The food here really is special, but I ruined it for myself.
Went for the Thai Green Curry and it was smooth, creamy, delicious. They'd garnished it with a chilli which, god help me, I decided to eat midway through my in-tucking. Aha, my mouth was set ablaze to the point that even to drink water resulted in pain - so much pain. Couldn't finish the food, absolutely gutted.
As a venue, it's one of the best. You get atmosphere, tremendous sound and, more often than not, genuinely deferential crowds. Its tiny, tiny size makes for an intimacy from which the musicians like to draw. It felt, therefore, like we were watching James Yorkston perform in his own living room, The Dead Weather in their own garage, The Von Bondies in some buzzing Detroit dive.
Clubnights here are always worth it - when Morrissey sings "I want to see people and I want to see lights", I always think of the Night and Day - everything's bathed in a sort of glowing ambiance - everyone's happy. They once played Digitalism's Pogo twice in the space of half an hour. Did I care? No. What a song. Such great atmosphere.
A word, finally, on the toilets - exposed brick painted red on which various life-affirming messages have been scrawled - my favourite being "Boards of Canada own my mind". Mine too. Once I was shopping with my dad on Oldham Street and we popped into Night and Day so that he could use the toilet. He emerged grinning, talking about how they reminded him of his youth.
This was 2.47PM on a Tuesday - that's how much Night and Day rocks.
This is the bar that Elbow and Jonny Marr (among other indie greats) have been campaigning to keep open because some bloke who lives a few doors down has been complaining to the council about the noise levels. How about NOT moving into one of Manchester's most bustling neighbourhoods?!! Pah, anyway, the fact that the likes of Guy Garvey and Marr are fans of Night & Day made it all the more exciting when we stumbled across it for the first time, early on a Saturday evening.
Although emanating more of cool coffee shop vibe during daylight hours, you can see just by looking around the interior that things get a bit wild of an evening. With a Cobain painting above the bar, a knackered old piano on your way to the toilets, a stage set for live music and a DJ booth, this is without doubt the venue of choice for Manchester's up and coming musicians and musos alike.
Drinks are reasonably priced, the bar staff are really friendly and when there isn't a live band thrashing about on stage, you can hear the likes of The Smiths, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Bloc Party coming through the speakers behind the bar. One of the reasons I've moved to Manchester is to seek out quirky little places like this, so... jackpot! I will definitely be going back to see what happens after dark...
Watch this space!
I can't say anything for the food (haven't tried any), and the drinks on offer are a standard affair, but for gigs the Night & Day is legendary.
The venue is a little sweatbox.
It's rough around the edges.
It's no frills with merch sold on a table by the drafty door.
The toilets could be in better condition.
The piano in the corner doesn't work and has probably had hundreds of pints poured down it.
But all this is what small venues should be about! It feels like a bar that's had a far few brawls in its day, but now is full of lovely friendly people.
Being pretty much a corridor means that people are packed in nice and tight. Uncomfortable for some, but it creates a great atmosphere. The stage is quite low, and there is nothing between the band and the audience other than mic stands and monitors, creating a very intimate feel. Having seen numerous bands here (Seafood, Bastille, Noisetttes, Slow Club, Two Gallants, Broken Records... the list goes on), i can safely say that no venue of a similar size can quite match the sing-alongs of the N&D. If you're into dancing around, then the crowd might be too packed for your tastes, but there's no pleasing everyone!
If I'm allowed to get all nostalgic: Fondest memory of the N&D for me was seeing No Age there at the In The City festival. As people bought festival tickets for all the venues, the venue was packed to the rafters (probably beyond capacity...). The atmosphere was electric.
Due to it being long and thin, it's definitely worth arriving in time to get a place up the front. Can't imagine anyone enjoying a gig by the back of the bar!
Night & Day looks and feels like the kind of bar Tom Waits would stumble into when he was writing seminal albums like Small Change. There's a flickering sign in the gold window, a long bar where you can order shots and bottles of beer and bartenders that treat you like a long lost friend (until your money runs dry!).
