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“Love this bar” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Via Fossa

Via Fossa
Ranked #54 of 209 Nightlife in Manchester
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Owner description: Centered around the Canal street area of Manchester is this thriving gay-friendly bar and club.
Stockport, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Love this bar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Simply love this bar, it is large, lots of nooks and crannies, plenty of seating, several bars, food is good quality bar type food, drinks are usual Manchester prices but the bar staff are very friendly and were happy to make up a cocktail to our specifications. It is in Gay Village but the bar is not gay only like some, so everybody can go have a good time. Highly recommend Via Fossa, my fave bar on Canal Street.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Manchester, UK
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235 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Everything you need”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

This is a brilliant pub at any time of the day or night. Lots of the gay community go there so you won't feel out of place no matter what. During the day it's great for a quiet drink, early evening it's good for meeting up with others and at the end of the night it's great for a drunken dance or karaoke. I went there once where a few young idiots were being loud and spoiling it for others. It didn't take long before they were asked to leave.

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norwich
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133 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Changed for the better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

Gaving moved away from Manchester many years ago I returned this week. Having not been a lover of this place all those years ago I was shocked. The place still has the same crowd of locals and bar staff surrounding the bar but in general the whole experience was a really good one. Most staff helpful, manager rude, good service and a well stocked range of drinks etc.

Did not eat there but the food looked ok for what it is and where it is.

A good time had.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good night out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

This is a gay bar but still has a lot of straight people visiting. Had a fantastic night and met some great people.

Visited August 2012
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Wallasey, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Polari”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

During this years Sparkle celebration my wife and I spent a fantastic evening at Polari, very polite and friendly staff, and reasonable bar prices too. Looking forward to our next visit

Visited July 2012
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Thank Kay B
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