When looking for the best place to listen to live music in Manchester you have the options of large venues like the O2 Apollo and Albert Hall. But why visit them when there are so many hidden live music gems hidden across the city?  

The Fitzgerald

The Fitzgerald.png
Credit: The Fitzgerald Facebook Page

Straight out of the world of Gatsby and the swinging 1920s The Fitzgerald offers vintage and class in one hidden treasure.

They lean heavily on the prohibition era, with its secret backdoor enterance and a moody vintage vibe. You can sip on their expansive range of prohibition themed cocktails in their stylish 1920’s glassware.

The bar comes alive every weekend when a DJ mixes electro soul, disco and funk, adding to the vibe. Every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays local musicians are invited to play jazz and blues until the early hours of the morning.

To go alongside the live music there are masterclasses available, where their professional bartenders will direct you through creating some of their most popular and elegant drinks.

Manchesterbars.com reviewed the venue, saying: “Whatever the occasion the Fitzgerald is the perfect setting, from casual after work drinks to Cocktail Masterclasses. The Knowledgeable servers will cater to your every want and desire allowing you to take full advantage of the stylish decor and chilled atmosphere of the Fitzgerald.”

With hidden entrances and 1920’s glamour, it is a unique find in an already unique city.

Gorilla

Gorilla
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When looking for somewhere different to the regular gig venues then you won’t have to look much further than Gorilla when in Manchester.

The venue has a variety of areas to listen to music including a nightclub area in the basement with alternative music. On the first level is an eatery that serves breakfasts and brunches during the day which can be transformed into an intimate music venue when the sun goes down.

Acts like Ben Haenow and The Pigeon Detectives have already been among the many famous faces that have played at this venue.

Great live music should not be the only thing that attracts you here, Gorilla also does amazing food, served daily from 9am.

They boast a Gin Parlour in a relaxed & sophisticated den which is dedicated to the indulgence of glorious gin, stocked from around the world.

Designmynight.com described this hidden gem:“As the new Big Daddy of Trof’s family of Manchester bars, clubs, diners and gig venues, Gorilla combines all of these various functions in one well thought-out railway arch.”

Specialities like the Friday Club and the Saturday Club offer the chance for you to listen to alternative artists in a range of music genres.

On June 26, TV star, Kiether Sutherland will be performing his debut album in a sold out show at the venue.

Whiskey Jar

The Whiskey Jar
Credit: Whiskey Jar Facebook Page

Whiskey tasting, live music and room hire, the Whiskey Jar seemingly has a little of everything you need. Situated in an old textile mill the venue has become one of the hot spots within the Norther Quarter.

A reviewer on TripAdvisor said: “Bit quirky; in old warehouse in Northern Quarter. Comfy sofas and good range of cocktails and whiskies.”

A great place to listen to live music among other events on the spacious first floor, it’s a much needed alternative place to listen to live music. Including open mic nights, which are held every Tuesday, displaying the best in local music.

They also have event space in their basement, named The Still, which is complete with a bar, seating and DJ equipment.

Along with live music, The Whiskey Jar also runs whiskey tasting sessions every final Monday of the month from 7pm. Lasting around two hours the tastings include looking in depth at the techniques that are used in production and the differences between regional whiskies.

If you can’t make the Monday sessions the venue is happy to provide private sessions. For more information on any of the sessions visit here.

If your looking for an alternative place to listen to live music while sipping a whiskey neat then this should be on your list of places to visit.

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