Drinking on Canal Street, Manchester

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Canal Street , Manchester, United Kingdom

Drinking on Canal Street, Manchester Reviews

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Drinking, Clubbing, Eating in Manchester's world famous Gay Village (days/nights) Jul 31, 2011
One of the most lively, characterful and charming areas of the City Centre, the Gay Village is, as the name suggests, popular with gays, trans-genders, cross dressers and broader minded straight people.

The epi-centre of this gay cultural haven is Canal Street, aptly situated next to the historic Rochdale Canal and in good weather you can enjoy your white wine spritze, overlooking the waterway, at one of the many pavement tables which line this leafy boulevard.

Opposite the rows of pavement tables, a curious mix of individual restaurants, bars and clubs rise up loud and proud from Manchester’s vintage cobbles, filling the entire length of this rainbow-flagged street, which stretches from Minshull to Princess Street.

Hetero-friendly, go there if you enjoy good food, clubbing, friendly and diverse company. Don’t go, if you are a small minded bigot or just wanting to gawp at people whose lifestyle choices are different to your own.

Tip - Always ask before taking drinks outside from the bar. They have to be de-canted into plastic drinking vessels; it is illegal to take glasses outside on the street. Dress - smartcasual/trendy.

Most Recommended - Velvet restaurant and lounge-bar (north end of Canal Street), Via (formerly, Via Fosse) bar and club (south end of Canal Street).

Nearby Hotel – The Days Hotel, Sackville Street. Weekend doubles from £50 per night, at time of writing.
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