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Manchester’s 5 Best Underground Clubs

Manchester’s 6 Best Underground Clubs

Prices: First, we took note of the financial accessibility of the prices of event tickets as well as consumables, such as their food and drinks.

Venue: Next, we thoroughly examined the venue, its overall cleanliness and how many people their spaces can hold.

Atmosphere: Additionally, we also took into consideration the nightclub’s atmosphere by looking into their decor and experiencing the general ambience.

Customer Satisfaction: Lastly, we observed other customers in the area as well as noted what other frequent clubbers have to say about the venue from surveys and other third party websites.

1. The White Hotel

The White Hotel
WEBSITEhttps://thewhitehotel.club/
ADDRESSDickinson St, Salford M3 7LW, United Kingdom
OPERATING HOURSWeekday events 7:30-11pm
Fridays from 11:59-8am
Saturdays 7:30pm – 11pm
Google Reviews Score4.7/5
Skiddle Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Prices4.5/5
Tickets4/5
Food and Drink5/5
Venue3.5/5
Cleanliness3/5
Venue Capacity4/5
Atmosphere4.5/5
Decor4/5
Ambience5/5
Customer Satisfaction5/5

Pros

  • Very good atmosphere
  • Features avant-garde music and art
  • Cheap drinks
  • Has a wide variety of indie artists for every event

Cons

  • Music might be a hit or miss
  • Very limited drinks
  • Dingy exteriors

By the outskirts of Manchester City is an underground club called The White Hotel, a space for avant-garde art exhibitions that doubles as a nightclub. The venue fits around 300 people and has become a hub for experimentalism in art and music.

Event tickets are priced at around £15 that feature a set of indie bands and DJs, while the available drinks are the usual beers commonly found in every other pub in Manchester. 

We noted that the tickets aren’t cheap, but we think they are pretty worth it, considering the range of artists performing.

While the vibes tend to go harder on the weekends, The White Hotel also offers chiller experiences – something we love! There are also lo-fi and house artists doing gigs during the midweek if you’re looking for something a little less upbeat.

However, the beauty of The White Hotel doesn’t lie in its dingy walls or mildly decaying exterior but in the artsy, atmospheric experience artists offer to the crowd. 

We appreciate the high-quality sound systems surrounding the refurbished warehouse, making it a fitting venue for music events.

Finally, we love how their decor is equally as avant-garde as their music, with several eye-catching installations hanging on walls and paintings on the ground. 

Although there are no elaborate light shows or rave-esque performances, there is definitely a lot of atmospheric lighting.

2. SOUP

SOUP
WEBSITEhttps://thewhitehotel.club/
ADDRESS31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF, United Kingdom
CONTACT DETAILS+44161 236 5100
[email protected]
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSWednesdays and Fridays: 4PM-12AM
Saturdays: 12PM-4AM
Happy Hour at 7pm
Google Reviews Score4.3/5
Skiddle Score4/5
Facebook Score4.3/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4/5
Prices4.5/5
Tickets4/5
Food and Drink5/5
Venue3.5/5
Cleanliness4/5
Venue Capacity3/5
Atmosphere3.5/5
Decor3/5
Ambience4/5
Customer Satisfaction4/5

Pros

  • Cheap tickets
  • Highly inclusive
  • Hosts many events
  • Well-trained staff
  • Wide selection of food and drinks

Cons

  • Basement can only fit 100 people
  • A little shabby and may smell
  • Toilets are below average

Next on our list is a comfortable canteen-style restaurant in Northern Quarter Manchester called SOUP. This multi-award-winning establishment offers a selection of food and drink but is best known for its cozy and hearty soups during the day. 

What we like about SOUP is how their basement turns into a small underground space for indie bands, artists, and film junkies to showcase their talents. However, be warned: the basement is small, shabby, and sometimes pungent. 

Still, SOUP seems to be an excellent place to spend the evening since ticket prices for underground music gigs start at £5. We consider this a bargain, considering they frequently hold gigs for fresh indie bands waiting to be discovered.

We think it’s noteworthy that they have an extensive menu filled with reasonably priced options. Although, we must also mention the outstanding variety of their drinks selection – from beers, ales, and cocktails to vodkas and wines!

