Things To Do This Weekend In Manchester

The weekend's fast approaching, your diary is totally empty and the thought of another junk food-fuelled Netflix marathon is putting you to sleep... yeah, we've all been there. Luckily, you live in a vibrant, ever-changing city and are never more than a few minutes away from a fun party bar or a quirky event. To help whittle out the good from the downright awful, we've pulled together a list of all the best things to do this weekend in Manchester.

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Last updated on 19th January 2022

@ The Brewers, Manchester on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th January 2022

If you're looking to do something a little different this weekend in Manchester, The Brewers has you covered with the return of House of Burlesque. These rhinestoned rebels and satirical showgirls blend pin up, punk and glamour for a fabulous performance, with plenty of pre-show classes for you to try out. 

If you've made it to Saturday or Sunday and are still undecided on things to in Manchester today, how about checking out some of Manchester's prettiest drinking dens? We've got the definitive list all wrapped up, including sleek restaurant bars and the spot using a living tree as decor.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Thursday 20th January 2022

If you're looking for quirky things to do this weekend, check out Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four for an experience unlike any other. The prison-themed immersive bar features a suspicious warden, crooked guards and master mixologists who'll be serving bespoke bootlegged cocktails. 

@ The Bread Shed, Manchester on Sunday 30th January 2022 and 11 other Sundays

This fully interactive and immersive show from Bougie Drag and Boy Toy Events promises four hours of partying, bottomless drinks and a delicious brunch of your choice. Topping it off? You'll be sure to have the time of your life singing along to hits from Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman, Dirty Dancing and more.

Whether you're looking to take your mates to a super cool hangout, or try out a new activity bar with a date, our list of quirky bars in Manchester is bound to help with your weekend plans. There's whisky dens, rooftop spots and tiki hideaways to uncover...

@ TriBeCa on Sat, 29th Jan 2022 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

The city's craziest brunch returns on Saturday 29th January, where bottomless rum punch and jerk chicken collide with soca, reggaeton, ska and bashment tracks. The Reggae Brunch is the best on offer if you're looking for daytime raves in Manchester this weekend, with tickets starting at just £15.

@ Tribeca on Fri, 28th Jan 2022 @ 19:00 - 22:00

Get ready for a mad night of comedy, reggaeoke, dance offs and cash prizes, thanks to Reggae Bingo at TriBeCa. So grab your pens and paddles when you head on over to the Sackville Street spot. Be sure to throw on your best dancing shoes too, as the resident DJ is coming in hot with bashment, soca and old skool anthems too.

  Manchester Beer Tasting Tour

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@ Meet inside Beatnikz Republic Bar (not brewery), 35 Dale Street, Manchester,M1 2HF on Saturday 29th January 2022 and 44 other Saturdays

Every Saturday, you can nab a ticket to the Manchester Beer Tasting Tour, the perfect activity for lovers of the hoppy stuff. You'll be treated to a visit to some of the city's best breweries and tap rooms, with a knowledgeable guide to help you along the way and drinks to keep your thirst quenched.

@ Manchester Piccadilly Train Station on Various dates from Thursday 20th January 2022

Fronting one of the best outdoor activities in Manchester is The Great Game, an outdoor treasure hunt exploring the city's most famed landmarks and hidden streets. You'll solve puzzles, crack codes and decipher clues along the way, all to win 20% off food and drink at a nearby pub.

Still unsure where to head this weekend for a night out? You can count on Hashtag Parties to deliver on the best festivities, from drink deals to killer DJs and a fabulous dancefloor. Your evening also comes with a photographer and videographer.

If you're looking to eat out without splashing the cash, our guide to affordable restaurants in the city has you covered. From Mexican fare to pub grub and Thai dishes; these dining destinations are offering all this and more, even at the weekend.

Looking for things to do in Manchester for adults and want plenty of booze involved? You can whip up some of the city's best cocktails, thanks to the help of master mixologists; shaking, stirring and squeezing your way to success, with even a bit of fire to play with too.