I wanna be adored: romantic and fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2018 in Manchester


Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to get together as a couple or a group. Of course, you can go out any time of the year at your convenience – we’re all busy bees – but a day dedicated to romance ensures you do something special.

So, unless you’d prefer to sit in alone, watch Bridget Jones and cry into an empty carton of ice cream; here’s a few ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2018 in true Manchester style.

Get locked in a room with your Valentine at Breakout

How does getting locked in a room with your loved one sound? We’re not talking a bedroom or a hotel room. We’re talking about a room at Breakout where you’ve got sixty minutes to solve a series of puzzles and mysteries in order to escape, using only your brain power. It’s The Crystal Maze meets Prison Break with a bit of The Great Escape thrown in for good measure. There’s a choice of locations – Brazennose Street and High Street – and of rooms, with different levels of difficulty. None of them are bedrooms. That can wait till later.

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Exclusive Valentine’s menu and string band at 1761 and Lily’s Bar

Enjoy an exclusive and exquisite 4-7 course Valentine’s menu to the brilliant background of Rondino String Quartet at this new independent Mancunian eatery. From 6pm on Wednesday 14th February (only), enjoy dishes from many options such as seared Wagyu beef fillet, crispy rock oyster, baked Camembert, cold brew gin tea, sole poached in Bollinger and honey, chocolate fondue and finally finish the night with a Coffee & Kahlua White Russian. Four courses will cost you £40pp and, if you really want to impress, seven courses will set you back £54. A restaurant with Manchester at its heart.

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Share the love at Junkyard Golf Club!

Fancy doing something a little different this Valentine’s? Bring ya pal, ya gal or even ya nan and get down to Junkyard for a night of crazy golf, cocktails and loved up shizzle! This Valentine’s Day, head to Junkyard Golf Club as they send ALL golf proceeds to their partner charity Love Support Unite. Expect some sweet sweet cocktail specials, the ultimate ballad playlist and the joy of puttin’ around their three mashed-up courses with a good conscience. (Boyfriend or girlfriend 100% optional). Hit the book button below and book your golf slot any time you want. You can also grab tickets on the door, however these are subject to availability on the day. Full details here.

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The Living Room becomes The Loving Room

Enjoy live entertainment and cocktails for just £5.95. Dine from their a la carte menu and what’s more if you pre-book and quote “VAL18” you’ll receive 20% off your food bill. “If music be the food of love, play on!” – William Shakespeare.

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New York-style dinner at The Tavern

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner at The Tavern at King Street Townhouse on Wednesday 14th February. Indulge in an arrival glass of the finest rosé Champagne followed by a sumptuous and indulgent three course menu in the New York inspired Tavern. Mood lighting, luxurious booths, the best service, the finest food and exquisite company…book today on 0161 667 0707.

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Cocktails in gold bath tubs at The Laundrette

Share some love at the Laundrette this Valentine’s Day by ordering a sharing cocktail in a gold bath tub – and you can keep it, for just £20. Come on down and try it at this inventive First Street bar and restaurant – available from the 12th Feb! An utterly unique way to surprise that special someone. That’s one way of keeping it clean, anyway.

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Luxury Afternoon Tea at La Reserve ApartHotel

Afternoon tea could be a romantic option for those looking for something extra special – for just £21, £24 with Prosecco – served at the stylish city centre Aparthotel La Reserve, minutes away from Piccadilly Station.

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Sharer Platter at Dive NQ

From 12th oil 18th February, enjoy an eclectic sharer platter (£15) for two featuring all your favourite bites including; boneless chicken bites, Kentucky pulled pork sliders, big & beefy tacos, creamy Mac n cheese balls, crispy cajun corn, side of crunchy red slaw, fries mix (French and sweet potato) with all your favourite dipping sauces. Share nice! Oh and don’t forget a bottle of fizz for just £15.

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Award-winning cocktails at Mr Cooper’s

Mr Cooper’s extends the love affair this Valentine’s to all week-long starting from the 9th to the 18th of February. The inventive and imaginative restaurant and bar inside The Midland Hotel will be serving up world-class food and carefully curated award-winning cocktails to evoke and create memories. Their Valentine’s menu is sure to impress – with exotic treats like Spanish olives, ratte potatoes and fresh mussels across three fabulous courses. For more information contact Jo Leah at jo@littlebig.agency or call 07770 886936.

