Oxford Road Bars
Dubbed by many as the 'Student Quarter', Oxford Road encompasses all the main University campuses and as a result is a favourite haunt of those out for a drink after lectures and student nights in Manchester. With some cracking DJ bars, cocktail bars and live music venues in the area, Oxford Road is a buzzing stretch that really is one of the best drinking spots hosting the best bars in the city. But it's not just about the students, see our recommended list of Oxford Road bars and see what all the fuss is about.
Tucked underneath the station, and one of the most unique bars in Oxford Road, Gorilla is a haven for food, drinks and partying combined. Whether you're trawling through the menu in their industrial restaurant or partying in their club space, there's a little something for everyone.
Part of the much-loved Black Dog family and sister bar to Black Dog Ballroom NQ and Dog Bowl, this New Wakefield Street nightspot has a cool vibe and top DJs keeping the dancefloor full at one of the coolest basement bars in Manchester. Pool tables, Happy Hours and even a private karaoke booth keep students and locals equally content and make Black Dog Ballroom one of the top drinking spots in the Oxford Road area.
A retro indie haven that reminds visitors of a time before corporate gig venues; The Deaf Institute has charm and character. With three bars and food served all day, The Deaf Institute is a great one-stop-shop for all your nightlife needs; great DJs, live music and cheap drinks pull in the student crowd week-in-week-out and make it one of Oxford Road's premier nightspots and one of the best student nights in Manchester.
Bowlin' and boozin'? There's one venue in Manchester that has these down to a par-T. Part of the heralded Black Dog family and one of the best places for hearty American chow in the city, Dog Bowl is a wholly unique destination thanks to its very own selection of bowling lanes. It is called Dog Bowl after all. Head on down for cocktails, boisterous burgers, dapper DJ nights and more.
A great Danish bar and restaurant on Manchester's bustling Oxford Road; with a large garden and welcoming wooden interior, KRO Bar is a great spot to enjoy a drink. Close to some of Manchester's finest gig venues, it's the ideal place to grab dinner and some pre-drinks before getting your world rocked! So whether you want a pre-party or after-party, KRO Bar is one of Manchester Nightlife's most interesting spots.
A prime bar with entertainment in Oxford Road, The Arch not only boasts colourful and zany interiors that can't help but catch the eye, they also promise a roaring roster of student drinks deals alongside pool tables and affordable dining aplenty.
The coolest Caribbean inspired bar on Oxford Road, Turtle Bay is a gem in the eye of the hungry beholder. Colourful, vibrant and primed for those with a love of jerk, head on down for meaty morsels and inventive cocktails all night long.
Just a short stroll from the main strip and one of the most unusual bars on Oxford Road, Zombie Shack is a must for those that want fiery cocktails with drinks deals to boot. Join Zombie Shack not only for tiki-themed tidings, but partying and plenty more.
For an intimate evening head to the tiny, but charming, Big Hands Bar not far from the Manchester Academy on Oxford Road. Perfect for a drink or two before or after seeing your favourite band this Manchester bar is not to be missed!