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No.1 Live Music Venue

Open Mike and DJ's

Classic Vegan Pub Grub

Hand pumped real ales

Zombie Shack Night Club

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Jazz up your Wednesday's

The Jazz Fraternity

With Live Jazz Music!

2nd and 4th Wednesday

of every Month

Jazz Jam

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Welcome to the Thirsty Scholar

The Thirsty Scholar is the best, most widely recognised, free live music venue. You will find the very best up and coming acoustic artists, bands, DJ’s and more right here! Live music runs from Monday to Thursday or come in in and join us at the weekend for the best live DJ entertainment. See our events guide for more information.

Regular Monday to Thursday nights are all about live music. Friday is rolling mix of DJ’s of varying styles and Saturday night is the resident, Also there are lots of Crazy Autumn Specials coming up so follow us on facebook for the latest news and updates.

We offer a large selection of draught lager, traditional cask ales, specially imported world beers and premium packaged lagers and ciders.

Head down to the Zombie Shack and wash down one of our tantalising cocktails while the heady mix of tropical tunes and the volcanic vibe wash over you.

With a great range of themed nights, awesome competitions and fun games planned, you are guaranteed a night to remember.

Featured – Ska Sunday

Ska Music ManchesterOn the last Sunday of every month The Thirsty Scholar offers some classic Ska, Raggae and 2-Tone courtesy of the top Rock-Steady DJ in the UK.

You don’t need to wear a black suit, white shirt, pork pie hat and black loafers to enjoy the Rock Steady Beat. Turn up, grab a drink and step back in time! Ska Sunday is a hugely popular mix of alternative Reggae and Ska Music with plenty of SAX appeal! Ska Sunday is one of the longest serving events in Manchester.

Find our more on our Events Page

Responsible Promoter?

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.