Top 10 Alternative Nights Out To Try In Manchester This Weekend

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From pissed-up student hangouts to beard-stroking hipster hotspots, Manchester has it all – so why are you always doing the same ol’ night out on repeat like it's Groundhog Day? With so much on offer, we think it’s time you shake up your weekend routine and get a nightlife.

So, forget pints at the pub and getting bevvied on Deansgate; this guide has the ten nights out you need to go on ASAP.

1. Revolution De Cuba’s Salsa Social

Delicious rum and sexy salsa classes combine in a night out designed to make you dance ‘til you drop. But what if I’m blessed with two left feet, I hear you ask? Relax. After a few swigs of Cuban cocktails and instructions from some of the salsa scene’s finest, you’ll be shaking what yer mum gave yer in no time at all.

Forget TGIF – it’s all about Thursdays at Manchester’s hottest rum bar. 

2. Didsbury’s Comedy Club

If venturing all the way into the city centre after work is a massive turn-off, then get your comedy kicks at this intimate venue in Didsbury instead. It’s held on the first Sunday of every month in Didsbury’s cricket club – but don’t let the amateur surroundings put you off. The stand-up talent is first class and with such a small venue, there’s little place to hide away from the line of fire. 

At £7 on the door, it’s a cheap, cheerful and flippin’ hilarious night out.

3. Bongo’s Bingo at the Albert Hall

The crazed love child of bingo and rave music sees 500 party-hungry Mancunians flock to Albert Hall every Tuesday night. Bingo though it may be, this night out is not for your nan. Men dressed in granny drag hand out a mix of cash bundles & shit prizes amidst a blaze of pounding music – it’s as bonkers as it sounds. Which is why it’s so bloody brilliant.

Tickets are just £3 so snap ‘em up fast.

4. Twenty Twenty Two’s Ping Pong bar

Masters of beer pong unite at this rustic venue to take on a new pre-drinking challenge: ping pong. Sound easy? It’s not. The lights are low, the music is banging and you’ve got a cocktail of booze in your hand, not to mention there’s ping pong balls flying everywhere – still think you could hit that ball? Tables are £5 for 30 minutes and there’s usually a waiting list, so get down there before 10pm to secure your spot. 

5. Lucky Voice Karaoke Bar

Drinking and singing; it’s a winning combo that rivals the likes of jelly and ice-cream. So why not embrace it and take on some belters with a spot of karaoke.  Tone-deaf, secret diva or complete Belieber – with private sound-proofed rooms available, it doesn’t even matter. You can sing Taylor Swift to your hearts content.

Yes, the Lucky Voice bar is located inside Tiger Tiger – but it’s anything but your standard night out...

6. The Fitzgerald

You’ve seen ‘The Great Gatsby’, now it’s time to live the lifestyle. Journey back to the 1920’s with The Fitzgerald, where sultry decadence and prohibition is rife. 

Expect punchy mixology and low-lit ambiance, as this vintage bar hints at America’s most notorious party years. Flapper girls welcome.  

7. Dogbowl

The creators of Black Dog Ballroom are back with another banging night out; Dogbowl bowling. The Dog’s cooler younger brother is a throwback to bowling parties but with one key twist – there’s booze a-plenty. 

With £8 a play dropping to just £4 after midnight and doors open ‘til 4.00am, it’s the place to go to prove once and for all that you don’t need the sides up...

8. The Liars Club

When the weather gets tough, the tough get going to Liars Club. A Tiki paradise that bubbles just below the surface of the streets of Manchester, this Hawaiian oasis boasts a totally tropical night out. Boozy cocktails light up the dance floor – no for real, bar staff set them on fire – and the garishly tropical shirts and décor are guaranteed to keep you buzzing all night.

9. Casino Manchester 235

If you’re looking for after-hours entertainment, Manchester 235 is the place to be. More than a casino, the venue is open 24/7 and boasts 2 restaurants, gaming rooms and an open-til-late cocktail bar. Whether you fancy placing some bets or simply don’t want the night to end yet, Manchester 235 is a great way to go out with a bang.

10. Albert’s Schloss

No two nights are ever the same at this entertainment haven. Whether it’s electric live music or a raunchy burlesque event, one thing remains the same – Albert’s never disappoints.   

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