Date Night in Manchester

Hoping to discover the perfect new spot for a romantic date night in the city? Well you're certainly in the right place for it - we've toured the town and short listed a selection of the best bars and restaurants for a schmooze worthy night on the tiles in Manchester. It's packed with classy drinking dens, cosy speakeasies and secret rooftop bars, custom-made for wowing your partner; Get out there and check 'em out. Success with date night number two, three, or four? Looks like you owe us a drink then doesn't it. 

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Rosylee Tea Rooms, Northern Quarter

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If the striking blend of Edwardian and Georgian decor doesn't wow you, the excellent food and drink surely will. An elegant den in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Rosylee's quaint atmosphere is perfect for couples. Prop-up the bar with a few cocktails or head outside for some drinks on the terrace if the weather permits.

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The Whim Wham Cafe, Oxford Road

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The Whim Wham Cafe is no ordinary spot, you know. It's more an Epicurean eatery and Gin Saloon, perfect for immersing yourself in a bygone age of vintage glamour and romance. Pitch up in a cosy corner, loosen up with a few vinage cocktails or share a delicious platter of locally sourced treats, and let the romantic atmosphere take hold.

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Under New Management, Deansgate

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Wow your date by taking them to one of the coolest secret bars in town. Under New Management is a clandestine speakeasy bar offering fine cocktails, great tunes, friendly service and plenty of private corners to make your own. Intrigue, teamwork (to find the place), good lighting and booze - all the makings of a perfect Manchester date night.

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The Living Room, Deansgate

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Spoil that significant other of yours with dinner for two in The Living Room's candlelit Dining Room. You're assured of a classy and sophisticated evening out here, and you could always hire a private room if you want that extra dash of intimate luxury.

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Simple, Northern Quarter

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With fresh food, tasty cocktails and smart decor, there are obvious reasons why Simple won the coveted title of 'Best Bar of 2012' at the Manchester Tourism Awards. Relaxed and perfect for an intimate evening with your loved one, Simple's cocktail of the week could make an excellent tipple while you get cosy on one of their relaxing sofas.

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The Liars Club, Deansgate

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There's no better to break the ice (and smother it with Rum) on a first date than The Liars Club. A tropical hideaway that transports you a million miles away from the streets of Manchester above and on course for a night packed with fun, cocktails, Tiki quirks and rum. So much rum.

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Walrus, Northern Quarter

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Everybody loves a thrifty partner, right? Stop by Walrus Bar before 8pm every day (except Saturday) and you can enjoy two cocktails for a tenner with that special someone. We'd tip the indulgent sharing platters too, and if you're a couple who like to let loose on the dance floor, there's DJs at the weekends.

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Montpellier's, Northern Quarter

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Montpellier's is a back street wine bar full with cosy nooks and crannies for getting up close and personal with your date. With a sophisticated wine list and a great choice of French inspired food and rustic platters (ideal for two to share), Montpellier's is a great shout for couples in Manchester looking to try something a little more discreet.

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Noho, Northern Quarter

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One of the best of most diverse bars in Manchester, Noho is the perfect place for date night.  With graffiti decor accompanying leather bound sofas, weekend DJs playing the best funk and soul and a cool and original alternative to a drive in theatre, Noho is the perfect place to test the waters and guarantee a top date, whatever your taste! 

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The Fitzgerald, Northern Quarter

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The Fitzgerald, a cool and charming speakeasy bar tucked quietly down a side street past the Rosylee Tea Rooms is the perfect place to wine and dine on a first date. Book a private table, order some of the vibrant and delicious cocktails and relish in the decadent lavish stylings of the 1920's!

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Dusk til Pawn, Northern Quarter

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Voted Hidden Gem of the year for 2014 by the DesignMyNight public, whisk your date away to Dusk til Pawn for a real treat. Operating with the facade of an old pawn shop, the interior is cool, quirky and utterly trendy. Top cocktails and a jukebox await you at this class Northern Quarter bar where prohibition charm is rife and rambunctious cocktails reign supreme.

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Black Dog Ballroom Northern Quarter, Northern Quarter

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What better venue for a date in Manchester than this cool New York style basement bar in the heart of the Northern Quarter? No better we hear you hark. With killer cocktails, delicious diner style food and cosy booths, this dimly lit drinking den offers a stylish and sexy environment in which to impress that special someone. Fill your chops with top notch American fare, and your lobes with top notch date chatter.

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24 Bar and Grill, Central Manchester

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Excellent steak, innovative cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere. All the ingredients are certainly here for an awesome date night at this chic basement spot. Come to 24 for a delicious meal for two then work your way over to the bar for a few of their prized cocktails, it's open until 2am at the weekends.

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The Second Floor Harvey Nichols, Deansgate

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Why not combine a spot of shopping with your date night? Drop in early for a bit of retail threapy then head on up to the Second Floor to find a relaxing cocktail bar. Take a seat and watch the skilled bartenders craft a killer cocktail for the lady and live the high life in this Sex In The City type Manchester bar.

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Roof Garden Playground, Deansgate

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If stunning views are your thing then the Roof Garden is a must. Step onto their South-facing terrace and lap up the views that stretch across the city. With a terrace, hot tub and sun loungers it's not going to be hard for you and your date to get comfy, especially when you throw a couple of cocktails into the melting pot.

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Frog & Bucket Comedy Club, Northern Quarter

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Want to make your date laugh but don't back your banter? That's cool - just head over to the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club for a night of side-splitting gags. There's always something going on, entry is very reasonable (so you'll be able to treat your date) and the acts do all the hard work, leaving you to sit back, relax and enjoy the night.

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