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A night in the north: Top 3 hotspots in Manchester

Where to go and what to do in Manchester.

Manchester nightlife

Are you looking for somewhere different to go for your next night out? If so, have you considered Manchester? This northern city is brimming with unique and exciting things to do, with something for everyone. To help you plan your night out in Manchester, you should take a look at these top hotspots which are popular with both residents and visitors.

Salford Quays

You may know Salford Quays for its business scene and regeneration projects. This dockland area has experienced a significant amount of regeneration, with plenty of developments being implemented such as Bridgewater Wharf and Hollywood apartments, which are backed by property experts RWinvest. Surrounding these developments are an array of bars, restaurants and other attractions which have injected life into Manchester’s waterfront.

If you plan to take a trip to this end of the city, you should visit Pier Eight in the famous Lowry Theatre which offers guests a spectacular view of the water. You can opt for pre-theatre dining for just £29 for two courses, where you can indulge in some local favourites before catching a show like Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers or West End spectacles. If you want to continue the night after the performance, you could stay for drinks. Alternatively, for something casual, try out The Dockyard which is just a short walk across to MediaCity, where you can find some of the best beer in Manchester.


One of the most popular areas in Manchester is Spinningfields, where you can find some excellent fine dining spots, including The Ivy, which is frequented by Manchester locals and celebs. There is no way you will miss this restaurant, as it is covered in greenery all the way from the ground floor to the private Skylight Terrace. Here you can enjoy a variety of choices, such as small Thai plates alongside Asian-inspired cocktails with a background of florals and a resident DJ, all offering the perfect girls night out.

If you want to stay up on the clouds, you should head to 20Stories’ roof garden terrace, which offers a 360 view of Manchester. Don’t worry if you’re heading to Manchester in the colder months, as there are firepits located in every corner of the terrace so that you won’t freeze while sipping your favourite cocktail.

The Northern Quarter

A well-known nightlife hotspot is Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which is home to a wide selection of bars and restaurants. One of the more unusual eateries in Manchester is located here – Cottonopolis, which is a Japanese-inspired restaurant that serves everything from mouth-watering bao buns to Miso chocolate brownies that are to die for. You can also indulge in an all-you-can-eat affair on a Sunday from 4 pm where you can eat anything you want for 2 hours for only £26. Before you leave, make sure you try one of their floral-infused cocktail blends which are surprisingly thirst-quenching.

Another unique bar that is worth a visit is Science and Industry, which is one of Manchester’s best-kept secrets. This nightlife spot is hidden within another popular bar, Cain and Grain, but the bartenders will navigate you towards the right entrance. You may be confused by the science experiment-style drinks with dry ice galore. However, surprisingly, it is the secret food menu with the sought-after brisket that has got many Manchester locals talking.


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