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A stylish and sassy party bar situated on Deansgate Locks, ARK Deansgate is the most popular venue on the strip thanks to its heaving weekends and dapper drinks deals.

Making use of its cool industrial plot, the bare brick walls and stylish booth seating in ARK create a sophisticated atmosphere for both day and night. Whether you want fancy booking out their 300 strong VIP area, dallying for drinks in their plush 250 guest prepped Canal Bar, taking to their 350 heavy club room or dabbling in one of their cocktail masterclasses, your chums will be impressed by this contemporary liquid cavern of commercial hits and cool vibes.

It's no surprise that this bar is so popular, it's trendy, affordable, student friendly and open six days a week providing an array of different events. Each night of the week offers something different, so whether you fancy a quiet drink overlooking the canal, or dancing with your friends to some great live DJ's, ARK has something for you.


Depends On Night
Drinkonomical £
Deansgate Locks
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets


Day Open Close Notes
- - Private Hire Only
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 01:30
17:00 03:00
12:00 03:00
17:00 03:00


3a-5 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5LH

Central Manchester

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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.95
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.00
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.80
Cocktail £7.95
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £4.05
Bottle of House Wine £11.00
Bottle of Champagne £40.00
Jaeger Bomb £3.50


Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Canal Bar Private Room 25 250 0 800 1000
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Not revealing my identity on this due to the humiliation the bouncers put us through. Me and my friends where queuing up and naturally we were associating with those who where also in the queue who happened to be boys, as we approached the bouncers they checked our ID and everything seemed to be fine but soon as they noticed that we where socialising with these boys when we tried to explain that we didn't know them and that we where on the guest list they got aggressive towards us and started physically and verbally abusing us when we stepped to the side and started walking towards the smoking area where my friend tried light her cigarette one of the bouncers made the effort to follow us and grabbed the cigarette out of her mouth and threw it towards the canal without any warning and proceeded to physically grab and push her out of the way with her now having bruises all over her arms when we tried to call for a manger we got hurled at with degrading names all this coming from "professionals" when we said we where going to get the police involved since they touched my friend and she now had bruises over her he took advantage of his position and told us " who are they going to believe me or you " if you enjoy sexist pigs and ruined birthday then go ahead have a blast
21 Aug 2016 by Lisa

Worst Ever! VIP section for my 30th, accidently photo bombed a picture, got punched, security didnt like men with no ladies and they also grabbed my phone, be carefull people
03 Jul 2016 by alexrottger

My bag was stolen with documents,phone,wallet and all keys inside. Managers won't let to check the cameras even after police asked to do so. Stuck in UK without passport now. What is the point of cameras if they don't check them even after incidents. Looks like someone got something to hide. Choose any other place for your own safety.
12 Mar 2016 by whizi

Fantastic night! the downstairs part of the club was amazing really enjoyed it music was great. However drinks were quite expensive. Would defo go again. Just take a loan with you. josh visited ARK on 06 Feb 2016
09 Feb 2016 by josh
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Had a brilliant night here on Sunday 18th Oct. Lively Music, The staff really had plenty of time to share a laugh or two.. Will definitely be back next time we visit Manchester. Alan.
19 Oct 2015 by alanspark
1 person people found this helpful

Great club, great music love it, nowhere is better:) great staff.. Drinks are cheap and the djs are good.. Just a great club to meet new people just a great place
15 Oct 2015 by tish4

I came here this weekend with my work friends. We decided to go for the whisky tasting class. The tutor was well knowledged and ended up getting really drunk!! Stayed for the remainder of the evening and had the best night iv ever had in Manchester. I came with 9 lads and didnt have a problem getting in (although i have heard that it is a very strict club to get into). Would most definitely reccomend and is by far the best club on the locks!
14 Oct 2015 by thomasmcmanus
1 person people found this helpful

One thing that put me off is that I was refused entry cuz I didn't have a white shirt on, but blue..apparently white is smarter, turns out that that lil short bald bouncer doesn't like African passports..and this is coming from his friend who works there too..apart from that is a great club..if you like American music, eg hip hop, trap all that then its the place to go
31 Aug 2015 by turnup_65

some of the bouncers are decent and I wouldn't not go its nothing special jus another place to go IF you get in. Less hassle getin in elsewhere on the locks.
19 May 2015 by hiddentruth
1 person people found this helpful

if I go wiv my cousin/friends who are professional footballers there's no issue getting in otherwise you'll find theres a select FEW of the dooorstaff that like to pre-judge #ClosetRacists. #PotentialNightKiller.
19 May 2015 by hiddentruth
1 person people found this helpful

Haha. Cnt help bt think the 5* reviews are just staff tryin to protect the clubs rep. if u do go just prepare to be turned away. Clothes! #GeneralExcuse. Simply discrimination.
19 May 2015 by hiddentruth
1 person people found this helpful

Arranged to celebrate my birthday in the Ark, We were spoken to and treated like dirt my the power tripping Door staff and duty Manager... I was left feeling angry and embarrassed... Fully intend to take my complaint all the way... Avoid like the plague!!! Plenty more bars with courteous staff to choose from...
17 May 2015 by mountainmonkey
1 person people found this helpful

Absolutely class venue. Always busy so book VIP if you can get a table! Ive been to OC loads this year, never disappoints. Love the comments from all the scallys who cant get in! Top place.
10 May 2015 by tommyboy
1 person people found this helpful

This place have the worst bouncers in Manchester, the skin head main guy actually needs a good slap. They never let guys in unless they're with a big group of girls, if you're coming a long way to come to the Locks don't go to Ark because you will not get in, sort out your staff
03 May 2015 by tuts123
1 person people found this helpful

Queued for over 45mims, get to to the front of the Que to be told by overweight bouncer no groups aloud. Questioned him.. So he decided to start on me 😂
31 Jan 2015 by jdtavener
1 person people found this helpful

I went to ark tonight, the worst club i have ever been to. the ratio is terrible, *comment moderated* and the drinks are over priced. *comment moderated*
31 Jan 2015 by aju
1 person people found this helpful

such a laugh at the weekend to be honest. don't think me and my mates have been anywhere else for drinks in weeks, great prices and seriously good music in the basement if you ccan get in
11 Jun 2014 by toddlane23
1 person people found this helpful

Poor bar staff,ignorant unless your female. Nice place if you can get served ,
26 May 2013 by nolan

the food here is really great value! nice bar and gets really lively in the evening.
15 Mar 2013 by jtaylor
1 person people found this helpful

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