A grown up version of all the other indie joints in Manchester, this nifty underground club is home to the city’s true indie lovers. Once you have examined the A-Z in order to find this place, South's eclectic sound will have you captured in its basement all night long.
South is situated on South King Street, just off Deansgate. Hidden in between the many side streets, it’s like navigating your way through a maze to locate the club. If you’re on Deansgate, South King Street is between John Dalton Street and King Street. There’s a Pizza Express across from the club as an extra landmark. Confused? Good, even born and bred Mancs have been known to get lost on the way to South. Opened in 1995, there is very little to the place. With its minimal appearance, South may not be your cup of tea if you’re into fancy decor and comfy seating. However, people don't come here to lavish glamorous surroundings, they come here solely to enjoy the music.
Open Fridays and Saturdays, 10pm till 3am, a weekend at South entails of back-to-back indie, rock, funk, soul and dance. The entrance price is reasonable, typically ranging from £4 - £7. There is only a small seating area, consisting of low tables and squashed together seats, as the spacious dance floor is the main place to be seen.
Crammed with indie and retro regulars, the devoted crowd return each week for one of the most unpretentious nights in Manchester. Anyone who appreciates old school Madchester tunes and new guitar heroes is sure to be seen on South's dance floor, however it definitely attracts the less students than you might expect. It is a more laid back venue, where the older crowd will always value the tunes vibrating through the speakers.
Friday night is Make Love Not War, while Saturday night sees DJ, and former Inspiral Carpets member, Clint Boon pumping out classic indie and rock. The XFM star really knows his stuff, so the indie tunes are a combination of old and new and every Saturday night is different from the last. All the DJs seem to have as much fun as the punters, rocking in the DJ booth, they’re even open to the odd request.
There's a large enough selection of drinks down at South, ranging from double vodka and mixers to pretty much most bottled beers you usually expect to find. However, the most popular drinks necked by the rock and rollers are double vodka and apple juice for the ladies (around £2.50), whereas the guys tend to nurse tins of Red Stripe and Guinness as evening accessories (round about £3).
The Last Word
South is definitely a place that should be on anyone's itinerary for a fun and music fuelled Manchester night out. This tucked-away club is one of the few places you can visit to escape glossy, over hyped venues. There may not be much to the place, but it’s nonetheless a place for people who love their music and who love to party at the weekend.