Gay Manchester City Guide

    Gay Manchester City Guide

    The QX Gay Manchester City Guide is your ultimate download-and-keep guide to Manchester’s vibrant LGBT scene; from the cobbles of Canal Street, to the bright lights of the Northern Quarter & beyond – Manchester’s Gay Scene really does have something for everyone!

    Our free monthly map is available across gay village venues, accommodation centres across Greater Manchester & tourist information centres in Manchester Piccadilly Train Station & Arndale Shopping Centre.

    Alternatively, you can download the latest issue here.

    QX’s TOP PICKS FOR JUNE IN GAY MANCHESTER

    • Basement Sauna
      Steam up your life! Manchester’s largest gay sauna has all the 
      mod-cons you could ever want, including spa, sauna and more private cabins than you can shake a locker-key at!
       
      Cruz 101: 26th Birthday – Saturday 9th June
      The king of Princess Street celebrates 26 years of throwing Manchester’s wildest parties! They’re sparing no expense for the occasion with a champagne reception and international DJs, plus a White Party theme, so chuck that white denim in the wash!
       
      Kiki Bumper: Wednesdays
      Midweek madness every Wednesday at KIKI for their student night BUMPER, with a bangin’ playlist of RnB, hip hop and bashment to sweat it out to, as well as more drinks offers than you can shake a WKD at!
       
      Karaoke at Churchill’s: Sundays from 4pm
      Holler along to Hollaback Girl or belt out some Britney at Churchill’s weekly karaoke sessions, all led by a fab drag queen host!
       
      Bloom Nightclub
      The club that never sleeps! Well, hardly ever anyway. Open everyday from 11pm until late, Bloom is the home of floor-filling pop bangers, maddeningly cheap drink deals and drag queens by the wig-load!
       
      Twisted Bear at Eagle Manchester:
      Friday 29th June
      It’s a bear party, Twisted bear party! Meaty men will be out in big numbers for this deviant bear bash, with dirty beats from Danny Phillips and Paul Coals, as well as sizzling hot gogo talent!

     

    GAY MANCHESTER – CLUBS

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    Night People
    Address: 105 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD.
    Website: www.facebook.com/alterego.NP
    Tel: 0161 236 9266

    Night People is the new alter-ego of the club formally known as Alter-Ego. Still with us? It’s a gig venue which then transforms into a club once the encores are over, leaning towards indie, alternative and funk. It also hosts legendary northern soul club night Twisted Wheel every second and fourth Sunday of the month.

    Bloom Nightclub
    Address: 100 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3LY.
    Website: www.facebook.com/pg/clubbloommcr
    Tel: 0161 459 4660

    After AXM closed its doors for the last time, a brand new club BLOOMED in its place (ha!). Bloom Nightclub is open every night of the week for as much drinking and revelry as your little gay heart desires.

    Cruz 101
    Address: 101 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD.
    Website: www.cruz101.com
    Tel: 0161 950 0101

    We love a good Cruz, but we can always do with a brush-up on our skills, so where better than Cruz 101? One of the longest running LGBT venues in the UK, you’d have bumped into the lads from Queer As Folk here in the 90s. You know, if they were real people. But anyway, this is the gay Manchester big daddy and he’s happy to see you any night of the week from 11pm.

    Satan’s Hollow
    Address: 101 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD
    Website: www.facebook.com/pg/satanshollowmanchester
    Tel: 0161 236 0666

    The only rock venue in Manchester you need to know about! Satan’s Hollow sounds scary but it’s actually an awesome LGBT-friendly venue specialising in alternative and rock events. If you want to throw your body around a mosh pit to Marilyn Manson’s “mOBSCENE” with other fit indie Cindys, this is your best bet!

    VOID
    Address: Richmond St, Manchester M1 3HE
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/VOIDAFTERHOURS
    Tel:
    0161 236 5437

    Alright, so no ‘into the void’ jokes here because that’s just lazy writing. But you should definitely ENTER the VOID (sigh) as it’s a banging after-hours underground house club for anyone that can’t stop moving when the lights come on. Katy B approves of this club. Okay, she hasn’t, but she would if she went. They’re open until 10am every weekend, because who needs sleep anyway?


    GAY MANCHESTER – BARS

    B Lounge
    Address: 97 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2DB
    Website:
    www.blounge.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 236 4161

    A sophisticated space, nestled in the heart of Manchester, perfect for a quiet glass of wine post-work or sharing one of their delicious starter platters with a friend. Head in and chill out.

