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 17th January 2017
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.
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 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.
A unique date night in Manchester is made courtesy thanks to the one and the only All Star Lanes. Not only a haven for antics thanks to their bowling alley roster, make eyes at each other across a selection of Americana plates and stunning cocktails.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spoil that significant other of yours with dinner for two in The Living Room's candlelit Dining Room. You're assured of a classy and sophisticated evening out here, and you could always hire a private room if you want that extra dash of intimate luxury.
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.
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.
Everybody loves a thrifty partner, right? Stop by Walrus Bar before 8pm every day (except Saturday) and you can enjoy two cocktails for a tenner with that special someone. We'd tip the indulgent sharing platters too, and if you're a couple who like to let loose on the dance floor, there's DJs at the weekends.