US election special: The best Manchester bars to watch Clinton v Trump live

The world will be transfixed by the US presidential election this evening as America’s 45th head of state is chosen.

For those preparing for an all-nighter, here’s our guide of how you can get into the American spirit as the drama unfolds over the pond.

Black Dog Ballroom, New Wakefield Street

The US-style speakeasy and diner will be showing live coverage of the election until 4am on Wednesday morning.

The kitchen serves a fine selection of New York burgers and hot dogs to give you fuel into the early hours, while if the votes aren’t going the way you like, you can distract yourself on one of the four pool tables.

The Union Bar, Oxford Road

University of Manchester’s Union Bar is hosting an all-night extravaganza including live coverage and a special American themed menu with delights such as ‘Ball Park Fries’ topped with oak-smoked pork.

The bar will be serving drinks until 5:30am before you can celebrate or lament the result with breakfast pancakes available from 6am.

Cane & Grain, Thomas Street

Manchester’s new self-styled “home of rum, ribs, bourbon and beer” in the Northern Quarter provides three themed floors of American culture.

Before closing time at 2am, our recommendation is to head to The Rib Joint on the ground floor which is based on the 1980s skateboarding scene.

MOJO Manchester, Bridge Street

The rock ‘n’ roll themed diner serves burgers, wings and shakes until 11pm with the cocktail bar still open well into the early hours.

Grab some late evening crispy chicken thighs in MOJO’s own Louisiana hot sauce before the polls close at midnight and predictions come in based on exit polls.


For those not wanting to be out of the house in the early hours, BBC One will be providing all-night coverage from 11.15pm on Tuesday through to 6am the following morning, when BBC Breakfast will take in the aftermath.

East coast television networks in the US are expected to reveal the result no earlier than 11pm on Tuesday (4am GMT on Wednesday).

However, with opinion polls predicting a close run contest between Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, there may even be a mandatory recount – as famously was the case in the Gore-Bush contest in 2000.

Images courtesy of ABC News via YouTube, with thanks.

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