    The Portland Bar and Grill
    Address:
    11 Westminster House, Portland St, Manchester M1 3DY
    Website:
    www.portlandbarandgrill.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 236 1259

    Portland Bar & Grill opened its doors to the Manchester public in 2009 and recently underwent a full renovation, including the stunning new white bar. The combination of stylish décor, good food and great service makes it a fabulous venue for socialising in day or night.

    Bar Pop
    Address:
    10 Canal St, Manchester M1 3EZ
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/BarPopOfficial
    Tel:
    0161 236 0446

    If you’re ready to snap and crackle, then Pop’s the place for you! They blast out unapologetically sugary pop every night of the week, with camp drag queen hosts and jaw-droppingly cheap drink offers!

    Company Bar
    Address:
    28 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3NB
    Website:
    www.companybarmanchester.co.uk
    Tel: 0161 237 9329

    Company Bar is the place for the man about town any night of the week. Attracting a slightly blokier crowd, they’re open VERY late for everyone, with drink prices that your wallet will thank you for.

    Ruby’s
    Address:
    3 Brazil St, Manchester, M1 3PW
    Website:
    www.rubysmcr.co.uk
    Tel:
    01619715932

    Ruby’s is one of those restaurant-slash-bars you can easily lose hours in. It pays homage to the razzle-dazzle of musical theatre with singing waiters and cabaret performers, plus a new menu of fab food and two for £10 cocktails!

    Eagle Bar
    Address:
    15 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3HZ
    Website:
    www.eaglemanchester.com
    Tel:
    0161 228 6669

    Spread your wings and fly over to the Eagle Bar! The Eagle brand is recognised and respected internationally and it’s easy to see why! Stylish surroundings, fit and friendly staff, delicious drinks, and plenty of deals. What more could a man want?

    Eva
    Address:
    27 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/pg/eva.village
    Tel:
    0161 278 8882

    Fun, vibrant bar in the heart of the gay village, specialising in shots, cocktails & premium spirits. Great place for groups, with DJs, drag queens and offers all week!

    G-A-Y Manchester
    Address:
    63 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3WB
    Website:
    www.G-A-Y.co.uk

    Ya got pop, ya got cheap drinks, ya got G-A-Y! This iconic venue does pretty much what it says on the tin. It’s unashamedly camp and cheesy, what more could you want? No door charges you say? They don’t have any either! Yay!

    Iconic
    Address:
    29 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/pg/IconManchester
    Tel:
    0161 237 3000

    Cosy Iconic Bar by AXM hosts different themed nights throughout the week, from cheap gin nights to a quiz night on Mondays. It gets very busy on the weekends when the resident DJ plays classic club anthems and chart hits, so get in early!

    KIKI
    Address:
    4 Canal St, Manchester M1 3HE
    Website: www.kikimanchester.com
    Tel: 0161 236 5437

    Let’s have a KIKI on Canal Street! Located within Manchester’s legendary Gay Village, they serve delicious food & cocktails day and night, plus a great variety of events held with FREE ENTRY every night of the week!

    Napoleons
    Address:
    35 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3WD
    Website:
    www.napoleons.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 236 8800

    Open six nights a week, Napoleons is Manchester’s oldest gay venue and has been open for over forty years. Catering for the gay community, Napoleons also specialises in providing a safe space for transvestites, t-girls, cross dressers, drag queens – in fact the more glamorous you are, the better you’ll fit in.

    New York New York
    Address:
    94 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3LY
    Website: 
    www.newyorknewyorkmcr.com
    Tel: 0161 236 6556

    Start spreadin’ the news, start telling the gays…New York New York is in gay Manchester! Bringing a bit of Broadway glitz and glamour to town, this cosy bar is a safe, friendly and welcoming space.

    On Bar
    Address:
    46 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3WD
    Website:
    www.onbar.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 207 2107

    A versatile venue offering everything from cool up-to-the minute sounds to performances from renowned drag artist Belinda Scandal, whose Sky Lounge is on the top floor with quality special offers and a bespoke cocktail menu.

    Oscars
    Address:
    34 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3WD
    Website:
    www.oscarsbarcanalstreet.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 237 9201

    That’s showbiz! Oscars is a fabulous, theatre-style bar showing both classic and modern musical film clips in glamorous surroundings. Premium drinks, friendly staff and a great atmosphere, together with all your favourite show tunes, makes Oscars a real showstopper.

    Churchills 
    Address:
    37 Chorlton St, Manchester, M1 3HN

    Website: www.facebook.com/churchillsmcr
    Tel:
    0161 236 5529wa

    Never one for a quiet evening, there’s something lively going on most nights at Churchill’s, whether it’s drag shows, tribute acts or karaoke on Sunday, which is always popular with the regulars. Your purse will thank you for the cheap drinks prices too!

