Whether you’re looking for a quiet & intimate spot for a date, a cheeky cocktail, or a full on night on the tiles, Manchester’s bar scene has it all! Check our listings below of gay Manchester bars, and take your pick!
GAY MANCHESTER BARS
Address: 97 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2DB
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
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.
Address: 10 Canal St, Manchester M1 3EZ
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!
Address: 28 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3NB
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.
Address: Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3PW
Tel:0161 237 9582
A brand spanking new gay bar right on Canal Street. Having only been open since late July it’s already one of the coziest joins on the street. Offering a warm pub environment, it’s the perfect place to head to grab a beer with a couple of friends. Head early enough and you can grab yourself a breakfast from 5am. Open Wednesday through Sunday for a laid back night of getting social.
Address: 15 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3HZ
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?
Address: 27 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
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!
Address: 63 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3WB
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!
Address: 29 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
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!
Address: 4 Canal St, Manchester M1 3HE
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!
Address: 35 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3WD
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
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.
Address: 46 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3WD
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.
Address: 34 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3WD
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.
Address: 37 Chorlton St, Manchester, M1 3HN
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
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
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!
Address: 33 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ
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.
Address: 51 Bloom St, Manchester M1 3LY
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.
Address: 50 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3WF
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.
Address: 39-41 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3WB
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!
Address: 2 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3WF
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.
Address: 28 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3EZ
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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