“ Address: 13 Quay Street / Manchester / M3 3HN „
Walkabout is a chain of clubs that have an Australian theme, I have also been in lots of Walkabout bars around the country, and I've always found them to be welcoming and enjoyable places to go for a drink. However the bar in Manchester, which is located close to the Manchester Opera House, is an exception to the Walkabout rule.
When I was younger, I used to occasionally visit Walkabout Manchester and I never had any problems there, so when my sister (EmStap on Dooyoo), said she was celebrating her 19th birthday in Walkabout I wasn't too concerned.
The entry fee was £5, which is pretty standard, so I didn't have a gripe with that, but the clientele was awful. Virtually as soon as we walked in we saw the bouncers wading in to split up a fight and this continued throughout the night. The crowd in there wasn't particularly young, I would guess that the average customer was around the age of 30, but they were rough thirty year olds.
The theme for my sister's birthday night was 'Where's Wally?", so we all went along dressed as Wally from the cartoon. There were 25 of us in total and we were all looking forward to having a good time.
Throughout the night virtually every "Wally" had their hats stolen and thrown around the room, or their glasses nicked. I know we were all in fancy dress and you've got to expect that to a certain degree, but I found the people in here were quite aggressive with it and I think it's unfair to throw people's belongings across the room for a bit of fun.
One of my friends challenged a guy who stole her hat and he chucked a pint over her, she was drenched and very upset, but when this guys girlfriend started mouthing off at her she walked away. I think this situation had the potential to turn very nasty. At this point I'd also like to point out that neither me, nor my sister, nor anybody in my friendship group has ever been in a fight, it's just not our way, but it seems that some of the customers in this bar go out looking for trouble.
The drink prices in Walkabout were pretty standard for Manchester city centre, I paid around £3.50 for a pint, from memory and the one plus point is that there are three levels playing different music - the DJs normally play a mix of pop, R&B, Dance and Indie.
Needless to say, I won't be returning here. I think it's an awful club and unless they start being a bit more selective on the door, then it could lead to serious trouble. Stay well away.
Walkabout is a chain of australian themed sports bars located across a number of UK locations. The Manchester venue is located in the city centre, within walking distance of Deansgate Locks & around a 15-20 minute walk from Picadilly Gardens.
The venue is busiest on Friday & Saturday nights where you can expect to queue in order to get in with the place being open till 3am on both night. There is also a DJ on both these nights playing a selection of chart music allowing you to dance the night away until the early hours.
You normally have to pay around £5 for admission on these nights with it being free for the remainder of the week. Unlike many other venues in Manchester, this place tends to be more dominated by the locals rather than the students.
The place is quite spacious with reasonly priced drinks. You can get even cheaper drinks by getting your hands on one of their loyalty cards. However I have noticed that the atmosphere isn't always a friendly one, in fact I've spotted fights occuring numerous times in the past.
I've visited this venue in the past on a number of occasions however because of the volatile atmosphere, I think there are better drinking establishments in Manchester.
A cool sports bar with an Austalian twist.