Manchester: Bigger and Better Than Ever

Posted in News & Polls by Aisha Farndon on 05/12/2013

Manchester’s constantly evolving for the better

You may have been on a Manchester stag weekend or hen party a few years ago but if you’ve not been back since, then I would strongly suggest you take a second trip! The past few years has seen a wealth of news bars and restaurants popping up all over the city. It is literally a case of blink and you’ll miss another opening. If only I was seen as important enough to be invited to every single one….though I’m still pretty chuffed with the few invites I’ve managed to blag!

I’ve always been a firm favourite of the Manchester bar and club scene and always loved eating out in Manchester –and so I was still happy to stay on when lots of my friends seemed to desert me for London. However, the last couple of years have seen things taken up a notch.


The Northern Quarter

Manchester has been known for its vibrant independent bar scene, with The Northern Quarter being renowned for its indie bars and live music acts. It’s probably why those on a Manchester stag weekend have always loved it here. I’ve always been a Northern Quarter girl at heart but there has been a spread of more unique and quirky bars outside the city centre, such as The Liar’s Club off Deansgate (home to the infamous and lethal Zombie cocktails).

The main difference is in the rise of the upmarket cocktail bars, which will go down well with parties and stags trying their best chat up lines – Spinningfields is brimming with them, with the Alchemist and Neighbourhood being firm favourites with the in-crowd. A surprise twist can also be seen on Peter Street and the Great Northern area – once home to the rowdy Brannigans and Chicago Rock, it has now been transformed into a destination street with the opening of Revolution de Cuba, Brewdog and Mexican bar and restaurant Lucha Libre. Elixir Bar also launched recently on Deansgate, led by Escapade Bars, who specialise in helping other bars to set up their own cocktail list. To say their cocktails were to die for is an understatement!

The Alchemist

The restaurant scene has also really picked up and Manchester has now got everything –  from edgy eating joints and high-class dining establishments to your favourite high street chains. So there’s now plenty of choice on your Manchester stag weekend or hen do. Yes, Manchester has gone a bit “foodie” (see my guide to Manchester’s best “foodie” restaurants). The obvious mentions include The French and Manchester House fighting it out to see who can get the first Michelin star (my “foodie fiancé” took me to The French and it was delicious!). You’ve also got the so-cool-there’s-a-queue-around the-block burger joint Almost Famous and Byron Burger for those who love a good bit of honest food in a unique setting.

We’re currently working hard to bring you lots more unique and independent bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from so watch this space if you’re considering a Manchester stag weekend or hen do!