The quirky Manchester food festival is back this summer and they're making up for lost time. Bringing together some of the country's tastiest chicken, Wing Fest is asking you to pick your favourite vendors, before backing some bourbon and getting your groove on to live bands.
Something A Little Different
Bars in Manchester aren't hard to come by, but how about bars that dazzle, impress and dabble with the rules? We've got plenty of those too. From destinations toting their own bowling lanes, and bars breaking cocktail boundaries, to South Pacific lairs and lush botanical haunts, check out our recommendations for some of the most unusual bars in Manchester, weaving your way through a wonderland of some of the city's most unique hangouts.
Head over to Watson Street where this immersive cocktail experience is bringing you one of Manchester's most unique activities. An immersive prison-themed speakeasy, Alcotraz will have you smuggling booze past the wardens and mingling with mixology-savvy inmates.
For something a little different in Manchester, look no further than Manchester235; a spectacular Vegas casino right in the heart of the city. With previous events including burlesque shows as well as plenty of poker tournaments - this venue has everything you could need for a great night out; with a fantastic drinks selection added in for good measure.
For something a little different in Manchester, head to the American inspired Cane and Grain in the Northern Quarter. The venue offers the city's revellers a number of different areas to indulge in. Whether you're tucking into some great Southern-inspired grub in the 'Ribs Joint' or knocking back a few Tiki-themed concoctions in the venue's 'Liar's Lounge', you are sure to leave this quirky venue with a huge smile on your face.
Learn all about the UK's most-loved juniper-based beverage at The Spirit of Manchester distillery before heading next door to the golden glow of Three Little Words. The gorgeous archway restaurant serves up a menu of tasty small plates and hearty main dishes - with plenty of plant-based and gluten-free options too.
These guys need to be on your 'something different in Manchester' list for one reason: the pizzas. Only offering the weirdest and most wonderful toppings - from cream egg to Thai curry - your taste buds will go on the strangest adventure of its life. Meanwhile, you can enjoy their cool forever-student atmosphere and late night partying.
A unique sporting haunt in the heart of the city, The Green is perfectly primed for all sporting whims. Looking for something a bit different to do on a night out? They've got it. Whether you're busting a ballad in their karaoke rooms, gunning it on their golf simulator games, or just out with the chaps to watch the football match, there's something for everyone.
Looking for a unique night out in Manchester with a dose of entertainment to boot? Look no further than the ping pong wonderland that is Twenty Twenty Two. Not only an urban art space, Twenty Twenty Two promises a roster of ping pong nights and DJ sessions.
The concept here is certainly unique: make a booking, enter a launderette, pick up a phone and be let into one of the coolest speakeasies in the city. But inside you'll find a menu of experimental cocktails that'll take you on quite the tasting journey, with options like a blue cheese cocktail and massive candy-themed sharers.
Doused in speakeasy style and sultry decadence, The Fitzgerald is a space of 1920s luxe where period cocktails are mixed under a low-it ambiance and served smoky or smooth. Punchy prohibition mixology is the craft at this bar, throwing back to the Golden Age era of America's most notorious party years
With frontage that looks like an old pawn shop, Dusk til Pawn might be a little hard to find, but it'll be worth it. Inside you will be welcomed by a jukebox, comfy sofas and top cocktails, all adding up to create a unique Manchester nightlife experience and totally immersive speakeasy feel.
Get your heart pumping as you race against the clock to defuse a bomb or escape the clutches of a murderer at Exit The Room in Manchester's Northern Quater. This fully immersive experience will put your logic to the test as you and your friends race to freedom.
If a simple bar crawl just isn't cutting the mustard for your night out in Manchester then pop into Dog Bowl, the late night bowling venue from the team behind Black Dog Ballroom. Combining a New York style diner with an innovative drinks menu and five ten pin bowling lanes, Dog Bowl is the ideal destination for a fun night out in Manchester with a difference.
Manchester may well be well known for its gloomy weather, but step downstairs into The Liars Club and you'll be transported to a tropical Tiki Paradise that feels a million worlds away from the city streets above. This brilliantly designed paradise of flames, rummin' drinks and bangin' tunes brings the party game strong.