The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE – Visit Now
Not so long ago, the Grade II-listed Deaf and Dumb Institute was an abandoned shell, loved only by pigeons and history buffs. All that changed when the folk behind the Trof chain of bars got their hands on the place. They swiftly turned neo-Gothic decay into decadent wonder thanks to a winning combination of food, booze and live music, and an interior that ticks all those cute/cool/quirky boxes.
In the blink of a fashionable eye, the Deaf Institute went from crumbling building-on-the-block to one of Manchester’s best-loved live music venues. Now a three-storey musical palace, the venue’s dome-shaped music hall, complete with smoking terrace, tiered seating and glittering mirror ball, has hosted scores of critically acclaimed international acts and is a focal point for the city’s local musicians and promoters. A wonderful aesthetic and ethos runs throughout, which draws young professionals and knowing students alike for good food, drink and well attended club nights. Open day and night, it also serves up decent pub food, and is reasonably welcoming to those of you with kids (note that its entrance has steep steps; buggies and wheelchairs may need extra help).