Head over to Watson Street where this cocktail experience is bringing you one of Manchester's most fun activities. An immersive prison-themed speakeasy, Alcotraz will have you smuggling booze past the wardens and mingling with mixology-savvy inmates.
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 toting 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.
Bored of the same ol' things to do? Check out House of Burlesque at The Brewers. Not only will there be fabulous shows with some of the best cabaret-style entertainment, but there will also be an array of pre-show masterclasses to learn from the best.
If you're looking to try something new next time you head out, Point Blank Shooting is just the place. Tucked away on Deansgate, this speakeasy-style bar is not only harbouring bespoke cocktails and mouthwatering bites, but also a simulation shooting range to get stuck into.
One of the best bars in Manchester, 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 in store.
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. Offering the best of alfresco drinking and dining, this spot delivers on all fronts.
Sometimes we fancy spicing up things a little, so be sure to check out Pong & Puck in Deansgate. This party location is the perfect place to unwind with its range of games, from the likes of shuffleboard and table tennis. Thirsty? They have a cocktail bar for that.
Searching for stellar events in Manchester? Check out Queen of the Ocean Live at the Midland hotel. Enjoy getting stuck into four amazing courses, alongside a fabulous immersive show based on the final 24 hours of the RMS Titanic.
From cocktail dens hidden behind barber 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.
Combining a pub, fairground-inspired decor and darts, Flight Club is offering up something pretty unique for your night out. Go for the bullseye against all your mates, as you sip on slushie cocktails and munch on pizza in your private oche.
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.
Take to Sixes Cricket's high-tech batting nets and it'll feel like you've stepped out on the crease at Old Trafford. Test your skills against the world's best bowlers, before tucking into food and drink once you've worked up an appetite. Better yet, you can even opt for an immersive VR experience.
When you're looking to improve your skills in the kitchen, YO! Manchester Arndale have just the event for you. Nab tickets and head 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 more, this unique experience in Manchester Arndale isn't to be missed. From family outings to date nights and work dos, Electric Gamebox is a sure fire way to do something unforgettable in the city.
If the best cocktail bars in Manchester just aren't quirky enough for you, Cocktails Ahoy is making a splash. You'll enjoy themed party cruises, including rum-laced pirate nights to 80s editions, three hours of tunes from the DJ, and plenty of tipples throughout your trip.
Anything but ordinary, Tucked is the drag brunch that's sure to make your sides split with the hilarity of it all. For three whole hours, you'll get to scoff down tasty grub, chase it with bottomless booze and laugh so hard you'll get abs.
If you're on the hunt for something a little different in Manchester, check out GRUB's events. From a wholesome afternoon crafting or cocktail classes, to seasonal feasts or catching the big game, this award-winning venue will keep you entertained.
When only unique bars in Manchester will do, then Bingo Balls is coming in hot with its pink decor, adult-sized ball pit and DJs playing all your favourite tunes. From guaranteeing getting free entry to booking a booth or cocktail masterclass, there's something for everyone here.
Specialising in bottomless brunches with drag queens, bingo, Gaga, waiters in the buff and more, these events offer up the best day drinks in Manchester. Taking over venues across the city with all kinds of naughtiness, Bougie Drag & Boy Toy have unique happenings all wrapped up.
Do you dare to do battle with Doctor Who villains, outsmart bloodthirsty cowboys or try to flee a sinking pirate ship? Then Escape Hunt Manchester is just the place for you. Choose from their classic escape rooms, or opt for fun outdoor missions and at home adventures.
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.
In the mood for something a little out of the box? We thought as much. So be sure to head along to Canal Street's Bar Pop for its brunch event. Expect free-flowing bubbles alongside a tasty brekky plate, all while watching an oh-so-fabulous drag show.
If a simple night out just isn't enough, 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, it's the ideal substitute for a sit down bar.
TriBeCa might be one of the best bars with DJs in Manchester, but 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.
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 world. This brilliantly designed paradise of flames, rum-heavy drinks and bangin' tunes boasts a strong party game.
Hunting for a Manchester bar with a healthy dose of entertainment to boot? Look no further than the ping pong wonderland that is Twenty Twenty Two. Not only an urban art space, the watering hole promises darts, beer pong and DJ sessions, all washed down with cocktails and pints.
These guys need to be on your unique food 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.