Art & Culture

New independent arts bar to open under the arches

53Two Bar will be a community hub by day and members' club by night to support and promote local creatives in Manchester.

Anna Willis Anna Willis - 23rd April 2021

A new independent arts venue will open below the arches at Manchester Central in May.

53Two Bar has been launched to support local artists, creators and producers after what has been a very difficult year for the creative industry.

Opening in a Grade-II listed heritage site beneath the former train station, the 150-capacity bar will be a ‘community hub’ for the arts sector – serving coffee and cakes during the day and drinks and live entertainment at night.

The venue is also supporting local producers by serving beer from local breweries and pasties from Bolton-based HM Pasties – as well as a range of support services for people working in the industry.

53Two Bar will also operate as an ‘artists members club’ after 11pm where creative industry workers can relax for a late-night drink.


Ahead of its official launch, the space will be used as a studio and private cinema room for streaming live performances and plays.

Simon Naylor, Director of 53Two said: “53Two Bar will continue our tradition of creating an inclusive, accessible place for Manchester – full of laughter, creativity and conversation.


“Everyone’s welcome, especially anyone working in the arts who has struggled during lockdown.”

The 53Two Bar will open on May 30.

Featured image: 53Two