Manchester has plenty of fun-filled evening activities throughout the year and its live music scene is legendary. The city hosts a series of annual festivals including the three week International Music Festival with headlining groups and soloists, a popular annual jazz festival and an acclaimed literature festival. Let us have a look at the top 10 things to do in Manchester at night.
1. Dance the night away
The Warehouse Project is one of the city’s best clubbing destinations. It has become so popular that it has moved from the old brewery warehouse and its ‘home’ is now an old World War II air-raid shelter underneath Piccadilly railway station! The project runs for 12 weeks from September till December and culminates in the wackiest New Year’s party! The music is loud, the beat is strong and its all great fun. For the rest of the year, there is a slightly more modestly-sized club in the old Granada Studios.
2. Be a top singer for the night
Tiger Tiger is another one of the city’s largest clubs and can be found in The Printworks area. It has eight different venues that are all styled differently, have a different character and play different types of music. For those who would rather relax with a drink or good meal, Tiger Tiger has a restaurant and several different bars. ‘Lucky Voice’ is a series of eight differently sized karaoke pods where you and your friends can enjoy an evening of singing all your favorite songs! There are 8,000 songs to choose from on the playlist and drinks can be ordered and served in your pod!
3. Have fun at Albert’s Schloss
Situated in a barn in Peter Street, this is a fun place for those who enjoy an ever-changing and colorful night scene! When you walk in there is wood paneling, skis hanging on the wall and a roaring log fire! No two nights are ever the same and include plenty of good live music and great cabaret – the atmosphere is terrific. Everything has a German theme including the good choice of food which includes delicious Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and many other tasty German foods plus a delicious Alpine-style pizza.
4. Relax with a stylish coffee
The Icelandic coffee shop in the northern quarter of the city has the name Takk meaning ‘thanks’. It is a stylish coffee venue with bare brick walls, Scandi minimalist furnishings including old school desks and the smell of really good coffee! The coffee beans used are mainly locally made brands such as Graft, Heart and Man CoCo. There are specialty coffees to enjoy with salted caramel being the most popular. If you are hungry, you will be tempted by the great handcrafted sandwiches, salads, and irresistible espresso brownies!
5. Enjoy some great craft beer
Manchester is well known for its excellent craft beers which rank amongst the best in the world. Port Street Beer House (PSBH) is a good place to try some of the local labels and its owner is well known in the beer world as he organizes the October beer festival in the city. The wood-lined bar has wooden floors and a ceiling beam adorned with hundreds of different beer coasters. Upstairs there is a saloon with cozy individual booths for groups and outside there is a large beer garden – often with a local food trader selling meals. PSBH stocks a huge range of local craft beers including Marble. If you find that you particularly enjoy Marble then you can plan to visit the Marble Arch pub on Rochdale Road which has all the Marble range – including new lines at the developmental stage!
6. Explore colorful Chinatown
Manchester’s Chinatown is huge – the largest in Europe – and its entrance is marked by an ornate Chinese gateway. Situated close to the city center, Chinatown has a good selection of restaurants, shops, supermarkets, and a good bakery! There is a choice of Chinese restaurants including ‘Pearl City’ and ‘Happy Seasons’ with delicious handmade noodles served with beef skewers at ‘BBQ Handmade Noodles King’. ‘Siam Smiles’ is perfect if you enjoy good Thai food and Yuzu serves great Japanese cuisine and specializes in sashimi.
7. Enjoy good Grub
Grub is a slang term for ‘food’ and is also the name of the fun street fair that can be found under the railway arches in the Fairfield Social Club. Open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12.00 noon – 10.00 p.m. there is a good choice of tasty street food plus music and beer too. On a Sunday, the ‘plant-powered event’ offers a great range of vegan dishes to enjoy.
8. Combine quirky pizza with a great beer
Beer Pong Tourney is the fun event organized every Wednesday evening at Crazy Pedro’s Pizza Parlour in Deansgate. There is a fun atmosphere with good music and great tasting pizzas with unusual flavor combinations and some really good local brews too. Crazy Pedro’s is open seven days a week for a good pizza and there is always a party atmosphere!
9. Plan a fun evening in The Quays
Situated just ten minutes from the city center, the Quays used to be a busy dockland but today is enjoying a renaissance as a stylish and popular entertainment area with coffee shops and restaurants – with outside terraces for summer evenings. There are cinemas and shops in The Lowry shopping mall. The Quays is situated just ten minutes from the iconic Manchester United football ground.
10. Learn how to create great cocktails
There are several places in the city where you can have a fun evening learning the art of cocktail making! You are welcomed with a Champagne cocktail at Black Dog Ballroom in Oldham Street before learning how to make the bar’s signature cocktail. Your lesson is with the award-winning cocktail staff who gives you lots of tips along the way before you have a go at recreating the cocktail -perfectly!
If you love rum, then the ideal masterclass for you is held at Be At One in Barton Square where you will enjoy a cocktail made with Pusser’s Rum before sampling and learning about some different combinations for great rum cocktails and then creating your own – great fun!
Updated: October 24, 2019