As well as being one of the city's most alluring dive bars and we're talking grubby and run down rather than boho chic, Night & Day is also one of Manchester's best music venues with live bands playing five or six nights a week. Admittedly, the sound isn't as good as the Academy or The Deaf Institute but the great atmosphere, promising local bands and established underground bands make it a must visit.
When I was music editor at City Life magazine many moons ago, there were so many great gigs at Night & Day - from Goldfrapp, Add N To (X) and The Gossip to Elbow - that I was tempted to move in!
Night & Day Cafe is legendary in this here city. I'm surprised that that a residential application at the Manchester universities doesn't come with a contract to sign promising you'll visit. And, visit you should. Not only will you catch some of the best live talent in Manchester, you can be safe in the knowledge that Mancunian stalwarts Oasis played one of their first shows here and the place has seen a ton of great bands over the years.
You can't deny that only a very special venue would happily host both unsigned university acts and the Arctic Monkeys. Wow. A lot of bands come here and then scale incredible music industry heights, for example The Gossip, who I caught here with a group of my friends back when they were still a cult band only the gay community really knew about. It's a small, intimate venue, thus making gigs like this all the more electric and exciting. Yes, I was inches away from a very energetic Beth Ditto. God, she can wail (as they say on Wayne's World).
There's such a great buzz about this place. It's in practically the perfect location, surrounded by the Northern Quarter's premier music stores like Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange. It began, believe it or not, as a fish and chip restaurant in 1991. By day it's a friendly cafe where you can hang out and munch on a range of yummy food, reading a book or chewing the fat with friends, and you'll feel warm and welcome. Many reviewers have mentioned its shabby chic vibe and I'm happy to agree with them, it really adds charm to the venue. My, I sat next to a bicycle with tennis balls on its spokes once. It's true! I don't really know why it was there, but I liked it all the same.
And it only makes sense that a city with such a famous and well-renowned music scene has a famous and well-renowned music venue to match. Come on, you're not a proper Manchester resident until you've been here. And you never know, you could catch the next big thing in music on that stage.
The Night and Day Cafe is one of those places that people love to talk about. And its true, you always feel like you don't spend enough time there, like this is the kind of place you would own if you could.
It's on Oldham Street, slap bang between shops selling records and shops selling vintage dresses. So you've got your gig research plus your gig outfit right there, heaven..
The staff are friendly - even the staff on their Box Office phone line are, like, super duper friendly and you never expect that. I phoned once to check if a band were playing because one website said yes, the other no and the guy told me he'd make sure that the unofficial rubbish was taken down straight away..
It is clear that the organisers have a great collective ear for new music. Many bands that have played the Night and Day have gone on to conquer the country. They booked Speech Debelle to play this week long before the words 'Mercury' and 'Prize' crossed her path, for instance. I'm looking forward to Everything Everything and their John Peel Day.
Considered the must-play Manchester music venue for up and coming bands across the country, Night and Day has earned its amazing reputation by just being, well, incredibly and completely cool.
By not pandering to the allure of drinks promotions and trashy nights to pack in the punters, and by having promoters that really care about the bands that play, Night and Day is a prestigious venue even in the face of stiff competition from the newly emerging Deaf Institute.
It's a great place to stop by and get a burger and a drink at lunch time, sit in a shabby booth and watch the world go by. The bar has a really interesting selection of drinks too so it's always a good place to get going if lunch turns into an afternoon session.
The last time I came here was to see a lunchtime showcase during the In The City festival. It was a bit quiet attendance wise, but it meant that we could sit at the tables in front of the stage and really enjoy the bands, who were mostly acoustic based so the whole thing was perfect.
This venue is full of character and cool. Pay it a visit and become a fan for life.
Night & Day was the location of my Saturday night; my mum & dad travelled up to see some live music and, although my mum kept talking about the "seedy doorway" look, I think they were converted in the end. Shamefully, I had never been, so I suppose I have my dad and his taste in music to thank for this visitation.
