Sankeys is a one-of-a-kind nightclub, located in an area known as ancoats, on the out skirts of Manchester city centre (£5 in a taxi from the centre for those unfamiliar). The club is probably the closest you will get to the legacy left by the Hacienda, which voted amongst the best of all time - where acid house exploded into life.
However, for those expecting a shabby copy of the infamous Hacienda, Sankeys is far from that. As the house music scene has evolved, Sankeys has always been there to inspire the best DJs in the world to perform ground-breaking sets; earning the club the number 1 rank in the world (as voted by DJ Mag) in 2010. The underground vibe, combined with the sound system, lights, smoke machines and general euphoria of everybody in the place, captures and relives the house music scene as it was at its peak in the early 90s. There are fewer places in Manchester where you will feel as safe as you do here; everyone is looking for a good time rather than a brawl, a perfect place to chat to new, like minded people.
The prices are usually varied from £8-20, depending on the acts on a specific night and how early you get there. This may seem a little steep, but the money is well worth the experience, as no place compares to this. Prices of alcohol are also a little expensive, around £5 for a bottle of beer/cider, mainly due to the fact that not everyone in the place consumes alcohol. So with this in mind, be prepared to pre-drink before you go; either in other bars or at home.
Another bonus with a club like this is you can literally party all night, with nights usually going on until 4,5 even 6 am. There are then ample amounts of taxis as soon as you leave in order to deliver you home safely.
Anyway, don't just take my word for it, get yourself down and enjoy the night!
this was orginally a soap factory.
Its located about a 15 minute walk from picadilly train station or victoria train station, you can also get a taxi which shouldnt cost too much.
Before visiting i had read many reviews that the dorr men were really strict howvere when i visited the super club ( i have been twice now) they were fine both times, however in terms of the dress code, your going to dance - dont come all dressed up smart wear what your comfortable dancing in.
recently Sankyes got voted number one club in the world by dj magazine.
sankeys has three main rooms, the bar - when you walk in there is a small bar with a coulerful lighted wall and a dj booth, this is also where the toilets are.
there is the main room and then there is a room upstairs called spektrum which isnt always open
they also have an outdoor terrace so you dont need to leave the club to smoke.
there was 5 bars which i counted and the prices wernt too bad - a around £2 a bottle of water.
the first time i visited was a sold out night to see Fake Blood, we arrived at midnight and didnt get into the club until 1am however being open until 6am this didnt bother us.
dont visit this club on busy nights if you dont like being squashed into big crowdes and pushed around, this club has the tightest crowd iv even been in and people are contantly trying to push past.
In terms of drugs, its bound to happen in a dance club, on both visits it looked as if a fair few people were on drugs - we even got offered some in the outdoor terrace, but you just say no if your not into that.
prices start form about £10-£20 depending on the names.
Sankey's as it is now called is a dance club in Manchester situated down a backstreet in Ancoats (Radium Street). The club was voted 5th Best club in the world by clubbers in the 2009 voting from djmag. 2009 saw sankeys reach its 15th birthday and with this the club made 15 improvements in a bid to make it the number one club in the world (voting of which has now recently opened again).
The club tends to cater for various different forms of dance music, however one off nights are sometimes held there and once a month there is a drum and bass night there (some would argue this is a form of dance music though).
Sankeys has been one of the best clubs globally for years, but with attendances apparently up 25% in 2009 in a year in which we had the world's worst recession that was pretty good!
Djs as diverse as Carl Cox, The Chemical Brothers, Armin Van Buuren, Laidback Luke and 2 many djs played as part of the 15th birthday celebrations.
2010 see's artists such as Tiefschwarz, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, DJ Sneak, Nick Curly, Timo Maas, Felix Da Housecat, James Zabeila, Boys Noize and John Dahlback to just name a few!
The club itself has a bar area with djs on, then the main room (known as the basement) which a great light set up in there and visuals behind the dj which hosts the main dj. Then there is an outdoor cinema section and outdoor smoking area. Upstairs the club is known as Spektrum, some nights this is hosted as a different club and sometimes the same club depending what night it on and what dj is playing.
The club is open till around 5.30am and runs till 7am on certain nights.
Drinks prices are reasonable compared to other clubs and bars in Manchester.
The club has a cash machine and a cloakroom area that is big enough to keep your bags - so you don't even need a hotel if you travelling from far!
sankeys dress code is a joke as well, you get there only to be told you cant come in cos ur wearing something we dont allow today. Never going there again no matter how fooking good it is. And the doormen/stewards or whatever they call themselves are just sankey bummers, maybe not all of them but a certain few are.
