It’s been a long, long time coming, but the government has finally unveiled its roadmap out of lockdown – and we’re starting to look ahead to regaining our social lives. From hugging our families to rubbing shoulders with strangers in dingey nightclubs (which have been forbidden for a year now!), we asked our readers what they were looking forward to doing and where they were looking forward to going the most once lockdown is over. Here are all the places that topped their lists.
There’s nothing quite like a Saturday night in Schloss, so we can definitely see why it was one of the most popular venues that our audience is looking forward to returning to this summer. From their entertaining promenaders to their ever-talented singers, Albert’s Schloss is one of the liveliest places in town.
It feels like a lifetime since new movies and weekend trips to the cinema were a thing, with many Hollywood productions massively delaying their releases ready for the big return to normal life. We can’t wait to finally see long-anticipated films such as Black Widow and Avatar 2 – with plenty more scheduled for release later this year.
To see family
Ok, so this one’s the big one. Finally being reunited with family – in any setting. We may have had a brief reunion for one day only at Christmas, but far too much time has been lost for many, many families. We can see why visiting relatives is right at the top of most people’s list once lockdown is over.
Hatch is one of our reader’s most missed venues in the city, thanks to its perfect social layout, open-air setting and many amazing food vendors. From bottomless sangria to some of the tastiest Vietnamese food in town, Hatch pretty much has it all. If that wasn’t all, Fever is kicking off post-lockdown at Hatch with a bang this summer, too, with two atmospheric Candlelight Jazz shows, where you’ll be treated to the sounds of legends such as Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye.
The Oast House
The Oast House is another popular summer spot for Mancs, so we’re all well excited to enjoy an Aperol Spritz in the sunshine at the alfresco venue. The venue is known for providing live music, and has a really cute alpine themed bar on-site. If that wasn’t all, the food is great (those hanging kebabs are to die for) – so it’s the perfect spot for enjoying the warmer months.
Manchester Art Gallery
Museums have been hit hard throughout the pandemic, but one thing that will finally return after lockdown is culture. Manchester Art Gallery is at the top of our readers’ lists when it comes to exploring the city again, and we expect there’ll be some great exhibitions upcoming later in the year.
South Mancs have been missing The Creameries while the pandemic’s been in town, with wine nights and gorgeous grub right at the top of their lists when they visit again. The cosy spot is the perfect place for a reunion, with plenty of unique offerings – from their locally sourced and sustainable menu to their selection of ‘low intervention’ wines and European craft beers.
Now that our social lives are returning, many of us are excited to get back to the gym. Not only for wellbeing purposes after months stuck at home, but also to help us get into great shape ready for a big old party. We might have a few lockdown snacks to burn off while we’re at it, too.
Bottomless brunch was all the rage last summer, thanks to the government’s Pork Pie/substantial meal rule. And it’s set to be the trend of the summer again this year, but this time, because of its reunion friendly boozy format which is sure to save us a ton of money on drinks when we inevitably catch up with our pals.
El Gato Negro
One of Manchester’s favourite tapas spots, El Gato Negro was one of the top places on our readers’ priority lists for visiting post-lockdown. The restaurant, which can be found on King Street, has a wonderful rooftop terrace where you can enjoy speciality wines alongside delicious Spanish small plates – which are perfect for summer.
[Featured image: Albert’s Schloss/Unsplash]