by Michael Ferguson on 12/10/2013
The capital of the North without a doubt – Manchester has everything you could possibly want for a weekend away, whether its heavy nights, culture or activity filled days – this sprawling and varied city won’t disappoint.
For your night time entertainment, you have a wide choice of destinations. The Northern Quarter is a popular area, with a range of more bohemian and ‘one off’ independents and live music venues. The Millennium Quarter and The Printworks has recovered marvellously after the 1996 IRA attack, and now houses multiple chain bar an restaurants, with few original old pubs thrown in there for good measure. Deansgate is the home of the trendy and boasts some sophisticated and stylish cocktail bars. It’s also a stone’s throw from several of the main theatres, and so a handy situation for post or pre theatre drinks! Around the corner sees Deansgate Locks – a series of bars in which you are sure to have a great night. With a Comedy Store situated here, you could start your night with some laughs too! Canal Street is a short distance away, and is famed for its colourful venues and individuals! Be prepared to dance to cheesy tunes and no doubt get some glitter in your hair…
Shopping in and around Manchester really is up there with the best cities. 2 Selfidges, a Harvey Nichols, every designer shop you could possibly want, as well as an enviable high street – Manchester city centre is extremely impressive. For football fans, arguably the biggest football team in the World has its home here – Mancheter United, as well as their rivals Manchester city – take their turns at having home games each week – and so catching a game is definitely a viable weekend option! As mentioned, Manchester has a fair few theatres, and so it’s worth taking a look to see what will be on when you’re visiting!
In terms of eateries – there is everything you would possibly want, and more to boot! Thestags love to head to The Curry Mile before heading on a night out – which is exactly what it says on the tin – a mile long road of culinary delights on each side – every takeaway place you can possibly imagine. If of course you’re looking or something a bit more upmarket, you can try and make a reservation at Michael Caines – situated in the basement of the Abode Hotel – this 2 Michelin star restaurant has been voted Manchester’s best – a must see if you have the time, inclination and money! Great middle grounds which won’t break the bank are in an abundance however. The Printworks and Deansgate have a lot of great options.
For your accommodation, some top hotels are to be found in the city centre, including The Hilton on Deansgate, architecturally baffling with a famous skyline bar. Alternatively a choice of Boutique Hotels including Great John Street Hotel, Velvet Hotel and Roomzzz Aparthotel. Such as in most major cities, your budget options are also of an abundance.
Choose Manchester as your city of choice, and you will not be disappointed.