    The Molly House
    Address:
    28 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3NB
    Website:
    www.themollyhouse.com
    Tel:
    0161 237 9329

    A place for the discerning, eccentric and alternative in Manchester’s Village, just a couple of streets back from Canal Street. Their three floors of shabby-chic decor provide a warm welcome for everyone – boys or girls, gay or straight, and anyone in between. Plus fresh, authentic Spanish and South American tapas. Que rico!

    The New Union Showbar
    Address:
    111 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JB
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/NewUnionHotelShowbar
    Tel:
    0161 228 1492

    Part of the New Union Hotel, the shower puts on drag queens, karaoke and cheesy discos throughout the week, plus, not too far to stumble home if you’ve booked a room!

    Rem Bar
    Address:
    33 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/pg/TheRemBar
    0161 425 5400

    Do you likle boots and boys? Canal Street’s REM Bar is for you! Back to its best with regular live entertainment, horny guys and great atmosphere.

    The Thompsons Arms
    Address:
    21 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
    Tel:
    0161 228 3012

    Thompsons is super cheap and super cheerful. Packed to the rafters at the weekend with crowds, with pop and dance played by the DJs. There are often cabaret nights (including male strippers, not for the faint hearted!) and the bar is open ‘til very late at the weekends.

    Centre Stage
    Address:
    51 Bloom St, Manchester M1 3LY
    Website: www.facebook.com/centrestagemcr

    Tel:
    0161 425 6108

    Camp camp camp! Centre Stage is an unpretentious cabaret joint, bringing you wave after wave of nostalgia with its game show nights and DJ sets chockablock with the classics of yesteryear.

    Tribeca
    Address:
    50 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3WF
    Website:
    www.tribeca-bar.co.uk
    Tel:
    0330 111 5002

    Tribeca on Sackville Street is ideal for DJs and club nights, live bands and music events, private parties, meet ups, training, workshops, classes, theatre, film and comedy nights.

    Vanilla
    Address:
    39-41 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3WB
    Website:
    www.vanillagirls.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 637 6258

    Go where the girls are, the renowned ‘lesbian mecca of the north’ offers everything from sexy, dirty superdooper house to pool, trannies and pints with straws! Yay!

    Velvet Bar
    Address:
    2 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3WF
    Website:
    www.velvetmanchester.com
    Tel:
    0161 236 9003

    With DJs at weekends playing an eclectic funky mix, Velvet Bar is a hub of activity on Canal Street. Customers can always enjoy a sumptuous atmosphere with truly indulgent décor and glamorous cocktails.

    Via
    Address:
    28 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3EZ
    Website:
    www.viamanchester.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 236 6523

    A thriving gay-friendly bar and club, you’ll want to go VIA any night you’re out in Manchester! Gothic decor inside, a delicious food menu and brand new bathroom facilities for those quick trips to the ladies to touch up your bronzer!

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    GAY MANCHESTER – RESTAURANTS

    Arnero
    Address:
    25 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
    Website:
    www.arnero.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 236 1364

    If you’re looking for unmatched Indian cuisine in Manchester, Arnero offer a deliciously authentic dining experience with traditional recipes and cooking techniques. It was opened in 2015 by two lifelong friends who share a passion for great Indian food.

    No.1 Canal Street
    Address:
    1 Canal St, Manchester M1 3HE
    Website:
    www.no1canalst.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 228 7772

    A restaurant that steps up the food scene in Manchester’s Gay Village, serving a contemporary take on traditional British flavours. Inside, it’s light and airy with attention paid to stylish features such as the Edison lightbulb chandelier, which hangs over the central dining area. Gorgey!

    Chez
    Address:
    36 Whitworth St, Manchester, M1 3NR
    Website:
    twitter.com/CHEZmcr
    Tel:
    0161 236 2266

    Chez is a real home away from home, serving comforting treats like soups, pork pies and…prosecco! Who said home couldn’t be a little bit scrumptious AND glam, eh?

    Chez Mal Brasserie & Bar
    Address:
    1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 1LZ
    Website:
    www.malmaison.com
    Tel:
    0161 641 1883

    Sample the delicious cuisine at Chez Mal, including some of their finest creations on their ‘Menu Daring’, including Thai chicken lollipops, Ahi tuna tartare and melt-in-the-mouth braised Black Angus beef.

    Richmond Tea Rooms
    Address:
    15 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3HZ
    Website:
    www.richmondtearooms.com
    Tel:
    0161 237 9667

    Their traditional english-style tea room has to be seen to be believed! The totally OTT decor gives a knowing nod towards Tim Burton’s distinctive style. Plus their chefs have created unique specialities alongside the traditional favourites too.


