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Roast dinner and a pint at 11 Central in Mediacity Manchester.

11 Central

Salford Quays Bars

11 Central is another venture for Seven Bro7hers, only this time their Sis4ers are on board too so the bar...

Concert night at the Manchester Arena, or AO Arena as it is currently known.

AO Arena

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

If you’re in Manchester to see a big name music act, chances are you’re seeing it at the AO Arena.

The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Bridge

Prestbury Hotel

Located in a Grade II Listed building from 1626, The Bridge is full of charm, whether you’re going for a...

Opera Grill

Chester Restaurant - Global

Housed in a Grade II Listed building with a neo-classical facade, Chester's Opera Grill is a grand, 400-seater restaurant from...

The famous arches and stage of the Cavern Club in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

Cavern Quarter Historic Buildings & Sites

It may be a while since The Beatles graced the stage of The Cavern Club but you’ll still find live...

One of the rooms at Aloft Liverpool, a hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Aloft Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Hotel

Aloft Liverpool is a popular hotel with visitors and business travellers. Part of the Marriott Bonvoy group, it’s a mix...

Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this...

Halle St Peter's on Cutting Room Square - a rehearsal space and concert venue in Ancoats, Manchester

Hallé St Peter’s

Ancoats Music Venues

Hallé St Peter’s provides a rehearsal and recording space for Manchester’s renowned orchestra as well as being home to the...

Craft beer at Ye Hole In Ye Wall, Liverpool's oldest pub

Ye Hole In Ye Wall

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Ye Hole In Ye Wall is not, as you might imagine, an ancient times ATM, but it is Liverpool’s oldest...

Clowns at Farmageddon, a Halloween scare experience near Ormskirk

Farmageddon

Ormskirk Activities

Farmageddon is the big one. Every year it’s a sellout, welcoming thousands of willing lambs to the slaughter. There are...

Baltic Weekender in Liverpool has all the DJs to get you dancing

Baltic Weekender

Baltic Triangle Festivals

Baltic Weekender is Liverpool’s dance festival, held at venues around the Baltic Triangle. Featuring big-name DJs and local selectors, it’s...

The Denbigh Castle, an award-winning pub on Hackins Hey

The Denbigh Castle

Business District (Liverpool) Pubs

The Denbigh Castle is a characterful pub on Hawkins Hey, one of Liverpool’s most distinctive streets. Dating from 1815, the...

The Deaf Institute, a gig venue and bar in Manchester

The Deaf Institute

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

***Bar and kitchen currently closed***

Beatlemania is back with the International Beatleweek Festival in Liverpool

International Beatleweek Festival

Cavern Quarter Festivals

The International Beatleweek Festival draws Beatles fans from all over the world. It’s pretty hardcore too – a full week...

The private dining room at The Blues Kitchen

The Blues Kitchen Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Blues Kitchen Manchester is the first opening outside the capital for Columbo Group, which also owns the Jazz Cafe...

Have you got your tickets for In The Park at Sefton Park in Liverpool?

In The Park

Sefton Park Festivals

In The Park is a huge three-day festival held in Sefton Park on Thursday 11 July, Friday 12 July and...

Nerdvana, a Nirvana tribute band at Festwich

Festwich

Prestwich Festivals

Festwich is the music festival with all the biggest names, from The Doors to Nirvana. Ok, so they’re not the...

Live music at Lanigans Irish Bar in Liverpool city centre.

Lanigans Irish Bar

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Just by Liverpool Central on a strip of Irish pubs on Ranelagh Street, you’ll find Lanigans Irish Bar. It's a...

Gorilla

Greater Manchester Bars

Gorilla is tucked under a railway arch, it has a slightly industrial vibe but it’s comfortable for all that. The...

The exterior of Night and Day Cafe in the NQ Manchester.

Night & Day Cafe

Northern Quarter Bars

Without Night & Day Cafe, the Northern Quarter as we know it probably wouldn't exist. It was places like this,...

Dancers at Baumka Barefoot Clubbing at Cargo nightclub in the Printworks, Manchester by Luke Donnelly

TribeGaia Conscious Events

Manchester City Centre Clubs & Groups
Outside the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

Irish World Heritage Centre

Cheetham Hill Music Venues

The Irish World Heritage Centre (IWHC) in Cheetham Hill is a social and cultural hub for Manchester’s Irish community.

A cocktail at Puffin Rooms - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars.

Puffin Rooms

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Be transported back in time with a visit to Puffin Rooms; Liverpool's specialist whisky and cigar bar. With over 200 rare...

Yayoi Kusama who will be exhibiting at Manchester International Festival in 2023

Manchester International Festival

Manchester Festivals

Manchester International Festival, or MIF, is the city’s biennial arts festival. It’s two weeks of the year where you’re never...

