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Where to celebrate Father’s Day in Manchester

6 days ago

The day to celebrate Dad is just round the corner. Now, and be honest, have you sorted out his present yet?

If not, don’t worry. We’ve got loads of suggestions for things to do in Manchester on Father’s Day weekend, from visiting some of city’s finest craft beer bars to Michelin Star meals at Mana and everything in between. We’ve even thrown in some cheap (and free) days out for those on a budget . . . just don’t forget the card, at least.

  • Arcade Club Bury - a Manchester day out for families
    Bury

    Arcade Club Bury

    Activities

    Arcade Club Bury is a gamer’s paradise. Set in a former mill, it is a vast celebration of the beat ‘em up, the shoot ‘em up and the platform game. There’s four entire floors of arcade machines, pinball, air hockey and more with a good mix of the latest releases and retro refurbs. This is the biggest arcade in Europe.

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  • Sunset at Australasia in Manchester city centre
    Book Now Spinningfields

    Australasia

    Bars

    Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and the craft of the food make any occasion feel like a million dollars at Australasia.

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  • Book Now Northern Quarter

    BAB NQ

    Restaurant - Middle Eastern

    If you feel it’s time to spice up your life, look no further than this Northern Quarter indie, where the main offer is ‘kebabs worth sitting down for’. Yep, BAB by name, ‘babs by nature, but that’s not doing the menu full justice – there are also meze small plates to mix and match, skewers and shawarmas, and non-babs such as an epic surf & turf spread.

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  • Ducie Street Warehouse
    Northern Quarter

    Ducie Street Warehouse

    Bars

    Ducie Street Warehouse is all sorts of things, but one of those things is a restaurant. It’s an all-day affair with everything from classic brunches to late-night cocktails. On the menu you’ll find a good selection of small sharing dishes and large plates – it’s a sociable kind of place. And of course, you’ll also find Ducie Street Warehouse’s signature focaccia flatbreads.

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  • Dunham Massey - a National Trust property with parkland and gardens near Altrincham
    Altrincham

    Dunham Massey

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Dunham Massey is one of the National Trust’s top 10 most visited properties, bringing in 439,000 people in 2020/21. We reckon at least 80% of them were Mancunians escaping the city for their nearest bucolic country park.

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  • The plush interior of cinema Everyman Manchester St John's
    Manchester City Centre

    Everyman Manchester St John’s

    Cinemas

    With its red velvet seats, waiter service, and ultra stylish bar and cafe, Everyman Manchester St John’s is a far cry from your local multiplex. This deluxe cinema chain is expanding across the UK and now has two venues in Greater Manchester (the other is in Altrincham). 

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Evuna Manchester Deansgate

    Bottle Shop

    October 2003 saw the first of the four Evunas open, grabbing a prime position on Deansgate and a reputation for being a go-to place for Spanish cuisine. Plenty of exposed brick, wine-lined walls and low, dark lighting all add to the atmosphere, perfect for cosying up over those authentic small plates.

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  • Sunday lunch at Founder's Hall on Albert Square, Manchester city centre.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Founder’s Hall

    Pubs

    Founder’s Hall is a smartly-refurbished pub with an enviable position on Albert Square. It serves up comforting pub food and a vast range of beers.

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  • Steak at Gaucho
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gaucho Manchester

    Restaurant - South American

    For many people, Argentinian restaurant Gaucho Manchester is the destination in the city for very good steak paired with very good wine. Housed in a converted Methodist church on Deansgate, with an open kitchen, and the original church organ still in-situ, it’s also known as one of Manchester’s best-looking spaces for dining.

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  • Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Grand Pacific

    Bars

    Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour. Not in a big chandeliers, glass and chrome Spinningfields way, but with a decadent blend of colonial Raffles-style grandeur and some of the best of the city’s Victorian architecture.

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  • Bar at Gusto Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gusto Italian Manchester

    Bars

    Gusto Italian Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown, even if the menu is the same everywhere from Heswall to Edinburgh. It’s a very polished affair with a definite Art Deco feel. This is a place that seems designed for good times and the service is slick.

