Riley's Bar: MDC's Social Bar



Riley’s Bar at Manchester Deaf Centre, which opened in August 2021, is proving popular as a meeting place. It is a relaxed lounge and bar, with a range of hot and cold drinks and light snacks. This social space is welcoming to all and is an ideal city centre location for catching up with friends. It can be hired for events too and has hosted a variety of talks, meetings and parties.

"Riley’s Bar is a comfortable place for me to meet other deaf people and socialise, the bar staff are always lovely and helpful. I feel relaxed knowing I can communicate with everyone there."

Open every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm

It's also open for special events!

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Terry Riley


The bar’s name was chosen in memory of Manchester born Dr Terry Riley OBE, who passed away in 2019. Terry was a prominent broadcaster, campaigner for Deaf rights, and helped raise awareness of British Sign Language. He became secretary and chair of Manchester Deaf Centre at the age of 15 and went on to chair the British Deaf Association and editor of the BBC’s "See Hear "programmes.

To learn more about Terry’s life (in BSL and English) go to:

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Manchester Deaf Centre,
Crawford House,
Booth Street East,
M13 9GH

09:00 – 17:00


0161 273 3415

Registered Charity Number: 1110373