Blackstock Market is an entertainment hub with Liverpool's biggest food hall, Hot Water Comedy Club, events and live music

Blackstock Market

Vauxhall Restaurant - Global

Blackstock Market is a huge all-in-one food, bar and entertainment destination. It’s absolutely massive and incorporates Liverpool’s largest food hall...

Battered squid rings from Hip Hop Chip Shop, the maverick fish and chip restaurant in Ancoats

The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Ancoats Restaurant - British

A National Fish & Chip Award winner, the Manchester street food heroes opened up their first bricks 'n' mortar outlet...

Cocktails at Disorder bar, Manchester.

Disorder

Northern Quarter Bars

Even if you're a massive Joy Division fan, a themed bar sounds a bit naff. Fortunately, Disorder takes itself too...

The record store at The Jacaranda - an iconic music venue and bar in Liverpool city centre.

The Jacaranda

Ropewalks Bars

Serious Beatles fans will know all about The Jacaranda. This bar and gig venue was opened by their first manager...

Inside Big Hands, a bar on Oxford Road, Manchester.

Big Hands

Oxford Road Bars

The original Manchester dive bar, Big Hands is a rock n roll institution and the site of many messy nights...

Chetham's Library in Manchester

Chetham’s Library, Chetham’s School of Music and The Stoller Hall

Manchester City Centre Historic Buildings & Sites

Chetham’s combines history, education, music and culture. The institution comprises Chetham’s library, the internationally-renowned School of Music and The Stoller...

The outside of Mulligan's of Manchester

Mulligan’s

Manchester City Centre Bars

If you're a fan of cosy pubs with good beer and great craic, Mulligan's in Manchester will be right up...

On The Waterfront, Liverpool's huge outdoor music festival at Pier Head

On The Waterfront

Waterfront Festivals

On The Waterfront is a four-day open air festival on Pier Head. It kickstarts the summer festival season in Liverpool,...

A pint of Guinness at Kennedy's.

Kennedy’s

Altrincham Bars

Kennedy's is a characterful Irish bar located in the heart of Altrincham, just opposite the market. 

Evening aerial view of Aviva Studios, Factory International, an arts venue in Manchester

Aviva Studios, Factory International

Manchester City Centre Arts Venues

Aviva Studios is the new home of Factory International, the producers of Manchester International Festival. The impressive building was conceived...

Canal Street during Manchester Pride 2023.

Manchester Pride

Gay Village Festivals

Held annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride is a joyful, loud and proud celebration of queer identity...

Liverpool Sound City is a music festival and industry conference held in May

Liverpool Sound City

Liverpool City Centre Festivals

Liverpool Sound City is an independent music festival held every spring. It stands out from other music festivals with its...

E-karting at Gravity MAX Liverpool

Gravity MAX Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Activities

Home to two floors of immersive activities, Gravity MAX is Liverpool’s biggest multi-entertainment venue.

The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester at night

The Bridgewater Hall

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

The Bridgewater Hall is where Manchester gets serious about music. The international concert venue was built in the 1990s and...

Pogue Mahones Liverpool - a recommended Irish pub in Liverpool city centre.

Pogue Mahone Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Pubs

Situated on the booze-soaked Seel Street, Pogue Mahones is a long-standing, much-loved spot for Saturday night shenanigans (or any night...

Live music is on every night at Fitzgerald's Irish Bar in Liverpool city centre.

Fitzgerald’s Irish Bar

Liverpool City Centre Bars

The smaller, sister bar to Lanigans on Ranelagh Street, Fitzgerald’s Irish Bar has an authentic feel and a friendly atmosphere....

Pub tables outside The Windmill, looking out on open countryside near Macclesfield

The Windmill

Whiteley Green Pubs

The Windmill is a country pub with beautiful views and traditional British food that is definitely on the gastro end...

Bartender at Little Hardware, a bar in Liverpool

Little Hardware

Ropewalks Bars

Little Hardware takes its name from the not-so-little Rapid Hardware store that used to take up a sizeable chunk of...

The Black Keys perform at Co-op Live - the new indoor arena in Manchester.

Co-op Live

Beswick Music Venues

After a few false starts, Co-op Live, the UK's biggest indoor arena, opened on 14 May 2024. With a 23,500...

Small plates at O'Neill's, Manchester Printworks

O’Neill’s Printworks

Manchester City Centre Bars

O'Neill's in the Printworks is a lively bar (some would say too lively) that's known as a decent place to...

Inside Via - a bar and club on Canal Street, Manchester

Via Manchester

Gay Village Bars

Formerly Via Fossa, generally know as just ‘Via’, this is probably the most long-standing go-to bar on the main strip...

Band on the Wall - an iconic gig venue in Manchester

Band on the Wall

Northern Quarter Music Venues

So called because the performers used to play on a stage situated halfway up the wall, Band on the Wall...

