Canal Street Bars

Canal Street and the Gay Village is one of Manchester's most vibrant, exciting and bustling areas. With some amazing bars that serve up some of the best cocktails and food in the city, Canal Street bars are highly-acclaimed and very popular and carry a diverse clientele. So if you're after a fun night on the town or even just drinks and dinner with friends, then check out our recommended Canal Street spots to find one that will charm you and fit the bill.

Via Manchester

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Looking for Canal Street bars with outdoor seating? VIA Manchester can be found in the gay village, fronting a lively atmosphere, tasty cocktails and a roster of regular live entertainment. Make sure to stop by in warmer months as you can enjoy plenty of alfresco sips by the water.

Eccentric and unique, industrial yet vintage; The Molly House is a bar just shy of Canal Street known for its plush interiors and off kilter design. From a broody speakeasy style with Victorian dashes to wooden benches, barrels and taxidermy, Molly House is brimming with dated wares. From bubbly and beer to tea and cake, even Spanish tapas, The Molly House caters to every whim and fancy thanks to their dapper menu's.

Cruz 101

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One of the best gay bars on Canal Street in Manchester, there's no stopping Cruz 101 when it comes to a late night out in the city. Not only boasting an affordable roster of drinks deals and happy hours, there's premium party and an ever bustling dance floor come sundown. 


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When it comes to clubs on Canal Street, there's no better name than Kiki's. Not only host to a regular roster of guests and drag queens, Kiki is the perfect gay night out in Manchester thanks to a dance floor teaming with party classics, affordable drinks and food in the daytime. 

Located in the heart of Canal Street, this unique bar and eatery won Manchester Restaurant of the Year at the British Restaurant Awards 2019 and its star is only set to rise further. Boasting a delectable range of internationally-inspired dishes, No 1 Canal Street is the only place you'll be wanting to get your pre-night food and cocktail fix. 

Found above the Richmond Tea Rooms, The Lodge is perfect for those looking for something unique on Canal Street. Themed like a retro Canadian hunting lodge and brimming with quirks, head on down for a myriad of cocktails in amongst bites and plaid blankets. 


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Polari is a private members bar in the heart of the Gay Village; with live jazz music 5 nights a week and sharing platters available for groups of friends this really is something different compared to other bars in and around Canal Street.


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Formerly known as Fossa, Via is one of the most vibrant pubs on Canal Street. Heralded for their laid-back interiors and rambunctious nights, Via is perfect for casual catch up drinks on Canal Street followed by a stint at one of its brilliant clubs. 

Richmond Tea Rooms

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A darling little diddy just shy of Canal Street, kitsch dreams come true at the Richmond Tea Rooms. A darling den of wonderful whimsy brimming with 'Alice in Wonderland' style interiors, Richmond Tea Rooms is more of a dolls house than it is a bar. From plush cocktails and luscious lunches to dapper creative concoctions, Richmond Tea Rooms knows a thing or two about darling British endeavours and smash-up tipples.


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A vibrant and upbeat venue, Tribeca takes its name from the legendary Manhattan bar and alongside B.E.D (its subterranean partner bar) makes up one of Canal Street's best establishments. With cheap drinks, live music shows and space to dance in the evenings, Tribeca and B.E.D Bar are a big hit right in the heart of the Gay Village.