Gay Village

Gay Village, Manchester: Address, Phone Number, Gay Village Reviews: 4/5

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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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Paul Legate
St Ives, UK20,064 contributions
Solo
*Visited April 2021* Manchester’s Gay Village is a vibrant district in the heart of the city with Canal Street being it’s hub. Canal Street runs along the Rochdale Canal with a range of bars and restaurants and although hugely significant there are other areas in the village including Bloom Street, Richmond Street and Sackville Gardens where there is a monument to Alan Turing who was a founder of modern computing who was treated inhumanely for being gay. I have been visiting the gay village since late 1980’s and it has always been a great place to visit, it is especially nice in the summer months.
Written December 3, 2021
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calamari by your name
Hell, MI4 contributions
being a gay myself it has come to my attention to ga(y)ze at the well-named village. While homey it also gives a warming sensation, as if you were looking at women. This village looks like a ton a gays have frogs and frollic happily. No trumpies here I swear. 100/10 will definitely visit.
Written November 30, 2021
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GK91
Liverpool, UK163 contributions
Friends
This place is a good laugh and super safe to visit, so ideal for small to medium groups who aren’t too sure of the area. It is pricey so don’t except a night here to not damage your bank account but I do highly recommend it. Loads of bars with all different themes and offerings. Central Manchester so easy to get to and from places too.
Written July 24, 2021
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becsb
Derbyshire29 contributions
Friends
Where to start… really shocked by the whole place to be honest. Everyone used to rave about going down to Canal street and the gay village but I have no idea why.
I was out shopping with friends and we decided to go for a drink and some food. It was busy outside very bar as it was such a nice day. We found a table that was free only to be getting dirty looks from some men. Next thing the bouncer comes over and said these men were waiting for that table….
They came out of nowhere they hadn’t been waiting at all. Very discriminatory against women obviously, and after reading a few of the reviews it’s very prevalent this is the case.
We went to a bar down the street, still in the gay village but it wasn’t the cleanest. We had a bottle of Prosecco and every glass was sticky and dirty, we ended up cleaning them with alcohol wipes.
Needless to say I won’t be going back, the whole “village” is a dive and has a lot of discrimination issues that they need to sort out.
Written April 18, 2022
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Keegab
6 contributions
Couples
Absolutely disgusting that a place that does not discriminate actually does discriminate against people with disabilities. Me and my friend spent 2 days in Manchester Christmas shopping and decided to go clubbing on the night time. My friend is a 48-year-old man with cerebral palsy And due to this he suffers with low confidence in going to places. After convincing him to have a look around Canal Street with me I was absolutely shocked and disgusted with how he was treated by door staff in the following bars, Bar Pop, Thomson’s, Eagle, Centre stage refused us in full stop along with New York bar who told us members only but I know this is a way of stopping people from coming in that they don’t want in which is fair enough but when it’s down to the fact that the Doorman says my friend looked worse for wear and I explain to him that he had cerebral palsy he ignored this and refused us entry. My mates words was there’s no point me coming to Manchester again for a night out because this is all I’m going to get. I felt terrible that I brought him to a place that is all about promoting non-discrimination but in fact turned out to be full of discrimination.
Written December 18, 2021
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Rachael
Blackburn, UK6 contributions
Family
By treating a family like a family instead of something they have seen in a horror movie!!! We went with my daughter and son in law to meet my husband’s friend who is gay. Soon as we walked into canal street the people stopped talking and started giving us bad looks like we wasn’t meant to be there. The bar staff was extremely rude and I blame the fact because we wasn’t gay lesbian bi or tran. I have always supported the lgbt community I have many lovely friends who are gay and trans. I was really disappointed how we was treat it was mainly the men, I won’t be visiting again and I will be telling all my friends about our experience. Maybe if you want to be accepted in to the community treat everyone the same kindness matters. Anyway to the few that smiled happy pride month
Written June 14, 2021
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Simone M
3 contributions
Friends
I have just got back from my cousin’s hen do in Manchester. We went to Churchill’s bar in the gay part of Manchester, what a terrible experience all 30 of us had! The drinks were flat and when we told the staff they all moaned at us and did not want to replace our drink’s. The supervisor, was so rude to us all, calling us abusive swear words, upsetting many of us on what was to be the start of a lovely evening. We have on video his behaviour. I asked for the manager to complain about they way we was all treated but he did not want to know!! Would i recommend this bar? Absolutely not!! Unless you want to pay for flat beer, flat gin and tonic and be rudely abused by staff!
Written July 3, 2021
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mr W
York, UK5 contributions
Solo
Overpriced and unprofessional.

Ordered a £45 bottle of champagne. Didn’t see the bottle and we were served a liquid of some sort in dirty plastic glasses because “no glass is allowed outside”, despite this not being the case elsewhere on Canal Street.

Despite being assured by security that he “definitely heard a pop” we refused to pay and left.

Pretentious bar with absolutely no atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon, and a place we certainly will not be visiting again.
Written August 2, 2021
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Faerycakes
Stoke-on-Trent, UK140 contributions
Friends
Canal Street has good and bad sides.
The good:
The vibe. I love the Canal Street vibe.
The bad:
The discrimination!! The ONLY place I have ever been refused entry is on Canal Street. The first time for being female (it was a men's only bar but this wasn't explained to me by the doorman. Had it been i would've been fine with it). The second time was last week when myself, my mum and sister were refuses entry for absolutely no reason at all! Ageist?! Who knows. No explanation given just a flat out no!!
For a place that is supposed to be all about inclusion, I struggle to see it with the doorstaff on some of the bars.
Written April 3, 2022
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Joanna A
Oldham, UK231 contributions
Friends
Always a brilliant night. Everyone is just up for a laugh, friendly and just want to sing dance and have a good night. You don't get hounded by sleazy people you do in other places. Always much more relaxed and comfortable in the gay village.
Written August 8, 2021
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