Manchester is the place to be this Father’s Day. Sunday 17th June is also Manchester Day, the annual celebration which features ‘The Word on The Street’ for 2018: a massive street parade through the city centre at 1pm. 

So why not treat dad to a special meal or activity, as that means you can take part in the city celebrations whilst you are out and about? Plus, gifting an experience is a great option to those hard-to-buy for dads. Here are some of the best offers and options in the city.

A roast and free pint at 1761

This classic British restaurant is the place to take Dad for classic comfort food. Their Father’s Day roast is certainly worth a try, with a double Yorkshire pudding and a pint on the house. Plus they will be running their offer of a complimentary bottle of house wine per two roasts ordered. Please book online to avoid disappointment, as it’s sure to be popular!

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Free milkshake at Sweet Diner

Well worth the trip to Denton, this creative eatery is offering a free milkshake to every Dad who dines on Sunday if they quote ‘I Love MCR’. The menu boasts even bigger cakeshakes and freakshakes, too. And it’s not just the sweet stuff this place serves up but amazing savouries including fries, steaks, nachos and burgers. This month’s special is the I Love MCR Burger – a treat for dads with a big appetite. 

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Whisky and Cajun food at Bunny Jacksons

This bustling bar on First Street is the place to go if Dad is a fan of whisky as there is plenty to try here. Top it with some of their dirty Cajun food and that’s Father’s Day sorted for sure. 

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A meal and a show at Menagerie 

This show-stopping restaurant at New Bailey brings theatrical flair to the drinking and dining experience. Enjoy Father’s Day in style with the Menagerie Spectacular Show as well as a choice of any of menus including bottomless brunch, Sunday roast, a la carte and a special Father’s Day steak board. So much to pick from – and there will be two special shows on Sunday. Entertainment, eating and drinking, all sorted.

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Tank beer and hotdogs at Cooper Hall

This classic Northern Quarter drinking den is a great place to take Dad for a cold pint of Pilsner with live music and DJs playing every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a brilliant place for beer fans with tank beer delivered fresh from the brewery. Pair it with their signature pretzels and hot dogs and it’s a match made in heaven. 

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Beer in the sun at The Wharf

This big, bustling pub in Castlefield is a perfect sunspot: well suited for Father’s Day drinking and dining. On Father’s Day itself, why not treat him to one of their classic Sunday roasts, and pick from their great selection of cask ale and wine?

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Relaxed Thai dining at Thaikhun

Great for relaxed Thai dining, this colourful Spinningfields restaurant is sure to put a smile on Dad’s face. Whether you want to pick from a series of sharers or treat him to a classic curry or noodle dish, this is the place. So many street food favourites to try, too. 

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A gin experience at Three Rivers 

Did you know that Manchester’s first city centre gin distillery was the innovative Three Rivers? And even better, now you can book in for tours of the place. If your Dad loves gin why not book him into Three Rivers expanded gin experience for next month? Tickets are live now – or get a bottle on our I Love MCR App with 10% off. 

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Epic roasts at The Victorian Chop Houses

For proper English grub, a visit to either Mr Thomas’, Sam’s or The Albert Square Chop House is sure to leave Dad satisfied. Classic dishes, big portions and some of the most famous corned beef hash around is sure to go down well. Their Sunday roast menu is a treat, and The Albert Square Chop House also offers a sharing option, ideal for a family Father’s Day.

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Cocktails and curry at Zouk

This popular Indian and Pakistani restaurant offers some exciting options to impress this Father’s Day. Their huge poppadom and pickle trays are perfect for sharing, and this is a great place for curries. You can also book a brilliant roast – Zouk’s super special roasted leg of lamb serves four people and has to be pre-booked with 24 hours notice, so get in early and make a reservation for the whole family to enjoy. There’s also a new cocktail menu and an outdoor terrace with a range of shisha. 

