Indie Bars in Manchester

Remember those songs that became the sound of a generation; shouting and screaming the words at parties or the end of a night out. Manchester is packed with alternative music venues, determined to be different and take on the mainstream nightclub scene. From hidden dens to giant bars and clubs, get stuck in the middle of a jumping, fun loving crowd and enjoy your favourite indie anthems all over again. Check out our recommendations for some of the best indie bars in Manchester.

Last updated on 15th May 2016

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Trof Northern Quarter

4 user reviews

Open from 10am, Trof is the best place to get your indie fix day and night. Serving delicious food, beer, cocktails, wine and spirits, you can easily start an all day session here with your favourite selection of music in the background. Gigs, quizes and open mic nights keep this venue fresh and fun as you get your weekday fill of good music and great company.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter


46 user reviews

A quirky and dazzling little bar, there is a touch of sparkle about this place. Luscious cocktails and carefully chosen craft beers and ales add an air of sophistication to this attractive indie venue. Hosting gigs in its adjoining club, Gorilla is a loud and proud music haven, with live events making it a popular choice with the indie crowd.

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road

5th Avenue

6 user reviews

The biggest indie club in Manchester, 5th Ave is enormously popular and a Mecca for all lovers of indie. Cheap entry, cheap drinks and offers on their offers, 5th Ave is first choice for many Manchester revellers. With 2 main areas hosting different events at least 6 days a week, you're constantly spoilt for choice here. Open 'til 2am most days and 3am at weekends, 5th Ave is the ultimate indie destination.

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Oxford Road

The Venue

3 user reviews

Hugely popular indie club The Venue is hidden down a sharp drop of stairs, tucked away in an alley just off Deansgate. In the heart of the premium nightclub haven, this slice of indie life is a refreshing little treasure. These guys specialise in knocking up a cheap double vodka + energy, grab two and work your way to the dance floor for a night of fun fueled singing and dancing.

Happily Affordable ££

The Font Manchester

2 user reviews

Unbeatable value and wicked music, Font offers the perfect mix of cheap and cheerful. Sit at one of the long wooden benches and get ready to blast your way down a list of £2 cocktails, shooters, shots and bottles. A relaxed, friendly and busy atmosphere, Font is the perfect place to come for "a few" and end up staying all night.

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Oxford Road

Fab Cafe

1 user reviews

One of the first established TV and movie themed bars, Fab Cafe is a unique, retro gem in the middle of Manchester. Packed with arcade games and memorabilia, this joint is a big kid's dream. Popular indie and 80s classics are played all night with cheap drinks aplenty, including draught ale and a variety of beers.

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road

Ever wanted to relive jumping up and down to your favourite album? Well now you can, as Ritz plays host to hundreds of bands that pass through on their tours. If you've ever regretted not seeing a certain band, this is definitely your best shot at finding them here in Manchester. A big two storey venue, The Ritz has enough room for everyone and well stocked bars to keep you going throughout the show.

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Oxford Road

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