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  • “I have to say, 42s is always my first choice in the never-ending debate of whichever is better between this and 5th Avenue.” in 10 reviews

  • “Full of students but cheap booze and great music!” in 10 reviews

  • “The comparisons to 5th Avenue are endless: personally I prefer 42s.” in 5 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    8/4/2010

    42nd Street the club, is the king of all Indie clubs existing in Manchester!

    If 5th Ave was a bit too much for you, 42's will be perfect! It looks way better, the lights are amazing and the drinks are cheap again! (Not as cheap as 5th Ave though).

    The music is the sick indie coupled with alternative rock and a few populars. Best part about this place, different from any other place I;ve been, is that, there is a wending machine inside the club with chocolates and crisps! So when hunger strikes with all that drinking and dancing, don't leave, just grab a bar of snickers and keep the show going on!

    42's is the home to entertainment and excitement!

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/8/2013
    1 check-in here

    Oh you naughty 42s, why must you draw me back? I say back, it's not like I ever came here much in the first place; nestled down an alleyway just off Deansgate, many student spots were much more conveniently placed. However, now we're all grown up, 42s suddenly becomes an option.

    After a disappointing false start at the Ruby Lounge, 42s was the only viable option anyone could come up with - Fifth Ave is the closest relation, and there's no way I'm stepping a foot back in there.

    The students have all dissapeared for the summer, so the atmosphere was actually quite genial. People seemed to be there to actually have a good time and listen to some classic Indie toonage. Unlike Fifth, who advertises itself as an Indie venue but appears to only have one 'Indie night' a week, this was a range of proper take-you-back-to-your-teenage-years tunes.

    It's much bigger than I remember, but still a size where it's hard to lose anyone, with friendly enough doormen and coat check staff. Bar service was a bit slow, with only 3 people serving the Saturday night crowd, but when isn't it?

    When you're going out, why not indulge in 42s - as Emma Lou says, you might want a hot bath afterwards, but you'll have some memories to share.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/3/2012

    42s might be getting a bit young for me, or I may be getting too old, but it has a young yet retro air about it. If 5th Ave is too big and brash and The Venue is too miniscule and cliquey, then 42s strikes the balance perfectly. It's right in between.

    It looks a little dingy from some angles and you might feel like you want a good hot bath when you get home, but the drinks are cheap, the music's fabulous and there's a great sense of Manchester pride as you get Smiths and Stone Roses in spades. It's got an intimacy to it that 5th Ave lacks, and I have it on good authority that the bouncers (I've never dealt with them, but friends have... see the 5th Ave review for details) are warm and friendly. I can confirm that I've enjoyed every night I've spent here to the full. Now, where did I put my skinny jeans...

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/1/2010

    I feel a little dirty giving this place four stars, but I can't really complain about it as it's never done me wrong. Out of all the clubs I have ever visited in Manchester, it's the only one in which I have consistently enjoyed myself and never regretted going. This could be because I've always gone with good groups, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and throw some credit its way.

    Although it does play predominantly indie music, which burns my ears and causes me to go temporarily blind, I can stand it because there's always a good atmosphere filling the place. The drinks are cheap, and it's almost always completely rammed.

    I also once got locked in here after falling asleep in the toilets. I woke up at 5 am and ended up having to escape through the fire doors, setting off the burglar and fire alarm in the process. Good times.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/9/2009
    First to Review

    For a small club with a limited amount of (mainly uncomfortable) seating, "42s" always delivers. You come here to dance. Dance to current indie/ britpop/ madchester and that is where 42nd Street is in it's element. You are usually a student or at least still dress like one. And you will appreciate the cheap student entry and cheap drinks.

    The comparisons to 5th Avenue are endless: personally I prefer 42s. Ok, its not big enough to run around and lose people and end up drinking on your own, say. But it does capture that New York dingy charm more.

    Either get sweaty and shout out the lyrics to The Smiths, Oasis and The Killers in the middle or join the handful of posers lounging on the one couch by the entrance.

    They are launching a request driven night on Mondays now 'PMT' which stands for Play My Tune - weird choice for the name but we'll forgive them. Other than that, you have 'Glamourous Indie Rock n Roll' on Fridays and their 'The Best Indie Night ever ...' on Tuesdays.

    And, be warned the bouncers do NOT take kindly to bare feet. A friend paid to put her high heels in the cloakroom once and then was immediately told she would be kicked out if she didn't put shoes back on. Fair enough but she didn't get a refund...

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/9/2009

    For 42nd St read 5th Ave.
    This place almost completely makes the point of my review of the 5th all by itself!
    Just like its bigger, better brother who went on to do better things with his life therefore creating something of a strained relationship, 42nd Street plays indie till your ears bleed and serves cheap vodka redbull until your wallet bleeds dry.
    But they don't care!! They're students and they're pissed!! Hurrah!! Hmmmm.......

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/11/2009

    42sssssssssssssssssss! I actually love this place.

    I've spent hundreds of nights in here, that's quite scary when I think about it but it's true and I still love it.

    Most of the places I used to go to when I was younger I now hate, I'm always moaning that they've changed and got rubbish...it's not me that's changed I swear...!

    But 42s has never changed, it's stil the same dark dreary place full of wasted students, the drink prices are still around £1 for a vodka and mixer and although the songs have changed a little, the music hasn't, Manchester tunes through and through.

    Well If it ain't broke don't try to fix it.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/2/2010

    42nd is a mini me of 5th avenue. I honestly can't think of anything that separates it from its bigger Siamese twin. I wouldn't be so harsh as to say it is somewhat of a mutated little Siamese twin of 5th ave but well it is. Sorry.

    42nds attracts the young crowd of mild alternative kids who like Blink 182 and Kings of Leon but don't have super tight jeans and dyed hair. A difficult place to find actually unless it has a huge queue in front of it 42nd is just a set of small steel doors on a tiny street with 42nd written above it. Inside you can find the blacked out thumping music ranging from cheese to electro with cheap deals on bottles of VK (it's like WKD except the Aldi version).

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/2/2010

    You can go into any indie club anywhere in the world and be treated to a similar playlist. I'm not complaining at all - this is the only thing that gets me moving. Makes me happy.

    The beauty of the situation, though, is that each country - each city - has its own individual quirks.

    Spain seemed to really like Eels, for instance. In Liverpool they're obsessed with the sixties - you tend to get a lot more Hendrix and Kinks than you do elsewhere - and Manchester, predictably, has one of the richest musical heritages in the country from which to draw. I can't stand Madchester, but The Smiths, Doves, Elbow, Joy Division...I'll even give Oasis the time of day at certain volumes when pissed and surrounded by sweaty revellers. But NEVER at any other times. Oh no.

    If you're repulsed by the idea of a floor full of kids with arms held aloft bellowing the chorus to "I Am The Resurrection" - then you were probably never going to enjoy yourself here in the first place.

    Let loose and it's brilliant - unpretentious, unrestrained, pure, unadulterated joy - some of the best nights of my life spent in these darkest of confines.

    Ask about the drinks offers if you're interested in losing yourself. And, if it gets too hot for you - and it will get too hot for you - there's a big old air vent near the bar at the back of the room, just to the right of the steps. Come here to cool off - and it was exactly here - this exact spot - where, for the very first time, I kissed my girlfriend of approaching four years - oh joy, I will defend the honour of this place to the end.

    The only problem is that I'm now perhaps a little too old for this place and I'm but 23. I'm not bitter, though. I just consider that all those who look terrifyingly younger than me are, perhaps, in the process of cementing their very own memories to treasure for life.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/2/2010

    The first time I went to 42s was when everyone wore jeans and t-shirts (no checked shirts and leggings and floral prints...), it was free for students to get in during the week and the bouncers were really friendly. Not that I got to experience it in its full glory as there was a power cut and we were stuck in silent darkness for half an hour before they decided to send us home with free vouchers to come again. So we did. And again, and again and again.

    No matter what day you come on the music is usually a good mix of indie, rock and dance. Last time I was there the music ranged from The Stone Roses' 'I am the Resurrection' to Dizzee's 'Bonkers'.

    I wouldn't recommend drinking any of the mixers here - stick to bottled beer (normally about £1.30 for XXXX or £2.50 for Desperados) and the slushies which are available at the smaller bar at the far end of the club.

    Nowadays the clientele seem a lot more fashionable. Don't get me wrong, I'd still go in a pair of jeans and trainers, but I'd be in the minority. The bouncers are not as friendly, but they're not too mean as long as you behave yourself when you're lined up in the single file queue on the pavement. If you don't, or if you're wearing flip flops, you won't be allowed in.

    It's strange that Elliot says that it was here where he kissed his girlfriend for the first time. My housemate also met her boyfriend of 3 years here. Maybe there's something in the air? Maybe it's just the cheap vodka?

    • Qype User mofgim…
    • Manchester
    • 60 friends
    • 248 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    5/2/2010

    42nd Street (or 'Forty-Twos' if you're an immense irritant to the populace) is a staple haunt for those who cut their way through life with a series of ironic statements and a fondness for landfill indie.

    Yep, 42nd Street is an indie club.

    A proper, smells like dog-sick, overflowing, grotfest of a place that relentlessly pounds you with the most insultingly obvious playlist and beer so cheap that you end up buying it to take home and water the plants with.

    Of course, the patrons are like those found in all indie clubs, which essentially means impossibly skinny runts trying to get off with each other whilst awkwardly dancing around to 'Fools Gold', watched enviously by 40something Smiths fans in the corners who still feel misunderstood by the world.

    Seriously, this place is a dive and an assault on all the senses (mainly the sense of smell).

    That said, these places are what makes Britain so great. You may well look at them like they're holding pens for vain idiots, which of course they are, but really, in our time, we've all loved bouncing around to the music we think we're going to listen to for the rest of our lives.

    Eventually, those dancing on the floor this weekend will grow tired of the music they once held in such high esteem... only to be replaced by another bunch of kids with exactly the same idea to claim as their own, original idea.

    The Kidz - They make the world go around don't they? The stinkin' idiots.

    • Qype User camiee…
    • Brighton
    • 55 friends
    • 72 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/8/2008

    I have to say, 42s is always my first choice in the never-ending debate of whichever is better between this and 5th Avenue. Hands down, 42nd Street has always been the classier establishment from the outside in and always plays the better music. The bouncers are not scary and rarely refuse entry as long as you present your ID, are not overly inebriated and queue where they ask you to.

    The drinks here are relatively cheap depending on what night you go, even if you have shouted yourself hoarse at the bartender by the end of the night, you'll still go home with enough change in your pocket for a cheeky kebab before bedtime.

    The DJ here is pretty good too and always listens to requests; he mostly plays them too and always plays guaranteed floor-fillers to get everyone dancing and on the floor. However, this is slightly marred by the fact that most of the people here now are skinny-jeaned posers rather than happy people in Converse, but if you can't beat them, join them.

    A top night out, especially the less-popular motown night.

    • Qype User Tofudr…
    • Manchester
    • 10 friends
    • 94 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    1/6/2009

    42nd Street is a typical indie bar found close to the City Centre of Manchester, mainly drawing a student clientele with a few older folks.

    In a way if does differ from some indie bars to the fact they pretty much completely focus on Indie music, new and old. Great for music lovers of this genre.

    Drinks are of average price but they don't seem to serve any specialised beverages. 42nd Street can get very busy at times but is generally a good night out.

    • Qype User vicky…
    • Manchester
    • 5 friends
    • 39 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/12/2007

    Definitely a fun place! I went here for my birthday and the bar staff and bouncers were SO nice. Honestly, I dont think I've ever met nicer ones.

    You werent allowed to take your drink into the toilet which I thought was a bit random but anyway apart from that it was brilliant. I danced the night away to all the indie rock type music they played and there were some nice boys in there too.

    Drinks were fairly priced and it was a good venue with a great atmosphere.

    • Qype User nomis…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 108 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/1/2008

    42nd street or (42s as the kook kids call it) is at the posh end of the markert when it comes indie rock n roll. Based just off deansgate on bootie street, this club is massively popular and unless you get there by 10.30pm, you will be looking at a sizeable queue.

    Still its worth it when you get in. There are two bars to your sensibly priced drinks from and the dancefloor is slightly more sophisticated than 5th ave. The atmosphere is usually relaxed, rarely any trouble. There are a number of seated areas where you can hang with your pips and re-energise with gallons of cheap vodka redbull. The music is impeccable - a wide ranging affair of indie rock n roll tunes from both sides of the atlantic, again with special adulation being reserved for home grown manc songs. Highly recommended

  • 1.0 star rating
    22/8/2011

    I have visited this place 3 times in my drinking career. Everytime something has assaulted me, thrown me out or been treated like cattle. It is full of rude stuck up people who look down their nose at you if you aren't wearing indie or Vintage wear (God help me I like jeans and a t shirt). Your packed in like lambs into an abbatoire sweating your arse off to drink sugar filled alcopops and get made to feel like an idiot to ask for a cider or a coke. The music is the usual fashionable indie stuff not my taste but if you like that sort of stuff fill ya boots. Will never ever set foot in here again if I can help it.

    • Qype User jowadd…
    • Manchester
    • 14 friends
    • 156 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Sweaty, hardcore indie anthems. Full of students but cheap booze and great music! An ideal location for a decent night out!

    • Qype User hannah…
    • London
    • 9 friends
    • 43 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    31/12/2007

    This is the ultimate student night. Any night of the week is good, but Thursday's "From Manchester With Love" nights were always the tradition, and with it being such a small venue you were guaranteed to know everyone there, or at least think you did with copious amounts of the vodka red bull (which mysteriously glows under the UV lights...).

    Though they're probably under contract being a Manchester club to blast out the classic Stone Roses, Oasis and Happy Mondays, 42s is much more than just an indie club.

    The cheap drinks prices attract students, and free entry before 10.30 means that there are often queues forming very early on, and so there's always a bit of a buzz if you get there on time.

    What's most important is that everybody there is there for a good time, maybe it's the red bull giving everyone extra energy or the great selection of music, but whatever it is, it works, and 42s knows that it can always draw a crowd of people who worship at its alter. Though they shouldn't have got rid of the zebra print on the seating area.

    • Qype User allora…
    • Manchester
    • 7 friends
    • 36 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    8/7/2008

    can get empty during the summer, and very full whilst the students are back, as a sister club to the venue, jacksons row, it is a brilliant night out for students and young people.
    cheap drinks and good indie, no cheese, music, make it what it is

    • Qype User Weave…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 36 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/10/2008

    Do you like to PARTY?! Whatever. 42s is frequented for two simple reasons: Cheap beer and good music. If you have a distaste for students then it is to be avoided, this also goes for sticky floors, splashback in the male toilets from an ill-conceived urinal, and more students. If you want to get drunk and still come home with change from a tenner, and like to be immersed in seas of over-excited dancers upon the spinning of indie anthems, then join with us. And let us be together.

    • Qype User joolsv…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 140 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    Sweaty, sweaty,sweaty, sticky. A cramped and dirty little dive with litte or no air flow. This makes is sweaty, but i'm not entirely sure why it was sticky. Not my scene, very dingey with a bad array of drinks.

    The bouncers were unfriendly, not too surprised by this! And the toilets were disgusting. It is however, cheap and the bar staff at least are cheerful. Would suit someone into the Indie scene, and also those looking for an unpretentious night out in the heart of the city.

    • Qype User afeita…
    • Widnes, Halton
    • 9 friends
    • 67 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    8/12/2008

    I went here when visiting a friend in Manchester on a friday night and it was alright. However, I asked for a bottle of stella cos I thought that would be the cheapest beers but it was £3!! Other beers such as Fosters are much cheaper though at £1.50. Drinks are even cheaper midweek. On a friday the entrance fee was £5 for sudents, £6 for non-students, which I thought was pretty expensive really. Also, what 'Indie' night club plays Pink and Katy Perry? Oh well, it was a good night with mostly good music. The toilets are not bad at all either really!

    • Qype User lisago…
    • Manchester
    • 14 friends
    • 149 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    7/11/2007

    42nd Street is the same as 5th Avenue except a bit more expensive and the music is better- you start off going to 5ThAve for a while then move up to 42nd Street! Its got a good atmosphere and play motown aswell but the only downside is that you do get a few libertine wannabe posers. Recommended

    • Qype User ega04c…
    • Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    • 2 friends
    • 94 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/1/2009

    Not bad as far as clubs off Deansgate go (there are some shockers!) but still not as good as 5th Ave. The music is Indie, although it tends to be more of the classics rather than recent stuff, and the recent stuff is more obscure. A bit of a dirty place but the people who frequent it are usually decent folk.

    Usually has some decent drinks offers. One of the better indie clubs out there.

    • Qype User ahitch…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 48 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    42nd street is a good student club. The music is cheesy and the drinks are cheap. Its usually £4 entry and on busy nights its best to get there for 10.30 as there can often be a queue. There are different nights on during the week which play different music but the general 42s style is indie pop. I like to go to 42s every now and then but not every week. Inside it can get really hot and sweaty with little air conditioning but can be a good night with a group of friends. I prefer 42s to the similar club 5th ave.

    • Qype User procal…
    • Manchester
    • 1 friend
    • 68 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    the drinks are cheap, but not worth spending a night there with too many students and rubbish music.

    It is cramped most of the time, maily due to the lack of space and the large amount of students who prefer to stand in large groups rather than sit down.

    The staff are friendly enough but can be a bit slow when it comes to serving.

    • Qype User KevCam…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 360 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/6/2012

    An Indie nightclub alternative to 5th Avenue and South if you are prepared to go on a small walk from Portland Street to go and enjoy the cheap drinks and music available here each night and consistently produces great nights!

    • Qype User taib…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 43 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    10/4/2008

    cheap student thrill!!

    • Qype User zoebuf…
    • Manchester
    • 1 friend
    • 111 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    cheap beer, good music, great night out!!!!

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