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Manchester is arguably at its best come sunset when locals head out for a bevvy or two in watering holes across the city, but particularly in the hip Northern Quarter where much of Manchester’s nightlife action takes place.
Choose from a carefully selected list of craft beers at Beermoth (40A Spring Gardens – entrance on Brown Street) in the city centre or head to 57 Thomas Street, a side project of the of the much-loved Marble Brewery which also runs the charming Victorian boozer, The Marble Arch (73 Rochdale Road).
If you prefer your drinks shaken and stirred, pull on your glad rags and choose from an eccentric list of cocktails at Apotheca (17 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter), where unlikely ingredients such as wasabi and beetroot are thrown into the mix.
Other places to add to your little black book of Mancunian mixology include The Alchemist (3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields) for its cutting-edge molecular concoctions and Cloud 23 (Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate) for its dizzying views across the Manchester skyline.
The iconic Hacienda may have closed its doors, but Manchester’s nightlife scene is still buzzing. Throw some shapes at late-night heavyweights such as Peter Hook’s FAC251 (The Factory, 112-118 Princess Street), housed in the former Factory Records headquarters and thought of by Manchester locals as Hacienda’s little sister. Dry Bar (28-30 Oldham Street) is another legendary hangout opened by Factory Records in 1989, and a great place for dancing into the small hours.
A night out in Manchester isn’t complete without seeing a live show – after all, the city has birthed dozens of famous music stars over the years and the scene here never stops. The Night and Day Cafe (26 Oldham Street) is a great spot for some authentic Manchester entertainment, as is Matt and Phreds (64 Tib Street).
For all things highbrow, book tickets to an evening performance at The Bridgewater Hall (Lower Mosley Street), home to the city’s Hallé orchestra. With a packed programme of classical concerts and contemporary performances, a concert in this elegant setting is the perfect end to a night out in Manchester.