Another thing we appreciate is that their basement is structurally accessible enough to accommodate those with disabilities, including deaf music enthusiasts! -Inclusivity and cheap prices are just two out of many things that make SOUP cool!-

Additionally, we appreciate that their staff is trained under the Good Night Out Campaign. This ensures that everyone–and we mean everyone–is safe from sexual harassment and is properly accounted for, resulting in a great experience in the club. 

However, we’re a bit disappointed that their basement is nothing special in particular. There is no elaborate or well-thought-out interior design, but just a simple underground basement with a stage, tables, chairs, and ambient lighting.

On the other hand, we like how SOUP’s restaurant provides a comfortable space for working freelancers or friends who want to have a chat. 

Moreover, we like how an entire day can be filled with the range of available activities at SOUP, from interesting gigs to art exhibitions and even film nights. 

Ultimately, we think SOUP stands out as one of the best underground clubs in Manchester that’s worth visiting at any time of the day!

3. Hidden

Hidden
WEBSITEhttps://www.hidden.club/
ADDRESS16-18 Mary St, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M3 1NH, United Kingdom
OPERATING HOURSFridays and Saturdays, 11PM-4AM
Google Reviews Score4.2/5
Skiddle Score4/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.3/5
Prices4/5
Tickets4/5
Food and Drink4/5
Venue4.5/5
Cleanliness4/5
Venue Capacity5/5
Atmosphere5/5
Decor5/5
Ambience5/5
Customer Satisfaction5/5

Pros

  • Large venue
  • Well decorated rooms
  • Food and drinks are available
  • Gives back to the community
  • Feature DJs that are both up-and-coming and well known.

Cons

  • Not the cheapest place
  • Big crowds

Hidden is more than just a warehouse-turned-nightclub over by Strangeways. It’s a fun, playful, creative space shared by artists and people who just want to dance and let loose. 

We absolutely love that it is everything you could possibly need for a night out — and perhaps even more!

Although tickets range from £10 to £15, Hidden features both popular and fresh DJs specializing in house, techno, and even disco. 

The available consumables aren’t the cheapest either, so do expect to spend a bit more when planning a night out here.

We noted that the size of crowds usually depends on who performs. Based on our surveys, queueing for entry, drinks, and toilets seemed to be a problem during big events. 

However, being a venue that fits around 650 people, Hidden is already one of the larger spaces on our list.

It’s also notable that Hidden contains three rooms adorned with unique decor. We like that some rooms offer a simple street aesthetic while others are bolder.

Furthermore, each room gives off a different vibe and features a different performer for you to check out.

Finally, we appreciate that aside from hosting themed events, Hidden also holds advocacy-driven parties. In fact, these events often raise notable donations for local charities in Manchester. 

4. The Fitzgerald

The Fitzgerald
WEBSITEhttps://www.thefitzgeraldmanchester.com/
ADDRESS11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB, United Kingdom
CONTACT DETAILS0161 228 6629
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSThursday 5PM-MIDNIGHT
Friday & Saturday 5PM -2AM
Google Reviews Score4.2/5
Skiddle Score4.5/5
Facebook Score4/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Prices4/5
Food and Drink4/5
Venue4/5
Cleanliness4/5
Venue Capacity4/5
Atmosphere5/5
Decor5/5
Ambience5/5
Customer Satisfaction5/5

Pros

  • Hidden, intimate space
  • Well decorated
  • Good variety of cocktails and small plates
  • Features live jazz 

Cons

  • Pricey drinks
  • Slow service

The Fitzgerald prides itself in its seemingly low-key exterior in the Northern Quarter. Upon entering, it opens up into a space that screams an evocative, 1920’s themed cocktail bar. 

While it’s a little different from your run-of-the-mill nightclub, we think it brings a fun time all the same.

What we like most about The Fitzgerald is that there’s no need to purchase tickets. Instead, guests are encouraged to book a table reservation. 

We appreciate that a good selection of food and drinks is available here. Although their drinks aren’t the cheapest, they are still expertly made.

One of The Fitzgerald’s notable highlights is their Prohibition-era-inspired cocktails—a nice touch that adds charm to the whole place. Aside from being perfectly in-theme, we love how these drinks harmonized with their small plates!

On the flip side, we’re a bit iffy that waiting for the food and drinks was not a convenient experience. We noticed that only a few staff was around, resulting in some delays.