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A cookery class at Food Sorcery 

If Dad fancies himself as a bit of a wizard in the kitchen, why not treat him to a unique cooking class experience at the Food Sorcery Cookery and Barista School in Didsbury? Upcoming classes including ‘Cooking Together with Jason’, a three-hour experience with canapés and a drink on arrival, and there are also pasta making workshops and more. 

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Steaks galore at Gaucho 

Everyone loves steak, right? And Gaucho is the must-go place for succulent Argentine steak, served in one of the most stunning spaces in the city: think plush interiors and relaxed vibes inside an old Methodist church. Their a la carte menu is much more than steak, with a range of elegant dishes – plus gift cards are available, too. 

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An escape room challenge at Breakout

Get Dad involved in an escape room challenge for a memorable Father’s Day. Pull a team of 2-5 together – great for the family – and you’ll be given 60 minutes to escape. With a range of challenges including The Detective Office and Virus, it’s immersive fun and something different.

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Urban axe-throwing at Whistlepunks 

An urban axe-throwing experience Dad surely won’t forget! Based in the Great Northern Warehouse, this is a high-adrenaline activity with a difference. Participants learn to sling axes like bosses, smash targets and take part in tournaments.

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Authentic Japanese at Samsi

This authentic Japanese restaurant on Whitworth Street is running a special menu for Father’s Day with a free beer for Dads who dine.  An opportunity to treat him to a great experience of cuisine and culture from a restaurant which has been serving up culinary delights since 1993.

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Free beer at Chaophraya

A stunning Thai restaurant whose new menu features a range of small plates – ideal for sampling a range of dishes. The chicken tacos are especially popular, a great example of Thai meets Mexican. Even better, there’s one free Singha beer for every Dad purchasing a main course on Father’s Day.

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Fine-dining Indian at Asha’s 

This award-winning restaurant has a beautiful new summer menu, so you can try fine-dining Indian cuisine in the city centre. They use the best British ingredients, so what they serve is super-fresh. Fast becoming a celeb haunt, it recently proved a hit with Ed Sheeran on his recent visit to Manchester. They also have a brilliant Bollibar downstairs for drinks and nibbles. 

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Bespoke gin at Selfridges intu Trafford Centre

Treat Dad to a bespoke bottle of gin thanks to a fabulous upcoming event at the intu Trafford Centre Selfridges Food Hall. Experts from Manchester Three Rivers Gin will be in-store across the Father’s Day weekend (Thurs-Sat: 3pm – 7pm / Sun: 3pm – 5pm). Create your very own bespoke bottle of gin (or book Dad in to do it for himself!) by choosing a variety of flavours to create your very own signature blend. A gift in itself. 

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Burger and beer at The Refinery

A burger and beer is a winning combination, so why not treat Dad at stylish Spinningfields restaurant The Refinery? From midday-5pm on Father’s Day he’ll be able to order a choice of burger and get a pint of Kozel on the house. A patty and a free pint sounds good to us. 

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Afternoon tea at King Street Townhouse and Great John Street Hotel 

This Father’s Day, why not treat Dad to something a little different? Say hello to Gentleman Jack Afternoon Tea at both King Street Townhouse and Great John Street Hotel. Enjoy wholesome canapé-style bites from fish and chip skewers and prawn dumplings to chicken and leek pie, plus dessert treats. There’s as much tea and coffee as he can drink, plus a free beer for Dads having afternoon tea on Father’s Day. It’s £25 per person, but for £33 you can add a round of cocktails. Don’t fret if you can’t make it on Father’s Day itself though: Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea runs all year round and vouchers are available, too. 

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Beer and BBQ at Impossible

This elegant bar and club is oozing in exclusive charm, and a sure place to treat any stylish Dad this Father’s Day. They have a beer and BBQ offer for the day: any main from the BBQ and a bottle of Peroni for just £10 per person. And don’t forget the Gin Nest upstairs if dad fancies another drink afterwards – or perhaps sitting in the sun in the outdoor area. 

