“ Address: The Printworks / Units 21 - 23 / Withy Grove / Manchester / M4 2BS „
Went here for the restaurant and comedy package, which at 30 quid a head turned out to be a pretty sweet deal, considering the Comedy Club on Deansgate offered a lesser deal at 47 bones. The restaurant food wouldn't exactly make it onto the Michelin star list, probably languishing somewhere in between Nando's and McDonalds, but it was worth eating. The show itself proved to be the value booster, as you are whisked away after your meal to quite an intimate setting where comedians can get really close up to really take the p*ss out of you. Especially if you're ugly or from Burnley. There are 3 acts in total, at least usually, and each set is about half an hour long.
There is a bar conveniently situated in the comedy room itself, which sells pitchers of San Miguel for a good price and you can still be tuned in to the comedy whilst you buy in the next round.
I went for my birthday with a bunch of mates, and i think it is definitely a good idea for those barren of what to do on such days. Three girls came and they enjoyed it every bit as much as the lads as well.
I am currently in my last year at uni down in England but have really enjoyed my time here. Coming from up North where I still have a great night out, I have always loved going to new cities for nights out to see what it's like going out in other places. While being in the North West I have mainly gone out in Liverpool because usually I have had a better night out with liking the fact that in Concert Square all the bars and clubs are nearby saving money on taxis and they are good clubs as well. However, I wanted to have one good night out in Manchester before going home as every night I have had there has usually been a disaster, so I looked up nights out and what was going on and decided to try Opus in the Printworks.
The Printworks is a big, well relatively big place in city centre Manchester with clubs, bars and restaurants inside with the likes of Tiger Tiger, Lloyds, Hard Rock Cafe and so on. Opus makes up on of the night clubs inside, I had heard of it but had never really been in as usually the Printworks is very expensive and some people had told me going out there is a waste of time but I decided to anyway. I had read on Monday that it was cheaper to get in as that is student night there and it stated on the website that it played a mix of cheesy pop, top 40 chart as well as pop music and so on.
As we arrived at roughly half 11 even though it opens from 10pm, it had a bit of a queue to get in but once inside it was very busy so I gathered that people must come early. They have door men of course, who turned some people away that were under 18 because it's student I.D. of course. I thought to get in for 90p I'd need an NUS but they accepted my normal student card for 90p entry which was brilliant. It states £3 without student I.D. otherwise 90p for students but usually this means NUS which is why I was happy. 90p entry is great to get into a nightclub as other places around town charge about £5 which when paying that I feel I have to stay for the majority of the night,
Being student night, most of the people in here are younger I'd say early 20's is about the oldest. The idea in here, is that there are two rooms there is your cheesy pop and chart room then there is your r'n'b room. I went into the r'n'b room but I didn't really like it in here as hardly anyone was dancing and it tended to be more garage music which isn't really my thing so after about 5 minutes I moved back to the other room.
The pop room is the bigger room but it is very busy, although I did get served quickly at the bar, all drinks are 90p which is just brilliant especially in a big city. They had everything from bottles of Magners, beers, alcopops, shots, bargain really.
Throughout the night as it gets later the stage becomes active as they have dancers on the stage which makes it a bit livelier and they throw stuff into the crowd like glow sticks to light up the room that bit more. I liked the music in here because it was such a mix from early 90's like Spice Girls and 90's dance to current chart, indie, dance r'n'b and urban. The dress code stated on the flyer is cool and sexy so it states no entry, no effort. There is a photographer going round throughout the night incase you have forgotten your camera taking photos which go onto a website where you can register and get it for free which is nice as I got a good photo with my friends.
Being busy, shows that this place must be good apart from having an incident with a girl trying to start a fight with me for no reason I did have a brilliant night and will definitely go back before I finish. A lot of my friends had an amazing night also and again want to go back so I succeeded finally in having a good night out in Manchester before leaving thanks to Opus! I am sure this is open until 2am on Mondays but not only do they have their 'We Love the 90's night on Mondays but during the week there other things.
On Tuesday they have The O Bar which has 2 for 1 cocktails and if you go on the website there is a drinks list with prices. They also have a mix of beach house and modern jazz which sounds interesting. Then on Wednesday there is La Havana which is Urban Latin Mix, World Music and Club Anthems. It is open from 9-2.45am. Basically this is a Latin and international mix with club classic, r'n'b, hip hop and more. They do £1 sambucca's, £2.50 double vodka and red bull's and it's free before 11.
Thursday is Kama Sutra, this is an r'n'b night, 3 themed rooms, cheap drinks and it's open 10-3am. Friday being a main going out night is just free entry. It is then open 5pm-2.30am. It has a mix of current chart to ultimate anthems and is also cheap drinks with three different rooms. Saturday is probably the busiest night to go out in Manchester, so they state they are busy before 11.30pm so to get there early. Again this is three rooms of dance, r'n'b, and a few from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Again more cheap drinks and free entry before 10.30pm otherwise it is £4 before 11pm, £6 before midnight then £8 after so judging by costs it's best to get in early. You are not allowed to wear sportswear or are denied entry. Lastly on a Sunday it is Salsa Sundowner, 6-9.30pm. They say that it is Latin Euphoria here but not much more information.
I'd say having only been on one night out here I can't overall judge it too much but definitely on a Monday if you're young and reading this and either are visiting Manchester soon or live there but haven't been then you should. It's not going to set you back much in money and it is a great night out. For more information go onto the official website http://www.opusmanchester.com here you can get on the guest list, get more information on club nights and comedy lounge as well as the bar & grill. You can also buy gift packages online for birthdays and special events and find out how to get to Opus.
Comedy Lounge with a bar and lounge and a nightclub on the first level.