Nonetheless, some people we spoke with mentioned that the wait did not bother them at all since the overall pleasant vibe of The Fitzgerald made up for the inconvenience.

Overall, what stands out about The Fitzgerald is its dimly lit vintage vibe that offers inspiration. Adding to that are the live local bands that are equally chill, playing original jazz, soul, disco, and electro-funk tunes. 

The Fitzgerald is easy on the ears as well as the eyes, making it one of Manchester’s best underground clubs to bring friends, dates, and more.

5. Washhouse

Washhouse
WEBSITEhttps://www.washhousemcr.com/
ADDRESS19 Shudehill, Manchester M4 2AF, United Kingdom
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Wednesdays 4PM-1AM
Thursdays 4PM-3AM
Fridays and Saturdays 12PM – 3AM
Sundays 12-11PM
Google Reviews Score4.7/5
Facebook Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.7/5
Prices4/5
Food and Drink4/5
Venue4/5
Cleanliness5/5
Venue Capacity3/5
Atmosphere4/5
Decor4/5
Ambience4/5
Customer Satisfaction4/5

Pros

  • No large crowds
  • Reservation process is entertaining
  • Has an exclusive feel
  • Creative, tasty food and drinks
  • Very inspired atmosphere

Cons

  • Drinks can be pricey
  • You only have about two hours to stay
  • No book, no entry policy

A three-minute walk away from the National Football Museum is the nondescript, totally normal “laundromat” Washhouse. It’s interior may look like any usual laundromat at first glance, but upon closer inspection hides a lively pub within its “tumble driers”!

What we like about Washhouse is that it is without a doubt a well hidden, intimate, but very inspired space. It’s surely a more upbeat speakeasy small enough to have a good time but definitely not big enough for crowds. 

Given its size, it’s understandable that Washhouse requires table reservations. Bookings are made through their website only, but what really surprised us was how the reservation process was part of the overall experience!

The process itself was in theme with the disguise, which we found both interesting and humorous! So don’t be fooled by their clarifications of the “laundry services” you’ve booked–you haven’t made a mistake, this is their way of confirming your reservation!

We noted that The Washhouse also offers a large menu equally as inspired as their entire getup. Other than the usual beers, there are homemade cocktails and familiar favorites priced at around £11 – all mixed with creativity and expertise!

We also appreciate that upon entering the seemingly inter-dimensional tumble drier, you’ll be met with an attentive staff ready to accommodate your needs. Moreover, the venue sports a cozy bar lined with leather couches, and a small space for a solo DJ. 

Although the space itself is simple, the mysterious air to the whole hidden speakeasy definitely adds to the experience. Overall, we believe The Washhouse is perfect for when you’re looking for something a little more secret and exclusive.

6. Canal Street LGBT

WEBSITEhttps://www.canal-st.co.uk/
ADDRESSVillage Food & Drink The LGBT Bars And Clubs, Canal St, Manchester
OPERATING HOURSDaily 12PM to 3AM
Google Reviews Score4.6/5
Facebook ScoreN/A
Total ReviewsN/A
Score ConsistencyN/A
Prices4/5
Food and Drink4/5
Venue4/5
Cleanliness5/5
Venue Capacity4/5
Atmosphere5/5
Decor4/5
Ambience5/5
Customer Satisfaction4.5/5

Pros

  • Inclusive street
  • Great strip of bars
  • Good food and drinks
  • Variety of annual events

Cons

  • Not very wheelchair accessible

Canal Street LGBT is a popular place and known as the UK’s LGBT centre, outside of London.

They have the Gay Village that holds annual events like Sparkle the Trans Festival, the Bears Bash and The Skins Weekend.

Manchester Pride, their annual pride event and the UK’s most successful one, also takes place here.

We like how this is just a place to get together where both LBGT and non-LGBTs are welcome. The only condition is to mutually respect each other at all times.

This street is a great strip of different bars with each of them having great atmosphere to have a nice time out.

We find the staff in most places to be friendly, accommodating, and willing to answer and query you have.

The whole street is vibrant, buzzing, and filled with the most inclusive people. We think it’s a good idea to have great food and drinks here.

If you’re ever in the area, passing by Canal Street would be a great idea!

The only downside here is that it isn’t the most accessible place for people in wheelchairs.

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