If you spend your Saturday nights watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of wine in one hand and a bowl of Doritos in the other, I’m guessing your social circle isn’t as wide as it once was. Fortunately for you, you live in one of the liveliest cities in the country full of people just like you who if they were honest, would just love to get out there and meet people. So put on that dress and dust off your favourite heels before heading out for an evening on the tiles. Oh, and grab your best friend to accompany you whilst you sip on a tequila in one of Manchester’s many cocktail lounges before heading to the dance floor. Whether you are looking to meet someone special or just some new people, or even just want to have fun with your existing single friends, here are some of the best venues for singles in Manchester.
Revolution Parsonage Gardens
Revolution can make life easier for those who need a shot of confidence before approaching the dance floor, with 30 flavours of vodka, all home made. Then feel free to strut your funky stuff to the music played by the resident DJs. You can expect to hear a selection of indie, dance, RnB, Hip Hop, and party tunes at the weekends.
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to which of the four rooms you wish to sample first at Gorilla. The Gin Parlour would be the room to try if you’re in the mood for something sophisticated. If you wish to show off your moves in the dance floor, then you will want to try the club space. But, of course, feel free to go from room to room; wherever your mood may take you.
If you like a lovely crowd, great music and a fine selection of food (should you have left in a hurry and forsaken dinner), Apotheca is the venue to try. The Thomas Street cocktail bar features an extensive choice of spirits every night of the week. Or you can try the basement lounge downstairs.
Elixir Tonics & Treats
If you’re looking to meet professionals with an air of sophistication, you could do far worse than pay a visit to the visually stunning Elixir Tonics and Treats. The speakeasy-style venue offers a mysterious vibe that satisfies those of you looking for a taste of the exotic. If you wish to look your classiest, try this venue with a cocktail in hand and cellphone camera at the ready for that all-important selfie.
Best of the rest
The Northern Quarter
The Northern Quarter has been a popular mainstay in Manchester for some time now, after having transformed from purely an arts district to the trendy capital of the city. There are a great selection of trendy and independent venues with people from all walks of life so whichever kind of people float your boat, you may be on to a winner.
If your social crowd has to fit in to a criteria full of sophistication, Deansgate Locks offers a range of popular clubs and bars that ooze style. Each one provides a sun terrace, perfect for those summer evenings before heading inside to the dance floor when the sun goes down and the party is getting started. The Locks is great for those with a social attitude and whom enjoy meeting new people.
If you really want to enjoy some fun whilst at the same time, experiencing something a little different, The Birdcage just may be the perfect venue. Offering cabaret performances and some great party anthems accompanying you on the dance floor, this is one of the more popular venues for celebrations and girls who just want to have fun.
How about a concert?
Manchester is famous for many things and, of course, nightlife features prominently on that list. Perhaps an under-appreciated aspect of that nightlife, for those of us who reside here, is the live music scene. And I’m not just talking about what’s on at your local pub but world famous performers playing at such venues as the Manchester Arena or the Apollo. What better way to start a conversation with someone new than to talk about your mutually favourite artists?