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Bars in Manchester

Manchester is absolutely premier-league for contemporary bar culture. Over the last decade liquor licenses have been granted promiscuously around the city-centre and with the late licenses have come a new generation of bars. There's no doubt that bar culture has impacted on the prosperity of the city's clubs, however if bars are your thing and bar-cum-restaurant-cum-clubs sound ideal for a night out - the choice is yours.

We have selected five bars that are quintessentially student hangouts but also cater for (wait for it) some local people too!

Federal Cafe Bar
If you have not been to Federal Cafe Bar in The Northern Quarter, 4-8 pm is definitely the time to go, as they are are offering 2 Cocktails for only £10. They have a massive selection, with 3 different Espresso Martinis to choose from alone. You can go for a Classic Espresso Martini using Mr Blacks cold pressed Coffee Liqueur from Australia, a Mocha Martini with Tequila, Chocolate and Espresso, or a banoffee one featuring banana liqueur and salted Caramel.

Kro Bar
Perched opposite The Manchester Student Union Kro Bar is encased in a splendid building with oodles of history. Once it housed a bank and then latterly, renegade activists made it a home for the nomadic Okassional Caf�, where parties went on long into the night. When it opened as Kro Bar it breathed fresh air into Manchester's student stretch and set the standards for others to follow. Home to an excellent selection of beers and beverages, including top-quality fresh coffee, it also serves from a highly rated restaurant standard food menu. Plenty of seating outside which is - weather permitting - always packed.

The Font Bar
One of our favourite hangouts where the music's funky and the vibe is carefree. It has been home to some fabulous After Dark party's and there's more to come through 2002 and beyond. Consists of two-floors, plenty of in-house entertainment (like the big-screen Playstation2) and a really friendly clientele. The scran is decent and good value-for-money. Top marks.

Sand Bar
The Sand Bar vibe has been described as the 'best house party, you never had.' And on occasion that's pretty accurate. A haven for the more discerning student, the odd group of lecturers and plenty of arty / creative types. Continental lagers and ales are available for the aficionados. Not cheap but you get what you pay for.

Revolution (Fallowfield)
In the heart of Fallowfield's student squalor, lies this easy-on-the-eye joint that attracts a good looking crowd happy to sup and pay the inflated bar prices. With racks of flavoured vodka this place caters for vodka monsters galore and is a good place to start your evening before making a beeline for town.

Why not try these?
Plush & Stush: Living Room (Deansgate), Fat Cat, Sugar Lounge (Deansgate Locks), Tribeca (Sackville Street)

Kool and Creative: Cord (Lever Street), Centro (Tibb Street).

Live Music: Dancehouse Caf� (Oxford Rd), Night & Day (Oldham St)

Cheap and cheerful: Union Bars (MUSU). K2 (MMSU).

Out-of-town: Solomon's (Withington), The Bar (Chorlton-cum-hardy)


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