Nightlife and Entertainment in Manchester

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Since its early 1990s heyday, Manchester Nightlife has held a reputation for being at the cutting edge of cool. The heady days of the Hacienda nightclub and groundbreaking music from the likes of the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses saw the city earn the nickname  "Madchester," a moniker that still rings true. While the legendary Hacienda is now a luxury apartment block and the city's music scene is a shadow of its former self, Manchester continues to pride itself on being a city full of "24 Hour Party People."

Manchester Nightclubs

Manchester's legendary clubbing scene encompasses everything from glamorous, glitzy posing palaces playing dance floor classics to low-key venues playing underground sounds. The city is home to two large universities, and the student population gives a youthful vibrancy to the nightlife scene. The "student corridor" along Oxford Road features some interesting DJ sets at clubs such as Subspace, Phoenix and Font, while those looking to dance the night away to popular classics make their way to they city's larger venues, such as Tiger Tiger, in the vast Printworks entertainment complex by Exchange Square.

Manchester's Bar Scene

With the extension of licensing laws, Manchester's bar scene is now every bit as buzzing as its famous nightclubs. The scene caters to everyone from cash-strapped students looking for a cheap pint of beer to glamorous types looking to mingle with celebrities such as football players and soap opera stars, and everyone in between. Those looking to put on their glad rags and mingle with Manchester's beautiful people should make a beeline for the strip of bars at Deansgate Locks, while Castlefield nearby is a good bet for laid-back bars and pubs with pleasant outdoor areas. The canal and green spaces provide an appealing backdrop to the beers, wines and cocktails served at popular watering holes such as Barca. For live music, a trendy crowd, innovative DJ sets, and funky independent bars, head for the Northern Quarter, where bars such as Cord, Centro and Night and Day serve good food and drink alongside a diverse musical menu.

Manchester's Gay Village

Manchester has one of the liveliest gay scenes in Manchester, with the majority of the gay clubs and bars centered around the 'gay village' of Canal Street. Vast, glass-fronted venues such as Manto are set along the canalside, attracting a young, attractive crowd.

Family Entertainment in Manchester

There's plenty to keep families entertained in Manchester. The Filmworks, in the Printworks complex, is a first-class multi-screen cinema, while bowling. LaserQuest, and paintballing are all good options for active types. The city's larger theaters, such as the Palace on Oxford Road, regularly show children's productions.

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