Date Night in Manchester
Hoping to discover the perfect new spot for a romantic date night in the city? Well you're certainly in the right place for it - we've toured the town and short listed a selection of the best bars and restaurants for a schmooze worthy night on the tiles in Manchester. It's packed with classy drinking dens, cosy speakeasies and secret rooftop bars, custom-made for wowing your partner; Get out there and check 'em out. Success with date night number two, three, or four? Looks like you owe us a drink then doesn't it.
Last updated on 22nd May 2017
Great food and quirky cocktails – what more could you want for your date in Manchester. Bringing together a passion for imaginative cocktails, friendly service and a menu packed with comfort food, hide away in this funky, industrial bar and enjoy everything served up to you.
For a more relaxed date night in Manchester visit Cabana. Serving a succulent selection of Rio street food, such as the Spicy Malagueta Chicken or the Brasilian feijoada hot pot. They'll be most impressed by the cool interior, which features 'up-cycled' designs that create a fun urban feel.
It's date night and you're looking for something charming, relaxed and clustered with cocktails? Insert Arcane here. One of the best cocktail bars in Manchester and prime for any and all date nights, join them for romantic drinks alongside cool interiors and a peppy staff.
The perfect date night ice breaker has to be comedy, doesn't it? The pressure is off you, the focus is on the stage and doesn't the saying go those who can laugh together, stay together? Well, it should. Serving up the perfect rib tickling line up of national and international comedians, take to this club for your Thursday or Friday night antics.
For a Manchester date night with a difference, why not try The Pen & Pencil. The restaurant bar has a New York theme running throughout it, with cool wall murals and a long cocktail list to work through - look out for the Cucumber and Sake Martini.
Get lost in the stunning, far reaches of Asia this date night in Manchester as you embark on all things Japanese. Whether you're both down with whisky town, or you're looking for unique cocktails to impress, Lost In Tokyo is romantic, creative and a gem in the Manchester crown.
For a fun-filled celebration of Britain's love of beer, the Manchester Beer Week offers the city's many beer fans the chance to sample the best produce of some of the world's most iconic breweries. Guests can sample a range of quirky beers at an interesting masterclass, learn all about the art of beer and food pairing at a suave supper club and expand their knowledge at one of the many exclusive talks taking place throughout the week.
It doesn't matter whether one of you or both of you love wine, when it comes to a romantic night out in Manchester, Veeno more than have you covered. From blind wine tastings to their stunning roster of international bottles, this wine bar promises an amorous evening of drinks.
Whether you're out to impress a first date or simply treating the other half, The Refinery will have a spot for you. The glass-fronted restaurant is split into several sections, from a casual eating area to a fancy-pants restaurants, the venue serves a variety of dishes, including burgers and small plates. If you want something simple, head to the bar for a classic Old Fashioned.
Taking up residency in the Corn Exchange, Banyan is a wonderfully stylish and relaxed spot for a date in Manchester. Open bright and early for coffee and cake and running through to host dinner dates and late-night cocktail sessions, fill up on homely and simple foods washed down with something from their Stylishly Beautiful cocktail menu.
Looking to impress someone special with one of Manchester's best (but affordable) restaurants? James Martin Restaurant within Manchester235 fronts delicious British eats, industrial-style interiors, and was included in the The Sunday Times' Top 100 Restaurants - so is a solid choice for any date night destination.
Voted Hidden Gem of the year for 2014 by the DesignMyNight public, whisk your date away to Dusk til Pawn for a real treat. Operating with the facade of an old pawn shop, the interior is cool, quirky and utterly trendy. Top cocktails and a jukebox await you at this class Northern Quarter bar where prohibition charm is rife and rambunctious cocktails reign supreme.
Wow your date by taking them to one of the coolest secret bars in town. Under New Management is a clandestine speakeasy bar offering fine cocktails, great tunes, friendly service and plenty of private corners to make your own. Intrigue, teamwork (to find the place), good lighting and booze - all the makings of a perfect Manchester date night.
Montpellier's is a back street wine bar full with cosy nooks and crannies for getting up close and personal with your date. With a sophisticated wine list and a great choice of French inspired food and rustic platters (ideal for two to share), Montpellier's is a great shout for couples in Manchester looking to try something a little more discreet.
One of the best of most diverse bars in Manchester, Noho is the perfect place for date night. With graffiti decor accompanying leather bound sofas, weekend DJs playing the best funk and soul and a cool and original alternative to a drive in theatre, Noho is the perfect place to test the waters and guarantee a top date, whatever your taste!
If stunning views are your thing then the Roof Garden is a must. Step onto their South-facing terrace and lap up the views that stretch across the city. With a terrace, hot tub and sun loungers it's not going to be hard for you and your date to get comfy, especially when you throw a couple of cocktails into the melting pot.
Oddest Bar is a joint with a serious sense of humour, so much so it doesn't matter if your date is somewhat lacking in that department! If you're happy with your company, the tented ceilings, quirky oddities and general fun vibe makes Oddest Bar the perfect place to laugh the night away. There are reasonably priced food offerings such as burgers, wraps and bar snacks with a twist, as well as a great drinks and cocktails list. Odd s good.