The venue is small and sweaty, but this seems to be what I like at the moment. The atmosphere was great and the crowd (all being roughly over 40) were great - who wants to be shoved around? Let's get some manners back in our society because events are always so much nicer when people aren't pushing and shoving and claiming their space. I can imagine it being really nice for a quick drink on your way into the Northern Quarter and, by the sounds of the other reviews, the food sounds like it's worth a try!
Relaxed place, great acoustics, smelly toilets; everything you need from a live music venue.
You know how some cafes and bars, you can just sit and eat and drink and hang out for hours on end, progressing from lunch to coffee to a light dinner, then booze, and you step outside and realise that somehow, 6 hours have. Well, Night & Day is one of these places. You 'pop in' for a quick sandwich, and you emerge, squffily peering at the sky, wondering why it's dark. Maybe that's why they call it Night & Day...
The food at N&D isn't fabulous Michelin-starred fare, but it is tasty. Yes, the service is slow and you might, at busier times, have to go back up to the bar and ask "where is my food?" but it just adds to the general laid-back feel that permeates N&D. Foodwise, there's always a great range of sandwiches, and the soup of the day is usually pretty tasty, though occasionally on the salty side. My personal fave is the burger, served with chunky chips and a nice salad for around £5.
In terms of booze, N&D have pretty much everything you might want; a good range of bottled and draft beers, decent wine and a great array of spirits. The G&Ts here are particularly good, even when it's gig time and they're served in a plastic cup.
Music-wise, expect to be listening to Belle & Seb, Animal Collective and the like during the day, with a pretty much -anything-goes policy at night. Gigs here are great, and past gig nights have seen N&D play host to, well, most good bands. It's always good to check out the gig listings, as the likelihood is that most of the bands that play here will either sink into obscurity, or their next gig will be highly expensive and sold out.
By far one of my favourite places to hang out, night or day.
I love the Night & Day cafe!
Situated on shabby chic Oldham st, it is a big and battered all-day hangout that has the character of a New York night spot.
It is the type of place where you can turn up for coffee and newspapers early on, move onto cold drinks as it gets dark enough to be acceptable, stick around for a live band later in the evening then move onto an unexpected jaunt around the boho Northern Quarter afterwards.
I've just convinced myself, I'm off there right now!
This place is a great hang out. I love the effortless shabby chic interior. I feel like I am sitting in a warehouse in HeartBreak high every time I visit. Last time I went I ordered pitta hummus and olives from the bar menu (£2.99) and a large pear cider ......followed by a scrumptious chocolate cake. The best thing about this place is that it supports local artists and in doing so it has created a great atmosphere. The place is buzzing and the staff are really friendly.
Unlike a lot of bars in the Northern Quarter that have put up there prices due to the recent popularity of the area this place has remained fairly cheap. Get down to Night and Day for a great cafe during the day and live music and fun at night. Does what it says on the tin!
Am I the only one who doesn't rate this place that much? I think it's a nice set-up and sound, and certainly an attractive atmosphere, but it's definitely not a gift from the heavens.
I suppose part of the problem could be I'm not really into the sort of music that plays here, but also it's because it's way, way too expensive. £6 to see a bunch of unsigned acts? I'd understand if they were all brilliant, but every time I've been at least half have just stood on stage playing one boring chord-filled wonder after another, with little to no charisma. And the bar is overpriced as well, considering a lot of the punters are going to be students.
I'd like to think I'm wrong, and that I just picked odd nights, but the signs aren't adding up so far.
I have only ever visited Night and Day mid-morning, so I can only comment on the day part. From what I experienced on that cold morning, I can wager that the rest of the day will be just as good. I stumbled into Night and Day after agreeing to meet a friend there (I had walked right past it and not noticed it at all), seeking refuge from the snow, and was greeted by what is a fairly unassuming venue. Night and Day is not sleek - or chic. Night and Day is plain at best, but in its normality, it exudes personality. The waiting staff are wonderfully friendly and the entire venue as a friendly, warm atmosphere, which certainly helped us feel at home.
Not only was the atmosphere great, so was the food! My friend and I both ordered Full English Breakfasts, and they were really fantastic. Great quality and at a very reasonable price of only about £4. We sat and delightedly munched our way through the enormous plateful, and then were happily allowed to sit and chat for a few hours, with no pressure from the staff to move on at all. The venue could do with a bit of work in terms of comfier seating and better loos, but as it is at the moment, it is a really great place to relax.
