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Pubs and clubs

In the hustle and bustle of modern cities, it can be difficult to find a nice bar in which to relax after a hard day with a well-deserved pint - or an orange juice, if that's more your thing. Yet, Manchester is home to an abundance of historic and modern drinking establishments to suit any thirsty punter.

The watering holes favoured by the hard workers and hard drinkers of the industrial revolution can be found in all their ceramic wall-tiled finery along Great Bridgewater Street, such as the Briton's Protection and Peveril of the Peak. More examples of the traditional English pub dominate the city's leafy suburbs, such as the Royal Oak and the Famous Crown in Didsbury.

In the city centre, Deansgate Locks has a diverse range of bars, from the view-finding heights of classy Cloud 23 in the Beetham Tower, to the more mainstream haunts of Revolution and Baa Bar. Around the corner on Deansgate, it is not uncommon in bars such as Panacea and The Living Room to find yourself reapplying make-up in the toilets next to a TV soap star, or footballer's wife.

The celebrated Printworks in Exchange Square is a purpose-built entertainment multiplex situated in the shadow of Manchester's big wheel, and features hen-night favourites such as TigerTiger.

Nearer Piccadilly, you'll find the bright lights and brilliant colours of Canal Street, Manchester's 'Gay Village'. Spilling out on to the leafy pedestrianised street, friendly and fun bars and clubs such as Queer, Napoleans and Essential make for a very European and hugely inclusive party town.

On the other side of Piccadilly station, the Northern Quarter's boho shopping cente by day turns into an indie and alternative drinking area by night, in bars such as Odd and Common.

Around Oxford Road, you'll find the real student village. Quirky and with a faint whiff of sleaze, Big Hands and its sister bar, the Temple of Convenience (once a public toilet) are perfect places to slip a coin into the jukebox and sample a range of beverages. Yellow-card Scream bars The Footage and The Phoenix are handy for a fairly inexpensive night out, while The Deaf Institute and The Cornerhouse offer a more sophisticated and trendy tipple.

Oxford Road is also home to Mancunian metal heads, with self-proclaimed 'moshers' frequenting The Salisbury, Grand Central and Thirsty Scholar, before heading across the road to Jilly's Rockworld.