Whether you’ve been swiping away like there’s no tomorrow on the dating apps, or getting on your partner’s nerves for the entire duration of the pandemic – date night is probably on the cards. And now that restaurants and bars are back in action, we can start planning a romantic night out to re-start our social (and love) lives. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to sweep someone off their feet, read on for Secret Manchester’s pick of top date night places in Manchester.
1. The Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh Castle is a fairly new addition to the Ancoats’ scene, completely renovated by the team behind Cottonopolis – who restored the 1811 pub to a beautiful, cosy space where you can kick back with a glass of vino, or enjoy a bit of fine dining. Every dish is absolutely exquisite and would make for a really special experience for any couple looking to reignite the romance after three months in each other’s pockets. The Edinburgh Castle, Henry St &, Blossom St, M4 5AW.
From Bombay, with love. Dishoom is a much-loved dining spot, featuring gorgeous casual decor that’s perfect for both catching up with friends, or heading out for a chilled date with your other half. Get stuck into some hearty, authentic Indian dishes – the menu of which features a variety of small plates, grilled marinated meats, and ‘Ruby Murrays’. It’s the perfect little spot for couples who love to share, with the diverse menu working perfectly if you like to make your own tapas-style dinner out of it. Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, M3 3BT.
3. Flight Club
This one’s the spot for those looking for an ice-breaker, or just a fun activity after the pandemic. Re-opening again on August 1, Flight Club is an interactive darts bar where you can enjoy a fun game between two or more and grab cocktails and pizza. It’s more of a casual date spot so perfect for both a first date or a 30th date. But probably don’t reveal your uber-competitive side if it is the first date. Flight Club, Ship Canal House, 98 King St, M2 4WU.
A hidden gem tucked away by Ancoats’ Cutting Room Square, Canto serves up delicious Mediterranean tapas, taking inspiration from the Portuguese for its well-crafted menu. Think Peri-Peri chicken and beautifully seasoned plates of Mediterranean veggies, fish and more in an open plan, bright space that feels cosy, relaxed and welcoming. Share plates between you for a more conversational date, which is suitable for both a casual night and a romantic one. Canto, Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 5DH.
5. The Ivy
Another special city centre spot, The Ivy has a lot to offer its guests at its Spinningfields premises, with a number of floors and cuisines to choose from. Opt for an elegant drink at its many bars (most of which are golden and opulent in some form or another), or enjoy its brasserie and Asian menu in an incredibly Instagrammable setting. The atmosphere is bustling with ambient music, and the menu is well-rounded enough to suit almost any taste. The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.
6. Mackie Mayor
Heading for post-work drinks for date night? Mackie Mayor is a great spot to wind down while catching up, and is the perfect relaxed environment for a first date. The space mostly features huge, long sharing tables which gives it quite the neighbourhood kitchen feel, and there’s a number of vendors offering up food, wines, beers, coffees and more – so everyone can grab what they fancy without overcomplicating things. The atmosphere is lively all week long, so there really isn’t a right or wrong time to visit Mackie Mayor. Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle St, M4 5BU.
[Featured image: The Edinburgh Castle Ancoats]