7 amazing first date venues in Manchester
Whether you’re looking for a casual coffee shop or a romantic restaurant, Manchester is home to some of the UK’s finest first date venues. Here are 7 of the best
With its vibrant bar and restaurant scene, unique cultural heritage and unrivalled music scene, Manchester is the perfect place to have a first date. We’ve rounded up seven of our favourite first date venues in the city. Whether you’re looking for culture, casual coffee or fine dining, there’s sure to be a venue to suit you – and your date.
Attention all cinephiles, avid theatre goers and art enthusiasts: HOME Manchester is your ideal first date venue. HOME has a lot to offer; two theatres, five screens and a gallery, all showcasing works that are daring, contemporary, and provocative. So, whether you choose to take your date to one of its independent film showings or to catch the latest exhibition, you’re bound to end up with plenty to talk about. Continue the conversation in the Ground Floor bar or have dinner in the First Floor restaurant. We recommend splitting a HOME Share Board; with chicken wings, lamb and cheeseburger sliders, Cajun sweet potato wedges and citrus aioli, it’ll spice up any date!
HOME Manchester, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M14 4FN, +44 (0)161 200 1500, homemcr.org
If you’re looking for a casual date spot that will still impress, head straight to Almost Famous. This popular Manchester burger bar combines an extensive menu with an achingly cool interior – and the wide range of burger toppings available will cater to even the pickiest of partners. It’d be a crime not to try the signature Famous burger, but we’ve got a bit of a crush on the ‘Filthiest Show in Town’ – chorizo, pepperoni, fried mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, topped with Mamma’s red sauce. It’s a great pick if you’re just going for drinks too –the cocktail selection is almost as mouth-watering as the food menu.
Almost Famous, 100-102 High Street, Manchester M4 1HP, almostfamousburgers.com
Located in the heart of Manchester’s hip Northern Quarter, Trof is the best place in the city for a casual brunch date. Dishes are cooked fresh, using locally-sourced ingredients, and run the gamut from a classic full English breakfast to spicy chorizo hash with poached egg, hollandaise and a sprinkling of red chilli. It’s also a great pick for Sunday lunch; Trof’s traditional roast comes with crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and proper gravy. If you’re looking for some date night entertainment, visit on one of Trof’s regular open mic or quiz nights – a perfect opportunity to kick back and explore the extensive beer selection.
Trof, 8 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1EU, +44 (0)161 833 3197, trofnq.co.uk
Manchester Art Gallery
If you’re searching for a date with a cultural lean then Manchester Art Gallery is a must-visit. The gallery combines its impressive historical collections with international contemporary works of art, so you’ll find that there’s something on offer to cater to every taste. And what could be more romantic than its extensive collection of Pre-Raphaelite works? Your date is sure to swoon at works by the likes of Ford Madox Brown, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. There’s a café on site too so, if all goes well, you can continue your conversation over a cup of tea or two.
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, +44 (0)161 235 8888, manchesterartgallery.org
Home Sweet Home
The key to having a great first date is feeling at ease, and you couldn’t ask for a more comfortable first date venue than Manchester’s Home Sweet Home. This all-day bar and kitchen is a great option, whether you’re heading out for a lunch date, coffee, or evening meal. The menu is comfort food heaven; American-style cuisine crafted from high quality, fresh ingredients. Think toasties, tacos, eggs, bacon, waffles and plenty of fried chicken. We’re big fans of the homespun interior, especially the vintage wallpaper and mismatched furniture – it’d definitely make for a memorable first date!
Home Sweet Home, Great Northern, Great Northern Square, Manchester M3 4EN, +44 (0)161 300 8121, homesweethomenq.com
Manchester House is one of the city’s best restaurants – the kind of venue that is guaranteed to wow on a first date. Owned by Chef Patron Aiden Byrne, the restaurant’s menu offers a fresh take on traditional dishes, delivering classical flavour combinations in deliciously unexpected ways. The a la carte menu offers extensive choice but if you’re really out to impress, opt for the 10 or 14-course tasting menu. The selection is seasonal but typical dishes might include poached cod with asparagus and morels or cured Goosnargh duck breast with watercress, turnip and truffle.
Manchester House, 18-22 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BZ, +44 (0)161 835 2557, manchesterhouse.uk.com
This family-run restaurant brings a slice of Parisian chic to central Manchester – perfect if you’d like to add a little French charm to your first date. Eric Moreau named his restaurant after the cooking technique he pioneered – cooking at 63 degrees. Trust us; you’ve never taste anything quite like his poultry, cooked long and slow until it’s perfectly tender and full of flavour. Despite the experimental cuisine, the restaurant itself is sleek and contemporary yet intimate enough to put you – and your date – at ease.
63 degrees, 104 High Street, Manchester M4 1HQ, +44 (0)161 832 5438, 63degrees.co.uk
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
If you and your date like to spend your Sundays touring historic homes and gardens, look no further than Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. This Grade II-listed property is one the last surviving Regency-style villas in Manchester and was home to author Elizabeth Gaskell for 15 years in the mid-19th Century. She completed many of her most famous works while living here, including Cranford, Wives and Daughters, and North and South, and welcomed visits from the likes of Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens. Today, visitors can wander the rooms and explore the garden, which has been recreated to be as close to Gaskell’s own as possible. Be sure to treat your date to a slice of cake in the tea room before you leave.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW, +44 (0)161 273 2215, elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk
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