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 18th May 2023

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.

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.

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.

Bougie Drag & 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 sessions. Taking over venues across the city with all kinds of naughtiness, Bougie Drag & Boy Toy have unique happenings all wrapped up.

Cocktails Ahoy

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.

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.


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 Reggae Brunch Manchester

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.

Crazy Pedro's Pizza Parlour

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. 

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.