The venue schedules a great range of live music events and it is definitely worth checking out the schedule online at their website.
Whenever I hear a band I like will be playing Night & Day I get very excited. The intimate surroundings make it absolutely ideal for live gigs; no matter where you stand in Night & Day if you're inside the door you will be able to see the whites of the band's eyes. The band is so close to the audience that they are forced to react to their presence and to the feeling of the crowd, and it can make for intense or exuberant shows (not to mention that, to get to the stage, the performers usually have to walk in and then back out through the crowd). Seeing US indie group Manchester Orchestra here took on an almost religious tenor complete with lingering organ chords and the hushed audience singing like a church congregation.
I have been here on occasions when there is no live act playing and found it to be a decent place for a pint and a catch-up in cool environs (wooden clad frontage; red walls pinned with posters advertising upcoming gigs; the glass mosaic chandeliers) but it is really when music is being played live that Night & Day really leaps into fizzing, crackling life.
The night and day is hands-down the best place to see a gig in manchester. Because it's so damn small! Most of the bands they have playing you will have likely never heard of, but just go anyway. It's only £5 in, and most of the bands are actually quality. I saw Spoon here (look them up). It was awesome. Most likely you'll get to meet whatever band are playing because there's not really much/any backstage space.
I guess the place doubles a trendy café in the day, but I've never tried it. They have a decent array of bottled beers, don't expect draught anything though.
See the website for listings....
The Night & Day has long been one of my favourite gig venues in Manchester. It's also long been one of my favourite bars in Manchester, and I've spent many a long, happy and slightly drunken afternoon there in my time on this earth, drinking bottles of Budvar and stumbling my way around their rather seedy toilets (which, for reasons I've never figure out, appears to lack a mirror - sort it out Night & Day!) I've also been lucky enough to see many many fabulous gigs there - as well as a few which...well...weren't so fabulous. The Night and Day has also recently started serving some really quite tasty food, making it a great place to spend a lazy afternoon, flicking through the newspapers or attempting to do some work on your laptop.
Like any venue though, it does have its down points. Due to its high ceilings, its acoustics occasionally mean that the music being played is so loud you can barely hear yourself think. It doesn't have any air conditioning, which means that you can often sweat your own bodyweight in there if you go to see a band on a hot Summer's night and it's packed. They don't serve any beer on draft, so you can often find yourself paying over the odds for a bottle of a strange Eastern European lager that no one has ever heard of.
But at the end of the day, these are all minor points which are easily forgotten once you let yourself go and really start enjoying the ambiance of the place. And, for all of its faults, you'd be hard pressed to find a better live music venue in the whole of Manchester.
I think it is probably best place to see the gig in manchester. The size of venue is good and you feel very close to the artists.
I also like to visit the cafe during daytime, especially after tired of shopping! It is not that busy and you can have a rest with your feet. Sometimes, the bands do practice, so it is a bit noisy though!
Night and Day is small yet perfectly formed. No gimmicks necessary, just good honest music! Iconic bands have graced this stage along with popular bands such as Bloc Party, The Enemy - it also plays host to the unsigned acts of the day, many of which will be destined for great things.
If your walking past in the day ime though, pop in for a lovely hot coffee and freshly prepared food for a tasty treat!
Night and Day is a dark, moody little oik in the middle of the Northern Quarter. The staff all look like sirens who have fronted rock bands like The Kills or whatever, which I figure, is intentional.
For food, it's pretty good. I've eaten there a couple of times and can't really remember a thing about it, which suggests that it wasn't bad nor spectacular.
The beer is a little on the pricey side, but that's the going rate for a music venue, which Night and Day is first and foremost.
The raised stage and square standing space is perfect for some stripped down rock 'n' roll. The whole feeling of the place is unpretentious... almost like the way you imagine a New Wave club in New York may have been in the mid-80s.
