Evening Activities

The Best Nights Out in Manchester

Our selection of Evening Activities are the perfect way to unwind after a long day. Whether you want a first-class dinner, a good old fashioned pub crawl or even a little light competition, we have something for everyone.

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There is no one way to do nightlife in Manchester. The city prides itself on its wide reaching and varied options, boasting a rich history of culture after the sun goes down. Manchester’s musical heritage from Buzzcocks and Joy Division to Acid House and the Hacienda made it a nightlife hub in Northern England – a tradition that shows no signs of stopping.

Northern Quarter

Set in among the vibrant street art and independent shops of the Northern Quarter are some of Manchester’s best loved bars and restaurants. Boasting a relaxed and more alternative vibe than most, these Manchester institutions pride themselves of doing things a little differently.

The Northern Quarter sprung up after a period of downturn in the wake of the opening of the Arndale shopping mall. Now it’s one of the city’s best loved and known regions and the ideal place to embrace the alternative spirit of Manchester’s nightlife.

Oxford Road

Dense with options to eat and drink, the area around Oxford Road station plays host to a variety of restaurants and bars with a similar feel to the Norther Quarter. The locality of Manchester’s universities and the Northern Ballet School ensure an ever-buzzing atmosphere in the area.

There’s no shortage of places to enjoy an evening out. Some favourites include the Deaf Institute and Gorilla, both of which host regular gigs, and the nearby Junkyard Golf.

The Gay Village

Centred around the famous Canal Street, spreading from Princess Street to Minshull Street, The Village is one of Manchester’s liveliest areas. Celebrating diversity and self-expression, The Village offers a unique night out, attracting people from all over Northern England and the world.

The history of the area is usually traced back to the opening of Manto, which set the tone for the style that Canal Street is now so associated with. Redevelopment started from a former-garage repair building and, despite early challenges, The Village has never looked back.


Manchester’s financial district and newfound upmarket night out. Having transformed from a hub of stag dos and hen nights, Spinningfields is now home to some Manchester’s nicest Champagne and cocktail bars.

The area buzzes with the finer things now. Real ale bars and restaurants are plentiful but you can still find a good party atmosphere here if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Deansgate Locks

Whitworth Street West’s converted rail arches are home to several plush bars as well as Manchester’s Comedy Store. The ten arches, each with terraces and walkways hanging over the canal, are very popular during the sunny summer months.

The Docks‘ are a vibrant place to spend an evening, just a stone’s throw away from the former location of Manchester’s famous Hacienda night club.