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Best Fun Time Party Bar 2014 - DesignMyNight Awards

The Deaf Institute is an amazing three-tier bar and live music venue that is a Manchester nightlife staple in the student hub of Oxford Road. Music magazine NME said of The Deaf Institute that “It looks like it's been dragged out of some ancient crevice of history before the invention of soulless corporate venues.” The quirky charm is what makes this venue so cool and current amongst the ever changing Manchester bar scene.

With three different bars The Deaf Institute thrives with its diversity and different spaces, offering people the chance to drink where they feel comfortable. The basement bar is dark and plush, a place to lounge around sipping cocktails all evening. The ground floor café bar is open from 4pm daily serving amazing food as well as being a cool place to enjoy an evening drink with friends. The upstairs music hall has it all… a massive glitter ball, velvet curtains, a domed ceiling, a smoking terrace and tiered seating. A place to dance, let loose and experience the best Manchester has to offer. Affordable drinks are also key at The Deaf Institute with their own lager, cider and wine pushing prices down alongside some great Happy Hour cocktail deals that will keep your wallet/purse safe from harm.

The Deaf Institute is a great Manchester venue for an evening with friends, as well as a classic gig and club night venue. A buzzy, young crowd should be expected, but you’ll have a great night guaranteed. A great place for parties and gatherings with groups of friends - book your table or drinks area online now using the form above. 

Photos: Sebastian Matthes/Jack Kirwin



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Thursday 28th December 2017 - -


The Deaf Institute
135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE

Central Manchester

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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.70
Pint of Real Ale £3.70
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.50
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.20
Cocktail £6.50
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £5.75
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £4.20
Bottle of House Wine £16.50
Bottle of Champagne £55.00


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This venue serves American, Bar Snacks and International food.

A word from the chef:
Expect all the classics. Burgers, snacks, sharers, Mexican favourites and VEGAN specialities. A real one-stop-shop.

Our Review

The Deaf Institute - Bar Review

The Deaf Institute - Bar Review

The Deaf Institute narrows its mascara coated eyes and draws a long drag on a slim, lilac cigarette. "I'll be whatever you want me to be, sugar" it whispers huskily into the ears of the curious twenty-somethings crossing its drawbridge-like...

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Trof in the Northern Quarter has always been and firmly remains one of my favourite haunts in town. The place gets better and better, the food and beer is unreal, and the way all the staff were with my 21 month old daughter was fantastic. So welcoming, accommodating and friendly, paying her loads of attention that I know the majority of little un's revel in! Thanks guys, we'll defo be back! visited The Deaf Institute on 08 Oct 2017
11 Oct 2017 by

was disappointed that you were out of sticky toffee pudding, but everything else was great, thanks! visited The Deaf Institute on 08 Oct 2017
10 Oct 2017 by

Good food. Good service. Portion could be a bit more generous. Music great. Sound system seemed to be a bit muffled. Have seen band on other small venues with better Sound. But overall love atmosphere and building. visited The Deaf Institute on 05 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by

Went for a burger, pint and a gig. All the staff so friendly, and the food was great. visited The Deaf Institute on 06 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017 by

great food and great service visited The Deaf Institute on 05 Oct 2017
07 Oct 2017 by

I booked table for one for 8pm but called about 5pm and asked if they could move my table reservation about an hour earlier. They considered! The location was precise in Google Maps but for someone who's a first-timer in Manchester, the place is not obvious from outside. I found my way in, anyway! It's got a cool-mysterious vibe from outside. The aura made me feel intimidated to go inside, initially. Which is good!! I stated in the booking to put me on a comfortable seat in the room. They put me on a platform. Just a bit awkward for someone going out alone. Hahaha! I found it funny...not bad! I love that they have the vegan choices for food and beer! I ordered the Saitan Hotdog with vegan bacon crisps. I didnt think it was vegan! I've only been vegetarian for 5 months so I know what to expect from the taste of vegan-modified food. And yes! Ut was delicious! I just find it a bit odd that there were pasta bits in the Hotdog. The waiter was, in his own ways, quite friendly as he frequently asked me how I was and how's the food and if I need anything else (maybe because I was by myself). I was eating proper dinner and having beer while everyone else in the room were in a pub-mode. I was planning to watch live music after dinner but I felt so full after the meal. There were university-looking people and young adults in the room and some coming & out of the main door. To sum up, gastronomically, as a vegetarian, food is a must-try. For beer & chat with mates, this is a good place to go as it is cozy & has a "we-are-family-so-be-comfortable" vibe. There's also the club & live music so this place will never be boring! visited The Deaf Institute on 23 Sep 2017
26 Sep 2017 by

Food was amazing, drinks were amazing, prices were very reasonable, service was amazing and so friendly! Can't wait to go back! visited The Deaf Institute on 26 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by

