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Bringing Ibiza to life in the heart of Manchester

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A wall of warmth hits you as your feet touch the tarmac... It’s time to crank up the volume of your favourite summer banger that takes you straight to the holiday vibe. Courtesy of Venga Airways, there’s only once place to touch down for our first holi-stay destinations...the beautiful Balearic island of Ibiza!

As we are all aware, because of the current situation lots of people have had to postpone their getaway plans this year. But here at Alliance City Living, we believe that we can still get you your summer fix; with brand new apartments to give you that change of scenery, exceptional views, and a whole world of experiences, right on your doorstep!

As lockdown begins to lift, we are able to enjoy more of the things that life has to offer. Eating out, meeting with mates (socially distanced, of course) and going for drinks have all been made possible again, and with Manchester’s rich mix of bars, restaurants and outdoor spaces, we’ve got everything we need to holiday at home this year!

So, why choose Ibiza as our first destination? Manchester has more in common with the party island than you might think! With sensational Spanish restaurants, amazing al fresco dining locations and sunny outdoor spots to top up the tan, it’s easy to believe that Ushuaïa could be just around the corner! But who needs it when Manchester has its very own iconic music scene and dance venues? Buckle up as we take you through all the best ways you can live and breathe Ibiza right here in the city.

The Music

One of the most obvious things that comes to mind that binds the two places together is music! Manchester’s music scene boomed in the 1980s with the opening of The Haçienda, a nightclub and venue associated with the ride of acid house and rave music. House music also began to blossom, boosted by the success of The Haçienda pioneering Ibiza night “Hot.”

The club closed in 1997, but that didn’t stop the city from continuing to be one of the most popular nightlife spots in the country. The Madchester revival that started Easter weekend was an epic celebration of the FAC51 music scene with house legends, DJs and Rockstar's all joining forces from around the world for the Haçienda’s first ‘stay at home rave’, part of the Greater Manchester’s United We Stream project.

During lockdown, there have been a lot of live streams that have celebrated this. Manchester is renowned for the its music scene and we’ll be getting back into it later in the week with our very own stream LIVE from Ibiza and the rooftop of AXIS! Join the party on Facebook this Friday, July 31st, at 7:30pm.


The Food

Manchester’s restaurant scene has boomed over the last few years. For a while, the number of restaurants opening in Manchester were outstripping London as the city recording the UK’s fastest rate of growth in food business over the last decade. This included an amazing array of eateries dedicated to the finest Spanish cuisine! And we’re pleased to say that many of these places are opening up again following the lifting of lockdown. Here are just a few of our favourites that have started serving after this long siesta.


Evuna have four establishments in total; Deansgate, Northern Quarter, Knutsford and Altrincham. Evuna originated in 2002 as a fine wine house with a main interest in importing fine Spanish wines. Now, they are known for their foods just as much as their drinks, with each restaurant being unique and offering their staple dishes with Head Chefs adding their own Specials.

La Bandera

Situated just off Deansgate, La Bandera is considered to be one of the best Spanish restaurants in the UK, having been featured in the top three best Tapas restaurants by The Sunday Times and winning the Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Award several years in a row. Bandera symbolizes a new era of Spanish culinary excellence, with food to both take out and eat in.

The Molly House

Sitting cosy just off Canal Street is The Molly House, a place for, in their own words, the ‘discerning, eccentric and alternative.’ The Molly House serve real ales, beers and wines alongside fresh, authentic Spanish and South American tapas. Like Bandera, The Molly House has a few awards under its belt, being voted as CAMRA’s Pub of the Month alongside being shortlisted for ‘Best Bar’ in the Manchester Food and Drink Awards.


The Drinks

After pigging out on Paella, why not get yourself ‘Sagrada familia’-r with some of the best Spanish bars that Manchester has to offer?

Revolución de Cuba

Situated in Spinningfields, Revolución de Cuba boasts being Manchester’s biggest fiesta, with two floors of Latin-inspired dining and music. Whilst Cuba is far from Ibiza, the two places share the same Latin flare. Revolución de Cuba has opened its Manchester branch, and you can book a table with them online!


Just off St Ann’s Square, Sandinista is a classic cantina bar with a strong emphasis on tapas and cocktails! Discover craft beers alongside their popular cocktail menu, and there’s plenty of Sangria for everyone!

El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro’s home in Manchester is a historic three storey townhouse on King Street. On the ground floor you’ll find beautiful al fresco pavement dining along with a well-stocked bar and dining space. The crown jewel of El Gato Negro is its stunning roof terrace with a retractable roof and its own bar, perfect to catch the rays on those hot, summer days! Talking of catching the sun, that takes us nicely into…

The Sunbathing Spots

One of the most important factors of going on holiday is all about just that...the factors! Whether you slap on the Factor 20 or the Factor 50, sunseekers will spend hours on the sunbeds soaking up the hot Ibizan sun in order to get the perfect tan! Now, whilst we can’t promise the sun itself, Manchester does have plenty of lovely parks and open spaces to top up the tan when it does make an appearance!

Heaton Park

Better known for being the home of Parklife festival, Heaton Park, when it’s not hosting the world’s biggest music artists, is a beautiful outdoor space and boasts being the biggest municipal park in Europe. The 600-acre area includes a boating lake, ornamental gardens and the Grade I listed neoclassical 18th century Heaton Hall.

Peel Park

Closer to the city centre than Heaton, Peel Park is one of the oldest parks in the country and has not long undergone a beautiful makeover. Situated next to the University of Salford, if you don’t want to venture far for the sun, Peel Park is the place for you!

St John’s Gardens

This little gem of a park lies between Lower Byrom Street, Byrom Street and Quay Street. It was previously the site of St John’s Church and its graveyard between 1769 and 1931 but was redeveloped into a formal garden in 1932. In 2012, the garden was awarded a Green Flag for promoting a “welcoming, safe and well-maintained" environment, so it’s perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun.

All the Beer Gardens

And to finish off, what’s better than combining the sun and sangrias in some of Manchester’s finest beer gardens? Whether it’s The Oast House or Dukes 92, the city has plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants with ample outdoor seating. Be sure to keep an eye out when we highlight more of these places in the coming weeks!

As the sun sets on our little taste of how to experience a bit of Ibiza here in Manchester, we hope you’ve got plenty of information to seek your own sunny adventures this summer.

Over the next few days, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the places we’ve mentioned here, with plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. So, go and enjoy a little siesta, and we’ll see you soon!

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