5 Manchester Gig Venues Perfect For A Date

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By Shaun Barnes, Contributor to The Gig Blog

Manchester is a city rich in musical history, the city’s love of music is apparent in the vast number of music venues showcasing a wide range of genres to suit every taste. From the 21,000 capacity arena to small local pubs with acts playing to a handful of people there’s an event to suit your needs. With many venues now serving food and drink or at least being surrounded by restaurants a gig is an ideal destination for a date.

Although most big gigs will be sold out in advance a large number of smaller events tend to have tickets available on the door. Here are 5 of the best smaller sized venues in Manchester that also serve food:

The Deaf Institute

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Source – The Food Geek

Right in the heart of the University district this beautifully decorated venue plays host to many music events throughout the year. There are three main rooms: a downstairs basement bar for small bands, the ground floor cafe bar offers food & drinks and the upstairs music hall is host to larger bands.

Band on the Wall

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Source – TPI Magazine

Band on the Wall is a legendary jazz and world music venue sitting on the outskirts of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter. This venue has been part of the city’s music scene since the 1930s when bands performed on a stage mounted literally ‘on the wall’. It also serves a selection of food and drinks.

Night and Day Café

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Source – Rock Sound.TV

This venue has been at the heart of the Manchester gig scene since 1991 and has become a bit of an institution along with a reputation of being one of the city’s most loved dive bars. You can turn up for coffee early on, have an evening meal and then stick around for a live band later in the evening to catch the latest cutting-edge sounds from around the world.

Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club

4 Matt-&-PhredsSource – Mancunion

Matt and Phred’s is not just up there with the city’s best bars and venues, it has also secured a claim to being a world landmark Jazz club having hosted artistes such as Wynton Marsalis, Jamie Cullum and The Small Faces, as well as hosting excellent local and upcoming acts. This Northern Quarter hang out has live music 6 nights a week with Folk, Gypsy, Electro, Salsa, Swing, World and even a bit of Ska and of course some of the best Jazz music in Manchester. The food menu is limited here but to be fair it’s the music that they’re showcasing.

The Soup Kitchen

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Source – BBC

Situated in the Northern Quarter, may look like a canteen but the emphasis here is on fresh, healthy and affordable food. They serve award-winning wines and up to 6 cask ales but it’s underground where all the magic happens. Hosting live music, club nights, film nights, comedy nights and art exhibitions. There’s always something happening under the soup kitchen. It has the laid back nature that epitomises the NQ’s bohemian roots.


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