It’s dark. It’s gloomy, and most of us are still financially recovering from Christmas. But that doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors and watch reruns of Jeremy Kyle because we have nothing else to do.
Whether it’s catching a show at a prestigious theatre, enjoying a gig or trying new cocktails, there are plenty of things for adults to do in Manchester.
After you’re all spent up in the city, try these new recipes for traditional cocktails to keep the party going in your home.
Manchester is a dynamic city that has lots to offer for people of all different interests, so you’re sure to find something that interests you in the list below.
For Gamblers: Las Vegas Style Casino
Who says you have to catch a 10-hour flight to feel like you’re in Las Vegas? With Manchester’s very own Vegas-styled casino complex, you’ll feel like you’re in the US of A without stepping foot onto a plane.
The vibrant entertainment centre has a wide selection of classic games, including Blackjack, American Roulette and Three Card Poker – as well as plenty of slot machines to take your chances on.
As long as you’re over 18, it’s completely free to enter and you can head to the bar for drinks – day or night.
Manchester 235 is perfect for special occasions, get togethers or just a fun night out at the weekend.
Location: Manchester235, Great Northern 2 Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4LP
For Gamers: Interactive Escape Game RoomThe Escape Room is a fun day out for you and your friends. You’ll be locked in a room with 2 to 6 people and given one hour to solve puzzles to be released.
You’ll be kept entertained with challenges, and even if you don’t manage to solve all of them, you’ll still have fun. It’s a different day out and all ages are welcome.
If you and your friends can’t agree on something to do this weekend, then The Escape Room is definitely something you’ll all love.
There are different rooms to choose from depending on how enthusiastic you’re feeling, and if you don’t manage to get out, you’ll walk free knowing that you’ve had a fun and exciting hour.
Location: Escape Room, 1-7 Chapel Street, Manchester, M3 7NJ
For The Family: Bowling For Seven People
All Star Lanes has 6 lines and each lane holds a maximum of seven people.
Make a day of it and order dinner for the family between 6 and 11pm Thursday to Saturday for just £8.95 a ticket (not including food). Any other times, it’s £6.95 a ticket and students and kids receive a discount.
If you’re worried that there’s not enough room for all of you, you can book for larger groups and even hire the entire venue – inclusive of a 2 cocktail bars and 8 bowling lanes.
It has a great atmosphere to let you unwind after a long week!
Location: All Star Lines The Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
For Singers: Karaoke BarEverybody loves karaoke – even those who don’t think they have a great singing voice. It’s fun and you always end up smiling every time you take the microphone.
K2 Karaoke is a karaoke bar come nightclub right in the heart of Manchester which offers private rooms where you can sing your heart out. You’ll also receive a personal waiter at the push of a button who will bring you free food and drink (up to your tab’s limit!).
It’s only £10 a person from Monday to Friday, or £15 at the weekends, for a three-hour session and this includes 2 complimentary drinks for each person. What more could you want?
Location: K2 Karaoke, 52-56 George St, Manchester M1 4HF
For Beauty-Pros: Perfume Making
Everyone likes to smell nice, and it’s even cooler when you have a perfume that’s unique to you.
At Stag And Hen in Manchester, you can make a unique scent with their package which provides you with a perfume consultant. From £35 per person, you get to smell 18 fragrances to create an aroma that’s right for you.
Once you’ve decided which smells are for you, your consultant will blend them all together to create your very own perfume that you can take away with you.
If there are more than 13 of you, you can receive a discount on each person, plus there’s the option to take larger samples home with you.
Location: Stag And Hen Manchester, 101 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 9SB
For Shoppers: intu Trafford Centre
intu Trafford Centre has everything you’d ever want – from clothes, furniture, to restaurants. If you love to shop, you’ll be happy to know that there are hundreds of shops to choose from – including designer clothing.
After you’ve spent the day shopping, you can enjoy laser quest and a film at the cinema and an amazing underwater sea life. The options are endless at intu Trafford Centre and it’s perfect for a rainy day, of if you want to spend more time with the family.
Location: intu Trafford Centre, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA, United Kingdom
If you’re stuck for things to do in February and you’re tired of rainy days that keep you in the house, bored, then the above ideas are for you.
Depending on your mood or budget, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re celebrating an occasion, on a date, or just want to make new memories with the family – anything is possible in Manchester.
Have you tried any of the above activities? If so, send us your pictures and experiences to @MyCocktailClass. We’d love to hear from you!