Posted on 23rd Jan, 2017 by Jackie Jolliffe
Manchester has no shortage of fantastic nightlife locations. Even if you don’t know the city, you rarely have to walk to walk far to stumble across one. But then again, there are some which aren’t quite so obvious – some which require a little work, and insider knowledge, to uncover. But don’t worry; we’ve taken the time to do that research for you, digging out some of Manchester’s most intriguing hidden venues.
By popular vote, here are the three best hidden venues in Manchester:
Read on to find out why!
This hidden bar, complete with its mysterious new subtitle, has built its entire reputation on its obscurity. You won’t even find any clues on the bar’s website, which consists only of an alluring black and white image and a series of social buttons. In keeping with this, Corridor boasts absolutely no signage. Zero. So you have to squint quite hard to find it concealed down a side street on Barlow’s Croft in Salford. It sits just off Chapel Street, almost exactly midway between Manchester Victoria and Salford Central, making it easy to get home afterwards – if you can find it in the first place!
The trick to getting into Corridor is not just finding it either; you have to know when’s the time to get there. It’s open late, until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and 1am on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, however, it’s not open at all, meaning you have to time your excursion right if you want to have any hope of getting in.
Another one of Manchester’s underreported gems, the clue is in the name for this underground nightclub. It’s situated in DownTex Mill in the heart of one of Manchester’s many industrial areas, effortlessly channelling that gritty urban vibe into its own carefully maintained image. It specialises in house, disco and techno nights, with tickets costing about £10 to £15 if bought in advance. Inside, it’s made up of the basement room, the Blue Room, the Courtyard and the Hangar Space. The legendary raves these spaces regularly host helped Hidden win the prestigious Best Club title in the City Life awards, mere months after its opening back in 2015.
Another establishment that’s built its whole business model on its exclusivity, you’ll find very little enlightenment on the Washhouse’s delightfully quirky website, apart from assuring you that they definitely don’t do your washing. Beyond that scant bit of information it offers very little insight on how to actually get into the place, besides telling you that booking ahead is definitely necessary, and providing a phone number to call. But the oblique veil of communication doesn’t stop there – the Washhouse relies mostly on word of mouth to get their customers, so you have to know what to say: namely, how many bags you want to book in for a service wash (i.e. how many people you want to make a reservation for). Once that’s done, they’ll call you back, and make the final arrangements.
It’s a maddeningly indirect process that becomes clear once you finally step into that washroom, and the hidden wall slides back to reveal a cosy space dimly lit with chic table lamps and a distinctively old-world style. The cocktails aren’t to be sniffed at either, with recipes as exclusive as the bar itself. Whatever else the Washhouse is, you can’t deny that it’s fully committed itself to the spirit of the speakeasy.
Hidden venues occupy a unique niche in Manchester’s nightlife – their fiercely guarded veil of secrecy means that you can only find out so much about them online. There’s only one way to truly find out what they’re like, and that’s to go out and experience them!
Of course, just because they’re discreet, it doesn’t mean you have to be. Why not arrive in style and hire one of our Chrysler Limos (otherwise fondly known as the Baby Bentleys)? Or, if you’re after still more of the best Manchester has to offer, you can check out our post on Manchester’s most off-kilter venues.
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