As Sankeys closes… four other nightclubs where you can let loose in Manchester

It’s official – Sankeys has closed.

The legendary nightclub will no longer be opening its doors after decades spent hosting raves for Mancunians.

Instead plans are now moving ahead to turn the popular Beehive Mill building into apartments for the residents of Ancoats.

The announcement has come as a shock to many as the venue had a number of high profile DJs and artists lined up to perform in future.

But all is not lost for those revellers who still want to let loose and bust a move in Manchester.

A number of venues have been hot on the heels of Sankey for some time – and here are just four that could now take its place as the city’s number one club.


Hidden billed itself as a ‘playground for Manchester’s finest creative talent’ upon its opening.

It’s more than lived up to this declaration since then by pulling in clubbers from far and wide to its location near Strangeways.

The sky is now the limit for the venue after it picked up the prize for Best Club at the Manchester City Life Awards in 2015.

17 DownTex Mill, Mary Street, Manchester, M3 1DZ

Antwerp Mansion

What is there to do with a rundown Victorian property located just off the Curry Mile in Rusholme? Well…

It turns out that Antwerp Mansion makes for a rather fitting nightclub and it’s by far the hottest venue outside of the city centre.  

This isn’t a place for the proud and pompous, but instead a haven for the most weird and wonderful people in Manchester.

Antwerp Mansion, Rusholme Grove, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5AG


There’s something very Jekyll and Hyde about Gorilla.

While by day it serves top notch grub in a sophisticated drinking ten, it’s a whole different story at night.

The venue switches gears by welcoming the world’s most renowned DJs to host some of the most rockin’ gatherings in the North West.

54-56 Whitworth St West, Manchester, M1 5WW


Factory brags a storied history as it occupies the building once used as offices by Factory Records.

But that was then and this is now.

Factory – or Fac251 as its known – is the place to be throughout the week for revellers looking to have a good time.

118 Princess St, Manchester, M1 7EN

Image courtesy of Lauren Jo Kelly, with thanks.

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