For most, a week night party results in sitting at your desk the next morning oozing alcohol from your pores and trying desperately to focus on your slightly hazy spreadsheet.
Not everyone works 9-5 Monday to Friday though, and most of us have Annual Leave to use up. So 2 questions jump to mind- what is happening and who do I go with? I've scouted out a few weekly events in the Manchester- mostly club nights- that you can get involved with. I don't know about other cities, sorry. I'm trying out these Mancunian venues, one at a time, through Manchester Cool Bars, a meetup group designed to allow people to meet others with an interest in the smarter venues in the city. If this sounds like your thing and you're local, get involved.
Quite a few of these events are aimed at students, so a good number may not be running until September. I've linked to as many Twitter accounts as I can, so take a look to see if their social media feeds are still active- and if the night is still running- before you head out.
The recently-opened Oxford Club (once One Central St) now hosts Messy Mondays after moving from Suede. I went recently. A misleadingly quiet night where very few people were drunk, the event's saving grace was the retro RnB. Perhaps during term-time things might liven up.
Deansgate Locks has always been a busy midweek area, although it isn't as booming as its early-naughties heyday. Recession and all that. Lola Lo's Monday night Chitchat takes up one of the arches the club occupies and pumps out dance and RnB, with Tom DaLips on live sax. I've been here on a Saturday a few times but enjoyed the recent Monday night more.
Beat the Frog
One of the more unusual comedy nights in the city can be found at Oldham St's Frog and Bucket. Contestant comedians have 5 minutes to impress three cardholders, who may card them off if their material isn't funny enough. Some acts may surprise you with talent- a few big names started out here. Johnny Vegas, Peter Kay and Ross Noble all cut their comedic teeth in the Frog. Free entry if you download the Buzzin app. Shows start at 7pm.
Tiger Tiger is large, with separate rooms for different music and a unique vibe to each one. Taboo is a hugely popular student night and makes use of quite a few of these areas. I've been. It's as busy as your average Saturday night, being open to the public but the people are younger, better looking and much more chilled out. If you want a mix of classic and contemporary Dance and RnB with cheap drinks, this one's for you.
Lola Lo dominates the midweek Manchester scene at the moment, with events almost every night. Tuesdays is all about the rum. Not been yet.
This is utterly mental. A bingo game in a haunted church, featuring crazy karaoke challenges and dance-offs. I loved it. Bongo and his (cross-dressing) assistants will get you performing on stage Albert Hall's if you call out bingo when your numbers aren't right, so you might need a thick skin and a pinch of salt. If that isn't weird enough, it appears special guests Bradley and Jo from S Club have dropped by in recent weeks. The MEN's writeup is very intriguing. The game runs from 7pm-11pm, so it's an opportunity to get out and have a laugh when you've not booked off the next day.
Opposite Tiger Tiger lies The Birdcage, with an interesting shout- Voodoo offers much the same as Taboo. Birdcage tends to be busier on a Wednesday than it is on a Friday. I've managed to get in a number of times- you'll need photo ID but if it's not student ID the doormen might be picky.
Wah Wah Wednesdays
Oh, Lola Lo. Your stamina is exemplary. I've not checked this out yet.
Revolution on the Locks offers £1.50 drinks all night, a good a reason as any to take a look. I still need to.
The Milton Club's Thursday night event is on hiatus (possibly because organiser Scott Thomas was appearing on ITV2's Love Island), but when it returns you'll be treated to a cinema-themed extravaganza, with film-reel designs, fancy-dress costumes and fire-breathing podium dancers. (What? No fire-breathers at your local Odeon?) Again, with a younger but still aesthetically pleasing crowd than your average Friday or Saturday, a Thursday in The Milton club is a great midweek shout. You might spot the odd boxer or soap star here or there.
My pick of the weeknight events is LIV's Thursday night Socialite event. A plush, smart venue with good drinks deals, loads of good looking girls and a fair chance of bumping into a celeb. Ricky Hatton and Dean Gaffney are regulars. ID essential.
Lola Lo keeps going. Hey look, lightweight boxing champ / local lad Anthony Crolla drops in now and again. I should soon.
German beerhouse Albert's Schloss put a quirky spin on your Thursday night with live music and over indulgence. I've been early on before heading to other venues- it's one of the livelier Thursday joints.
If you want something a little less serious The Comedy Store provides, kicking off at 8pm. Not been yet.
Few people dare venture out on a Sunday given there's usually work the next day and we just had our Sunday roast- it's traditionally family time. (Not to mention, we're normally still hungover.)
You're unlikely to be with the fam into the late night, though, and if your Monday Morning is free you might want to venture out. So far I've spotted Mixed at The OxfordClub on Central St. A smart, Oxford-University-themed venue with leather couches, booths and an extensive interior make for an interesting one. The Saturdays are popular and full of eye candy, so the Sundays may follow suit. I'm planning to put up an event soon so keep your eyes on the Cool Bars group.
Finish your week off at Lola Lo with Mirror Sundays. RnB, hip-hop, house, and apparently limbo competitions. Do you need more encouragement for a late start on Monday?! Must try this soon.
I walked past this Deansgate Locks bar on the Sunday after Parklife in June and there seemed to be a fair crowd inside. Whether it was a one-off party cashing in on the festival or a weekly night I don't know. Their social media doesn't reveal much.
Newer (and cheaper) comedians test out their material at The Comedy Store. Shows start 7:30pm. Not tried yet.
The Living Room, a venue with one of the strictest door policies in the city, eases off at the end of the week for Sunday Sessions. Starting 10th July, this weekly event sees DJ Carlton Delingo and sax player Tom DaLips adding some musical accompaniment. Will visit soon.
Nights like these chop and change regularly, so there'll be a lot I've not found and some events that- by the time you read this- have been cancelled. Where else is there? Have I missed your fave midweek spot?