19 Aug 2020 - 6 minutes

Our top ten ideas for a great date in Manchester

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Love is in the air, everywhere you look around. From the still calmness of the canal at Deansgate Locks, to the bustling boutiques and bars of Northern Quarter, you’ll feel it in your fingers and you’ll feel it in your toes. With a romantic getaway to Paris now including a two-week quarantine on return, there’s a perfect alternative right here in the UK... Manchester!

With plenty activities for whatever the weather, there’s always something to do. No matter if it’s a first or thirty-first date, we’ve put together our top 10 date destinations to guarantee you’ll get the best that Manchester has to offer.

Interior of Junkyard Golf in Manchester with neon lights

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Do you like crazy golf? Cocktails stuffed with sweets? How about neon lights and bits of junk? If you answered yes to all of the above, then Junkyard Golf is the place for you! Choose between three 9-hole courses at the venue on First Street. Off peak prices are £8.50 per person Sun-Thurs with peak prices £10 per person Fri-Sat. Visit their website to book a course!

New York inspired interior of Dog Bowl bowling alley in Manchester

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If you prefer rolling balls rather than hitting them with clubs, Dog Bowl should be more up your ‘alley.’ This New York inspired bowling alley combines five full-length bowling lanes with American themed dining, craft beers and specially curated cocktails. Lanes vary in prices, so check out their website for more information!

Table football in 7 Sins Manchester

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7 Sins combines shuffleboard, pool tables, music, food and booze into one special space. Located centrally on Lever Street, there’s plenty for couples to do. Book here to make a reservation!

Interior of Ducie Street Warehouse in Manchester

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This unique venue can only be described as a ‘cultural hub.’ There are usually three options at Ducie Street Warehouse where you can graze, dine and drink. Option one is The Lounge, a vast central space, which during the day offers informal food & drink, but by night flips into a place for gratifying liquid refreshments

Second is the Restaurant, a classic take on a modern brasserie, open for lunch and dinner. And finally, its newest addition: Counter. A beautiful, tiled deli counter serving hot and cold food, takeaway, coffees and a wide selection of drinks including beers, wines and canned cocktails.

Interior of Peru Perdu Peruvian-inspired restaurant in Manchester

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This colourful and vibrant Peruvian-inspired restaurant is full of floral delights and offers all the right ingredients for a memorable date. Based in The Cotton Factory at Whitworth Locke, Peru Perdu is a 6-month residency restaurant championing the best of Uruguayan Wet Aged steaks, only butchering on demand for a mindful approach to sustainability and environmental impact. Click here to book a table!

5: A canal walk

View looking down Rochdale Canal towards Deansgate in Manchester

Studies have shown that being near water makes us happier! The good news is that Manchester is criss-crossed by a large network of canals, so you’re never far off a little piece of happiness. Take your partner on a waterway walk and you’re guaranteed a good date! We suggest the Manchester Wharf City Trail, starting from The Wharf pub in Castlefield. To find out more about this trail and other routes, read our blog here!

4: A picnic in a park

A picnic setup with wine, bread and a picnic hamper on some grass

Everyone loves a little effort being put in to a date. A picnic is the perfect way to flex your culinary skills and show your date that you can master sandwich-making. Luckily, Manchester has some lovely parks and outdoor spaces to roll out the picnic blanket and get the Prosecco flowing. We’ve highlighted some of the best spots in here!

Interior of Twenty Twenty Two, a unique games bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter

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Twenty Twenty Two is a unique bar, ping pong room and events space in the heart of the Northern Quarter and offers more than the standard bar experience. The venue has organically grown into one of the city's most popular venues. Now reopen again after lockdown, a ping pong table here only costs £5 for 30 minutes. Check out their website for more information!

People go karting at TeamSport Karting in Manchester

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If you have a need for speed and prefer something a little more competitive, why not try Go Karting? TeamSport has two venues in the city, one at Trafford Park and the other at Manchester Victoria, located under the Manchester Arena car park. At Manchester Victoria you’ll find 550 metres of nerve-testing bends, full-on flyovers and awesome levels to explore. Being so close to the centre, this high-octane circuit is super accessible, with plenty of space to park nearby.

Featuring a 450-metre testing racecourse, the TeamSport Trafford Park circuit is all kinds of fun. Think you’ve had your thrill of racing? Think again. Previously Daytona, the Trafford Park track provides even more opportunity to flex your racing skills. With awesome straights, and one heck of a flyover, there’s always something new to try out when you’re sat in a brand-new Biz Evo3 kart! Visit their website to plan your visit!

People in rubber rings enjoying the slopes at Chill Factore in Manchester

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And finally, our number one recommendation for a date-with-a-difference: head over to Chill Factore at Trafford Park, the UK’s longest real snow slope. From sledging and sliding to private ski lessons, Chill Factore has something for everyone. There’s even a comfortable viewing gallery for the less active, so you can sit back, enjoy a coffee, and watch the excitement unfold. With a view to opening the slope to guests on Monday 17th August, you can now book online to plan your visit!

We could have made our list fifty...sixty...even 100 items long, but we’d rather you be out and about experiencing these great places rather than reading about them. And if you fall in love with Manchester, why not seal the deal and move to the heart of the city?

We have stunning 2-bedroom apartments at both AXIS and Manhattan. Book a viewing today to see the beautiful cityscape views you could be waking up to every morning. Come and experience our private, tranquil balconies at Manhattan where you could be enjoying a romantic, candlelit dinner every evening. To book a date with us, visit our website!

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