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Pink Champagne at Atlas Bar

This beautiful bar at the end of Deansgate is offering Roualet-Desbordes Brut Pink Champagne on Valentine’s Day only for £19. If customers reserve their bottle at enquiries@atlasbarmanchester.com and are in the bar on Valentine’s night from 6pm,they can make the most of this fabulous offer. This is better than half price. A real treat. Plus one lucky couple will get their bottle for free!

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Proper British food at the famous Sam’s Chop House

Share delicious food with your loved one in the charming surroundings of Manchester’s Chop Houses Sam’s, Tom’s and Albert Square. These historic and characterful dining destinations are sure to impress this Valentine’s Day – serving their usual a la carte menus with all your classic favourites, as well as some sharing specials.

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5 Star evening at The Lowry Hotel

This 5 Star hotel overlooking The Irwell is sure to impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day. They are pulling out all the stops with a luxurious four course menu for £49 per person. This includes the likes of caramelised onion soup and pan seared scallops to start, an intermediate of sorbet followed by an array of mains and a dessert select.  This is available on Wednesday 14th February and Saturday 17th February from 6pm-10pm. Guests must pay a £15 deposit per person to secure their table. Book by calling the hotel on 0161 827 4000 or emailing: enquiries@theloryhotel.com

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Get warm & cosy at Roc & Rye

This elegant bar just off Chapel Walks in the city centre is a perfect place to get warm and cosy. They are offering 2 for 1 hot drinks between 8am and 5pm on Valentine’s Day. Even better, there is an array of special cocktails for you to pick from on the 12th-18th February, including a Coffee Cocktail Special, Hanky Panky and Spritz of Love- the latter which combines Lille, Watermelon, Suze, Peychaud bitters, salt and is topped with prosecco. Their Kiss from a Rose is a sharer cocktail sure to impress too: 2 different cocktails in 1 vessel! Wow.

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Cellar cinema at King Street Townhouse

A Valentine’s cinema is coming to Manchester serving champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. It’s downstairs in the listed cellar space with a unique vaulted brick ceiling and cosy plush leather seats. This luxurious private dining and screening room is set to make for quite the romantic film experience. You’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne, plenty of popcorn, pick n’ mix and Valentine’s treats like chocolate dipped strawberries and, of course, a feelgood film. There are film showings throughout January, with Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman kicking things off, and in February there are all the film favourites you need to get you in the Valentine’s mood. Think Mean GirlsHe’s Just Not That Into You, The Notebook and Romeo and Juliet. To check out the January cinema listings, click here.

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Exclusive (sexy) menu at Randall & Aubin

Randall & Aubin will be hosting a lavish and indulgent Valentine’s Dinner for this most romantic night of the year. As well as the delicious a la carte menu, executive chef and co-founder Ed Baines has designed an exclusive Valentine’s menu that includes luscious, plump fresh oysters, succulent seafood, and a seductively sweet dessert for sharing. Celebrate Valentine’s with Randall & Aubin and treat your loved one to a memorable evening that will finish with a small surprise gift designed to keep the romance of the evening alive! To avoid disappointment pre-book your table now.

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Share a roast chateaubriand at Marco’s New York Italian

Enjoy the Valentines menu 2018 (£29 per guest) at Marco’s MediaCity – available evenings on the 14th, 16th & 17th for reservations only. Tuck into starters such as gnocchi – potato gnocchi, Pomodoro sauce mozzarella and fresh basil. Mains such as Roast chateaubriand, (to share) thick cut chips, roasted vine tomatoes and served with delicious béarnaise sauce. And please don’t leave without sharing an indulgent white and milk chocolate cheesecake with strawberries. That’s amore.

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Dinner at the ‘Most Romantic Italian Restaurant in the UK’

Lauded as the most romantic restaurant in the UK at the Italian Awards 2015, there’s a reason Don Giovanni is one of our city’s favourites when it comes to celebrating a special occasion. This year Manchester’s oldest Italian indie have put together a special 5 course menu, which will be available to wine-and-diners from 7pm on 9th, 10th, 11th and 14th of February. For £50, diners will enjoy a welcome glass of champagne garnished with 24 carat gold leaf, followed by a mouth-watering selection of bespoke dishes, all designed to be light yet filling to safeguard against the dreaded V-day bloat. Live entertainment will run in the restaurant from 7.30pm to late, with funk, soul and jazz the name of the game. What’s more you’ll be given a homemade, delicious chocolate gift to take away with you.

