Best Indie Clubs in Manchester
Manchester is known the world over for its musical heritage - so it comes as no surprise that the city that produced The Stone Roses, Oasis, Joy Division and The Smiths is teeming with places to dance your socks off to guitar music all night. There are loads of Manchester clubs offering great indie nights - often with cheap drinks prices that rival some of the best student nights in Manchester while they're at it. So tune your air guitar, mess up your hair, and channel your inner rock 'n' roll star at one of these brilliant Manchester indie clubs.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
With its upstairs dancehall, ground floor bar and intimate basement, the quirkily designed Deaf Institute is easily one of the coolest gig venues and night clubs in Manchester. The crowd is young, beautiful and achingly trendy, while the music ranges from indie to hip-hop. No matter what the night, you're guaranteed a brilliant time. Oh and ladies - be sure to check out the excellent Dolly Parton wallpaper in the loos.
Riddled with Manchester character and charm is a brilliant little indie bar just off Deansgate; The Liquor Store. A top indie rock and roll bar that really fires up during the evenings, the venue serves a great selection of cocktails with names such as 'The Stone Rose'. As you can see, the entire get up of this bar is encased in Manchester rock and roll history, and that is reason enough to head down and enjoy a night at this top Manchester Bar.
Boasting one of the most significant indie legacies in the city, Factory251 is housed in the former headquarters of Tony Wilson's legendary Factory Records, and is partly owned by New Order frontman Peter Hook himself. With its striking Ben Kelly design, Factory251 aims to bring some of the excitement of The Hacienda's glory days to a new generation of Manchester clubbers, and is easily one of the city's most popular nightspots.
If sweaty basement clubs are your thing, then you've come to the right place. With its exposed brick, raw, industrial atmosphere and intimate capacity, Joshua Brooks is one of the most atmospheric clubs around. The venue houses a range of club nights - with genres ranging from techno to indie - so check the listings before you go.
Tucked away down a narrow Manchester street, 42nd Street can be difficult to find unless you know where to look. Inside you'll discover just why 42 is one of the best loved night clubs in Manchester - with its huge dance floor packed out every week with students and young professionals going wild to the biggest indie and rock n' roll anthems of the past few decades.
Tucked down a side street near The Town Hall, The Tiger Lounge is a groovy basement club with retro decor, constantly great DJs playing a mix of rock n' roll, indie, funk and soul - and cheap drinks to boot. The crowd is a mixed bag, with a range of ages and styles giving this much loved Manchester club an eclectic - and always electric - atmosphere.
Heralded for their DJ nights and live concerts, the Manchester Academy is a heaving space for indie events in Manchester; with their heaving soundsystem and giant events room, it's easy to understand why that happens to be true.
A popular hit with students and hipsters alike, The Venue in Deansgate is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays playing Retro, Funk, Soul and Indie music. The dance floor is normally packed, as is the bar, which likely has something to do with the fact that shots start at just £1. A great place to get your indie fix without breaking the bank.
5th Avenue calls itself Manchester's 'No.1 Indie Experience' - and it's fair to say that this basement cavern certainly lives up to its own hype. Embracing the philosophy of doing one thing - but doing it really well - 5th Avenue is probably one of the longest running clubs in town, and is packed to the rafters nearly every night of the week. Drinks are notoriously cheap and crowds are riotous, so bring a fiver and get stuck in.