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Essential December 6, 2006

Filed under: Bar Reviews - E — manchesterbars @ 1:21 pm

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  • 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)
  • Nightclub
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3 Responses to “Essential”

  1. sarah louise Says:

    My first time in manchester as i live in preston on friday night and we were refused entry from a lot of glad now as we went to essential and it was a great night.The staff are polite and friendly(whilst being strict) and i will definatly be going back there again soon.

  2. matty Says:

    Terrible place, once you get in, its expensive and not good at all, the atmosphere is very cruisy. That barstaff seem to only serve you if your young male and blonde. The bouncers on the door are prone to saying people are straight if they dont fit the typical “gay” look of the moment.
    Not good at all.

  3. Janine Says:

    I went to Essential on Thursday night and although there were not many in I had a fantastic night. I went with my boyfriend so I disagree with the comment made by Matty. The barstaff were friendly and although the doorstaff were quite strict they were also polite. You can get bad vibes and attitude anywhere if you look out for it. It was a great choice and I’ll definately go again it made my birthday.

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