Quirky Date Ideas In Manchester

You've settled the texts and secured an evening, but the next step is another deal entirely. Done with pub visits and dinner? You'll need to mix it up a little when it comes to your romantic rendezvous. From themed cocktail cruises to a stint of old school SEGA gaming, these quirky date ideas in Manchester are sure to impress.

Last updated on 19th January 2023


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If you're a pair of foodies looking for what to do come your next date, then YO! Manchester Arndale has just the thing. Nab tickets to their masterclass, where you'll enjoy tucking into gyozas on arrival, before learning how to make four delicious sushi items.


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Featuring a bar, theatre and restaurant stocked full of surprises and secrets, Impossible is a venue no one can stop talking about. Offering guests an escape where the rules just don't seem to apply, this unusual night out with your boo promises everything from Champagne to elaborate cuisine and cabaret.

@ Manchester Piccadilly Train Station on Various dates from Monday 6th February 2023

For quirky outdoor date ideas in Manchester, look no further than the Fun Puzzle Treasure Hunt. Priced at just £15 per couple, this unique activity will see you race around the city's most famous landmarks and secret streets, solving clues and puzzles as you go. And for your prize? 20% off your bill at a local pub.

Cherry Jam

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On the hunt for fun dates in Manchester? Cherry Jam's bottomless sessions have your back. From a boozy afternoon tea complete with cocktails and scrummy sweet treats, to Sundays spent grazing on sharing platters with unlimited drinks, you can't go wrong.


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Is your boo a film buff? With tickets starting at just £8, a trip to IndieFlick's monthly festivals of short films is just the thing for unique and cheap date ideas in Manchester. You can head on down the first Wednesday of every month, enjoy a varied programme of offerings and even vote for your favourite.

Whether you're searching for an ice breaking date idea or you fancy trying something a little different with your other half, Electric Gamebox has just the thing. An interactive entertainment haven, this spot is providing you with a library of immersive activities and adventures to choose from.

What's on at GRUB

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From cocktail classes and games nights, to 'crafternoons' and wine tastings, GRUB has you sorted when you're on the hunt for fun date activities for adults in Manchester. Take your pick from their events and mosey on over to the Red Bank venue, where you and your SO are guaranteed a good time. 

Our Place Supper Clubs are more than ideal for impressing your other half, as the chefs are dishing out a four-course seasonal tasting menu for just £35 per person. Not only that, but a portion of each ticket price goes to local homeless charities.

Treat your partner to a night out at one of these undercover watering holes, where finding it is only half the fun. Once inside these secret bars, you can uncover neon lights, retro sweets, cocktails galore, old school games and immersive theatre.

Good Life Skates

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Both a choice of quirky day date ideas in Manchester and one for evening too, Good Life Skates is the place where roller skating meets DJs. Find them on the mezzanine level of Escape To Freight Island come your next romantic meet.

Cocktails Ahoy

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Float your partner's boat with a trip on one of Cocktails Ahoy's fabulous cruises, including Peaky Blinders, Day of the Dead and throwback themes. You and your other half will get to hop aboard their barge in Castlefield and glide along the canal, all while you enjoy drinks and a bit of dancing.

Paint a Pic Manchester

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From quirky first date ideas in Manchester to something a little different for long-term couples, Paint A Pic is the place for fun classes at a local bar. Nab drinks while creating your masterpiece, all with the guidance of the resident artist too.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Tuesday 7th February 2023

Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four is an absolute must for quirky and fun date night ideas in Manchester. Dress in orange jumpsuits before smuggling bootleg liquor past the eagle-eyed warden. Once inside? You'll be rewarded with bespoke sips from the prison's master bartenders. 

The Drawing Room

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Date ideas in Didsbury don't get any better than a trip to The Drawing Room, where bargain cocktails and a banging jukebox collide. Whether you spend your evening on the dancefloor or cosied up with your SO, its atmospheric lighting and long list of tipples is sure to seduce you.