Ok so you’ve cracked it, you’ve bagged a date with the girl/boy of your dreams and you’re over the moon. But where can you take them that won’t just result in a big booze up?
1. The Whitworth Gallery
A beautiful, sophisticated and creative space that’s sure to leave an impression on anyone that goes. Situated on Oxford Road The Whitworthhas loads to offer including regular high profile exhibitions and an art garden, and every Thursday is late night opening with music, performances, talks and screenings which are all free.
There’s also a cafe and restaurant run by Peter Booth – and his award-winning company, The Modern Caterer, which offers a a seasonal menu for any time of the day, seven days a week.
2. There’s no place like Home
Home is a quirky, creative space showing an extensive range of independent films, exhibitions and shows. They also have a specialist bookshop and three separate spaces for food so there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy. If your date is a creative type then this will be sure to impress.
3. Let the games begin
Breakout is a real live escape room where you are locked in a room for 60 minutes and you have to try and solve puzzles and clues to escape.
Perhaps an unusual choice but this can be the ideal date as it forces you to get stuck in straight away and work together as a team. It’s also a great opportunity to poke fun at each other’s problem-solving skills.
Take a peek at the video here to see if you have what it takes.
4. Lover’s picnic
Manchester has some stunning green spaces, why not pack a picnic and a blanket and show your date just how romantic, organised, and great in the kitchen you are when you get out your home-made buns (no pun intended.)
5. Coffee date
If you don’t know too much about your date beforehand and are unsure of what they might like just keep it simple and go for a traditional, low-commitment coffee or brunch date.
Moose Coffee, an American-influenced cafe on York Street offers an extensive brunch menu from eggs benedict to mouth watering waffles.
They also serve premium espresso-based coffee and treats such as Chocolate and Peanut Butter milkshakes.
6. Ariel Extreme
This is a high ropes adventure course at The Trafford Centre. Obviously you’ll need to check beforehand that your date isn’t scared of heights. You can bond over all of the challenges you’ll face and have loads to discuss afterwards.
7. The Albert Hall
A beautiful, baroque and gothic building that was originally a church and now serves as a concert venue showing all the latest up and coming bands. There are tons of different shows to choose from every week and there’s even seating upstairs on the old wooden pews.
A traditional American date with traditional American bowling perhaps? All Star Lanes on Deansgate offers a genuine vintage bowling experience which is sure to make an impression on anyone.
They take their bowling very seriously indeed – all of the lanes and pinspotters have been shipped in from the states and they’ve got a team of experts to help if needed.
The food here is American themed with ‘dogs’ and burger specials but they also cater for vegetarians and gluten-free diets.
Note: You will have to wear bowling shoes so remember to wear your best socks.
9. Have the last laugh
The Comedy Store can be a great night out, and what better way to bond with your date and get a sense of their humour.
The 500 seat theatre hosts live stand-up comedy every weekend and you can also eat there too if you fancy.
Note: Make sure to research the comedian first as it could be awkward if they’re not to your date’s taste. Think Bernard Manning.
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10. The Museum of Science and Industry
Is your date into technology or Manchester’s rich history? The museum is open daily and most things are free.
There’s a whole host of fascinating interactive exhibitions for you to peruse whilst impressing your date with your knowledge and intellectual curiosity. Fancy a bit of virtual reality, or how about investigating time travel? You’ll have plenty of things to talk about on your way around so no awkward silences.
They also have a restaurant and cafe for you to re-fuel.
11. Treasure hunt
Utterly geeky or super cool depending who your date is, either way you’re sure to have an interesting time.
Geocaching is like an old-school version of Pokemon GO, but instead of searching for Pokemon you’ll be searching for containers (geocahes) which are strategically placed in locations all over the world.
Explore the streets of Manchester with your partner in crime. All you need is a mobile phone with GPS and some half decent weather.
12. Love boat
Navigate Manchester’s waterways and see many of the city’s landmarks on a canal cruise, from Castlefield to Media City UK – the non-stop circular route is a great option if your date isn’t from Manchester.
The cruises also serve dinner and afternoon tea.
13. Ice skating
The dream date. Skating effortlessly around the rink, holding your date’s hand (purely to help them remain steady of course) and catching them if they fall. Followed by a steaming mug of delicious hot chocolate. Ahhh.
There are always rinks in the city around Christmas but if you want this option all year round then Silver Blades in Altrincham is the place to go. They’re open every day and also offer a late night skate on Saturday nights.
And if all of these should fail…