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

Killer tunes friendly staff and punters. Great reason to visit Manchester. Worth the 5 hour drive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sam W
Diss, United Kingdom
Bloody awful

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

Reviewed 27 April 2017
via mobile
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  • Average34%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible18%
1 week ago
“Great place”
26 Apr 2017
“Bloody awful”
39-41 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3WB, England
+44 161 637 6258
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Killer tunes friendly staff and punters. Great reason to visit Manchester. Worth the 5 hour drive just for this bar!Loved it

Thank Sam W
Reviewed 27 April 2017 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
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...More

Thank Twinsliders
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
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
Reviewed 7 October 2016

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...More

2  Thank Rebecca C
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...More

Thank Rachel H
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
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...More

Thank Hayleyparker
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...More

Thank FrankieCully
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