29 Jackson's Row | Manchester M2 5WD
Phone: 0161 834 3793
Having become a firm favourite of Manchester's alt clubbing scene during the last decade, The Venue serves well both for students after a midweek fix and for the fun-loving weekend crowds, opening up its basement space on Jackson's Row every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Celebrated as one of the city's cheapest and funnest nights out, the music policy spans everything from indie and rock & roll to soul and Motown, mirroring the stripped-back charm of sister venue 42nd Street. Drinks prices are decent even at weekends, with a vodka and lemonade or Coke costing £1.20-£1.60, giving the venue the economical edge that sets it apart from its swankier, wankier neighbours.
Located close enough to the city centre bus and tram routes but tucked away from the main hysteria of Deansgate, first-timers might find The Venue a tricksy one to track down, but once you've got your bearings, you'll realise it isn't too far off the beaten track.
Don't bother with heels; here it's all about dancing to the classics.