Gay Manchester guide

<b>Gay Manchester</b> guide

After London and Edinburgh, Manchester is the 3rd largest destination for UK tourists. The gay scene is very large, there are many big gay bars, most of them located on Canal Street and it's side streets.

Hotels and B&B in Manchester

<b>Hotels</b> and B&B in Manchester

If you are visiting Manchester make sure you book a hotel in the center, close to Canal Street (map). Then you are close to all the gay bars and the shopping street is just around the corner.

Check out our hotel page for recommendations and map on where to stay.

Hotel recommendations and map

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Drink bars and cafes

There are many big gay bars around Canal Street. In the weekend they are usually full with people. The crowds are usually quite mixed. Especially the young gay guys are always accompanied by some girls, and they sometimes bring in some shy boyfriend.

Gay bars

Dance Clubs and parties

The gay bars are so big that there is not really a difference between bar and clubs. In many of the bars there is a dance floor. Some of the well known gay clubs have closed down.

Clubs and parties

Cruise gay saunas and cruise clubs

Manchester had 2 gay saunas, the large Basement Complex close to the railway station, and the smaller H2O gay sauna right in the middle of the gay village.

Hotels near the Gay Village

Gay bars, cafes and pubs

AXM Bar
100 Bloom Street
Split level bar on Bloom Street, at the heart of the Manchester gay village.
mon-thu 23:00–04:30, fri-sat 22:00–06:00, sun 23:00–04:30
Boyz - Kiki
4 Canal Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
By day KIKI is a relaxing bar with 2-4-£8 Cocktail deals and great food all prepared fresh on site by our experienced chefs. [...]
mon-thu 00:00–04:00
Churchills
37 Chorlton Street
Traditional side, and also d/j dance floor lounge, Entertainments 7 nites, karaoke, Drag, etc
mon-thu 12:00–02:00, fri-sat 12:00–03:00, sun 12:00–02:00
Company Bar
28 Richmond St
Small Friendly Continental style / feel bar, Well Liked. Men only
mon-thu 17:00–01:00, fri-sat 17:00–07:00, sun 17:00–01:00
Delicatezze - Eden
3 Brazil Street, M1 3PJ, Manchester
Relaxed and friendly restaurant, offering modern British cuisine. Lunchtime and a la carte menus available. [...]
mon-sun 11:30–23:30
G-A-Y Manchester
63 Richmond Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
G-A-Y Manchester is the new venue of G-A-Y London. It is one of the largest gay bars on canal street with roof terrace with an excellent view on The Village.
mon-sun 12:00–04:00
Kiki
4 Canal Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
Big gay bar with chilled music played daytime and full on club style in the evenings. [...]
mon-sat 12:00–04:00, sun 12:00–00:00
New Union
111 Princess Street
Large bar with three bars, dance floor and stage for drag and revue shows. Karaoke on Thursday with young boys and old queens. [...]
mon-sat 11:00–02:00, sun 12:00–00:30
New York New York
98 Bloom Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
Very busy camp bar on two floors. Young crowd.
mon-thu 13:00–03:00, fri-sat 13:00–04:00, sun 13:00–03:00
Paddys Goose
29 Bloom St
Old fashioned bar
mon-thu 11:00–00:00, fri 12:00–01:00, sat-sun 11:00–01:00
Rem Bar - Rembrandt
33 Sackville Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
Very busy two floor bar recently . One of the oldest gay bars in the Village. Attracts mostly leather and skinhead guys.
mon-sun 00:00–00:00
The Molly House
28 Richmond St.
For discerning gay boys and girls. Three levels of fun, food (soon!) & frolics of post-Victorian decadent shabby chic. [...]
mon-tue 12:00–00:00, wed-thu 12:00–01:00, fri-sat 12:00–02:00, sun 12:00–01:00
The Thompsons Arms
23 Sackville Street
The Thompsons Arms provide some of the best entertainment in town. Happy Hour Monday to Thursday - 12 Noon until 8pm. [...]
mon-sun 14:00–04:00
Tribeca
50 Sackville Street
Comfy longe bar
mon-thu 16:00–00:00, fri-sat 12:00–04:00, sun 12:00–00:00
Vanilla
39-41 Richmond Street, 06042, Buckley Manchester
lesbian bar
mon-sun 00:00–00:00
Via
28-30 Canal Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
Multi floored bar , styled like a Medeval church basement.
mon-thu 12:00–01:00, fri-sat 12:00–03:00, sun 12:00–00:00

