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Top Picks in LGBTQ+ Bars and Cafes in Manchester

4 July 2019 | Molly Court

Whether you like a boogie or know a Drag Queen or two, chances are you’ve heard of Gay Village. This part of Manchester is full of so much energy, it celebrates all walks of life and it doesn’t care who you are. With over 40 venues thriving with the best food, drink, green spaces and entertainment in the north, it’s a place that’s good for the soul. Oh, and one more thing, Pride is always a good idea!


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The Molly House 
26 Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3NB

It’s shabby, it’s chic and Molly is most certainly calling your name to join her for a tipple or two. Located a few streets away from Canal Street, this three-story vintage pub takes great pride in its décor, creating a cosy, golden lit haven with original wooden furnishings. Ever fancied drinking a pot of tea on a chaise lounge? Look no further. The Molly House offers a variety of beers to cocktails, Spanish tapas to brunch and specialty world teas to name a few. Indulge yourself (and friends) into Molly’s collection of worldwide newspapers, books and magazines whilst in the tea room, upstairs in the bordello or out on the verandah come rain or shine (most probably rain in Manchester). 
 
Top tip: donate your unwanted good reads to Molly’s bookshelf.


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Richmond Tea Rooms 
46 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3WF

We’ve all wondered what it would be like to sit around the table at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, and although we can’t jump into Lewis Carroll’s novel, Richmond Tea Rooms comes close enough. An Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon tea is definitely on the table here (literally), including the finest china plates, extravagant cakes and milkshakes fit for a Queen of Hearts. Explore the whimsical and enchanting interior as you make your way down their incredible list of loose-leaf tea (they’re quite the expert).
 
You can also experience their very own Mad Hatters Tea Party. For one night only, immerse yourself into an evening of spectacular entertainment and join the hottest drag and cabaret acts as they take you into the world of Wonderland.


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KiKi 
4 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3HE

Ain’t no party like a KiKi party. Nestled in the heart of Canal Street, by day they serve cocktails galore and by night the venue gleams with a total of 25 whirling, highlight popping disco balls. Home to some of the UK’s finest DJ’s and entertainers, KiKi is one of the very few venues to offer free entry and themed nights every day of the week.


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Poptastic 
10 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3EZ

Poptastic is one of Manchester’s longest running alternative night clubs. Mr Poptastic and team have been doing their thing for a whole 20 years and counting, their mantra “it’s an indiediscoelectrohomomadhiphopbritpopfunkykindashagtasticqueerthing” says it all, and word on the street is that their version of a Tuesday nights are pretty epic. 


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Via 
28-30 Canal St, Manchester, M1 3EZ

Named the old lady of the street, it’s unique charm and interior makes Via stand out from the crowd. They say their food menu has something for everyone and that’s no word of a lie. From a Sunday Roast to every pizza topping you could imagine, they have it all. Their Lip Sync War seems quite the mouthy battle but until then, head on over to soak up their range of DJ’s, cabaret, live music and a good old dance. 
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