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Open Late

Where's open late for drinking-i mean after 2am.

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1. Re: Open Late

Ohhh... You're struggling here.

For all Manchester's protestations that it is a 24 hour city it quite demonstrably isn't.

Of course this could all be turned upon it's head with the imminent relaxation of terminal hour closing, but as I understand it the initial take-up of extended hours licenses (and actual will to put them into action) is low. I'd file this under wait and see.

Dealing with the here and now, your options are limited to:

Circle:

Strictly members only bar for media/cultural/creative industries (a la the Groucho in London). If you ain't a member or on a member's guestlist then you won't get past the polite but firm door.

Press Club:

It's meant to be for the press, but has become a bit of a reguge for all those Mancunians who still want a drink in the early hours of the morning (everything from the people who work in bars and clubs themselves, to local celebs from TV and the surrounding theatres, and general party animals and alcoholics). Door policy and entry is lax but unpredictable. You may be able to blag you way in, you may not. It's a low-fi place, stuck in the 70's with sticky carpets galore. The draw here is the laid back electic people watching, not the glamour.

Restaurants:

Although strictly they probably shouldn't be serving, I do find that a couple of the places in Chinatown and the Pakistani restaurants in Rusholme (Curry Mile) will serve you if you're eating up till 3-4 o'clock. Depends a little if they like the look of you, but come on. Everyone should need to go eat and soak up the alcohol by this time anyway?

Casinos:

I'm not a Casino person, but as they are strictly 'members only' does this allow them to sidestep drinking laws? Not sure, but wouldn't be suprised if some of them did some after hours drinks. Likewise Snooker clubs such as the Rainbow on Whitworth St, but this is not a place for the uninitiated, and drinks are at the discretion of the owners.

Hope that helps at least a little.

Cheers

Thom

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2. Re: Open Late

Thanks very much for taking the trouble to reply.