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Address: 39-41 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3WB, England
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+44 161 637 6258

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Dive bar

Vanilla is a small pub type, dive bar with small tables located Around the inside which surround a pool table. Large groups are usually found inside Vanilla, with a very familiar... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

No atmosphere, a dive, you get stared at like a piece of meat, the worse place in Manchester's Gay Village

Thank foxyloxy64
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179 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

So glad we didn't pay to get in. The place is tiny and was packed out so there was nowhere to sit, we couldn't hear each other as the music was too loud and distorted and didn't want to dance as it was some sort of grime/reggae music. The bar staff didn't know how to make the cocktails on their... More 

Thank Twinsliders
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We were hoping for an awesome 'lesbian bar' but it's a very small place with over priced drinks. Music was so loud and overpowering the bartenders couldn't even hear the drink orders.

1 Thank Kristin W
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Good access for disabled people with assistance offered. Good mix of music and a general good atmosphere

Thank Mimi H
Halifax, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Myself and friends visited canal street and vanilla bar as it was a well known women's bar. It was the worst experience we have ever had. Fighting broke out between a group of people outside vanilla bar with the door staff just standing by and watching! If this wasn't bad enough the people were then allowed back into the venue... More 

2 Thank Rebecca C
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Great gay bar, don't go too early the atmosphere doesn't really start until 10:30 onwards. Good selection of drinks including shots and cocktails, pool table and slot machine not a massive space but does move into a dance floor after 11pm and there is a dj there plus the drinks are cheap but only cash until you spend over £10

Thank Rachel H
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Ok bit don't try the smelly goulash go for the fresh opion drinks offer Ok door staff nice would go again definitely

Thank Lauren m
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Vanilla is a small pub type, dive bar with small tables located Around the inside which surround a pool table. Large groups are usually found inside Vanilla, with a very familiar feel between all customers. The bar has a good range of drinks and the music is not the main focus of this location.

Thank Hayleyparker
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

My first time in Vanilla was about 6 or 7 years ago when it was a full lesbian nightclub. When I went in Feb 2016 it was very different. Friendly staff and tasty cocktails but just not enough room for the crowd I was in with. We only stayed for one or two before moving on.

Thank FrankieCully
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

By far one of the best bars on the village. The staff are friendly from throughout, from the door staff to the bar staff and the managers. Mainly a female only bar but guys are more than welcome when out with their female friends. Great selection of drinks be it beers, cocktails or shorts you're after. Always busy with amazing... More 

Thank Drink_chaser

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