Sankey's is possibly the best night in Manchester. With a great club atmosphere and plenty of very cool people (eg, if you knock someones drink on the foor by accident then you are 10x more likely to get a hug than a punch). The people who attend are your usual mix of people out for one large night and people who attend every week because it's just that good. The music is always top notch whether you are going to a big name night or not. The cloakroom works, and the attendants are nice as the proverbial pie. The dress code is whatever looks good, I have previosly attended in my sambas and tee, and have also been in suited and booted at other times. The bar can be expensive if you drink the wrong drinks, but no more expensive than elsewhere in town, infact I would say it is on the cheaper side of club prices (when I say expensive this is my Eezer Scrooge side coming out). Tap water is given free, so keep your empty bottle and get it filled. All in all a freking top night. Absolutely f*cking A!!
Sankey's Soap recently celebrated one year since it re-opened with a refurbishment and some great parties. The club itself is situated just outside Manchester city centre, about 10 minutes walk from the bus stops, in the middle of what seems to be an industrial estate, well, it used to be a soap factory so what do you expect. It has been a club for quite some years now but had to close down in the mid 90's due to Manchester’s gang problem and the numerous club/gang related shootings, but about a year ago it reopened with long time Manc promoters Golden on a Saturday night, and the all new Tribal sessions on a Friday. Golden had a trance/hard house music policy, with guests such as Judge Jules and Jon '00' Flemming, whilst Tribal sessions has a more progressive spin on things with guests such as John Digweed and Erick Morillo. Sadly Golden no longer hosts the Saturday nights, this being put down to the escalating costs involved in pulling in a big name DJ to a club they didn't own, but they reckon that they will soon be back in Manc in an all new venue, even better than before. This has been replaced by 'Red Light', a house night with a music policy described as 'sleazy house', if you say so then. Anyway, now for a quick description of the club: You enter through the front gate, have a quick frisk by the bullet proof jacketed bouncers, and find yourself in an outside courtyard with the cloakroom on the left and the club on the right. This may well cause problems when it's raining, as it often is in the North, as you have to queue outside to get your coat at the end of the night, but it only seems to be us Southern softies that bring a coat anyway so maybe it's not too much of a problem. The courtyard is perfect for chilling later on in the night as the club can get rather hot, especially when the big names are on, but it may be a bit too chilled in the winter, especially when it’s raining, again. Anywa
y, when you go into the club you are thrust into the main room, the dancefloor is to your left, the bar and seating to your right, and the upstairs straight on. The dancefloor takes up about half the club and has quite a few podiums and a wicked sound and light system, the DJ box is raised at the front of the 'floor and they look out across the whole crowd. There are two bars in this room, one only selling water and the other with a range of more potent products, though no draught beers, so they can rip you off royally for bottles (£2.70). Behind the bars there is some limited seating, but this is always full so you have to hover around a bit if you want a seat. The upstairs has recently been changed round, making the dancefloor bigger and reducing seating space. There is also a bar up here, which is generally not as busy as the ones downstairs. The lighting and sound is not as good upstairs, but then it never is in the second room, is it? The VIP room is also hidden away up here, if you’re lucky enough to get invited in. The decor throughout the club is of an industrial nature, with exposed bricks on the wall and such like, it all looks quite smart and not as rundown as many clubs. The enrance is about £8 - £10 depending on the night, but it may be more depending on the DJ, for example I recently paid £15 to see Sasha. Another thing when the big names are on is the club will sell out and maybe be a bit crowded for some people, the capcity's only about 600 and the dancefloor ain't too big so expect a few bruised toes. The crowd is generally quite friendly and the bouncers do a good job of keeping the Scally's away, most people there are quite serious clubbers, this is probably due to the price of the night, the DJ's and the location of the club, so most people are quite clued up about the music. The atmosphere is usually terrific, especially at Tribal Sessions as they have a very loyal crowd and a well defined p
rogressive music policy, their brilliant resident team always keeps the punters happy as well. The dress code isn't too strict, but remember you're going to a club, not a sports event, so dress accordingly. I would thoroughly recommend Sankey's for a 'proper' clubbing night out, and I often journey over there from Leeds, showing how good it is, as I grace it with my presence. Tickets are available for when the 'big names' play, and sell out fast so be quick or be disappointed. Overall a great little club with a fantastic crowd, good nights and good DJ's, maybe a little small to be a 'super club', but I think it's super in it's own little way.