Inside Chinawhite and Vanitas – the two huge new nightspots launched in Manchester just in time for party season

You wait ages for a new late-night bar to launch in Manchester then two come along at once.

London celebrity haunt Chinawhite has just opened inside the historic Milton Hall on Deansgate, while new late night bar Vanitas launched inside Manchester Hall last week.

Here we take a look at both venues in their historic locations, what you can expect and the times you can get in.


Photos by Eddy Gosht |

It’s a feast for the eyes from the moment you walk into new late night bar Vanitas in Manchester Hall on Bridge Street.

The new venue has been created inside the old Memorial Hall section of the Grade II-listed former Freemasons building, and uses the vast space and its huge arched ceiling and Greco-Roman style columns to dramatic effect.

The architectural grandeur is teamed with a sophisticated new lighting scheme, a DJ booth based in an old church pulpit and state-of-the-art sound system.

The whole venue is themed around its Vanitas name – a word which usually refers to the inevitability of death.  But here it is interpreted as a Day of the Dead theme – with the team from Scene My Event providing a roster of artists, fire-breathers, DJs and acrobats all dressed in skulls, flowers and masks as the night progresses.

Photos by Eddy Gosht |

Music style


Opening times

Thursday to Sunday from 8pm until late

Entry price



Legendary nightclub brand Chinawhite has made its first foray into Manchester with the launch of its new club on Deansgate.

It occupies the space inside the historic Milton Hall building formerly known as The Milton Club .

But bosses of the celeb haunt brand have created a whole new interior, with impressive lighting, terracotta sculptures leading the way in and pretty lanterns adorning the bars.

The venue launched in early November, coinciding with the brand’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Music style

House and R ‘n’ B.

Opening times

From 5.30pm until late on Friday
From 9pm until late on Saturday
From 10pm until late on Sunday

Entry price



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