Gay Bars in Manchester

Manchester is home to a diverse selection of gay bars; all with different attractions, from karaoke and DJs to afternoon tea and cocktails. There are gay bars that don't need any excuse to party well into the wee hours; or those ideal as the party starters before heading to one of th city's gay or lesbian club nights, you can even relax in a friendly and social atmosphere in the more chilled out gay bars of Manchester. With Canal Street, its famous area of fun and exciting gay bars, Manchester has so much to offer, and here are a few of our recommended favourites.

Last updated on 1st March 2021

Via Manchester

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Via is a great representation of the fun hustle and bustle that a gay bar in Manchester can boast. With a unique collection of events, stylish interiors and fun filled attitude when the sun goes down, this Canal Street staple blends early evening drinks with late night dancing, seamlessly.

Richmond Tea Rooms

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Richmond Tea Rooms is a great tea room come cocktail lounge in the heart of the city centre between Canal Street and Piccadilly. The interior breathes an 'Alice in Wonderland' style influence and its over-the-top feel is charming and endearing. With some quirky features, Richmond Tea Rooms is one of the coolest and most unique bars in the city. 

One of Manchester's most extravagant clubs, New York, New York stands proudly in the hear of the Gay Village. Known for throwing some of the best parties in Manchester, the lavish club hosts nights all week long running into the early hours of the morning. With a diverse music catalogue featuring power ballads, pure pop and a little bit of guilty pleasures thrown in there for good measure. One thing's for sure, New York, New York is unlike any other.

One of the most unique gay bars in the city, Molly House comes with a dash of cool Canadian pride. A deluxe pub toting a cool selection of cocktails and ales the like, attitudes are left at the door for a warm and welcoming host of staff instead. From their vintage interiors and Edwardian vibe, to their fun clientele, expect a charming evening. 

Velvet Lounge Bar

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Velvet Lounge Bar is a great little drinking spot that carries a distinct touch of the Moulin Rouge, a sure homage to its vibrant Canal Street location. With DJs at weekends; Velvet Lounge Bar is a hub of activity on Canal Street and is great if you're looking for a more vibrant drinking experience from the other quality gay and lesbian bars in the area. 


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Tribeca takes the vibrancy and upbeat vibe of Canal Street and distills it into an upmarket New York loft-style lounge bar of the best kind, with brilliant jazz sounds during the day and up-tempo tracks to experience all that the Manchester nightlife has to offer. With the fabulously eclectic B.E.D. bar downstairs, complete with real beds strewn around the perimeter of the dance floor; anything could happen in this great LGBT bar in Manchester.