Whilst the Manchester Evening News Arena is on the edge of the city centre at Victoria Station, there are many bars and pubs less than a 5 minute walk away.
The traditional pubs that surround the Shambles around Exchange Square in the Millennium Quarter provide the most popular pre-concert meeting places and as a result get very busy, especially in summer, whilst The Printworks complex, with its many bars, nightclubs and restaurants seems to be the most popular destination after the gigs.
With so many bars near the MEN Arena, you really are spoilt for choice - from traditional Manchester pubs to classy designer cocktail bars, party bars or Irish theme bars, there literally is something for everybody here.
Swanky weekend club across the road from the MEN Arena which often
plays host to official after-show parties
and is a popular haunt for Manchester's elite, celebs and footballers, who can often be seen dancing to the funky house and R&B. Recently re-opened following a plush refurbishment
On the edge of the city centre, 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
Bouteque pub inside the historic Mitre Hotel, which dates back to 1815. Located in the square of old pubs around Manchester Cathedral, its perfectly placed with the MEN Arena, Printworks and designer stores all on the doorstep. Recently refurbished with plush seating, funky chandeliers, a tropical fish tank and an outside terrace.
a unique Irish pub located in The Printworks, with a labyrinth of 3 bars covering 4 levels and 9 separate areas that are linked together by a maze of staircases and passages. Live folk music, DJ's and televised football, rugby and GAA add to the craic.
The world famous American-style rock bar offers some of the best cocktails and breezers in town, all served in Hard Rock glassware which can also be bought in their shop. Being close to both the MEN Arena and Royal Exchange Theatre there's some fantastic pre-show offers too.
The excellent cocktail bar on the second floor of the exclusive Harvey Nichols designer store offers some of the best drinks in town and is especially busy on show nights with the MEN Arena and Royal Exchange Theatre both located right next door
Manchester's ultimate events venue with six themed bars, a nightclub, karaoke rooms and a restaurant is spread over three floors. The 2000 capacity venue boasts a Moroccan theme bar, a groovy 70's and 80's disco room, a colonial feeling Raffles Bar, a plush cocktail lounge, private karaoke pods and an Ibiza-inspired nightclub.
Manchester's premier late night private members club, hidden away below the beautiful Barton Arcade. A magnet for celebs, models and PR bods. Fantastic cocktails, regular club nights and a decadent Inner Circle room for VIP guests.
Funky psychedelic colourful cocktail bar in the Northern Quarter with superb Japanese canteena. Spread across 2 floors, it boasts some of the best mixologists in Manchester. Just a short walk from the MEN Arena.
Science Fiction, TV, film and arts themed bar, nightclub & diner a short walk from the MEN Arena, in the Northern Quarter. A space shuttle, film props, memorabilia and posters provide the backdrop to guest DJ's & bands
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. Just a short walk to the MEN Arena
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.
Named after the Greek word for 'a gathering of people, eating, drinking and having a good time', that's certainly what you'll find at this superb cocktail bar near the Royal Exchange. Often referred to as 'the bar man's bar', there's over 150 reasonably priced yet expertly crafted cocktails to choose from, al fresco seating and a 3am license.
Central American influenced classic rock bar, just off St Annes Square, which is open until 3am every night of the week. Fantastic cocktails and an eclectic soundtrack of rock, indie, funk, soul, reggae and 80's, all played extremely loudly on the amazing sound system, are complemented by a strict ethical suppliers policy.
Fantastic Thai bar, offering plush seating, fruity cocktails and wonderful table service from waitresses in traditional dress. Just around the corner from the MEN Arena and the shops, chilled out music adds to the relaxed ambience.
Manchester's first Cachacaria Bar, serves up the best Caipirinhas in town and boasts Brazilian Forró Nights every weekend. Located next door to Kendals House Of Fraser department store, it's just along Deansgate from the MEN Arena
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.