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Gay Village

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Address: Chorlton & Canal Sts, Manchester, England
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Description: Centered around the Canal street area in Manchester is a thriving gay...
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.
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One of the most fun nights out I've had in Manchester

What a fun, sweaty night of drinks and dancing capped off by vile street food at 3 am. You can concentrate your night crawl in this area and find plenty of cool places to go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

What a fun, sweaty night of drinks and dancing capped off by vile street food at 3 am. You can concentrate your night crawl in this area and find plenty of cool places to go.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Have been to Manchester a few times and went here for a few drinks with friends, was a good night out.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Great village atmosphere, & even in winter there are a lot of venues with lots of people around. Visited in summer and winter & like both. Fantastic to be able to wander about with friends between bars. Meeting new friends is easy with lots of friendly northerners around!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Only thing that is the problem is that some places do not let you in as you are "not regulars" this is only at a few bars.... Other than that it's a great night, straight, gay or bi

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

as we were not regulars ,wouldnt let us in.judging by the reviews that was a lucky escape for us.plenty of other places to visit

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is not the pleasant village scene as portrayed. There are many bars, there are many gays. If you are not gay you tend to be treated as from another planet. This is not a tourist attraction and certainly not fit for children. Generally, especially at night it is sordid and populated by shrieking effeminate individuals all attempting to grab... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

Me and my female friend went in and ordered some drinks the manager served me and we sat down. My friends boyfriend was coming to join us so he went to the bar then walked over to us without his drink. He said he won't serve me cause am not a regular? I said did you not say you where... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

When we visited here it was quite quiet and a damp dull day which I know Canal street is not dull but would have got more of a feel for the place if the weather was better. The place seems like fun and very friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Very friendly atmosphere, feels like all fused together outside and it got difficult to see which tables belonged to which bar until you've realised no-one really cares. Bouncers could do with a personal manners course but that applies to many other places outside of gay village too

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The netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I was really surprised about all the gay bars and restaurants. So many gays, easy to talk to, fun. We seem to have lost that in Holland. Come back again, defininately

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