Manchester holds a truly special place in my heart. I experienced it as a young student and then as a mature adult. I have seen many shades of this vibrant city. There are many memories dotted about diners, drinking spots and dance floors. There is one part of Manchester that I could always rely on to show me the best time. The Northern Quarter. A bustling neighbourhood full of boho bars, trendy restaurants and independent record shops.
However, all over this cosmopolitan city you will find buzzy restaurants, unique bars, live music venues and some just dam right bizarre activities *coughs* axe throwing. Yet that’s what makes it the city I love. I am always lucky to crash with friends and family but for those visiting you can find a variety of hotels in Manchester from budget to boutique.
Now I’ve moved away, each time I head back for a visit there is something new. It’s pretty hard to keep up. Over the weekend, I ventured out to the NQ to visit some old favourites and see what’s just popped up.
I originally wanted to divulge in crispy fried chicken with a blue cheese sauce at Yard and Coop – but my belly just wasn’t prepared to wait over an hour.
We walked through the busy streets, eyeing up all the new spots and stumbled upon Fika. I wanted to try somewhere new and there are only so many restaurants that can deal with a keto diner. Even though its bright yellow with neon red lights it’s an easy place to miss. There were good vibes inside, a DJ spinning his thing and had such a pleasing menu for me. We ordered copious amounts of food and devoured it all. When a place had pigeon on the menu… it’s a winner for me.
There is no better way to follow a delicious meal than with a cheeky cocktail. Not just any cocktail in any bar. Nope, head through the hidden doors in Cane and Grain and you’ll end up back in time sat in a classy gentleman’s club… Science and Engineering. The thing I love about this bar is that is never gets too busy, the perfect place for a classy cocktail and a catch up.
Last month, talk on the street was all about a new basement bar set to take you back to childhood. A venue filled with old school arcade and video games. As we entered the neon graffitied cavern, the hip hop beats were flowing and I had my button bashing fingers ready. With cocktails themed on classic characters and branded tokens, costing just £5 for 15 – a cheap price to pay for a whole lot of nostalgic fun.
The way to end the night in the Northern Quarter is with a good wind and grind. Dancing shoes on and shapes at the ready the best vibes are Hold Fast and Hula. Generally spinning some saucy RnB or heavy hip hop you won’t be leaving until the early hours. You’ll also be agreeing that the NQ is neighbourhood for a Manchester night out.
Do you have any Manchester hot spots?