Updated: Monday, 16th December 2019 @ 10:53am

Light up the night: Three of the best places to visit in Manchester when darkness falls

Light up the night: Three of the best places to visit in Manchester when darkness falls

| By MM staff

Manchester is renowned for having some of the best nightlife in the UK.

Filled to the brim with bars and nightclubs, it knows exactly how to keep locals and visitors alike entertained, and there are plenty of places to choose from if you fancy paying it a visit.

From bowling alleys to comedy clubs, Bavarian-themed drinking dens to top-notch eateries and luxurious casinos, Manchester has an awful lot to offer those in search of a fun night out.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, here’s where we suggest you visit.

Albert's Schloss


Albert’s Schloss is widely considered to be one of the best places to grab a beer in Manchester.

Fun, eclectic, and gorgeously outfitted, this sprawling Bavarian-inspired drinking den nestles in the city centre, doubling as a picture-perfect venue for both chilled-out meals and memorable nights out.

In keeping with its theme, it offers an extensive menu of beers and ales and has a popular photo booth that’s usually packed out.

Providing unusual entertainments and fabulously enjoyable events, it hosts everything from live gospel choirs to DJs, burlesque performers, and even film screenings.

One thing is for sure – no two visits are the same.

Manchester235

If there’s one place you’re guaranteed to have a good time, it’s in Sin City, aka Las Vegas.

Although most visitors to Manchester won’t be taking a trip to America any time soon, they can experience its thrills and spills first-hand at Manchester235 – the city’s number one casino.

Set in the historic Great Northern Warehouse, this venue is the perfect place for some classy entertainment, coming complete with a wonderful restaurant, stylish bars, and hugely exciting live events, not to mention a poker lounge and casino games.

If you’ve ever taken advantage of sites like Betfair’s online casino, it’s a great place to put your skills to the test and see how your knowledge of baccarat, blackjack, and roulette stand up.

You could always log into their app to get a little extra practice in beforehand.

Dog Bowl


If you’ve ever thought that bowling is boring or dated, think again before visiting the Dog Bowl.

Hip, stylish, and fantastically fun, this bowling alley is owned and run by the same team in charge of the Black Dog Ballroom – one of the Northern Quarter’s most popular spots.

Located below a railway arch, just around the corner from the Oxford Road station, this is not some twee, family-friendly venue - rather, it combines a top-class eatery, high-brow bar, and ten-pin bowling under one stylishly lit roof.

If this excuse to swig cocktails and let your competitive side come out doesn’t appeal to you, we don’t know what will. When darkness falls, there is no better place to be than Manchester.

These three great venues provide only the merest glimpse into what our glorious city has to offer, so think how much fun you could have exploring it for yourself to see what hidden treasures are out there...