Oldham Street
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Oldham Street is lively during the day with its many shops and cafes, and sizzles at night with its trendy bars and clubs.
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield, UK1,190 contributions
Jan 2020
Running through the heart of the Northern Quarter, Oldham Street is the opposite of Market Street, in a good way.

When I was at school, Piccadilly Records was the place to get your concert tickets and today it's a great place to seek out vinyl. There's a big Carhartt and another across the road. The cafés and bars are the highlight, Night and Day is very popular, I had a really good coffee and cake at The Fig and Sparrow. Gullivers (music and comedy) and Matt and Phred's (Jazz) are well known venues.

The area can seem a bit run down in the cold light of day, with tagging on the buildings etc but it's definitely well worth visiting.
Written January 21, 2020
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,803 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
I used to work near here so spent a fair bit of time walking up and down in the late 80s and early 90s. Lots has changed but there is also a reassuring familiarity about it.

It’s never been the poshest part of town but it is full of character. Lots of independent shops, pubs full of characters and a great selection of restaurants that break the mould a little bit.
Written September 9, 2022
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom54,681 contributions
Jun 2019
There used to be shops and warehouses here dealing in textiles some years ago. Now there are offices, vintage shops, pubs and bars.

The garment warehouses have shifted, offices have taken over.

I used to visit to look for old CDs one upon a time, now you can look for vinyl since they came back in fashion.

Look a little carefully and you will see buildings modelled on New York. Captain America: The First Avenger was shot here.
Written April 25, 2020
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ThisCharmingManc
Manchester10 contributions
This is a very important street in Manchester. It has numerous records shops, like butterfly records, clampdown records, eastern bloc, vinyl exchange, vinyl revival, big pink and the winner of numerous awards for the best music shop around, Piccadilly Records. It has other great shops like oxfam originals (designer items only) Arc and pop boutique. The best piercing shop in the city is here too, holier than thou. It also has a really good bar/gig venue, night and day. Oldham Street is in the northern quarter of the city, this is viewed as the alternative and cool area, a must see part of the city if you are bored of seeing the same thing in every city, this is a one off and a one off Manchester is proud of.
Written October 3, 2009
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grime24
26 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Lots of edgy shops on this street, don't be put off that it looks run down, it's a cool place to go for a wander. I like to browse the music stores that have a good selection of vinyl.
A few vintage shops as well as a bar that serves ales from a local brewery. Whats not to like.
Written February 6, 2018
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UkGlobalrider
UK99 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We saw the marvellous American folk/bluegrass duo Emily and Andrew of Mandolin Orange here. It was a cool January evening yet even as the support musician was performing the temperature and humidity in the upstairs room was approaching tropical levels. The three windows were sealed with wood shutters and there was no sign of an extractor sucking out the humid air. There is a big split AC on the outside wall so we asked the sound engineer to turn it on. "It's already on" he replied. Well it wasn't, so we asked him again and he came out and fiddled with the remote controller setting the room temperature to 18c. When Emily and Andrew came on their first comment was about the sweltering heat. The AC made a small difference but not enough and the bad environment took the gloss off an otherwise good evening. It must be horrible in there in summer.

There is only one way into and out of the upstairs room so I wouldn't want to be trapped up there if a fire broke out in the bar downstairs.

So another ropey venue bodged up in a Victorian house, as old, scruffy and smelly as the appalling Appollo theatre down the other end of Manchester. How does the city allow these places to exist? They are a terrible advertisement for an otherwise great city. The owners, JW Lees ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Written January 28, 2018
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Daniel I
Bolton, UK1,098 contributions
May 2017 • Business
This street has quite a few good, small, live music venues. It also has a lot of lower end retail shops. There is certainly more of an edge to this street and the trendy Alec's palace remains a favourite to many and is quite a destination in itself. The end of the street at the opposite end to Piccadilly Gardens has been improved markedly by the centre of comedy in Manchester which is the Frog and bucket.
Written May 3, 2017
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Jezlowprice
Hampshire36 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
Am staying in Manchester on business and had a bit of a stroll around the town and spotted the front of the Castle which reminded me of a Cardiff pub I used to frequent many years ago.

Wandered in and found it to be an unspoiled gem of a pub - excellent selection of beers and OMG a juke box with a fantastic selection of music.

It really was like finding an old friend again. Front of bar was a bit crowded - so I asked the barman whether there was another place to sit and he directed me to the middle snug (pic attached). He also helped me with the beer selection - Unicorn - excellent beer - excellently served.

Sat it there when suddenly the sound of a band playing commenced behind my head. Reading other reviews it seems that bands play here - I should have stayed to hear them.

Drank a few pints - heard my selection on the box - wandered back to hotel a happy man.

For heavens sake - never remodel this pub - it's brilliant as it is (unlike the pub in Cardiff which has been remodelled to death).
Written March 5, 2015
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Kaz
Oxford, UK483 contributions
Oldham Street leads off of Piccadilly, it has numerous shops and bar the cash convertors is mostly independant type shopd. Record shops, clothes boutiques, piercing parlours, Oxfam Originals and of course the infamous Afflecks Palace all reside on Oldham Street. further along there's also various vintage stores, fabric & craft supplies... and a couple of pubs /bars including Night N Day Cafe. definitley worth a visit if the Arndale doesn't float your boat (ie stores you can find in every town).
Written January 21, 2012
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Paul T
Whitehaven, UK7 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Oldham St and the area around have many older pubs. A little bit of history and nostalgia . Some very fine beers and ales.
Written June 29, 2018
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