Manchester235 calls itself a “Las Vegas style casino”, and whilst it doesn’t quite compare to the big shiny gambling venues in Nevada, it’s certainly a venue worth attending if you’re visiting Manchester. Based in a great little location – inside the Great Northern precinct just off Deansgate – the casino pulls in a diverse crowd all hours of the day and night, hosting a decent number of events throughout the week that include live music sessions, Salsa Sundays, special guests, such as mind readers and magicians, and seasonal tasting menus.

There are two very good restaurants situated within the premises, as well as a good-looking games floor with a nice choice of table games and two late-night bars. There’s also a poker lounge, and a number of rooms available to book for functions and parties.


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  • Opening Hours: This casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Membership: Sign-in on arrival
  • Getting There: Situated at Great Northern, 2 Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4LP – right around the corner from Deansgate Train Station, Deansgate Metrolink stop and St Peter’s Square Metrolink stop
  • Parking: Car park available downstairs for members

Casino Games

When you visit Manchester 235 you’ll be able to partake in a number of different table games, including Blackjack, American Roulette, Punto Banco and Three Card Poker. The choice isn’t overwhelming, but it’s certainly acceptable, and the general atmosphere inside the casino helps to create a decent gambling experience for both first-time visitors and regulars. There are also a number of slots and electronic gaming machines available offering popular games, such as Cleopatra and Pharaoh’s Fortune, as well as progressive electronic roulette machines with a number of sizable jackpots up for grabs.


The poker lounge at Manchester235 is open Monday to Thursday 7pm-7.30am, Friday 7pm to Monday 7.30am, and 24 hours a day on the weekends. Different tournaments are held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with cash games available to play on a daily basis (the rake on these games is 5%, capped at £5). There is also a progressive jackpot on all Texas Hold ‘Em games.

Loyalty Program

Manchester235 offer a Poker Rewards program for poker participants, which gives them the opportunity to earn points whilst they play. These points can then be used at a later date for privileges. Players can earn 60 points per hour in cash games and 10 points for every £1 spent on tournament registration fees.

The general Caesars Entertainment Player Awards scheme is also in place for other table games, which offers players the opportunity to move up membership tiers and become eligible for improved gifts in time. The more you play, the closer you’ll get to becoming an exclusive member.

Food and Drink

Manchester235 is home to two restaurants – James Martin and Ocean Treasure – and two bars – Vega Lounge and Icon VIP Lounge.

James Martin restaurant was actually named in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, so you can expect an excellent meal. We certainly thought the food was of a very high standard. Ocean Treasure is also very good, offering Chinese cuisine and other Far Eastern food.

The Vega Lounge is the main bar inside Manchester235, and it’s pretty good fun with live music and DJ’s playing all throughout the week. The Icon VIP Lounge is the very exclusive part of the casino, and you’ll only ever be allowed access to this area by official invite. If you move into the VIP sectors of the Players Rewards tiers, you should expect to receive a tap on the shoulder from one of the casino staff asking if you’d like to go inside the Icon VIP Lounge. In many cases, you’ll probably end up seeing a few famous Manchester faces whilst you’re there, we certainly did!