Nightclubs in Manchester
85 Oldham Street
The best place for live jazz in Manchester by far. The staff are friendly enough and the music is great, and they do different memberships so you get discounted or free entry when they have a band on. It's got a really nice vibe â€“ quite dark (but not in a dingy way), with red ambient lighting and little wooden tables. It doesn't get hideously crowded either, I think the fact it has â€˜jazz club' in the title puts a lot of people off, but you can just pop in for a drink. It's not open on Sundays though which is a shame.The food offering has changed over the years - they used to do tapas but now its mainly pizzas, which are great. The Dave Walsh pizza is the best. The only bad thing is that the drinks are quite overpriced, so best to go straight after payday!
A User - 12/09/2008 | report this review
Matt and Phreds is Manchester's premier jazz club. On each visit to this place I have heard some truly top-notch musicians playing some really amazing music. The stage is at the back of the venue with an area of tables and chairs to allow you to sit back and let the jazz envelope you like warm velvet. On weekends these tables usually seem very busy with many reserved, so you may need to call ahead to ensure that you're not left standing. The bar area seems to sit respectfully back from the music area, and the staff always seem friendly and helpful.
A User - 11/09/2008 | report this review
The vibe here is just something else - relaxed yet sophisticated, and the crowd are all easy-going - a welcome quality in the hustle and bustle of Manchester. My main complaint is that the drinks are HIDEOUSLY expensive (I am a student though so maybe my views are distorted), so you have to watch your wallet. The cocktails are particularly scrummy though. The food is simple but tasty and means you can settle in for the night. Some nights it is pay for entry, others not, so its up to you if you want to save cash or hear a quality band. The staff are all casually dressed (often the crowd are quite smart - jeans, even with heels were my first mistake!!) and really friendly. Its a little difficult to find your way back to Piccadilly gardens if you've had a few as its not on the main drag but still a fabulous night.
A User - 05/08/2008 | report this review
Jazz was excellent (and I don't normally like jazz), they laid on enough food for twice the size of our party, and the staff were really friendly and efficient.
A User - 12/04/2008 | report this review
Best Live Jazz night in Manchester, situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Dark and seedy like it should be. Great pizzas! Good crowds.
A User - 11/10/2006 | report this review
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