Essential – Essential, 8 Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3EF map
- Essential is the biggest gay club in Manchester and once you step inside you’d be forgiven for thinking that you just stepped on the set of friends, perhaps it is the ‘friendly’ décor that adds to the great atmosphere. The door policy is notoriously strict, and whilst they state they mainly admit only gay and lesbian customers, they will allow some straight gay-respecting people. In reality, it’s not uncommon to hear gay people complaining of being turned away because the bouncers found them to be too hetrosexual looking. Essential operates a very good ‘passout’ system which means you can come and go as you please, within reason. As you’d expect for a club from Take That supremo, Nigel Martin Smith, every night is an event here, non more so than at the weekend when the regular club nights take hold.
- Gay Club (gays only)
- Live entertainment (Mondays)
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