracksuits or football shirts.

  • Baa Bar
    27 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3LZ. Tel: 0161-247 7799.
    This is reputedly the place for cheap drinks. Not gay run but a welcome
    is extended to all on a non-discriminatory basis. Open late seven
    nights a week. Mixed clientele.

  • Tonic (formerly
    “B ar Below”)
    34 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3WD. Tel: 0161-923 4720.
    Small swish basement bar located at the corner of Canal Street and
    Sackville Street. Recently refurbished. Reputedly o ne of the best
    stocked bars in the Gay Village, with an extensive range of spirits
    and wines

  • Charlie’s Club
    1 Harter Street, Manchester M1 6HY. Tel: 0161-237 9898.
    Karaoke bar during the week, but becomes a major club venue at weekends.
    Resident Heart of Soul play soul, funk and hip hop. Alternate Friday
    nights the cabaret Whim Wham Club is on offer.

  • Churchills
    37 Chorlton Street, Manchester M1 3HN. Tel: 0161-236 5529.
    One of the biggest, busiest venues in the gay Village, with entertainment
    seven nights a week. It has 2 bars – a smaller, quieter traditional
    bar and a modern bar with stage and dance area. Recently refurbished

  • Company Bar
    28, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3NB. Tel: 0161-237 9329.
    Claims to be “…one of the best gay bars in the UK. We don’t
    need surveys to tell you this – check for yourself!” Offers ” …
    the friendliest staff, the best service, fantastic music in a friendly
    atmosphere with the best customers”.
  • Coyotes Bar
    14 Chorlton Street, Manchester M1 3HW. Tel: 0161-236 4007
    Email: . Website:
    Advertises ‘Pop, Dance and Funky Tunes all night long’.

  • Cruz 101
    Cruz Entertainments Ltd, 101 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD.
    Information Line: 0161-237 1554 Tel: 0161-950 0101.
    Email: Website:
    Open five nights a week and one of Manchester’s favourite and long-established
    gay venues. In-house music from disco to funky house, pop to trance,
    R’n’B to hard house. Superb decor, reasonable door & bar prices
    and what they claim is the best state-of-the-art lighting and sound

  • Eagle Bar
    15 Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3HZ. Tel: 0161-228 6669.
    The Eagle Bar located in the heart of Manchester’s gay village, offers
    a unique experience for men from all over the UK and beyond. Each of
    the different segments of this incomparable venue, aims to explore the
    depths of your mind, and promises to deliver a truly diverse night out
    in a relaxed environment, complimenting Manchesters industrial history,
    with a nod towards a plush Victorian/SteamPunk style decor.

  • Eden (formerly Metz)
    3 Brazil Street (off Canal Street), Manchester M1 3PW.
    Tel: 0161-237 9852. Website:
    The Eden bar and grill is on the site of the former Metz Café
    Bar. Access is via a foot bridge across the Rochdale Canal. This new
    venue has already established a reputation for good food and drink in
    relaxed and intimate settings. Ideal for a relaxing summer’s day or
    even a private party.

  • Essential
    8 Minshull Street, Manchester M1 3EF. Tel: 0161-236 0077.
    Email: Website:

    Boasts Manchester’s biggest and busiest gay super-club, two venues in
    one. Essential Main Arena playing house and dance. The Pop Lounge playing
    pop and party sounds.

  • International Hotel
    (formerly the Hollywood International)
    34 London Road, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 3QW. Tel: 0161-236 1010.
    Billed as Europe’s largest Gay & Lesbian Hotel, the hotel has a range
    of rooms from standard singles, through en suite doubles and new club
    class rooms. Full breakfast is included in the price and there is a
    24 hour resident’s bar.

  • Legends
    4 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 3QW. Tel: 0161-236 5400.
    Huge dark cruisy establishment with four areas and a men only basement
    level. Upstairs is dance with pop and handbag house and the men only
    level has music as hard as the men. Home to “Homoelectric”
    once a month.

  • Manto
    (Formerly ’46 Canal Street’) 46 Canal Street, Manchester M1
    3WD. Tel: 0161-236 2667.
    Claimed to be the bar that kick started the Gay Village. Now well into
    its second decade, as Manto it was refurbished in October 2003 and a
    new second floor lounge was added.

  • Club Alter Ego
    (Formerly Mutz Nutz). 105 -107 Princess Street, Manchester
    M1 6DD.
    T el: 0161-236 9266. Website:
    Following a £250,000 makeover and name change Club Alter Ego also
    has a brand new sound system, 2 rooms of house and backroom beats, state
    of the art lighting rig and décor that would grace any ‘New York’
    night club.

  • Napoleon’s
    35 Bloom Street, Manchester M1 3LY. T el: 0161-336 8800. Website:
    Established in 1972, the first gay and lesbian club in what came to
    be known as the Gay Village. Gay, bisexual, transvestites and transsexuals
    welcome . Relaxed and friendly. 3 floors, Video, DJ, quiet basement
    area, and free entry on Mondays and Thursdays.

