Mechanics’ Institute

Chris Horkan
Mechanics' Institute by KJP1

Now a conference and events venue, the Grade II-listed Mechanics’ Institute was the birth place of the TUC in 1868.

It was also the birthplace of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (Umist) and the Cooperative Insurance Society.

103 Princess StreetManchesterM1 6DD View map
Telephone: 0161 236 9336 Visit Now

What's on near Mechanics’ Institute

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LiteratureManchester
Word Central at Central Library

Word Central is a long-standing live literature favourite at Central Library and features open mic performers and a special guest, brought to you by Manchester Libraries and Flapjack Press.

free entry
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Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

free entry

Where to go near Mechanics’ Institute

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Cruz 101

Everything you want in a Canal Street club can be found here. Cruz 101 – better known as Cruz – is an institution, and a must-visit in Manchester.

Hotel Brooklyn
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Hotel Brooklyn

Inspired by all things Brooklyn, Hotel Brooklyn is a brand new and gloriously stylish hotel on Manchester’s Portland Street.

City Centre
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Fab Cafe

A cult tv and movie themed bar set below street level on Portland Street in Manchester.

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G-A-Y

Smack bang in the centre of Manchester’s Canal Street, colourful club on the corner, G-A-Y, is popular with a youngish crowd looking for pop tunes, cheap drinks and a lively atmosphere. And there’s a rooftop terrace for the smokers.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
On Bar

This multifaceted venue is primarily an award winning gay bar in Manchester’s Canal Street area – but that is not all…

Manchester
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Vanilla

This award winning bar is open six nights a week due to popular demand. Described as the ‘mecca of the north’ for the lesbian community, it is no wonder why.

Chinatown
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Red Chilli, Portland Street

Passionately adored by many Mancunian foodies (and the first Manchester restaurant in ages not to get a slating from notoriously picky Observer food critic Jay Rayner), this Szechuan restaurant rules the culinary roost from an unprepossessing basement on Portland Street.

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Peru Perdu

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The Cotton Factory

This residency restaurant opened in summer 2019, at Locke Hotels’ Whitworth Locke. The first residency comes courtesy of Mexican specialists El Camino.

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