The Northern Quarter has quickly become the most popular place to go for a night out with some of Manchester's best independent bars and traditional pubs to be found here.
Located around the revamped High Street and the 'original Northern Quarter' on Oldham Street, it's next to both the Arndale Centre and Piccadilly Gardens, and is named after the M4 postcode where it sits.
The Northern Quarter has always been famed for it's emporiums and independent shops, selling all sorts of weird and wonderful products, from retro clothing and rare vinyl, and collectable comics and smoking paraphernalia, to unusual furniture and superb art.
Today it is equally famed for its nightlife and is the most vibrant area of Manchester, with many young professionals living in the Northern Quarter's flats.
There's a whole host of privately owned bars and pubs in the Northern Quarter, with new establishments seemingly opening up on a monthly basis, each offering a fine array of foreign beers, local brewed casks, cocktails, spirits and food.
The Northern Quarter also has a high proportion of live music venues with the long standing Band On The Wall, Night & Day Cafe, Dry Bar, Matt & Phreds Jazz Bar and The Roadhouse all enjoying a great resurgence.
A vibrant bar tucked around the back of Piccadilly and on the edge of the Northern Quarter. This tribute to legendary Manchester drag queen, Frank 'Foo Foo' Lammar, is a hidden gem that has scooped the Pride Of Manchester Award for Best Bar in Manchester two years on the trot
Antique pharmacy cabinets and an almost gothic feel give this Nothern Quarter cocktail bar plenty of character. A downstairs bar is also attached to Dough Pizza Kitchen next door by an underground tunnel.
A friendly little Cuban-style bar, hidden away off Hilton Street in the Northern Quarter offering midweek salsa classes and classic soul club nights at weekends. Get there early as it's normally packed. Over 25 policy at weekends
On the edge of the Northern Quarter and opposite the new-look Arndale Market, this large High Street boozer is, as the name suggests, the most 'English' of venues with leather sofas, bookshelves, prints on the walls and lots of dark wood setting the tone for you to sup the wide variety of traditional cask ales, extensive wine list and great British food.
Hidden away on the back streets of the Northern Quarter is this popular traditional pub with photographs on the wall from Manchester's past. Darts, a pool table, sing-a-longs, talent competitions and real ales are on offer. Gay friendly too.
Opened in January 2011, the Manhatten style bar & grill at The Light apartments, just around the corner from Simple's original Tib Street branch, offers homemade pizzas together with their popular menu of salads, sandwiches, steaks and Sunday roasts, pasta, pies and platters, burgers, BBQ ribs and brownies.
On the edge of the Northern Quarter, you'll find the RBG cocktail bar at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel with its suntrap terrace, perfect for summer drinking. With the MEN Arena located just across the road, it's a popular pre-concert destination