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Gay Village

Chorlton & Canal Sts, Manchester, England (Manchester City Centre)
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Ranked #38 of 127 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Neighborhoods
Owner description: Centered around the Canal street area in Manchester is a thriving gay scene, which offers a plethora of bars, clubs, restaurants and other nighttime... more » Owner description: Centered around the Canal street area in Manchester is a thriving gay scene, which offers a plethora of bars, clubs, restaurants and other nighttime venues for gays and straights alike. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I was expecting big and exciting things about this Canal Street. We arrived on a Saturday night and decided to crawl the bars. The first bar we went into didn't even have stock left for the drinks we wanted but kept the empty bottles on show?!!¿! So that was a disappointment. A few other bars were okay but the music... More

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We went to Canal street on gay pride weekend. Everything was dirty and the toilets were disgusting in every place we went to. All of the bar staff looked miserable and most of them were quite rude, making the atmosphere a bit awkward. The security at GAY are some of the rudest people I have ever met, they insulted my... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Canal was very disappointing. Could do with a tidy up. Even though it was a Gay village, anyone could visit here. Nightlife around this area seems good though when we stayed we felt awkward to enter the bars/clubs in this area.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The bars down canal street were great although extremely overpriced, paid £17.50 for 4 vodka and oranges. Promoters in the street were also very annoying trying to get us to go into a bar that was quite clearly empty, wouldn't stop heckling. Would have been nice to just walk down the streets and not be targeted for promotions. The atmosphere... More

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Went to the gay village for a night out on a saturday night !! It was a summers evening , so everyone was sat outside next to the canal people watching ! We are a man and wife and we had a great night out ! Everyone was friendly and polite . Go down to take in the ambience or... More

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Ashington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Me and my partner are both from Newcastle and visited Manchester in June for 2 nights to visit the famous Canal street! it is an amazing experience! buzzing with great music and fab dance floors, plenty of pubs and clubs to choose from with plenty of friendly staff and bouncers! we hope to be back real soon for another fun... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The gay village is great. I was working down Canal St and it's just a cool place to be gay or straight. Some really nice restaurants and bars down there and nice green areas.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I go down the village now and then and each time seems worse than the last. What was once a great place to go is now the haunt of chav's, drug dealing teens, rent boys and people desperate to flog plastic roses and flashing plastic crap!! The bars are dated and tacky and the choice of music seems stuck on... More

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

In the heart of the gay village and with lots of bars, clubs plus H2O sauna on Sackville Street, what more could a gay guy ask for. Lots of bars that have outdoor seating so you can cruise guys as they pass or let them cruise you. People are friendly too.

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newcastle upon tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My wife and I visited canal st on a mid week break in Manchester. We had a great night in the bars we are both getting on in years but everywhere we went we got a good welcome met some really nice people staff and customers.

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