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Described as "the lesbian mecca of the north", vanilla is a lively women's den situated in the heart of Manchester's gay village. Since opening in 1998, Vanilla has won many awards for its total dedication and commitment to the lesbian scene, not only in Manchester but throughout the UK. This culminated in winning the coverted title Best Bar in the UK 2002 and 2003 @ the DIVA awards, Europe's leading lesbian magazine. Vanilla has welcomed nearly one million women through its doors since opening and thousands have become lovers and friends.