Of course, it tries a little too hard at times, but that's expected from a city music venue. It's a cool little place to get your kicks and open late.
Once upon a time, all the best up-and-coming bands would play the Night and Day. There's still live music here most nights, but the bigger bands seem to go to the Ruby Lounge or Deaf Institute instead. It's a shame really, as this legendary bar is a lovely intimate venue for live music.
It's a great place to go for a drink during the day too, especially during the summer when you can sit outside. The bar has lots of nice continental lagers and beers, but it's not particularly cheap. Still, this isn't Wetherspoons you visit for the atmosphere, not the prices!
I love the Night & Day Café, it has to be said. Situated just off Piccadilly Gardens, it's a great place to go for a social coffee, a lunch or even go to a gig in the evening. The place is small, but the atmosphere is intimate and this is one of the charms of the Night and Day.
The food here is great too; Night & Day cater to the carnivores as well as the herbivores, and particular favourites are either the burger or the vegetable chilli, both of which are absolutely delicious.
In terms of staff here, the staff always have a smile for you and are always willing to help, a good sign. During the day there is rarely a queue and service is, of course, very fast and always with a smile. A great little place for those who don't like chains.
If your into your music this place is a must, you can watch many fantastic bands here. There have been many famous faces pass through the doors and many many nobodys all of the ones I have seen have been great!
The cafe has great food and is really different to most cafes you will find, it has an arty feel to it and if quite dark and chic.
For me this is where my days in the Northern Quarter started (along with Cafe Pop), probably around 1993. I used to run a night there for many years. (I won't say what night that was or Jan - the owner - will know who I am). Though I haven't been in there for years, it was my favourite bar, though not really into indie bands and as that's their main function of the evenings these days, then it's not a place I frequent anymore. Non the less, daytime and lunches is a cool place to pass a couple of hours away, and bump into maybe old friends.
Still, one of the best original bar venues in town, and Jan still hasn't sold out, No doubt he'll be there till he retires.
Good one, can't say I blame him!
Many fond memories and happennings in Northern Quarter's seedier days.
I love this Oldham street venue. It reminds of a bar in an American thriller or road movieit just needs a TV showing baseball to complete the illusion. Aside from a fantastic, compact gig venue this is also a nice hideaway bar complementing the old school charm of Dry with a more present day 'rock' attitude.
Many a famous face have passed through these doors and if you were lucky, you could catch a band in a pretty intimate setting just before they rose to meteoric fame (MGMT played here a few months back, whilst tickets for their gig in November at the much larger Academy has sold out).
Good selection of beers (no draught however) with pleasant staff (bar staff and door staff alike).
Essential visit if you're into your music and the general vibe of this part of the Northern Quarter.
One of my favorite spots in town to grab a drink by the window and just watch the world go by. Friendly staff, and they've got great bands coming in as well.
Great bar on Oldham Street, great music nights, great food and drinks list!
A kooky little café by day, the Night & Day is more well-known for its night-time activities, as one of Manchester best independent venues for live music.
It's a long and thin bar with the stage at the far end and a small bar serving bottled beers and spirits on the left as you come in(it is a little pricey though). The majority of their gigs are for unknown or locally known bands, many acts have played their first gigs here. It's usually around £5 to get in to see usually four acts, which is well worth it.
If you're a fan of live music, check it out!
While it may be small, it is perfectly formed...The bar is something to behold, and so if you're ever bored in here (not likely), just looking at the wonders it has to offer, from fisheye photos to goldfish bowls is enjoyable in itself. While at the bar, sample some of their imported beers - not the cheapest available but worth a shot.
It really is an ideal gig venue: unlike lager establishments, in the Night and Day cafe you can really get up close and personal to the artists: a mere spitting distance away.
What's more, sweet talk the men guarding the backstage doors and they may even allow you to join the band as they relax post-gig.
The long established live venue Night and Day Café is a real hub of new music emerging in Manchester. The interior is kitted out ecelectly and features local artists work on their walls. As well as having friendly bartenders they serve hearty meals for very reasonable prices, from bangers and mash to Mediterranean food. They also host regular club nights and feature the most talked about bands. A brilliant night out!
