The Gay Village is an area in central Manchester popular with the gay and lesbian community and home to a large number of gay bars, hotels, shops, restaurants, and clubs.
There are several accommodation options in the Gay Village itself. The Velvet Hotel is a 19-room boutique hotel situated above the Canal Street’s Velvet Bar and Restaurant. Other choices include the Atrium serviced apartments, the Britannia, and Macdonald Townhouse.
Restaurants, Pubs, Bars & Cafés
Most of the bars and restaurants are situated on Canal Street, overlooking the Rochdale Canal.
|AXM||100 Bloom Street||Stylish gay bar and club.|
|Baa Bar||27 Sackville Street||Colourful 2-floor venue. Free entry and cheap shooters.|
|Churchills||37 Chorlton Street||Established and popular pub at the corner of Chorlton Street and Canal Street. Karaoke and cabaret nights. Free entry.|
|Company Bar||Richmond Street||Men only bar.|
|Cruz 101||101 Princess Street||Gay nightclub. Priority entry for members.|
|Eagle Bar||15 Bloom Street||Male only basement club. Membership scheme.|
|Eden||3 Brazil Street||Restaurant and bar. DJs at weekends. Entrance on Canal Street.|
|G-A-Y||10 Canal Street||First G-A-Y venue outside London. No door charges. Open 7 days a week until late. Formerly Spirit.|
|Molly House||28 Richmond Street||Civilised pub with fantastic vintage interior.|
|Napoleons||33 Bloom Street||The oldest venue in the Gay Village. Popular with transvestites and transsexuals. Three floors and a beer garden.|
|New Union Hotel||111 Princess Street||Karaoke and cabaret shows. Also offers hotel rooms.|
|New York New York||94 Bloom Street|
|Taurus||1 Canal Street||Relaxed bar at the northern end of Canal Street. Wonderful food and great service. Licensed for civil partnerships.|
|Tribeca||50 Sackville Street||Several lounges and private booths. ‘Bed Bar’ downstairs.|
|Vanilla||39 – 41 Richmond Street||Lesbian bar established in 1998. DJs, student nights.|
|Velvet||2 Canal Street||Stylish restaurant, bar, and hotel. DJs at weekends.|
|Via||28 Canal Street||Bar and restaurant.|
|Villagio||44 Canal Street||Contemporary Italian restaurant.|