The Blacka Guide to Manchester

The Blacka Guide to Manchester

Manchester has some of the best nightlife in the UK. We know, because we’ve worked at some of the best venues in the city where people are mad about music.


Mancunians won’t settle for any old soundtrack to a night out and certainly won’t put up with clubs pedalling distorted music through creaky old sound systems. That’s why the best nightspots entrust Blacka Installations to do the hard work. So many in fact, that Manchester’s party animals could spend a month of weekends going out and still not see each one of our projects.


Choosing our favourites is no easy task, but this guide to Manchester should help to start planning your night around some of Manchester’s best sounds. There’s plenty on offer around Deansgate, where footballers WAGs and soap stars are often spotted living the high-life at the dozens of luxury bars along the locks and beyond.


It’s about half way down Deansgate, at Spinningfields, where we’ll stop off for the first drinks of the evening. Here you’ll be spoiled for choice, particularly if the gloomy Manchester weather gives way to glorious sunshine – Spinningfields is one of Manchester’s precious few spots for al fresco drinking.


alchemistThe Alchemist, Long Bar and Oast House each offers the full range of drinks, from ales and continental lagers to long, cool cocktails. Don’t even think about drinking in Spinningfields without checking out the revolutionary Australasia bar, an elegant underground haunt offering gorgeous cocktails, tempura, sushi and more, along with one of the most sophisticated DJ controllers in existence.


If you manage to get out of Australasia without succumbing to the temptation of filling up on the restaurant’s famous fusion fare, head to Lounge 10, a restaurant serving gorgeous food in decadent art nouveau surroundings.


But don’t eat too much – we’re going dancing!


Perhaps nowhere in Manchester could be further contrasted from Deansgate’s sleek celeb style than the city’s uber-hip and eclectic Northern Quarter, a short walk across town.



Once again, we’re spoiled for choice in this funky little corner of the city where tiki bars and TV theme bars jostle with shabby chic eateries and vintage clothes shops. Here, we’d recommend a trip to Odd bar, where DJs entertain crowds over three floors.


If you’re still standing by this point and haven’t been drawn into one of the hundreds of venues lining the quarter’s narrow streets and lanes, you could burn off some of the cocktail calories with a spot of salsa at Bar Cuba, or dancing to live acts at Manchester’s oldest and most famous music venue, Band on the Wall.


These are just a handful of bars, clubs and restaurants to benefit from the mighty Blacka Installations sound. Why not take a look at our projects page to discover more of Manchester’s nightlife gems.