A little disappointed not to see m19 Bar in sunny Levenshulme village not get a mention in the top ten guide (www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/apr/09/manchester.musicbars). It's home to Acousticfest - Manchester's premier acoustic showcase, which has been running for about three years and has hosted acts from as far away as Australia in its monthly acoustic festivals.
Highlights have included live sessions from Tom Hingley of Inspiral Carpets fame, Mike McGoldrick (BBC Instrumentalist of the Year), Eleanor McEvoy (from Ireland's best selling folk album - Woman's Heart).
Watch out for its A-A Festival from April to August featuring more than 80 acts including an Alternative Glastonbury weekend in June and Dylan Festival in August.
The gay village it is a quite large area of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops in the heart of Manchester. As its name gives away, it is the No 1 place for a gay night out! The reason this place is special is because all the bars are next to the canal and it is the most beautiful place during the summer to sit outside. The atmosphere is great, because it is not only for gay people but for everyone and it is so friendly. You can find any kind of bar there, posh, trendy or traditional pubs. It is exactly how a gay village should be: inclusive.
In the heart of Manchester, everyone knows it! A short walk from Piccadilly train station.
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