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The Village


Find out more about our world famous Canal Street

Manchester’s gay village has grown from one or two canal-side pubs to over sixty bars, restaurants, fast food joints, hotels and other businesses. It has made Manchester Britain’s gay capital!


Centred around Canal Street, there are also venues on Sackville Street, Richmond Street and Bloom Street.


Check out our definitive listing below.

CRUZ 101

101 Princess Street


Manchester's oldest and biggest gay club. It's been wowing us for over twenty years! Two floors catering for differing music tastes. 


Cruz are supporting SummerSeven with free entry each night.


Bandit, Mugger & Thief – bar and restaurant – smart urban décor
Velvet – bar, restaurant and hotel – sophisticated 
Kiki – bar – loud, brash party venue 
Void – underneath Kiki and open until silly o'clock
Churchills – pub – party pub often with karaoke
Bar Pop – bar – fun and cheesey
Via – bar with food – interesting church décor and mixed crowd
Rembrandt – pub – men only and beary
Oscars – bar – musicals theme bar – camp and fun
Le Villé – hotel – bijou!
Villagio – Italian restaurant – very pleasant 
Delicatezze – bar & restaurant – pleasant warehouse atmosphere
On Bar – bar – three levels of smart bar
G-A-Y – bar – cheap and cheerful – popular with twinks and lesbians
New Union – pub and hotel – one of the originals – down to Earth!


Sackville Gardens – pleasant park famous for its Alan Turing statue
Tribeca – bar – smart city bar
Club Tropicana – bar – 80s theme upstairs at The Rembrandt
McTucky’s – fast food – famous fried chicken 
Istanbul Express – fast food – a taste of Turkey
Street Cars – taxi firm – 0161 228 7878 
Vanilla – bar – lesbians and friends
Clone Zone – shop – all things gay
Base – sauna – all things gay!
Eva – bar – smart/fun 
Arnero – fast food – Indian take away or eat in
Thompson’s Arms – bar – busy after midnight – Village melting pot


AXM – bar – late night loud bar - club alternative 
Union Cars – taxi firm – 0161 225 5566
New York New York – pub – loud party pub
Centre Stage – small and camp

Safad –fast food
Krunchy Fried Chicken – fast food
Arkansas – fast food
Manchester Cars – taxi firm – 0161 228 3355
Village Shop, Hair & Sunbeds – as it says!

Village Fish & Chip Shop - fast food
Napoleon’s – bar – transvestites, transexuals, drag queens
Krispy Fish n Chips – fast food
The Goose – pub – chilled out old style
The Eagle – bar – men only – popular with bears and fetish types

Mother's Ruin - bar - specialises in gin
Miami – fast food


Iconic – bar – tiny but loud
The Molly House – bar – two floors of hipster style 
Company Bar – bar – tiny, basement, men only
Richmond Tea Rooms – Alice in Wonderland themed
The Lodge – bar – hunting lodge theme
LGBT Foundation – charity

Dionisys - Greek restaurant


Just five minutes from the Piccadilly end of Canal Street is Fourways House on Tariff Street / Dale Street / China Lane containing:

Basement – sauna – biggest of Manchester's two
Rob of Amsterdam – shop – leather, rubber, twisted gear

Supported by

Financially supported by

Manchester Pride Superbia Fund

This project is supported by a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.

Our sponsors Linten Technologies
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