Cocktail at L'Aperitivo, a bar in Liverpool

L’Aperitivo

Ropewalks Bars

Modern-day Bold Street in Liverpool and Via Veneto in 1960s Rome could be an example of time-travelling city twinning.

Sig for The Peer Har, a bar and gig venue in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Peer Hat

Northern Quarter Bars

The Peer Hat is an odd combination. This Northern Quarter bar and gig venue mixes a cutting edge assortment of...

Wax and Beans is a great place for Bury's record collectors and coffee fans

Wax and Beans

Bury Record Shops

Wax and Beans is a vinyl and coffee combo where you can indulge all your passions at once. Affectionately known...

Cicchetti at Gino's Sky Bar in Liverpool

Gino D’Acampo 360 Sky Bar & Terrace

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Situated on the 18th floor of INNSiDE by Meliá on Old Hall Street, Gino D'Acampo 360 Sky Bar and Sky...

Cocktails at The Daisy - one of the best Northern Quarter bars.

The Daisy

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as 'late night escapism', The Daisy is a subterranean haven of a cocktail bar in the Northern Quarter. Find...

Sunday lunch at Diecast. Manchester City Centre.

Diecast

Piccadilly Music Venues

Diecast is a party venue and 'creative neighbourhood' five-minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

SK1 Records is an independent record shop on Stockport's Little Underbank

SK1 Records

Stockport Town Centre Record Shops

SK1 Records is more than just a record shop. It’s an important part of the town’s current buzz and it...

Depot Mayfield is an events venue in Manchester with all sorts of different spaces to hire

Depot Mayfield

Piccadilly Events Venues

Depot Mayfield is an events venue with raw urban grit and cultural cachet. Manchester’s former railway station, it has been...

Royal Institution Bar - one of the coolest cocktail bars in Liverpool

Royal Institution Bar

Ropewalks Bars

The Royal Institution Bar was created for 'those who enjoy the finer things in life' and serves up well thought-out...

Albert Hall, an iconic gig venue in Manchester.

Albert Hall

Manchester City Centre Music Venues

The upper floor of this Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel lay empty for 40 years before Mission Mars bought the...

Beer pong at Pong & Puck

Pong & Puck | Great Northern

Manchester City Centre Activities

Get your game face on with an afternoon of pool, shuffleboard and table tennis at Pong & Puck in The...

Jillian Jacqueline playing O2 Manchester Ritz

O2 Ritz Manchester

Oxford Road Music Venues

The O2 Manchester Ritz on Whitworth Street has seen better days but it still knocks most venues out of the...

Hacienda Classical at Sounds in the City

Sounds of the City

Castlefield Festivals

Sounds of the City is a summer season of outdoor gigs by big name acts at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester.

Manchester Jazz Festival 2022

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester City Centre Festivals

Manchester Jazz Festival brings the best new emerging jazz artists, homegrown talent, and living jazz legends to the city centre...

6 Music Festival

Manchester City Centre Festivals

The BBC’s 6 Music Festival is a celebration of up-and-coming talent, emerging acts and the cool elder statespeople of alternative...

Record shop Rough Trade Liverpool opened in May 2024.

Rough Trade Liverpool

Ropewalks Record Shops

Any self-respecting indie kid will know the Rough Trade name; a trip to the Covent Garden shop used to be...

A cocktail at Hummingbird - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars

Hummingbird

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Art Deco-style cocktail bar Hummingbird is one of Liverpool's hippest spots for a chilled night out. 

Whiskey at Danny Mac's Tavern - a recommended Irish bar in Liverpool.

Danny Mac’s Tavern

Liverpool City Centre Pubs

This narrow, cosy corner pub is one of many Irish drinking dens along Renshaw Street. With its dark wood furnishings,...

Artist's impression of the rooftop pool at Soho House Manchester

Soho House Manchester

Manchester City Centre Clubs & Groups

Soho House Manchester will be the only Soho House private member’s club in the North of England when it opens...

DJ at DryWave sober rave

DryWave

Manchester City Centre Clubs & Groups

This registered charity works on a number of projects related to sober and drug-free living, including the massive DryWave sober...

Boxpark Liverpool

Boxpark Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Restaurant

It’s a transplant from that-there London but at least Boxpark Liverpool is full of local food names. This food hall...

Manchester Holi Festival

Prestwich Festivals

Manchester Holi Festival 2024 might well be the city’s most colourful celebration. The Hindu spring festival celebrates love and new...

The bar at Einstein Bier Haus in Liverpool

Einstein Bier Haus

Ropewalks Bars

If it's dancing, drinking and Deutschland-inspired plates of schnitzel and wurst you're after, you've come to the right place. Described...

Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool

Mathew Street Festival

Waterfront Festivals

The Mathew Street Festival is back after more than a decade. The August Bank Holiday weekend will see a four-day...

SOUP, a bar and gig venue in Manchester's Northern Quarter

SOUP

Northern Quarter Bars

SOUP is the place for leftfield live music in a lo-fi but friendly setting. It’s not fancy but SOUP (formerly...

The Rembrandt

Gay Village Bars

One of the originals of The Village, The Rembrandt, or Rem Bar, has been welcoming in Manchester's gay community since...

Wellnergy Manchester

Wythenshawe Festivals

The first ever Wellnergy Manchester takes place on 6 July 2024 in Wythenshawe Park, after a successful debut in London...

Watch The Euros on the big screen at the Lawn Club in Spinningfields, Manchester

The Lawn Club

Spinningfields Bars

The Lawn Club is a summery Spinningfields paradise with lots of outdoor space and fantastic cocktails. It’s also a winter...

An events space at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester

Victoria Warehouse

Stretford Music Venues

Victoria Warehouse has been a fixture on Manchester's industrial skyline for almost a century. Once used to store cotton, it's...

Temple at Victoria Warehouse

Trafford Park Activities

If you want a night out of dancing and connection and good times, without the hangover the next day, Temple...

Irish sausages and mash and a pint of Guinness at McCooley's Concert Square - an Irish pub in Liverpool

McCooley’s Concert Square

Liverpool City Centre Bars

This cavernous tavern on Concert Square fills up fast on weekends and match days. But there's big screens throughout so...

The Bierkeller Liverpool is one of the top sports bars with a party atmosphere

The Bierkeller Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Bars

The Bierkeller Liverpool is one of the best bars in Liverpool if you’re looking for a lively party atmosphere or...

Piccadilly Records in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Piccadilly Records

Northern Quarter Record Shops

When it comes to music in Manchester this place is the absolute business. Piccadilly Records is the coolest square footage...

Tyler the Creator at Parklife Festival in Manchester

Parklife Festival

Prestwich Festivals

It's the big one, at least for the under-25s amongst us. Parklife is a huge two-day music festival held every...

The rooftop beer garden at YES in Manchester city centre.

YES

Oxford Road Bars

YES is a gargantuan place with four floors of fun. Despite that, it still has a low-key cool and something...

Manchester Psych Fest is on at various venues in the city on Saturday 31 August

Manchester Psych Fest

Manchester City Centre Festivals

Manchester Psych Fest certainly packs it in. It's a one-day deep dive into the alternative music scene that marks the...

Canteena Bar & Grill

Sale Restaurant - Modern British

Based in the unit of Stanley Square that was once home to Sale Food Hall, Canteena Bar & Grill is...

The Whiskey Jar

Northern Quarter Bars

Surely one of Manchester's most inviting-looking bars, The Whiskey Jar gives you that warm, all-is-well feeling even before you've taken...

A cocktail at Fitzgeralds, a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Fitzgerald

Northern Quarter Bars

The Fitzgerald, appropriately enough, channels those Great Gatsby vibes with its vintage stylings, and its 1920s glassware sets off the...

The restaurant at the Hard Days Night Hotel, a Beatles themed hotel in Liverpool.

Hard Days Night Hotel

Cavern Quarter Hotel

The concept might seem a bit naff but to be honest there are no hard days or nights at this...

A roast dinner at O'Sheas Irish bar in Manchester city centre.

O’Sheas

Manchester City Centre Bars

O'Sheas on Princess Street has become one of Manchester's most popular Irish pubs since it opened in the nineties. And...

The Warehouse Project - one of the best places to spend New Year's Eve in Manchester.

The Warehouse Project

Piccadilly Music Venues

If you’re into EDM or club culture you’ll know The Warehouse Project as one of Manchester’s biggest nights out. It...

The petite beer garden at The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter.

The Castle Hotel

Northern Quarter Pubs

The Castle Hotel is one of the big names on Manchester’s gig circuit. This 18th century pub, covered in brown...

Spice Thai at Baltic Market with crispy pork belly, chargrilled duck and homemade barbecue pork char sui

Baltic Market

Baltic Triangle Restaurant - Global

Liverpool’s Baltic Market is the city’s first food hall, built on the redeveloped Cains Brewery site. It’s the sort of...

Inside Cassidys, an Irish bar in Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester

Cassidy’s

Heaton Moor Bars

Established in 2004, Cássidy's is styled as a traditional Irish bar, and is a popular meet-up spot in Heaton Moor.

Kezia Gill performs at Buckle and Boots Festival, photograph by DB Photography

Buckle and Boots

Marple Festivals

This annual weekender on the edge of Stockport won the 'Best Festival' award from the British Country Music Association in...

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