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  • Spinningfields

    Hawksmoor

    Bars

    The first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London opened on Deansgate in 2015 and is a confident affair. Well sourced steak and attention to detail have created a place like no other.

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  • Outside Holmes Mill in Clitheroe
    Book Now Lancashire

    Holmes Mill

    Bars

    Located in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a bountiful food, drink and entertainment venue as well as a lovely place to stay in Lancashire. Featuring its own beer hall, bar & grill, hotel, food hall, bowling alley, cinema and much more, this former textiles mill is the gift that keeps on giving.

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  • One of the private dining rooms at The Ivy
    Spinningfields

    The Ivy Manchester

    Bars

    The Ivy Manchester is an exuberant over-the-top place that’s perfect for glamming up and going out. The décor is wild yet smart and service is smooth and professional. The roof garden is a must.

    There’s an abundance about The Ivy with the costumed doorman, and the levels and levels of fun: The Ivy Asia; The Brasserie; The Ivy Roof Garden; the lurid floors; the lacquered screens; the mirrored central bar. It all adds up to a sense of occasion, a place where dining out is something special, something to dress up for.

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  • One of the dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.
    Book Now Marple

    Kambuja

    Restaurant - Cambodian

    Many of us are familiar with the vibrant cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand but Cambodian, or Khmer, food is still relatively unexplored territory in the UK. Kambuja in Marple is one of the country’s few dedicated Cambodian restaurants – and it’s a good one. It received rave reviews in the national press when it opened in 2017 under its former name of Angkor Soul.

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  • The bar at Lane 7, Deansgate
    Manchester City Centre

    Lane 7 Deansgate

    Activities

    Lane 7 Deansgate has bowling lanes as well as more than seven other things to do while you’re there and that doesn’t even include drinking a gin cocktail in a stein. Obviously, that’s just a given.

    As well as bowling, there is fancy-pants bowling with neon zig zags. A bit of a cross between a new restaurant opening and Blade Runner. All the bowling is pretty sleek and shiny though with the standard graffiti décor.

    Non-bowling entertainment includes just about everything that could possibly be construed as competitive with the exception of tiddlywinks.

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  • Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester
    Book Now Manchester

    The Laureate Restaurant

    Bars

    So named because of Manchester University’s 25 Nobel laureates, The Laureate Restaurant is a large and luxurious space located on one of the higher floors of Manchester’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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  • Book Now Piccadilly

    Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill

    Bars

    Malmaison Manchester Piccadilly Bar & Grill isn’t just for overnight guests, its reputation for cocktails, quality beef and a buzzing atmosphere mean it’s respected as a restaurant in its own right.

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  • A seafood dish from Mana, Manchester.
    Ancoats

    Mana

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Michelin-starred restaurant Mana is the brainchild of chef patron Simon Martin who mastered his trade at the renowned Noma in Copenhagen. In his first few years at Mana, Martin has succeeded in carving his own path – one which confuses and delights people in equal measure.

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  • Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Mosey down Mosley Street between Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square, and you can’t miss the Greek columns that flank the front of Manchester Art Gallery. It’s one of Manchester’s most visited cultural attractions thanks to its central location and extensive collection of historical and contemporary art.

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  • Manchester Museum
    Oxford Road

    Manchester Museum

    Museums

    Manchester Museum reopened in February 2023 following a £15m transformation to make it more inclusive and more imaginative in how it tells its stories.

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  • Manchester River Cruises Pirates and Mermaids - a recommended half-term day out in Manchester.
    Salford Quays

    Manchester River Cruises

    Activities

    Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour from Manchester River Cruises, and you’ll see its iconic views from a new and surprising perspective.

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  • The outside of Mulligan's of Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Mulligan’s

    Bars

    If you’re a fan of cosy pubs with good beer and great craic, Mulligan’s in Manchester will be right up your alley. Located just off Deansgate, it’s full of character and is Manchester’s oldest authentic Irish pub.

