Night & Day Café
Funnily, this venue actually opened as a chip shop in 1991. But, Night & Day is now 220 capacity venue in the heart of the northern quarter. It’s a place where many Mancs frequent to have a natter over a coffee, pint or a very nice meal. After nightfall however, Night & Day becomes a musical hub, pushing through the new generation of music, from Arctic Monkeys to Elbow to the Manics. Who knows, what next big thing you might wander upon in here
The alternating retro cinema light box that hangs over the entrance decides the vibe of the night about to unfold. Jimmys, set up by two musical minded brothers, has a dark neon aesthetic thats peppered with limited edition gig posters, neon signage and old pub tables. With decent grub and a range of craft beers and cocktails, its host to a range of secret gig, afterparties, comedy nights; basically one hell of a good time.
The Deaf Institute This former gothic deaf and dumb institute, has ironically become one of the most beloved venues in Manchester. In its rather magical dome many exquisite musical artists have performed. It also shelters comedic gems and some of the best vegan food Manchester, including its famous vegan Sunday roast. How could you not want to give it a try?
Band on the Wall
This ones an oldie, back in 1862 Band on the Wall had their regular band playing literally elevated on the wall. Refurbished in 2009, Band on the Wall has become a staple in the Manc scene, accommodating for all genres. From the rising punk scene it nurtured through gigs from legends like Joy Division and The Fall to the multitude of todays big names that grace its stage.
FAC 251 (Factory)
Rising from the ashes of Tony Wilsons fabled factory records came the three floors of musical diversity that is FAC 251. Spearheaded by New Order and Joy Division legend Peter Hook the space is very reminiscent of an old Manchester venue you may have heard of - The Haçienda. Host to a variety of gigs and on the weekend the floors fluctuate from your classic indie to drum ’n’ bass to all sorts: a top place to come and boogy with your mates whilst getting that old school Manchester feel.
Words by Tom Hirst - firstname.lastname@example.org
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