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About us

Grand Central has been a Manchester rock institution for many decade with generation after generation claiming it as their own.

Many a good night as been had here as a destination in itself or as a pre or post gig drink or as a precursor to the legendary nights in Jilly's or Rockworld

Our new owners plan to stay true to our whole legacy and welcome those tribes within the greater alternative scene.

So whether you are an old punk or all about Nu Metal plus new genres like trap and grime, as long as your bring the energy and not the attitude you are welcome.

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Ross Anderson (Ross0130)

5 months ago

Didn't have food so can't comment. Served quickly at the bar, prices weren't bad and the live venue was actually very good. Sound was good and the place in general was great for a rock pub. Would definitely go again

David Mooney

6 months ago

Enjoyed every minute of my visit, I will admit I was there to watch a band my son performed in, nevertheless the bands on before and after were excellent. As a man of a certain age, it was a real throwback moment for me. Going to rock venues in and around Manchester during the 70s and 80s this was a real treat. Will definitely return. Keep up the good work Grand Central

Sara Johnson

8 months ago

I love this place. Really great, friendly rock bar, always has a great atmosphere. I've seen loads of bands here and it's free. There's a band called Twisted Illusion who I've seen there many times and they're a bit special. Just love places like this giving up and coming bands a chance. If you're ever in Manchester, pop in for a visit as there's something on most nights.

Tracy Wesemeyer

10 months ago

I love this place, I visit whenever we can and have always enjoyed it. The atmosphere is always great and the music is always great. The Dj (male) always tries to play as many requests as he can and is always polite. Bar staff are friendly and attentive despite the busy atmosphere and always seem to really enjoy their job! One of my favourite places to visit in Manchester on a Friday or Saturday.


1 year ago

Used to come a lot 1978 - 1982 as I worked round the corner. Cannot remember original name but became The Shady Lady. (Interweb says Beef and Barley then Cork n Screw). Did cheap pub grub then but not now. No food. Two Robinson's beers..Dizzy Blond and Trooper. Good pint of Dizzy. Boothroyd can smell the cleaners bleach but overall likes it...and they take cash£££.

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