  • New Union Hotel (Pub)
    111 Princess Street (corner of Canal Street), Manchester M1 6JB.
    Tel: 0161-228 1492. Website:
    The original, popular Gay and Lesbian rendezvous, with pleasant outside
    canalside facilities. Karaoke for gay, lesbian and heteros. Always very
    busy late night. Uncertain whether this is a gay pub or simply gay friendly,
    but on the face of it all seem to be welcome as long as they behave.
    Plenty of nightly entertainment on offer as well as en suite hotel accommodation.

  • New York, New York
    98 Bloom Street, Manchester M1 3LY. Tel: 0161-236 6556.
    Busy fun pub which is popular with Gays of all ages. Resident DJs through
    the week, late licence on Sunday.

  • Paddy’s Goose
    29 Bloom Street, Manchester M1 3JE. Tel: 0161-236 1246 and 0709 042
    Gay Bar Pub for an older crowd opposite Chorlton Street Bus Station.
    Popular transvestite gatherings on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Cask
    ales, home cooked food and friendly service on offer.

  • Queer
    Canal Street, Manchester M1 3DD. Tel: 0707 424 8247.
    Describes as an “… exclusive gay lifestyle café bar on
    Canal Street offering a modern, contemporary space at the heart of Manchester
    gay village”. Relaxed daytime music but full club sounds in the
    evenings .

  • Rembrandt Hotel & Bars
    33 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3LZ. Tel: 0161-236 1311 & 2435. F
    ax: 0161-236 4257.
    Email: Website:
    Very popular bar, hotel and bistro situated in the heart of Manchester’s
    Gay Village. Two bars, first floor bistro overlooking the Rochdale Canal
    and Sackville Park. The Hotel offers accommodation at very competitive
    rates , comprising 6 bedrooms (none en suite). Located close to Chorlton
    Street bus station and virtually beside the newly restored Rochdale
    Canal, centrally placed for all shops and services. Very moderately
    priced overnight accommodation, with the usual pub facilities, but fewer
    than you might expect from the bigger hotels in the city centre.

  • GAY (formerly “Sp!r!t”)
    Adjacent to 46 Canal Street, Manchester 1. Tel: 0161-237 9725.
    This celebrated bar restaurant is an important venue in Gay Village
    night life and quickly established itself as one of the top bars in
    the Village. The balcony is a must place to be in summertime. Friendly,
    attentive staff and striking décor make this one of the premier
    bars in the village.

  • Taurus
    1 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3HE. Tel: 0161-236 4593.
    Fax: 0161-236 5707. Website:
    Offering wines, cocktails, champagne and a wide selection of hot and
    cold food including lovely platters to share. Check the website for
    detailed menu and wine list. The Joseph Perrier Lounge is available
    for private hire.

  • Thompson Arms
    Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3LZ. Tel. 0161-228 3012.
    High profile pub next to Chorlton Street Bus Station. Both Gay and Lesbians
    warmly welcomed here. Large function suite upstairs for up to 200 people.
    Telephone for details. Regular Lesbian events upstairs.

  • Tribeca & Bed

    50 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3WF. Tel: 0161-236 8300.
    Fax: 0161-236 8244. Website:
    Café Bar & Restaurant in a New York style lounge with Jazz
    and R’n’B music till the early hours.

  • Vanilla
    39-41 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3WB. Tel: 0161-228 2727. Website: .
    Describes itself as “the lesbian Mecca of the north” .
    Award-winning lesbian club, established in 1998. Best Bar in the UK
    2002 and 2003 at the DIVA awards, Europe’s leading lesbian magazine.

  • Velvet
    2 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3HE. Tel: 0161-236 9003. Fax: 0161-236
    Email: Website:
    Sumptuous relaxed interior, modern eclectic music mix and a competitively
    priced menu. Popular with city diners. Open Monday to Thursday 11.00am
    – 11.00p, Friday & Saturday 11.00am – 2.00pm. Sunday 11.00am – 10.30pm.

  • Via
    (Formerly Via Fossa). 28-30 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3EZ.
    Tel: 0161-236 6523.
    Fax: 0161-236 5169. Website:
    Award-winning bar. Cosy and private. Open until 2.00am – very, very
    busy at weekends – huge, yet still cosy and private. A gothic labyrinth
    bar serving quality dishes with specials, in a unique relaxed environment.
    After dinner dancing and with DJs playing good music.

  • View Bar
    (Formerly Prague 5). 40 Chorlton Street, Manchester M1 3HW. Tel: 0161-236
    After a refurbishment, a July 2005 relaunch and change of accent more
    towards good food and music, the old days when Prague 5 dominated Canal
    Street seem now like a thing of the past. Resident DJ and drag nights
    with a continuing clientele of mixed (gays and straights).

  • Villagio
    44 Canal Street , Manchester M1 3WD. Tel: 0161-244 5222. Website:
    Villaggio opened in June 2005 on Canal Street, in the heart of Manchester’s
    Gay Village. Spread over two floors, it has a contemporary feel with
    exposed brickwork, polished wooden floors and stylish lighting. Villaggio
    offers a modern Italian menu with all food prepared fresh in-house.
    It’s good value for money and a gay-friendly environment.

  • Wheatsheaf, The (Pub)
    30 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JE. Tel: 0161-833 9445.
    Gay friendly pub, owned by a gay couple and frequented by gay &

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