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Get lost in The Crystal Maze

Why not quit being conventional and surprise your other half with a trip to The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience! If you’re a couple that prefers not to spend the 14th February doing the usual mushy activities, are die-hard fans of the iconic 90s show, or if you just enjoy a challenge and taking the micky out of each other, then this is the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine’s. To share the love The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is also offering 15 couples who have been married more than 15 years, and therefore celebrating their Crystal anniversary, the chance to win a pair of free* tickets to its attraction in Manchester (or London). After all, couples that play together stay together!

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Share tapas at El Gato Negro

This Valentine’s Day El Gato Negro will be catering for couples, groups and individuals alike with both an every-day service and a premium dining offer over tapas – the ultimate sharing cuisine. Dining in the tapas style can be an intimate experience for tables of any size. “Tapas is by nature something special and shared,” said Simon Shaw, Chef Patron and Creative Director of El Gato Negro Manchester. “You can order a handful of plates each and taste things other people have chosen, talking about what you enjoy; it’s a good catalyst for conversation.” For those looking for a simple, stylish affair and to enjoy a mix of sharing plates and drinks, the restaurant will be open for normal service on the 14th February between 12 – 10pm, with the top floor open 12 – 5pm. For those looking to really mark the occasion with an extra special experience El Gato Negro will serve a premium dinning offer on the much-loved top floor from 8pm. Priced at £30 per table, diners can enjoy a chilled half bottle of champagne whilst enjoying varied music from the amazingly talented Didsbury String Quartet. Be sure to secure your table as they’re selling out fast…

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Doodling, decorating and cheesy chat ups at Ziferblat

For the week of Valentine’s, guests can bring their loved ones to Ziferblat on Doodle draw dates, Chocolate Heart Decorating, Cheesy Chat Up Line Lottery and/or Secret admirer rose delivery. All of the Sitting Room tables will be covered in doodle paper and pens so they can both scribble to their hearts content. Prizes will be awarded to their favourite doodles at the end of the week (12th-18th February). Chocolate hearts will be available to decorate with icing and sweets in the Ziferkitchen. Good, messy Valentine’s Day fun. (14th, 17th & 18th February). Guests can enter their cheesy chat up line lottery for the chance to win 2 free hours of Zifer-time! The host’s favourite cheesy line will be announced via social at the end of the week. To enter, guests must deposit their cheesy line in their lottery deposit box, anonymously or not. (12th-18th February). Back to school with the Ziferblat rose delivery service, where for a small fee guests can send a single red rose to a certain special someone in the Sitting Room. This can be discreetly organised with their hosts at the reception desk in the Sitting Room. (14th, 17th & 18th February).

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The Village Screen at Gorton Monastery

The Village Screen will be popping up this February inside one of Manchester’s most historical and spectacular locations – Gorton Monastery – for a spot of Anti-Valentine’s fun. Audiences will step inside the stunning Grade II listed building, surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows and magical candle light, to uncover nostalgic films in a stunning setting. Ditch your usual dinner plans and enjoy a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, Sister Act or Four Weddings and a Funeral. A DJ will be spinning the best Valentine’s classics before each event and there will be street food to fall in love with. The Monastery’s bar will be open serving local beers, wines, Prosecco and soft drinks, plus The Monastery’s Victorian Pantry will be serving hot drinks and cakes.

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Feast and feel the love at Asha’s

At this stylish Indian restaurant on Peter Street, a £40 special set menu is available. That includes His & Hers cocktails, an array of starters including venison kebab,  a number of curries to pick from for main, and a sharing dessert, too. Feast and feel the love. The set menu runs on the 14th Feb from 5.30pm -9.30pm – booking made with a £10 per person deposit. Even better, the His & Hers cocktail will be available from Sat 10th Feb – Sun 18th Feb at £10 if not dining from the set menu (on the 14th).

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Swipe right for a Blind Date at Corn Exchange

Corn Exchange Manchester is taking a unique approach to matchmaking this Valentine’s Day using popular dating app Tinder to pair up 10 singletons for an extra special blind date. For the chance to win a romantic evening out this Valentine’s Day you’ll need to match with Charles Corn Ex or Catherine Corn Ex on Tinder between 1st and 7th February, while you’re in and around the scheme. The scheme is the perfect solution for busy people looking for love but without the added stress. Just sit back and swipe once to be paired with your perfect match. The head matchmaker at Corn Exchange will then match five lucky couples for a mystery blind date starting at Salvi’s Prosecco Bar and ending who knows where! The chosen couples will be given everything they need to fall in love, including a complimentary glass of prosecco, a delicious meal and a trip to the cinema on 14th February.

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