‘Tis the season for dining out and we’ve done the legwork and planned the perfect meal out for you, from pre-drinks to pudding.
Whether you’re heading for a catch up with friends or a romantic date for two, a delicious dinner out is one of our favourite ways to spend an evening. And what better way to enjoy your food than pairing it with an ultimate pre-dinner classic and an indulgent post-dinner treat? With that in mind, we’ve partnered up with Gordon’s Gin and Bailey’s to plan the ideal meal out. So no matter what sort of evening you’re prepping for, we’ve got your meal out sorted from pre-drinks to pudding.
Start the night right with a pre-dinner Gordon’s and tonic made by the gin geniuses at Atlas. Situated in the railway arches of Deansgate, Atlas Bar has been a Manchester icon for two decades. Specialising in gins from around the world, Atlas currently stocks around 400 gins, the largest collection in the city, including four Gordon’s varieties! Meaning their staff are more than qualified to make the perfect pre-dining Gordon’s gin and tonic.
376 Deansgate, M3 4LY
For a twist on the classic Gordon’s G and T, head to The Shack at Hilton House. The former clothing warehouse is one of Manchester’s most loved city-centre bars and boasts an excellent selection of gins, including Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin! 26-28 Hilton Street, M1 2EH
101 Brasserie & Bar
Known for their decadent afternoon teas the staff at 101 also make a mean classic G&T. Located in the stylish Townhouse Hotel, the Grade II listed building is just 10-minutes walk from Manchester’s Oxford Road in the heart of the city centre making it the perfect starting point for your night.
Townhouse Hotel Manchester, 101 Portland Street, M1 6DF
Albert Square Chop House
On the hunt for the perfect after dinner Bailey’s? Look no further than Albert Square Chop House. Based in a revamped Victorian warehouse, the Chop House boasts an exciting menu of classic British food with a modern twist, all made using fresh local ingredients. Featured in the Good Food Guide 2019 the Chop House is the ideal venue for cosy winter evenings, snuggled up with an after-dinner Bailey’s.
The Memorial Hall, Albert Square, M2 5PF
El Gato Negro
Those looking for an after-dinner pick-me-up should head to El Gato Negro for tapas followed by a Bailey’s coffee. Another Good Food Guide offering, the award-winning tapas restaurant is perfect for groups and couples alike. Book to dine in the first-floor restaurant, overlooking historic King Street, or sit at the chef’s table, savouring the theatre of your food being cooked ahead of you in their open kitchen. And if you’ve still got room for pudding, have your Bailey’s coffee with a side of handmade mini doughnuts .52 King St, M2 4LY
Diners who fancy a twist on the classic after-dinner drink head to the Terrazza bar at Salvi’s for a Bailey’s and hazelnut spread shot; served in a hazelnut spread rimmed glass smothered in crushed nuts. The family-run business dishes up delicious pasta, pizza and deli snacks made using ingredients sourced directly from suppliers in Naples, Sorrento and beyond! And if you’re not in a carb-induced coma after all that, Salvi’s is the perfect spot for a leisurely post-pasta Bailey’s, served over ice.. Manchester Corn Exchange, M4 3AG