Something A Little Different In Manchester

Bars and things to do aren't hard to come by, but how about ones that dazzle, impress and break the rules? We've got plenty of those too. From destinations touting their own bowling lanes and places pushing cocktail boundaries, to South Pacific lairs and entertainment by the bucket load, this city's wonderland of unique hangouts is waiting for you. Read on to check out our recommendations for something a little different in Manchester.

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Last updated on 29th April 2024

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Boy Toy Events Manchester

Specialising in bottomless brunches fronting drag queens, bingo, Gaga, waiters in the buff and more, these events offer up the best day drinking. Taking over venues across the city with all kinds of naughtiness, Bougie Drag & Boy Toy have unique happenings all wrapped up.

Secret Bars In Manchester

From cocktail dens hidden behind porn shops to subterranean immersive prisons and 70s-inspired lairs, we've rounded up the secret bars in Manchester (and how to find them). You'll be taking your nightlife up a gear; but shhhh, we don't want everyone to find out.

Cherry Jam

From boy band-themed brunches to bottomless afternoon tea and gazing boards washed down by unlimited booze, Cherry Jam is the ideal place for fun activities. Not only that, but there's musical bingo included after each too.

What's on at GRUB

When on the hunt for something a little different in Manchester, check out GRUB's events. From drinks masterclasses to whole beer festivals and sultry burlesque, this award-winning venue will keep you entertained.

Immersive Gamebox

Fronting immersive gaming experiences where you try to become spies, befriend aliens and take on Squid Game, this unique experience isn't to be missed. From family outings to date nights and work dos, Immersive Gamebox is a sure fire way to do something unforgettable in the city.


If it's something unique you're after, you can't go wrong with Bougie Drag Events. They host regular bottomless brunches at On Bar and other venues, where you can expect a raucous day out hosted by Northern queens Imani Versace and Barb. There'll be plenty of lip syncing, dance-offs and catwalk contests, with DJs all afternoon and the option to add on 90 minutes of unlimited prosecco or cocktails.


When you're looking to improve your skills in the kitchen, YO! Manchester Arndale have just the event for you. Nab tickets and venture here for gyozas on arrival, followed by a masterclass that sees you whip up four different delish sushi items. 

The Lawn Club

Cocktail Club and 3 other offers

If unique outdoor bars in Manchester are what you're searching for, The Lawn Club has you covered with bookable private pods and greenhouses surrounded by fairy lights and greenery, as well as a sun-soaked terrace to enjoy a refreshing summer spritz on. Offering the best of alfresco drinking and dining, with gourmet burgers, small plates and mouthwatering pizzas to choose from, this spot delivers on all fronts.

Manchester Electric Shuffle Brunch

@ Electric Shuffle Manchester on Various dates from Saturday 22nd June 2024

If you're looking for something a little different to do for your next get-together with your mates, book tickets from £30 each to the Electric Shuffle Brunch. Bring out your competitive side with one hour of shuffleboard followed by two of unlimited pizzas. That's right. What's more, each guest will even have their own bottle of prosecco to enjoy and there'll be complimentary carafes of orange juice for you to make your own mimosas with. 

DNA VR Manchester

Fancy being transported to another world? Then head on over to DNA VR Manchester. Perfect for group activities or unique date nights, this city centre arcade offers a number of exciting experiences to choose from, including zombie fights, racing on boats and more.