Quirky Date Ideas In Manchester

You've settled the texts and you've secured an evening, but the next step is another deal entirely. Done with pub visits and dinner? How about mixing it up a little when it comes to a romantic catch up? From bowling with cocktails down to a stint of old school SEGA gaming, these quirky date ideas in Manchester are sure to impress.

Last updated on 23rd August 2021

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd September 2021

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

El Capo

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Take your date to this quirky Northern Quarter restaurant for a dinner filled with Mexican flavours and tequila-laced sips. Drenched in neon and decorated with contemporary furnishings, El Capo is one achingly cool spot for stuffing your chops with burritos, tacos and wings.

Cocktails Ahoy

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Float your partner's boat with a trip to one of Cocktails Ahoy's fabulous cruises. You and your boo will get to pop aboard their barge and glide along the Bridgwater canal while you enjoy themed drinks and a spot of dancing.

The Washhouse

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Manchester is a city of secrets, but what about secret bars? Hidden behind a launderette, confuse your date by leading them to the tumble dryers, and straight past into a cocktail bar. Elusive and chocka with interesting mixes, The Washhouse is sure to be a top talking point for you both. 

Sure, your partner may be sceptical about its exterior, but you'll certainly win them over once inside – in fact, you'll literally be kids in a candy shop. Quirky dates here come complete with neon lights, exposed brick and shelves filled with retro sweets, slushies and cocktails galore.