Raise A Glass: Joshua Brooks

First opening its doors back in 1993, enduring Manchester nightclub, Joshua Brooks has stood resolutely on the banks of the River Medlock for almost three decades. Continuing to serve its dance-music-loving community with quality live events, courtesy of some of the most reputed DJs and nighttime brands, it’s become a place of historical significance in Northern England over its many years, promoting and adding value to Manchester’s world-renowned music scene. 

Closed and shuttered during the pandemic, and for some time feared lost to the growing list of clubbing institutions that have been forced to close their doors in recent times, the venue was rescued mercifully by a pair of Mancunian promoters - Jorge Meehan and Brian Murphy of events brand, JBM Media. The duo, who share years of experience in the industry, having launched a number of successful open-air events - including Burnley’s Wile Out Festival and Southern Sunset Festival in Hastings - reopened Joshua Brooks to the public once again just last year, in 2021, following a massive two-hundred-thousand pound refurbishment. 

Upon entering the recently revitalised venue, guests are now greeted by a ‘back to brick’ warehouse-style interior, reminiscent of some of the city’s most iconic clubbing spots - the likes of Victoria Warehouse or the Depot Mayfield over by Piccadilly Train Station. A sun-trap terrace area opens out onto the side of the venue, overlooking the waters of the Medlock, whilst the revamped bar area serves an assortment of exotic cocktails as well as craft ales, ciders and beers (including crisp, cold pints of Manchester Union Lager, of course), keeping the punters refreshed and socially lubricated.

A popular destination amongst students living in the city and those visiting from outside its border, the seven-days-a-week locale has also become a widely recommended place to grab a well-priced plate of contemporary pub grub, from its newly added kitchen.

The main attraction of Joshua Brooks, however, is still without question its basement rave space. The infamously dark and sweaty, lower ground floor nightclub has played host to many of the greats of electronic music over previous years. Standout performances have come from the likes of Disclosure, Joy O, Chicago house legend, Derrick Carter, George Fitzgerald, and even The Chemical Brothers, where it is said the duo took on their first-ever residency. And the big hitters keep on coming.

Furthering the remarkable legacy of Joshua Brooks, Meehan and Murphy proceed to welcome a host of huge names. Due to take command of the atmospheric underground club throughout the remainder of the year are renowned talents including local favourite, Darius Syrossian, up-and-comer, Chippy Nonstop, Koala club night co-founder, wAFF, and Toolroom Records boss, Mark Knight. 

For an all-in-one clubbing experience, improved by a selection of well-priced beverages and a delectable menu of dishes - look no further than Joshua Brooks. You won’t be disappointed.

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