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Interior of Yes, a bar and gig venue in Manchester
Interior of Yes, a bar and gig venue in Manchester
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YES is a gargantuan place with four floors of fun. Despite that, it still has a low-key cool and something approaching a homely vibe for somewhere so big.

The bar is good for cheap drinks and cheap eats too with pop-ups from pizza crew, Pepperoni Playboy and Bowie-loving purveyors of Greek food, We Can Be Gyros.

The downstairs bar is the most bar-like area with comfy booth seating, long tables and plenty of space to spread out with your mates. During the day, it’s a good place for coffee and laptops, but you can enjoy a good selection of craft beer too. There’s also a roof terrace and beer garden which are both a bonus in this part of town, just off the Oxford Road corridor.

Upstairs and in the basement, you’ll often find gigs from cool yet diverse indie acts as well as film screenings, markets and family discos. The 500-capacity Pink Room is the main gig venue but the 60-capacity basement is the place for unknown see-them-here-first-before-they-take-over-6-Music acts.

Now Wave are the brains behind YES so the musical line-up is always the cream of up-and-coming acts and the rooftop DJs are reason enough to go for a rum and coke and a post-industrial panorama.

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