Wednesday, 31 January 2018

10 Date Ideas In Manchester

Manchester is a constantly evolving city, it’s a great time to live or visit here. There’s new bars, restaurants and experiences popping up all over the show.

Valentines Day is fast approaching and I’ve been trying to think of something to do. I started mentally writing down some options and thought why not share them in a post. I see people asking for suggestions on what to do in manchester all the time so hopefully it will be useful to someone.

Here are some of the things I am thinking of doing/have done before…

1. Junk Yard Golf

I never think of myself as competitive until I get put in a situation like this. The three different courses are made from pre-owned and pretty random pieces, given it an urban-hipster vibe. There’s mid-way bars on the courses to top up your drink. Junk Yard Golf is now on First Street, which is an area of Manchester that’s undergoing a big makeover with loads of bars and restaurants opening up. So you can easily pop out for food/drink afterwards.

2. Chill Factore

If you’re looking for something active why not try Chill Factore. I keep thinking about skiing lately, I really want to get back on the slopes, fake or real. I haven’t been here since I was in sixth form but I’d love to go back soon! At least until I can afford a lovely ski trip in the Alps.

3. Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23

This has been on the top of my to-do list for a few months now. Cloud 23 is located in the Hilton on Deansgate on the 23rd floor (has anyone else seen the film 23?). There’s a few different afternoon tea choices ranging from cream tea to free-flowing champagne afternoon tea. The food looks delicious and the views stunning.

4.  Cat Cafe 

Is there a more adorable way to spend an afternoon tea drinking hot chocolate surrounded by cats? You pay for your time spent there and prices include unlimited hot drinks. Sometimes they also do events like cat yoga or cat movie night, cute!

5. Table Tennis At Twenty Twenty-Two

This is one of my favourite bars in the northern quarter. It costs just £5 per half hour, except Mondays when it’s free! You don’t need to book beforehand, I’ve always just shown up on the day. The venue changes it’s decorations several times throughout the year so it’ll always look slightly different.

6. Dog Bowl

I used to go bowling all the time when I was younger, it was one of the few forms of entertainment I had growing up in my small town. The menu has a bunch of junk food like loaded fries (yum!) and burgers. 

7. Hotel Gotham

I really want to stay in Gotham but I just can’t justify paying to stay in Manchester while I live here. It’s quite fancy so will cost a little more than the others on this list. On their website they’re highlighting Valentines packages including a five course dinner or afternoon tea. 

8. Watch A Film At Home

Home has plenty to offer, including a contemporary cinema. They show some of the latest, classics and and independent films. I haven’t gone here myself yet but I know a few people who have and they have rated it. I’m such a film lover, I really need to pay a visit soon!

9. Escape Room/Break Out

I love these kind of things even though they’re so much more difficult than I expected them to be. Each time I have gone I have gotten out at the last minute after many clues! Both Escape Room and Break Out are good to go to, with different themed rooms with different difficulty ratings. This one is more of a group thing so maybe one for the double+ dates.

10. Axe Throwing

Yeah this one seems a little strange but apparently it’s fun. Whistle Punks found success in London and decided to open up shop up north too. It’s located in the Great Northern which is very central, so you’ll be walking distance from many of the best Manchester bars. Make sure you do the axe throwing before drinks though, could be dangerous otherwise. The place is set up like a shooting range you’d find in America, but they’ve switched the gun for axes, because why not!



  1. Manchester sounds so cool! It's definitely on my list of places to visit. I love these ideas - the axe throwing is so random haha

    1. Isn't it though? I need to try it just for the lols xx

  2. Great ideas! Really want to try the Escape rooms!

    Anna x

  3. Such good ideas! I've been to Cloud 23 for cocktails of an evening but afternoon tea would be so lush. I've also done escape room, it's hilarious imagine a first date doing that? I would love it :') I really want to do junk yard golf so bad, and go to the cat cafe!! And I've been to watch a play at home, it's such an incredible little venue.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Yasmin 💗
    The Sweet Seven Five

    1. Oh I've heard the cocktails are supposed to be good too! Escape rooms would be such an intense first date haha! xx


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