Friendly staff, tasty food, great gig. Air-con much appreciated 👍 visited The Deaf Institute on 18 Jun 2017
20 Jun 2017 by

Great venue for the gig we saw, and fabulous burgers in the bar beforehand. Will be looking out for more events to visited The Deaf Institute on 13 Jun 2017
15 Jun 2017 by

Busy but good service, food was lovely and great value. Lovely venue with lots going on. We took the kids early evening to eat and they were made very welcome. visited The Deaf Institute on 07 Jun 2017
09 Jun 2017 by

Great venue, atmosphere, service and food quality! visited The Deaf Institute on 17 May 2017
27 May 2017 by

We're vegans and the food is amazing. Our kids were made to feel welcome. Great staff service. Great music. My fave music venue and restaurant! visited The Deaf Institute on 13 May 2017
15 May 2017 by

When I booked a table on line for my birthday , I was asked if I had any requirements. I said yes, I wanted meat and vegetarian options. my booking was taken followed by a conformation email. however when I got there the only options were vegan . this was not what I wanted and it spoilt my birthday. visited The Deaf Institute on 07 May 2017
11 May 2017 by

Superb venue although on entry the tables appeared to be a little dirty/lack of attention to clearing the tables. I looked around for a clean one to eat at but it was not easy. the menu's felt dirty/sticky, but the service was great and the music room is brilliant. visited The Deaf Institute on 07 May 2017
09 May 2017 by

Your vegan menu is awesome! Friendly service, great ambiance. visited The Deaf Institute on 05 May 2017
07 May 2017 by

Disappointing.I booked a table weeks in advance to ensure we had a place to eat that catered for vegans and vegetarians at the start of the night only to find when we arrived that the venue had been booked entirely and closed to us despite our reservation being accepted. An email to let us know beforehand would have been helpful...unlike the booking reminder email and subsequent one asking for a review. A real shame. visited The Deaf Institute on 13 Apr 2017
15 Apr 2017 by

Fab vegan food before an awesome gig. Thanks Deaf Institute. visited The Deaf Institute on 01 Apr 2017
09 Apr 2017 by

Great venue, good food, excellent staff, music venue excellent, good sound reproduction, our first visit, will keep a look out for more bands - overall 4* visited The Deaf Institute on 05 Apr 2017
07 Apr 2017 by

Lovely food, great atmosphere and really helpful and friendly server. Will be back, visited The Deaf Institute on 26 Mar 2017
31 Mar 2017 by

Met with father and sister here with my wife for dinner before heading out to see a movie. We were hoping to enlighten then to vegan food as neither are vegan or have been to the deaf institute before. We had booked a table but the staff seemed reluctant to help in showing us where our table was. When asking how long it would take for food to come, the bar member said 5-10 mins. However, the wait turned out to be 25 mins which almost meant we missed the movie and had to rush. The quality of the food was a little disappointing also. The bean chilli was a bit sickly to taste, and contained beans which were undercooked and crunchy. Its a shame to write this negative review considering the place seemed like a good idea on paper. The decor and music playing was cool, but everything else was a let down. Hopefully this will be taken as constructive criticism and things will have improved should I ever come again. visited The Deaf Institute on 23 Mar 2017
25 Mar 2017 by

The staff could not have been more helpful in planning the event I had at the Deaf Institute and the night went brilliantly. Fab food and fantastic service - highly recommended! Thanks for making our night so great :) visited The Deaf Institute on 11 Mar 2017
13 Mar 2017 by

Nice staff. Great food. Good value for money. But why does the music have a curfew of 10:15pm? That's very early. visited The Deaf Institute on 10 Mar 2017
12 Mar 2017 by

Great food, great atmosphere and Hayley was brilliant with our special requirements. visited The Deaf Institute on 17 Feb 2017
28 Feb 2017 by

Waited 15 minutes before was seen to and our reserved table had been given away and told to sit anywhere which resulted in another customer was annoyed as he was already sat at a table. The cocktails were mainly ice with lime - meant to be a strawberry daiquiri but was undrinkable. Food was average. Service was awful. Very disappointed. visited The Deaf Institute on 25 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by

Had a great night here with a gig and food beforehand. We booked a table but our friends were late however this was not a problem with the staff and we were not pressured to leave the table. Our friend ordered chicken wings which were unavailable so the staff made up for this with complimentary drinks and extra fries. They went out of their way to apologise and returned a couple of times to check that everything was ok. Looking forward to our next visit to The Deaf Institute. :) visited The Deaf Institute on 17 Feb 2017
19 Feb 2017 by

Brilliant band and support preceded by an excellent massaman thai curry. A great night out in good company and if there is anything you can do to expedite the road works on Oxford Road it would be much appreciated!! visited The Deaf Institute on 17 Feb 2017
19 Feb 2017 by

