We all know there’s an extensive list of renowned bands that have arose from the red bricks of Manchester, along with an ever-growing number of great music venues across the city.
Aside from the well-known venues such as The MEN, Manchester Apollo and The Ritz, there’s still an array of new and old venues that continue to support new music around the North West. Read on to hear our favourites.
27 Peter St, City Centre, Manchester M2 5QR
This grade II listed chapel-turned-music hall is an unusual but equally as grand venue that was once lost for 40 years. After having it's life injected back into it, it now hosts an impressive array of big-name acts along with DJ sets, club nights and festivals. The hall now sits above the busy, Bavarian beer hall - Albert's Schloss, making it a perfect hub to grab food and drink before watching your favourite band.
135 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HE
Another venue with a past is the Deaf Institute, which was originally built in 1978 as an institution for deaf adults. After a smart renovation by Trof, this 3-story building is now home to three bars, a dining space and a roof terrace. A real contender in the Manchester independent music circle, it hosts gigs, club nights and comedy nights. With 80% of it's food menu also containing vegan options, there is something for everyone.
31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF
Soup Kitchen is an independent bar and canteen with a dark, stripped-back basement gig space. Regardless of its no-fuss interior downstairs, the gigs are often jam-packed with a lively atmosphere. Hosting a diverse range of bands, DJs, musicians and producers, it's a great place to discover new talent.
54-56 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 5WW
Situated under the railway tracks on Whitworth Street West, this multi-purpose space boasts a main bar; cosy dining area, gin parlour and a 700-capacity performance area. It's a popular place for not only bands and DJ sets, but also its ethically-driven menu full of original meat-based, vegetarian and vegan options.
28-34 High St, Manchester M4 1QB
The Ruby Lounge is a perfect example of why to not judge a book by it’s cover. Looking past the rough-and-ready exterior, this venue has impressive acoustics and live music on most nights of the week. Although an intimate space with a capacity of 375 for gigs and 600 for club nights, there's enough room to get involved or sit back with a beer at the bar.
12 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN
Last on our list is Jimmy's - a little neighbourhood joint where you’ll find sold-out events and queues out the door. Situated in the NQ, this neon-lit bar promises ‘good beer, good music, good times’. We love it because it hosts intimate gigs, poetry, comedy and club nights with a respectable focus on up-and-coming (and often local) bands.