Gay cruise bars

Eagle Manchester
15 Bloom Street
The Eagle Bar located in the heart of Manchester’s gay village, offers a unique experience for men from all over the UK and beyond. [...]
mon-wed 17:00–02:30, thu 17:00–03:00, fri 17:00–05:00, sat 17:00–06:00, sun 14:00–00:00

Gay clubs

Boyz - Kiki
4 Canal Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
By day KIKI is a relaxing bar with 2-4-£8 Cocktail deals and great food all prepared fresh on site by our experienced chefs. [...]
mon-thu 00:00–04:00
Cruz101
101 Princess Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
Huge and popular club with five bars and two floors with different music. Cruz is 80% men who are either dancing or cruising especially downstairs. [...]
mon 23:00–05:00, wed 00:00–05:00, thu 23:00–05:00, fri-sat 23:00–06:00, sun 23:00–05:00
Napoleon's
35 Bloom St
Oldest gay club in Europe, now open for nearly 40 years. Three floors of fun, traditionally styled. [...]
wed-sun 21:00–05:00

Gay friendly, mixed and str8 clubs and parties

Gay saunas and bath houses

Basement Sauna Complex
18 Tariff street
The largest gay sauna in Manchester.
mon-sun 00:00–00:00
H2O Zone Sauna
36 Sackville Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
Gay sauna in the center of the gay village. Atmospheric, friendly, intimate, and clean. [...]
mon-thu 11:00–23:00, fri-sat 24h, sun 00:00–21:00

Gay cruise bars and clubs

Eagle Manchester
15 Bloom Street
The Eagle Bar located in the heart of Manchester’s gay village, offers a unique experience for men from all over the UK and beyond. [...]
mon-wed 17:00–02:30, thu 17:00–03:00, fri 17:00–05:00, sat 17:00–06:00, sun 14:00–00:00

Lesbian and mixed gay/lesbian bars and cafes

Boyz - Kiki
4 Canal Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
By day KIKI is a relaxing bar with 2-4-£8 Cocktail deals and great food all prepared fresh on site by our experienced chefs. [...]
mon-thu 00:00–04:00
G-A-Y Manchester
63 Richmond Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
G-A-Y Manchester is the new venue of G-A-Y London. It is one of the largest gay bars on canal street with roof terrace with an excellent view on The Village.
mon-sun 12:00–04:00

Lesbian and mixed gay/lesbian clubs and parties

Boyz - Kiki
4 Canal Street, Gay Village / Canal Street
By day KIKI is a relaxing bar with 2-4-£8 Cocktail deals and great food all prepared fresh on site by our experienced chefs. [...]
mon-thu 00:00–04:00
logo Manchester Gay Pride Manchester Gay Pride - gay village
-, Gay Village / Canal Street
Manchester Gay Pride is maybe not that well known, but according to Nighttours it is one of the best in Europe ! All bars and clubs are located in the Gay Village around Canalstreet. [...]
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Gay events

Big gay events

logo Manchester Gay Pride Manchester Gay Pride - gay village
-, Gay Village / Canal Street
Manchester Gay Pride is maybe not that well known, but according to Nighttours it is one of the best in Europe ! All bars and clubs are located in the Gay Village around Canalstreet. [...]
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Events

logo Manchester Gay Pride Manchester Gay Pride - gay village
-, Gay Village / Canal Street
Manchester Gay Pride is maybe not that well known, but according to Nighttours it is one of the best in Europe ! All bars and clubs are located in the Gay Village around Canalstreet. [...]
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