10 long-gone Manchester nightclubs we haven’t forgotten
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If you were a keen clubber or gig-goer in Manchester in the 90s or noughties, chances are you’ve visited a few of Manchester’s legendary nightspots.

From sweaty nights at The Hacienda, gigs at The Boardwalk or disco, funk and soul at Carwash, these Manchester clubs might be long-gone, but they’ll never be forgotten.

The Hacienda

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You can’t talk about Manchester clubs without mentioning The Hacienda. Owned by Factory Records and New Order, live acts who played there included Madonna (in 1984), Grandmaster Flash, New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis, Blur and countless others. A Tuesday student night saw Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill on the decks. The Hacienda closed in June 1997 and was demolished 18 months later, with pieces of the club auctioned off.

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Manchester

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A club and live music venue on Little Peter Street, The Boardwalk was popular with indie kids. Oasis played their first ever live gig here in 1991, and used the venue as a rehearsal space in the early 90s. The Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and 808 State all performed live, and former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam played the regular night Yellow here. The Boardwalk closed in 1999.

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Twisted Wheel

Open from 1963 to 1971, The Twisted Wheel was famous worldwide as one of the birthplaces of Northern Soul and for its epic all-nighters. Later home to clubs Placemate 7, Follies and Legends, the Whitworth Street building finally closed in 2012. In 2013 it was demolished to make way for a hotel.


The legendary Home is sadly no longer with us, but If you weren’t heading out to indie or Britpop nights in the ’90s then you were most likely dancing all night at this Ducie Street superclub.

Sankeys Soap

Built within an old soap factory in the architectural wastelands of Ancoats, the 800-capacity Sankeys Soap saw The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk play in 1995. It closed in 1998 – opening (as Sankeys) and closing again in later years.

Man Alive Club

Hands up if you spent your Thursday nights dancing to disco, funk and soul at Carwash? Alf & Dale DJ’d every week from around 1989 to 1996 at the Man Alive Club (on the corner of Grosvenor Street and Upper Brook Street), run by student turned entrepreneur Trafford Lovething.

Jilly’s Rockworld

Jilly’s Rockworld (previously known as Fagin’s) and the Musicbox (previously known as Rafters) both closed in 2010, but in the 90s Jilly’s was Manchester’s premier rock club known for its all-nighters. The site on Oxford Street was also used as a location during the production of iconic film 24 Hour Party People.

The New Conti

The New Continental opened in 1967, replacing the old Continental club in Oxford Road. Popular with students and off-duty doctors and nurses from nearby St Mary’s hospital, The New Conti closed in 2001.

Electric Chair

DJs Luke and Justin Unabomber founded beloved dirty basement club Electric Chair in 1995 in Newton Street’s The Roadhouse, before popularity forced it to larger venue The Music Box on Oxford Road. Electric Chair ended in 2008, though fans have continued to get their fix at the annual End Of Year Riot parties.

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Discotheque Royale

Discothèque Royale, or Royales as it was known, opened in the former Theatre Royal in 1978. In October 1990 an episode of the dance music TV show The Hitman and Her filmed there included the first ever TV appearance by Take That. The Peter Street venue closed in 2009.

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