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A Spanish banquet at Lunya

A massive Spanish BBQ banquet may well be the thing to impress Dad this Father’s Day. Get down to the authentic Spanish and Catalan restaurant Lunya and treat him to a feast of Ibérico ribs, lamb chops, chicken, pincho moruno, chorizo, butifarra and morcilla, all served with salad and patatas bravas for just £24.95 per person (or £32.95 with a tapas starter and dessert). Plus fathers get a free beer, wine or soft drink!

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Food and music at The Living Room

This popular Deansgate bar and kitchen has a great food offer for Dads: treat him to two courses for £12 on the day. Sunday roasts are also available plus live music, ideal for an afternoon-long experience. One of their great cocktails afterwards is sure to go down well. 

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Italian feasting at Salvi’s

Treat Dad to an authentic Italian meal at Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar and they will throw in a free Peroni. The restaurant also stocks a range of Italian foodie gift sets and classic Italian liquors, spirits and wines for a perfect gift. And if he’s a whizz in the kitchen, why not book him onto Salvi’s Pasta Masterclass? Their pasta is worth trying anyway, even if you don’t fancy making it: delicious – and ideal for dads with a big appetite.

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Free slippers at Cosy Club

On Father’s Day, Cosy Club will be offering Dads a free pair of slippers when they order a main meal from the menu: a meal combined with a gift. With a varied menu including burgers, curry and tapas he’ll be spoilt for choice. Ideal for all the family.

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A free Old Fashioned at Alston Bar & Beef

Alston Bar & Beef is offering a free Old Fashioned cocktail for all Dads. Pick from a delicious menu including steaks, burgers or the luxury 600g chateaubriand and treat him to the perfect meal out. An ideal option for big appetites looking for some quality grub. 

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Father’s Day menu at Pizza Express

Pizza Express is offering an exclusive Father’s Day menu on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. Dad can pick his favourite starter and any main for just £14.95, whether it’s the new hot and spicy Calabrese, or a classic lasagna. An ideal Italian-inspired treat. 

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Catalan dishes at Evuna

This stylish Spanish restaurant is serving delicious Catalan based dishes this June. If your Dad prefers tapas and a tipple why not treat him to specials including crab salad with wild rice, and grilled chorizo with crushed new potatoes, savoy cabbage and pancetta?

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A fizzy feast at Opium

This beautiful bar and restaurant at the Great Northern is offering a great treat. Known for its pizzeria and cocktail bar, Opium will be offering a bottle of prosecco to share with every meal. Cheers!

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Beef and a bet at James Martin Manchester

Treat Dad to delicious wagyu Sunday lunch at James Martin Manchester – a restaurant recognised for its food quality and fresh produce – complete with live entertainment. It’s two courses for £20 or three for £25, with a £5 free bet for Dads, too. After all, its set alongside one of the city’s finest casinos, Manchester235, all within The Great Northern.

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Carbs and cocktails at The Laundrette

This bustling restaurant and bar at First Street – famed for its winning combination of cocktails and carbs – will offer a free pint for Dads. And to make sure Mums aren’t left out, a free glass of fizz for all the Mums too. Food is being served from 12pm – 10pm on 17th.

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Big Daddy Burger and free bowling at All Star Lanes

A deal to bowl you over at All Star Lanes in the Great Northern Warehouse: free bowling and a Big Daddy Burger for Dads on Father’s Day when one adult bowls and eats a main meal. This limited edition burger is stacked with flavour-loaded patties, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce and two rashers of treacle-cured bacon, topped with a fried duck egg. Be sure to pre-book and quote ‘Big Daddy’.

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Shake and shave at Cloud 23 

Why not mix up Father’s Day by treating your Dad to a ‘Shake and Shave’ at Cloud 23? Hilton Manchester Deansgate will be offering a full shave, two classic cocktails and a selection of ‘manapes’ to share with your dad. That’s a shave plus panoramic views paired with sharers including Yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish crème fraiche, croque monsieur and more –as well as a tipple each. You can book this treat for £39 per person ready for Sunday, when ‘Shake and Shave’ will be available between 12-8pm. Reservation required.

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