Mullets and hot pants at the ready, Mancs, because a roller rink has finally come to Manchester city centre – and we can’t lie, we’re so ready to dust off our skates. Brought to us by the imaginative team behind Junkyard Golf – who, of course, know a thing or two about putting an epic twist on a classic activity – Paradise Skate World can be found on Deansgate, putting an intergalactic spin on the popular 80s past time.
Described as an “explosion in space meets Miami beach, fused with an intergalactic fantasy”, Paradise Skate World opened in the summer of 2022 and aims to reinvent roller skating as you may remember it, bringing it back up to date with a fun, cocktail-infused twist. It’s also the UK’s first, thanks to the intergalactic world that founders Chris Legh and Sophie-Larissa Houghton have dreamed up.
The interactive roller skate rink is accompanied by an ‘out-of-this-world’ bar, where guests can enjoy a fusion of “Pan-Pacific’ snacks, alongside space-themed cocktails that can be enjoyed with friends – whether skating or simply enjoying the bar’s vibe.
Sophie-Larissa explains: “We have created an amazing new world where people can escape reality, get lost in music, roller-skate into space, drink incredible cocktails and try out some cool snacks too. ” Located in Great Northern Warehouse, the concept is open to all no matter what level of skating your at- beginner to pro.
At the space-station themed bar, guests can ‘dock in’ and kick back with a cocktail, with tons of delicious fruity concoctions including ‘Mercury Rising’, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, ‘Supernova’ and ‘Odyssey’ – all created by local bartending legend Joe White, who’s been involved in the running of Gorilla, Hula and 10 Tib Lane.
Sophie adds: “The idea of this bar is to dock into the space station, where we want to create the imaginary experience of how it feels to be transported to a galactic beach; the place to sip cocktails from the promenade and feel a surge of energy from space skaters as they whizz around you in orbit. If you can imagine ‘spaceship meets beach pier’ then you’re on our wavelength, for bringing one of the best bar experiences to Manchester, at Paradise Skate World.”
Prices start from £12.50 per hour for a skating ticket and £20 for a skate and cosmic cocktail. Find Paradise Skate World at Unit 5, First Floor, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN.