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About BarPop - The Heartbeat of Canal Street

We are an LGBTQ+ owned, operated and run independent venue located at the centre of
Manchester's World famous Gay Village district on Canal Street.

John & Antonio

Owners of BarPop & The Church

John Hamilton, has been in the industry for over 30 years.  Having owned several smaller venues in the beginning, he went on to launch Poptastic in 1996 and in many ways, the brand is still going strong today.

Along with his husband Antonio and their beloved Juanita (the real boss) they took a great leap of faith in 2013 and opened BarPop on Canal Street.

Together, they have amassed a large team of highly skilled professions in their own right from senior multi-venue managers, world-wide entertainers and team members that have gained the knowledge and skills within their business to progress to their own next levels.

Both are active charity fundraisers within the community and since our inception, have raised over £200,000 for good causes.  

Please come and join John, Antonio and the team on our journey as we continue to bring the Gay Village alive!

We have just celebrated our 10th birthday

The keys were handed over on the 23rd of September 2013, and on the 25th September 2013, a new dawn began as BarPop opened it's doors to a whole new crowd.  Focused on the community, BarPop has grown to become one of Manchester's most loved venues.

Proud to be an inclusive bar for all our patrons and staff, no matter who you are, where you are from or how you identify, you will always be welcomed through our doors.

Our team is one of the most diverse in the country and we are proud to support and employ anyone regardless of ethnicity, sexuality, gender, background or beliefs.  

Working with the Best

Throughout the year, our venue along with our sister venue The Church, works hard to organise and house charitable events with some amazing and worthy organisations.  They include: The Village Angels, George House Trust, Mermaids, Albert Kennedy Trust, The LGBT Foundation, AXM Foundation, Sparkle - The Gender Diversity Celebration and many more.


Contact our Management Team

If you have been in contact with one of our managers and wish to follow up any conversations you may have had, you can find out how to reach them directly below.  Rest assured, they will respond to all messages as soon as they can.



BarPop & The Church



BarPop & The Church

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