My first impressions of the White Hotel were not great. Hidden down a dead-end road in what feels like an industrial wasteland (in the dark, anyway), this is not a place you’d want to find yourself alone at night. But there I was, standing outside at midnight (luckily not alone). With no lights or sign outside, the only clue to the entrance was the very large and unfriendly looking bouncer outside.
Inside this converted trade-garage lies the White Hotel, a music venue that’s not clean or pretty, but is well established in the Manchester warehouse scene.
Inside, things start to look up; the clientèle are friendly, if eclectic, and there’s a sunken bar (really more of a hole) providing reasonably priced, but basic, drinks. There’s a large dance floor and, towards the back, a projection and seating area with a wall of changing patterns and images to keep you occupied if you need a rest. With a distinctly unpolished vibe, and some nights going on till 08:00, this place isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But for the energetic and adventurous, it comes highly recommended.
There’s no official website or Facebook, so check Skiddle or Resident Advisor for event listings.