How to spend Valentine’s weekend in Manchester

The cool and quirky

If you’re single, the best Valentine’s party in town is right in your neighbourhood. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the building. Ducie Street Warehouse, downstairs from Native’s aparthotel in Manchester, will be hosting the Love Party, with DJ Claud Cunningham taking to the decks while you meet and mingle (yes, in real life), hosted by Mistress of Love, Emily Spowage.

When it came to choosing our favourite Valentine’s Day ideas in Manchester for you, we were spoilt for choice. The city’s restaurant revolution, creative flair for nightlife and vibrant music scene mean there’s something for everyone. Single, first date, long-time love – there’s a date to remember, just waiting for you in the city.

So, here’s our pick of the bunch.

For the coupled up or just plain nostalgic, the Valentine’s Soultown Supper at Bierkeller is an immersive dining experience that takes you back to the 60s. Expect glittering costumes, live Motown and soul music, a three course meal and a banging dancefloor.

If a bit of friendly competition is more your style, head to Flight Club for a game or two of feathers. It’s darts, but with a souped up, 21st century spin, in a pub that’s more like a fairground. You have to see it to believe it. There are sharing plates, pizza paddles and signature drinks to be had, including boozy slushies and sharing trophy cocktails.


The refined and romantic

Dress to impress and take your date to Cottonopolis for drinks. The carefully curated menu includes beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, as well as flowering teas, sakes and bubbly, all served inside a magnificent Grade II listed building.

If you’re in the mood to wine and dine, try and snag a booth at Gusto. This gorgeously opulent Italian restaurant is both relaxed and romantic and they pull out all the stops for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be enjoying your meal under a canopy of fairy lights and there’ll be a special Pornstar Martini Cheesecake on the menu that’s not to be missed.

Of course, if you’d rather stay closer to home, you could always just nip downstairs to The Restaurant in Ducie Street Warehouse for their Valentine’s Day set menu. There’s nothing more romantic than sharing a sumptuous dinner, and their Chateaubriand and poached pear pavlova are specially made for two. If that doesn’t get you in a romantic mood, nothing will.

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