If you’re planning a trip to Manchester then you’re in luck, there’s now more to do in this city than ever before. So, if you’re looking for more than sightseeing and drinking, here’s 6 slightly alternative things to try in Manchester.
The UK’s first shooting simulation bar. Using the latest technology, Point Blank offers a vast variety of shooting simulations to test out your accuracy, reactions and thinking to beat your friends. You’ll have your own pod, table service and the choice of food and drinks to enjoy while competing to win. The prices vary depending on which day and time you’d like to try, but it’s reasonably priced and you can have from two to six shooters in one pod.
Located under Mancunian way on Oxford Road, Hatch is an award-winning destination that offers more than 30 independent traders, with food, drink and other goods all available. As well as this, Hatch also has a selection of events on throughout the week, showing live sports games, DJ sets and hot bands entering the scene. You’ll find this to be a very unique experience in Manchester that is essentially outdoor markets sheltered by the road above, but with a Mancunian twist.
Regardless of whether you like, enjoy or are even good at darts, everyone needs to try Flight Club. This bar includes dozens of darts boards and screens that create a fun competitive experience (and no counting required). The board counts all your throws so you don’t need to focus too much and you can enjoy a variety of games such as killer, Shanghai and snakes and ladders. At the bare minimum, you’ll enjoy this traditionally carnival-themed bar for its lively atmosphere in this social darts experience.
One of Manchester’s most famous market places. Based in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Affleck’s is the type of place you can enjoy food, get a tattoo or browse clothes and trinkets in amongst the stalls and independent stores. It’s set in a lively part of Manchester where you see all kinds of people exploring, from tourists and students to locals.
If you’ve got more time to explore, you’ll find Chinatown, Printworks and the Northern Quarter all just a stone’s throw away, all showing you the true qualities of living in Manchester, or enjoy some of the more traditional “Northern” experiences, such as a pub experience with Joseph Holt’s Ape and Apple or go an urban street art hunt.
Enjoy an Urban Axe Throwing experience with Whistle Punks. Boasting to be the best day or night out you’ll ever have, you’ll be hurling axes at a target while you friends cheer you on. Enjoy beers, snacks and much more while testing your dexterity with an axe, it’s around £20 – £35 per person depending on your party and when you want to go, but it’s well worth it for a 70-minute experience.
If you’re a fan of bars and live music (who isn’t?), YES is the place to be! The Manchester music scene is world-famous and YES is the type of bar that loves to remind everyone why. Pop down during your trip and dance to some local up and coming talent on the weekend, or enjoy a beer with friends and watch the live.
Guest Contributor: Natalie Wilson