Live Music in Manchester
Having produced The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Simply Red and The Chemical Brothers, something tells us that Manchester's got this live music lark under wraps. A great change from any bog standard night in the city, take in some relaxing or heart-racing music while you dine and drink out; so whether you're after the latest popular band or a talented local act, you can find it all in many of Manchester's most famous musical haunts. Why not catch your favourite band or discover a new one in one of the Warehouse City's thriving venues?
Last updated on 3rd January 2018
As a former theatre, and run by the Trof family of bars and restaurants, Gorilla definitely knows how to put on live music in Manchester. Located on Whitworth Street underneath the city's railway arches, this trendy little spot has a minimal sixties feel to it. Behind the main dining room and bar sits a 600 capacity live music hall, decked out with an impressive lighting and sound system.
Revolucion De Cuba is a cool and buzzing Latin-themed music bar in Manchester. Ignore this quirky venue at your peril as it serves up some of the best cocktails in town and some delicious food too. There's also live Latin Music playing into the evening, making it a unique evening with friends or even a date.
Musicians, poets and comedians alike, come to the Bierkeller for their open mic night and show off your talents, enjoy discounted drinks, and maybe even win a prize.
You say live music in Manchester, we say Deaf Institute. While known for their late night romps, floral interiors and delectable food, it's really made a name for itself by putting on some of the best concerts this fair city has ever seen. Intrinsically indie with a smattering of electro-pop thrown in for good measure, the sound system and impressive history will keep you coming back for more. Where better to see one of your favourite bands than at this well-established, late night haven?
Band On the Wall wears its intentions on its sleeve really, but this quirky live music venue in Manchester has a bit of a history behind it. Originally open in the 1930s, they relaunched in 2009 and have re-achieved a world famous reputation for hosting up-and-coming stars and cult classic masters.
Bunny Jackson’s is the place to be if you’re after the best blues music in Manchester. Hosting live music at the beginning of the week, come for the finest bands playing in their chain-link fenced off stage, all while sipping bourbon and eating Deep South food.
When it comes to live swing and vintage music in Manchester, there's only the one name that can fit the bill just right, and that's Fitzgerald. One of the most noted speakeasy themed bars in the city, head on down for jazz bands and retro live music aplenty on a selection of weeknights.
Formerly a much-loved music shop, Sound Control decided to take things to the logical extreme and become a three-storey club space and host to some of Manchester’s live music scene. Big and small acts play throughout the week, and when there’s nothing on, expect to find some big names on the decks too.
Known as one of the city’s most loved institutions, The Thirsty Scholar is also a place to catch some unique live music in Manchester. They host everything from bands to comedy and poetry, as well as an occasional open mic night for those up-and-comers. A truly bohemian paradise.
The oldest nightclub in the city, The O2 Ritz is also a live music venue dating back to the 1920's. Hosting legendary acts such as The Beatles, it's now run by O2 and offers a wide variety of live bands from world famous punk acts to local indie acts. So don't miss out on your favourite bands playing right round the corner from Oxford Road.
The Ruby Lounge is your stop for rock music in Manchester. In true rock and roll spirit, expect to find cheap drinks, cheap entry and a long, 4am license, making it an ideal place to see the best, loudest and weirdest bands around.
Over two floors of a Grade II listed building is The Whiskey Jar in the Northern Quarter. Head downstairs to enjoy your favourite premium whiskey, a local ale or even a cocktail and take in a live band, acoustic set or a live DJ in this charming gem in Manchester.
An electic mix of artists play 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 little venue in the Northern Quarter.
Live Jazz, folk, gypsy, salsa, swing and ska at Matt and Phred's make this one of Manchester's best live music venues. Enjoy one of their great cocktails, beers or even a bite to eat with friends while taking in a great eclectic mix of music 6 nights a week from 9pm in this prohibition style Jazz oasis.