Manchester Gay Village in my heart

Manchester is a city with a very special place in my heart. The recent events, so terribly evil and heartbreaking, shook me and left me astonished. My thoughts and prayers are with Manchester and all those involved.

As an openly proud member of the LGBT community I am sure you will all join me and keep living freely and openly and without hate and prejudice. And this is why I love Manchester: it is a shining city of love in these troubled times.

Gios at Manchester Gay VIllage

Gios at Manchester Gay VIllage

Have you ever visited this vibrant city in the Northwest of England? Greater Manchester is the second biggest urban area of England (after London, before the West-Midlands) with a very inclusive and open-minded attitude.

I visited Manchester for the first time for the celebration of its fun Pride in 2013, and I absolutely loved it: Manchester Pride, traditionally held at the end of August during a long bank holiday weekend, is one of the most attended in England, beaten only in popularity by London Pride. Since then I have been to Manchester a few times, and every time I discover some new facets of the city.

Manchester's Skyline
Manchester’s Skyline

The core of the gay life of the city happens in the Manchester Gay Village, right in the centre of the city: it is a neighborhood full of bars, clubs and  restaurants where the LGBT community gathers, around Canal Street.

If you are thinking of visiting this amazing city, and are in search of what is is happening in Manchester Gay Village, my suggestion is to take a look at Canal Street, the most complete guide to the vibrant gay life of the city.

Gios and the team of Canal Street
Gios and the team of Canal Street

A complete list of all the bars in and around Canal Street is nearly impossible. There are so many different venues to choose from, that you are sure you will find something that suits your taste.

My personal recommendation for a night out in Manchester Gay Village is to start with a drink in one of the many nice bars and pubs along Canal Street. Why not try a pint at Via Manchester, one of the most popular venues of the area? This traditional relaxed gay pub features nice Drag shows all week long. Over the weekend its resident DJ’s entertain the crowds.with upbeat music, gay anthems and pop tunes.

Another friendly and welcoming venue is New York New York.This bar is very well known for its Drag Acts especially over the weekend. My suggestion is to try this popular bar on a Sunday afternoon: it is very popular with a mix audience for its live cabaret shows.

New York New York Manchester
New York New York Manchester

Feeling hungry after a few drinks? Try Dionisos Manchester, a brand new (and excellent) Greek Restaurant, that offers the best Mediterranean food which I am so in love with!

If after dinner, you feel like shaking that thing and dancing until late, try Cruz 101. The longest running gay club venue of Manchester is open each week from Wednesdays to Sundays. Its resident DJ’s play a mix of pop, disco, funky and house of course.

If you are feeling a bit naughty, instead, you should head to the Eagle. It is a men-only nightclub with cruising area, very popular with Scruff Boys, Bears, Musclebears and their admirers.

If you are looking for more action, then you should head to the Basement. This large gay sauna occupies the entire basement level of an old Victorian Mill. Whenever you feel itchy you can try this popular venue: it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Manchester Gay Village is a lot of fun! And we need to keep it like this. As usual, if you are looking for more suggestions and information, feel free to drop me a line.

Buongiorno :) What are you thinking?

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