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Manchester's Number 1 Live Music Venue

Home of the Zombie Shack Night Club

Real Pub Grub with a Vegan Twist

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Hand Pumped Real Ales

Nightly Live Entertainment

Live Music at its Best

Welcome to the Thirsty Scholar

The Thirsty Scholar is Manchesters best free live music Venue! You will find nowhere better to hear acoustic solo artists, bands and DJ’s in a warm, relaxing atmosphere. The live music runs from Monday to Thursday with weekends reserved for DJ’s and Special Promotions.

If you like a nice pint we can say our lines are the cleanest in town, and they need to be; to underpin the best selection of draught lager, traditional cask ales and specialty imported world beers and premium brands.

The Zombie Shack is Manchester’s newest, boldest, most brazen tiki cocktail bar! You’ll find us located just off Oxford Road. Nestled between the chuntering train tracks of Oxford Road Train Station above and the well loved Mancunian watering hole, The Thirsty Scholar. Hidden atop a bamboo staircase adorned with totems and tiki torches.

Got Some Talent?


Ever been to one of our live music nights and thought you could do better? Well now’s your chance! We are currently looking for promising live music promoters to host nights in both The Thirsty Scholar and The Zombie Shack. If you think you have what it takes drop a message to with some details about yourself and any experience you have. Pay negotiable.