The good thing with Manchester is the variety of clubs and bar, there’s everything, for anyone: from tacky clubs blasting mainstream music to underground venues with more obscure references. I would say I like a happy middle. When it comes to live music though, you usually have to plan it in advance as tickets sell out quickly. As I am not very good at planning my nights out in advance, I often end up in the one place that never lets me down: Matt and Phreds.
Matt and Phreds is a jazz venue on Tib St, where live bands play every night. Yes, every single night. With free entry during the week. Perfect when I fancy an impromptu drink with good music. Tuesdays are the best, with free homemade pizza every time you buy two drinks, all night. The music usually starts around 21:30, but make sure you get there earlier to get a good spot.
I make sure I never miss New York Brass Band when they play there, once every few months. Among the last bands I saw there was The Manouchetones, a Liverpool gypsy jazz band, and Alligator Gumbo, a 7-piece swing and jazz band that plays New Orleans 1920s classics.