    GAY MANCHESTER – ACCOMMODATION

    Le Ville Hotel
    Address:
    38 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
    Website:
    www.levillehotel.com
    Tel:
    0161 234 0909

    Within easy walking distance from transport links, theatres, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Relax after a busy day before enjoying the local nightlife in a comfortable and tastefully decorated room, equipped with a multi-channel TV.

    Saco Apartments
    Address:
    6 Minshull St, Manchester M1 3ED
    Website:
    www.sacoapartments.com
    Tel: 0161 870 1909

    Want a classy city break that really feels like you’re one of the Mancunian crowd? Saco’s stunning open-plan aparthotels have everything you need for a truly terrific visit.

    The New Union Hotel
    Address:
    111 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JB
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/NewUnionHotelShowbar
    Tel:
    0161 228 1492

    The New Union Hotel offers en-suite rooms with free wifi and flat-screen tvs above a lively bar in the heart of Manchester, where they offer amazing drinks deals, cabaret, karaoke and disco nights.

    Velvet Hotel
    Address:
    2 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3WF
    Website:
    www.velvetmanchester.com
    Tel:
    0161 236 9003

    Independent boutique hotel in an ideal location, clean and decorated to a high standard. Friendly staff, plus a welcome tray brought to room when you arrive. Sweet.

    Manchester Townhouse
    Address:
    101 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6DF
    Website:
    www.townhousehotelmanchester.com
    Tel:
    0161 222 8748

    Recently refurbished, choose from one of their 85 spacious boutique-style hotel rooms and you’ll be well-rested before exploring all that Manchester has to offer. With four types of accommodation on offer, you’re certain to find the perfect fit for your stay.


    GAY MANCHESTER – SHOPPING

    Clone Zone
    Address: 36 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3WA
    Website:
    www.clonezonedirect.co.uk
    Tel: 0161 236 1398

    Clonezone has one of the UK’s largest selections of top quality gay sex toys, aromas, fashion, underwear, jockstraps, lube and more. All the essentials!

    ManWörx Manchester
    Address: 17 China Ln, Manchester, M1 2EL
    Website: www.facebook.com/Manworx
    Tel:
    0161 236 6222

    Fetish and fashion in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Fashion, toys, gear and much more for gay, straight, lesbian, bi….something for everyone!

    Manchester Cars
    Address:
    41a Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3LY
    Website: www.ilovemanchestercars.co.uk
    Tel:
    0161 228 3355

    Private hire taxis for all your needs, right on the doorstep of Manchester’s popular bars, restaurants and clubs!

    Street Cars
    Address:
    Chorlton St, Manchester
    Website: www.streetcarsmanchester.co.uk
    Tel: 0161 228 7878

    Sit back and enjoy your journey with Street Cars! Pickup point on Sackville street.

    Village Barbers
    Address:
    37 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3LY
    Website:
    www.facebook.com/villagebarbersmcr
    Tel:
    0161 237 1032

    Blades, fades and pomades! If you need a trim, this is the place to go!

    Village Chippy & Shop
    Address:
    37 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3LY
    Website:
    www.thevillagechipshop.co.uk
    Tel: 0161 237 3629

    Chips, sweets, fish, sausages, mushy peas…the lot! Gay Manchester’s best chippy!

    Village Studios
    Address: 37 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3LY
    Website:
    www.villageinkstudios.co.uk

    Village Studios proudly showcase some of the most talented tattoo artists and piercers in the country, all at competitive prices in a friendly, no-attitude environment.


    GAY MANCHESTER – SAUNAS

    Base Sauna
    Address:
    38 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3WA
    Website:
    www.base-manchester.com
    Tel:
    0161 236 3876

    Formerly H20, now part of the Basement group, BASE gay sauna features a Finnish sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, private cabins, video room, private lockers, showers and a café lounge area.

    Basement Sauna
    Address: Fourways House, 18 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FN, UK
    Website:
    www.basementmanchester.com
    Tel:
    0161 236 8131

    Open all day every day, with a large sauna and steam room, two spas (with water changed daily), a spacious lounge with free internet access, leather sofas and digital TV. Perfect to unwind in.

    Northwich Sauna
    Address: Winnington Lane, Northwich, CW8 4GX.
    Website:
    www.northwichsauna.co.uk
    Tel:
    01606 784 881
     

    Standing tall halfway between Chester and Manchester, you’ll find the mammoth Northwich Sauna. It’s a man-filled maze of saunas, steam rooms and sun beds you can easily while away a couple of hours in, plus a bar and cafe to relax in once you’ve exerted yourself. We guarantee you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!

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