Fancy a night out without going heavy on the booze? We've got just the thing for you. This city is home to more alcohol-free activities than ever and we've handpicked the very best. Dry January? Sober October? Whatever your reason for ditching the spirited stuff, we've rounded up the best cooking classes, interactive sporting dens, tasting menus and fun things to do in Manchester when you're not drinking.
Throw it back with arcade games at NQ64
Sure, there’s retro cocktails and brews on the menu at NQ64, but that’s not what you come for. This Northern Quarter hangout is the perfect hideaway whether it’s date night, a chilled evening, or you just fancy rediscovering your favourite old-school games. Choose your classic console and dive into Tekken, Guitar Hero, Mortal Kombat and more.
Taste your way through Six by Nico
The first English outpost from much-loved Scottish chef Nico Simeone, Six by Nico is the Manchester restaurant that you need on (or, most likely, can’t get off) your radar. Skip the wine pairing and make a beeline for the signature 6-course tasting menu that’ll set you back just £26 per person. With the concept changing every 6 weeks, this is one that you can visit time and time again.
Tee off with minigolf at Treetop Adventure Golf
Indoor minigolf in leafy surroundings? Get your putt-putt fix at Treetop Adventure Golf. Pick between the 18-hole Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer, before resting up with pizza and mocktails at the Amazon-inspired village market. Whether it’s a quirky date or an alternative work night out, this is one for you competitive players.
Sip alcohol-free cocktails in the sky at Cloud 23
Purveyors of all things sky-high, Cloud 23 is a Deansgate staple. Head up to the – yep, you guessed it – 23rd floor of Beetham Tower, where you’ll find gorgeous views of the city coupled with a kitchen that takes you from brunch to afternoon tea and dinner. Better still, the entire cocktail list can be made without alcohol… and without the hangover.
Burn rubber with TeamSport
Unleash your inner Toretto and live that fast and furious lifestyle with a go on the tracks at TeamSport. Taking over a subterranean circuit below Manchester Arena, this quirky pick boasts 550 metres of track where speeds can reach up to 40mph. And once you've worked up an appetite? There’s pizza, wings and vegan specials for that.
Soak up alcohol-free beer at BrewDog
Love the taste of beer but hate that foggy head feeling the next day? BrewDog has you sorted with a range of 'Tuned' brews that dial down the alcohol without compromising on flavour. There’s the tropical Punk AF, a bitter Nanny State, the zesty Raspberry Blitz and a toffee-tipped Vagabond - the perfect accompaniment to the weekly pub quiz.
Experience high-tech sports at The Range
With state-of-the-art simulators in a swanky clubhouse setting, The Range isn’t just any sports space. Alongside a putting green and quirky indoor golf, there’s shooting and racecar driving to choose from. When you get hungry, head upstairs where Albatross & Arnold is cooking up gorgeous sharing plates inspired by the British Isles.
Master the art of sushi with a class at YO!
You know what’s better than eating tasty Japanese food? Making it yourself. Trust us when we say that once you’ve rolled your way to maki heaven and learnt just how to create the perfect salmon nigiri, there’s no going back. Join YO! Sushi Selfridges for an interactive masterclass led by expert chefs – with mats and guides to take home so you can replicate your newfound skills in the kitchen.
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