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Weekend in Manchester

American businessman who will be there for a weekend. Going to Man U game on that Saturday the 6th(can't wait)!!!

I'm staying at the Marriott Victoria and I'm wondering if there is decent nightlife/pubs/clubs/etc. near me. I'm not looking to get crazy or hooked up (I'm 31 and attached), however would love to soak in the atmosphere of the city.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Also, I'm a diehard OASIS fan and wondering if there's anything related to them I need to see while there.

Thanks again.

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1. Re: Weekend in Manchester

Hello there.

Clubs I would reccommend: "The Brickhouse" on Whitworth Street West is a small indie club with a very relaxed vibe. "South" On South King Street also plays indie type music and (bit of useless music trivia:) the DJ is Clint Boon who was in the Inspiral Carpets. Noel Gallagher started out his music career as a roadie for them.

Have fun!

x

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2. Re: Weekend in Manchester

going to un!ted game on the 6th of what? if it's october you're in luck as manchester's team are at home on that day so the mob from trafford will be playing away.

the city of manchester stadium will be pleased to accommodate you.

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My favourite pub in Manchester is behind Selfridges it's an old style tudor building, you can't miss it forgot the name but it does great food and is always busy.

It's won awards for best bar none.. The staff behind the bar are really nice

oh just remembered the name.. Sinclairs Oyster Bar! Trust me it'sBrilliant!!

There is a very very nice Lager on tap which I haven't heard of before.

Try it out at least once!

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4. Re: Weekend in Manchester

Thanks for the input. It's greatly appreciated and I will take your advice and visit your recommendations.

Regarding the Man U (yes it's October 6th) match, any special instructions or advice? I've been to many American football games with 80,000 however I know it will be entirely different.

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5. Re: Weekend in Manchester

Remember its an early kick off.

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un!ted are at home then. city must be at home due to the premier leagues mess-up with our fixtures.

surely if you're such a big oasis fan, you should be visiting the city of manchester stadium?

for your night out, i'd stick to the bars around the northern quarter.

you could visit dry bar where liam got himself banned from.

sinclairs oyster bar is great for cheap booze though.

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7. Re: Weekend in Manchester

It's not an early kick-off...it's 3.00 against Wigan (I've just double checked and it's on the BBC website …bbc.co.uk/sport1/…default.stm and Manchester City are playing at home on the Sunday).

Advice for the football? It'll be a completely different atmosphere to anything you've experienced. Hopefully it'll be a good game. Wigan are doing surprisingly well this year but there should still be a few goals in it. My advice would be to have a beer in the White Lion pub beforehand. It's known as the main Manchester United pub in the city centre. The pubs immediately around the stadium will be uncomfortably packed before kick-off so I would go to a city centre pub first and then maybe go for a beer near the stadium after the match has finished.

The White Lion is not far from the GMEX tram stop which takes you (on a very busy tram) to the stadium.

Your hotel is a little bit away from the main nightlife but not too far (very nice hotel, in my opinion). As you come out the hotel you can walk straight up Quay Street past the Sports bar and then you'll hit Deansgate and Peter Street where there are about half-a-dozen bars (Walkabout, Bar 38, Brannigans) that can be great fun or a bit cheesy. If you don't cop off with a 35-year-old divorcee in Brannigans than there's something wrong with you.

Of more appeal are the Old Grapes (an old fashioned pub owned by a local actress) and the 235 casino. These are just by Deansgate. The pub's a nice place and the casino is worth a visit. Free to enter (you just need ID) and there is a very cool bar in there as well.

There's also 42nd Street which is a brilliant indie/student nightclub. Very, very popular with the 18-21 crowd and a fair few older folk who have never grown up (like me!).

If you were to come out of your hotel, walk along past the closed Granada Studios tour and turn first left you'd come to Liverpool Road. On this road are a few pubs (the White Lion's up here) and I would particularly recommend Cask. A pub/bar that's always busy with the slightly older crowd. Also along here is Akbar's which is probably the best city-centre Indian. Gets very busy, particularly on weekends.

I can't think of any Oasis things at all, to be honest, They moved to London as soon as they became slightly successful. In my opinion, because they're both so obnoxious (Liam especially) you'll find that - whilst their music is popular - they're not held in that high regard locally.

If you want to listen to their music (and all indie music), try 42nd street, 5th Avenue, the Brickhouse and the Star and Garter (all nightclubs, all - apart from 42nd St - hard to find and probably a taxi ride from your hotel.

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8. Re: Weekend in Manchester

We from Manchester are playing on the 7th against Middlesborough. The Gallaghers are big City fans so it might be worth going to URBIS where there is (was?) a City exhibition with Oasis photos. URBIS is also near Sinclairs that someone else recomended. It is a good pub.

The Northern Quarter is probably the best area for you but it is a bit of a hike. I'd recomend a taxi to Thomas Street where there are a number of bars (Trof, Odd, Bay Horse, Millstone) then there are the likes of Dry on Oldham Street. Try and vist Fringe on Swan Street for a great selection of beers. If you fancy a club try Mattand Phred's (a jazz place). It's also worth eating round there, loads of little curry houses and a fantastic little Lebanese place on Thomas Street.

Next door to Matt and Phred's is Centro which is a good bar. This area (Northern Quarter) is a bit more down to earth than the likes of Deansgate areas which are just a series of copping off joints. It is a good mix of people and the dress codes are pretty non existent unlike the bars around deansgate.

A word of warning stay away from the Peter Street area (Bar 38, The Square, Brannigans) they do have a rougher reputation

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9. Re: Weekend in Manchester

The atmosphere at Old Trafford, in keeping with many seated arenas, can be lacking somewhat. In fact away fans make more noise than the home fans, due to the coporate brigade and the defection of fans disgusted of the takeover of the club by the Glaziers.

FC United of Manchester ( a side started by the breakaway fans), who play their home games at Bury FC has a great crack, the football is a bit iffy but a good time is had by all.

Yeah Oasis: brought up in Burnage - couldn't wait to leave. Only come back to see the blues (occasionally). Best seen in their natural habitat -some big house in London, sipping mineral water nibbling olives with sun dried tomatoes with their mate Blair.

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Yeah, you'll find in Manchester that whilst Oasis are played in Manchester clubs, they don't go down well as the true-Manc bands like Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and The Smiths. It's interesting that the likes of Ian Brown, Morrissey and Eric Cantona have a God-like status in the city whilst the Gallaghers and even Mick Hucknall are largely ignored.

As for United, most bars in the city centre are United pubs with the White Lion and Cask (in Castlefield) great on match days. check out ManchesterBars.com for the best bars to go too - the top 10 there is your best bet.

Atmosphere against Wigan won't be great - DON'T refer to the team as 'Man U' in Manchester - especially with an American accent - you may just find yourself annoying the locals, especially the hatred held by most to the Glazer's. It's strictly 'United'.