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  • One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester
    Book Now Spinningfields

    MUSU

    Bars

    The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be infinite they are certainly unique for Manchester at least. With a combination of Japanese and more locally-sourced ingredients, the guest is invited to choose the way they prefer to dine at MUSU.

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  • Football boots on display at The National Football Museum in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    National Football Museum

    Museums

    Where else but footy-mad Manchester to house the National Museum of the UK’s favourite sport? Explore the history of the beautiful game inside the unusual-looking Urbis building next to Manchester Victoria train station.

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  • Dance Dance Revolution at NQ64, Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    NQ64

    Activities

    Return to your youth and relieve the stresses and strains of adult life by whacking baddies Double Dragon-style or jumping gleefully from platform to platform in Bubble Bobble at NQ64. Get your arcade thrills as well as cocktails and craft beer at this underground bar.

    From shoot-‘em-ups to pinball, classic platform games and button-bashers, you’ll find them all at NQ64.

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  • Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington
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    Pendergast’s Steakhouse

    Restaurant - British

    Pendergast’s Steakhouse offers a less butch take on the traditional macho steakhouse. There are standout cuts of beef but you’ll also find small plates, seafood and lighter mains as well as carefully-thought out dishes for vegetarians and vegans.

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  • Point Blank Shooting Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Point Blank Shooting Manchester

    Activities

    Point Blank Shooting is an interactive virtual shooting range designed to test yours and your teammates quick-draw skills.

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  • Pizza and chicken at roxy ballroom manchester deansgate
    Manchester City Centre

    Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

    Activities

    One of two Roxy Ball Room venues in Manchester, the Deansgate bar is an ideal “adult playground” perfect for parties. With golf, pool, shuffleboard and even ice-free curling at this upstairs space on Manchester’s busy Deansgate. 

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  • Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.
    Book Now Deansgate

    San Carlo Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    San Carlo is Manchester’s most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it’s said to have one of the largest turnovers in the UK. It’s also the place to be papped and you’ll sometimes see a bank of photographers outside to prove the point.

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  • Two pints of craft beer at Seven Bro7hers Manchester, also known as the Ancoats Beerhouse.
    Book Now Ancoats

    Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

    Bars

    This bar on Cutting Room Square from the Seven Bro7hers Brewery clan is perfectly placed to cater for the craft beer drinkers of Ancoats.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Sixes Social Cricket | Corn Exchange

    Activities

    Sixes Social Cricket opened in the Corn Exchange in August 2021, bringing a different kind of sporting experience to Manchester City Centre. Already a popular concept down south, Manchester might not be quite as bowled over with Cricket as it is with football, but don’t let that stop you.

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  • Tom Barnes of Skof, Manchester's new fine dining restaurant
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Skof

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Skof is the first restaurant from chef Tom Barnes who, as head chef at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, helped it win its third Michelin star. 

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  • Christmas party at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Whistle Punks

    Activities

    Hearing the thud of axes can be a little unnerving as you leave the cinema in the Great Northern – especially after a slasher film – but the axe throwing at Whistle Punks is about letting off steam not cutting off limbs.

    It’s competitive and a bit like darts really, only you’re throwing whacking great axes at the target instead. A bullseye with an axe is very satisfying indeed.

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  • Paddleboarding at Wild Shore Delamere - one of our recommended places to go paddle boarding in Manchester, LIverpool and the North West
    Delamere

    Wild Shore Delamere

    Activities

    If you’ve never known the joy of flying over a lake on a rope swing and daring yourself to let go, get it on your bucket list, and then get yourself over to Wild Shore Delamere to tick it off.

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  • Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester
    Book Now Oxford Road

    Zouk

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Zouk specialises in ‘apna’ – home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent years it has incorporated elements of global street food to its menu (Lahori wagyu sliders for example) but the main focus is still the authentic Indian and Pakistani cooking that made Zouk a success.

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