Live Music in Manchester

Having produced The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Simply Red and The Chemical Brothers, this city's got the live music lark under wraps. Switch up your usual night out with relaxing beats or heart-racing tunes while you dine and drink out. From up and coming DJs spinning late-night sets to talented local acts with chilled out vibes and massive bands playing sell-out shows, these are the best bars and clubs for live music in Manchester.

Last updated on 29th July 2021

The Whiskey Jar

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Spread over two floors of a Grade II listed building is The Whiskey Jar in the Northern Quarter. Head downstairs to enjoy local ales and whiskey cocktails as you take in a live band, open mic set or even DJs in the basement space.

The Ritz

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The oldest nightclub in the city, The O2 Ritz dates back to the 1920s. Hosting legendary performers like The Beatles, it's now run by O2 and offers a wide variety of live acts from world-famous punk acts to local indie acts, right around the corner from Oxford Road.

Night and Day Cafe

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A varied mix of artists have taken to the stage at The Night and Day Cafe; from Jessie J to The Manic Street Preachers. It's a unique venue, reopening its doors in the evening and licensed till 2am from Monday until Saturday for live events. There really is something for everyone in this cosy NQ pick.