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.

Last updated on 19th January 2023

Good Life Skates

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With roller blading making a resurgence, Good Life Skates are coming in hot with their unique sessions. From bring your own boots to beginners only and rolling round the rink while listening to DJs, there's something for everyone at an affordable price here.


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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. 

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.

When The Reggae Brunch comes to town, you know they're kicking things up a notch. With bottomless rum punch, Caribbean dishes and a full reggae, soca and bashment party to boot, this is brunchin' with a difference.


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One of the best bars in Manchester for something a little different, Impossible is the three-floor beauty bringing immersive night life and plenty of surprises to the city. From the hidden gin palace serving over 60 different bottles of the stuff to the basement theatre and catwalk area, there's always something fun.

Whether you're racing against the clock to diffuse a bomb, or escaping the clutches of a murderer, Exit The Room in the Northern Quarter is bound to get your heart pumping. This fully immersive experience will put your brain to the test as you and your friends make a bid for freedom.

What's on at GRUB

123 user reviews 4

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.

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

Cherry Jam

51 user reviews 5

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.

Cocktails Ahoy

11 user reviews 5

If even the most quirky bars in Manchester on dry land just aren't different enough for you, Cocktails Ahoy is making a splash. You'll enjoy themed party cruises, including rum-laced pirate nights or 80s editions, three hours of tunes from the DJ, and plenty of tipples throughout your trip.


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While being one of the best rooftop bars in Manchester, YES is equally blessed with unique things to do. There's a regular roster of live DJs and bands in the pink gig space, pop-up kitchens fronting a choice of pizza or vegan kebabs, and a huge beer garden too.

Paint a Pic Manchester

2 user reviews 5

Paint A Pic Manchester's resident artist will guide you through the steps of creating your themed masterpiece, all while you sip on drinks from the hosting bar. There's music to boot and all your materials included - ideal for quirky date nights or getting together with mates.

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.

These guys need to be on your unique food list for one reason: the pizzas. Only offering the weirdest and most wonderful toppings, including chicken 'n' waffles, your taste buds will go on the strangest adventure of its life. Meanwhile, you can enjoy their fun atmosphere and late night partying.