Night and Day Café is a Manchester institution. Any worthwhile muso will be able to explain in great detail all of the notable bands that have started out gigging at this venue. If you're not a massive indie head though I'm not sure quite how much you will enjoy the Night and day Café. Put simply, the bar's shape is not conducive to great degrees of comfort or chat. The acoustics make it virtually impossible to hear anyoneand that can often include the bands themselves. If you're into live music, as every Johnny-come-lately claims to be these days, then you'll already know what you need to know about Night and Day. Worth a look.
great place for gig, good location near dry and some of the cheaper proper northern pubs in town. Always a good atmosphere too as you get so near the stage and small place. can get too over crowded at times but adds to the pub.went to see i am kloot there recently and one of best gigs this year..food is also good at lunch and coffee great too
A really great venue, full of character, and if you're on the ball you can catch some fantastic up-and-coming bands and artists. Plus nice and close to Picadilly station for the last train home! A great venue, and good food too!
Better than Dry Bar next door. Excellent bands and suitably grotty atmosphere.
If your a proper music fan in Manchester, this is the place to go. Inside its not all glitz and glam but its not suppose to be, its there for the music. The place got a cheeky little mention in the TV show LOST when Charlie mentions one of their first gigs was here, altough it was fictional, the band in the show went on to become superstars. This transfers into the real world as bands including Bloc Party played some of their first gigs here, and look at them now. It is set i the trendy Northern Quarter which is the centre piece of music for Manchester. Drinks in here are not badly priced, and during the day they do serve a great selection of non-alcoholic drinks and food. A great place to see up and coming bands.
We went to see The Little Ones at Night and Day last year. I'd popped in before then for a bite to eat but this was the first time I'd seen a gig. I love how intimate it was, the group were mingling with the rest of us and you could see and hear everything, not like when you go to an arena to watch somebody.
The only food I've tasted in Night and Day are the chips and soup, both delicious. I did find the drinks quite expensive though.
The Night and Day is top. As a musician I've played here with my band numerous times and it's simply great. The stage is raised, there's plenty of room on stage and the sound engineers are always top notch and really helpful. There's also a green room to relax in away from the hordes of fans.
If you are a gig-goer then you'll find some of the best bands come through here, from signed artists to unsigned bands and acoustic acts. Their website is always up to date with who's on.
During the day the N&D does food, I've never eaten there, but it looks really nice.
Top venue, for a gig you can't find anywhere better in Manchester, which shows by the number of artists who come back after making it big. It's the atmosphere that makes it, helped by the intimate size, particularly the narrowness. The actual bar aspects, like the drinks and the service, are nothing special, which is a shame, but the customers tend to make up for it by creating a great atmosphere. It's disappointing that the they insist on charging a booking fee for tickets bought at the venue. Still, for live music it can't be beaten.
Cool place, not too pricey, live music What more do you want !?
Whilst visiting Manchester over the holiday period I was taken to Night & Day one cold post Christmas December evening. Set in the heart of the regenerating Northern quarter of Manchester, full of great boho bars and small venues is the fab Night n Day venue/cafe/bar. Basically its everything one could hope forgreat long friendly bar, dark lighting, small stage, great sound and hard working live bandsall as it should be. A stamp on the hand, £5.00 on entry and a fantastic atmosphere. We loved itBritain needs more venues like this and more people visiting them. Go There!
Located in the trendy Northern Quarter of Manchester, Night n Day is a a great little bar and has been host to quite a few acts we know and love today before they hit the big time. I saw Scouting for Girls here a year or so ago. They have alot of live music on throughout the week and its an awesome place to catch some new up and coming bands. A small intimate venue with a great friendly atmosphere. The Night n Day Cafe is also open during the day selling cold and hot food.
It can be difficult to get a seat if you want to if you visit at night, especially when there is live music on which is most of the time, however this isn't really too much of a problem.
The place is also conveniently located for public transport located near many bus routes and inbetween Piccadilly and Victoria train stations. There is also parking available on the street outside if you're lucky, but if not you can usually find a space in another nearby street.
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