Nine Restaurants In The City Centre Perfect For A Special Occasion

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For special occasions we've got your back. Whether it's a birthday, an anniversary or a well-earned treat before all the hectic family festivities begin, sometimes you need to go somewhere that's so much more than food on a plate.

For memories to last a lifetime, check out Manchester restaurants...

1. Cloud 23

Indulge in champagne, Cloud 23's signature cocktails, afternoon tea and their elegant and innovative food menu with panoramic city views.

2. The Wharf

The Wharf Pub is located just a 7-minute walk away from Cloud 23, but in complete contrast its Castlefield location by Bridgewater Canal gives it that country-pub feel. Its cosy rooms and alcoves make it a favourite for local residents and those a little further afield.

Their beautiful outdoor courtyard looks onto the canal, and you can spot the Beetham tower looking over Manchester in the distance.

3. Alston Bar & Beef

A stylish and vibrant restaurant-bar located by the Corn Exchange. Expect an expansive space, swish interiors and some of the best food in Manchester...

4. The River Restaurant

The Lowry Hotel's River Restaurant serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The Lowry Hotel's afternoon tea brings a British classic into a contemporary atmosphere in their sun-soaked, light, airy restaurant with views of the canal and bustling walkway below.

5. Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant

Harvey Nichols Second Floor Brasserie offers a stylish and relaxed environment in which their patrons can enjoy all-day dining. They describe it as being "for those who want to see and be seen."

Their floor to ceiling windows allow you to view the bustling streets below.

6. Rain Bar

Rain Bar are a multi-award winning bar and restaurant located by the canal on Great Bridgewater Street, just a short walk from Deansgate, they are named after Manchester’s notorious rainy weather.

This beautiful Victorian building started life as a canal side warehouse, it has a large canal side terrace with stunning views of the lock.

7. San Carlo

Stylish restaurant, cocktail and champagne bar practically unrivalled in the city.

8. Restaurant Bar & Grill

The Restaurant Bar and Grill is located on John Dalton Street, just off Deansgate. Popular for their beautiful roof terrace, which now has a retractable roof, allowing guests to dine alfresco whatever the weather.

9. 20 Stories

The rooftop venue, called 20 Stories, has just opened in No.1 Spinningfields, featuring the city's most spectacular rooftop terrace bar and stylish contemporary restaurant thanks to D&D London.

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