LIVERPOOL OR MANCHESTER!
Sorry, it has to be said, LIVERPOOL, without a doubt.. Manchester has a few clubs, and few bars, its nightlife is very diverse, and sorry to say the back bone of its night life is not there. There is a lack of Dance Clubs, and in all honesty, Oxford Road is probably the best place to go. Northern Quarter is non existant, and the Print Works is a disgrace. Most of my student mates either go to Liverpool or Sheffield for a night out. Manchester is good for certain things, ie shopping, just like any other city, yet everyone knows that when it comes to going out for a night out BIG SYTLE, you go to one of the following in order of popularity and great experience
Manchester's bars and few clubs are to spread out, the bars in the printworks are to pretencious, and to expensive, Liverpool has the docks which are expensive but it holds the scenery and character well. Dont get me wrong i love Manchester, its a cracking city, and its very laid back, as much as i miss Liverpool being at Uni here, some bars in Manchester have that down to earth common feel like "Brannigans". As for the rest, ie 5th AV and 42's, Jilly's etc, they are crap, and if you want a good night out in Manchester go to Fallowfield or Didsbury, its like Allerton Road, smaller, but good for a piss up.
Manchester is very far behind in the Food & Beverage industry, thats a fact, and most hotels, clubs, bars look to Liverpool and London for ideas, more so with the managing and promotion, again its a fact.
Local Mancunians i know, admit Liverpool's nightlife is more explosive, bigger and better, but they say that there clubbing scene died when the city became T TOTAL COSMOPOLITAN. Its asthough the city centre is full of students and yuppies on a night out.
Post 1996- the city went through a massive change, for better obviously, but somewere along the line the nightlife was shot t pieces, and it will be a long time for that to pick up again.
Manchester is excellent for student dive's and bars, especially along oxford road, without a doubt, it has catered greatly for students along oxy road, its good, but it cant compete with Liverpool for a night out. Leeds is sound too, even sheffield, the problem with Manchester again is the city's organistaion of buildings, its a small city centre, Liverpool's is well larger and zoned for areas of nightlife, Manchester is to far spead out, and people really cant be assed going the whole way.
As a say, not a dig in the slightest, the city is my 2nd home, but the nightlife isnt that good, and who the hell picked Manchester, its known the nightlife is bad, so why pick it, why not Newcastle or Leeds?