Great bar with good atmosphere, drinks and food choices. Excellent live music venue all in a unique setting. visited The Deaf Institute on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by

Following advice from a vegan facebook group we had a thoroughly delicious dining experince in a nice, relaxing environment. I also had the nicest pizza I have ever had, we will definitely be returning. visited The Deaf Institute on 03 Feb 2017
05 Feb 2017 by

The place was clean and welcoming all the food was good apart from the pizza which was leathery. I found the music in the bar a little loud. All the staf were lovely apart from the gentleman taking the gig ticket who was sullen and rude. Having only one member of staff on the gig bar led to a long queue so we didn't bother getting a drink until later. It may be better to have 2 staff for the first hour. Overall it was a good night. visited The Deaf Institute on 26 Jan 2017
28 Jan 2017 by

Great night once again. Lovely food and drinks. All the staff were spot on. Fantastic venue. visited The Deaf Institute on 19 Jan 2017
22 Jan 2017 by

Hired the Den for a small party and can't fault the venue - brilliant space, lovely helpful staff and really good value. David visited The Deaf Institute on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by

Excellent food, good, small venue, The Dunwells were superb....over all a very good evening. visited The Deaf Institute on 14 Dec 2016
16 Dec 2016 by

Great night. Food was really nice but mostly impressed by the staff. All had a great attitude and could not have done more for us. Management should be super proud as there are not that many places displaying this type of ethic. slider visited The Deaf Institute on 08 Dec 2016
10 Dec 2016 by

I booked a table several days in advance. On arrival I was told first there was no booking and then that I hadn't booked for 6pm I booked for 8pm. I showed my email proving I booked 6-8pm and said I wanted a booth. I asked if the people sat in the booths at the back had booked - 1 person sat in each but was the waiter wouldn't ask anyone to move even though he confirmed they weren't booked. Fortunately the people at the side booth got up to leave so we got that one. Otherwise the food was very good and everything else fine. I just don't see the point of a booking system that doesn't work, I would have left if a booth didn't become available. visited The Deaf Institute on 30 Nov 2016
02 Dec 2016 by

Lovely food! Great staff. Lovely ambience..relaxed and funky! Great venue upstairs. Loved it all. visited The Deaf Institute on 26 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by

Great place, fantastic food, wouldn't hesitate to visit again,, extremely thoughtful staff... visited The Deaf Institute on 18 Nov 2016
20 Nov 2016 by

Great menu options for vegans and vegetarians. Lovely venue. visited The Deaf Institute on 14 Nov 2016
16 Nov 2016 by

Spot on! Good food and great venue for live music! visited The Deaf Institute on 10 Nov 2016
16 Nov 2016 by

We had our 50th birthday party here - drinks and food in the Den and then dancing from 11pm upstairs. The whole experience was fantastic and everyone had an amazing time. The staff at the Deaf Institute are brilliant - friendly, highly competent and nice too! This must be one of the best venues in Manchester and I would highly recommend it to anyone - we will certainly book here again! visited The Deaf Institute on 29 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016 by

Had a really nice evening, staff were friendly and the venue was cool and groovy. Lovely food with a vegan twist. visited The Deaf Institute on 23 Oct 2016
25 Oct 2016 by

Great night. Great food. Only bit of feedback - desserts were a bit poor but main food was delicious visited The Deaf Institute on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by

Easy to book online . went to eat before a gig, great place fantastic food nice friendly staff and a great menu and drinks perfect . reasonable prices a great place . looking forward to going again . Alan visited The Deaf Institute on 27 Jul 2016
29 Jul 2016 by

I would highly recommend the gold teeth event here! It does get very packed and due to this navigating your way around can be difficult but it's still one of the best student nights out I've been on! The place is really easy to get to, just off Oxford road so convenient for transport links too!
10 Aug 2015 by

I've been here for dates, casual drinks, gigs AND nights out and absolutely love the music and drinks selection. Would not recommend it to anyone who cannot stand the sight of hipsters. Only complaint is that there is often inconsistency in drinks prices depending on who serves you.
16 Jul 2014 by

Definitely a student venue but for anyone in there 'late' twenties such as myself its great for lunch. Plus the club nights at the weekend are loads of fun. Pop! Is great If you ever get a chance to go to a gig here Id highly recommend it
24 Dec 2013 by

Love any place with their homemade lager / cider on top. Top stuff.
16 Aug 2013 by

didn't even no this place was around until i saw it on the site, great motown club on when we went there!
16 Aug 2013 by

Great food, great staff, great prices. Also got their own beer on taps which is a nice touch!
03 May 2013 by

Great place! Various club nights on through the month with a range of djs and plenty of good priced drinks
22 Feb 2013 by

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