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.

Last updated on 8th August 2022

@ The Brewers, Manchester on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2022

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.


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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.

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.

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.


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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 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.

Cocktails Ahoy

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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.


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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.

What's on at GRUB

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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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.