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1. Posted by Tolemak (Full Member 75 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi. I am going to manchester next weekend to meet up with some travel mates. Problem is that I'm arriving on Thursday and my mate first get there late Friday night.
So what is there for a single traveller to do in Manchester on thursday and friday. Where are the best places to stay and where to go out, have a couple of pints and meet people?
any help would be much appreciated.

2. Posted by stepsdevil (Budding Member 39 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I live in Manchester, so maybe I can help a little bit.

Manchester isn't as frightening or daunting as London can be. If you want somewhere easy to find to hang out, try to find the Printworks complex in the city centre. It is near to Urbis and the Arndale centre. There you'll find a cinema and some restaurants and bars - though not everywhere is cheap. You may be able to pass some time there.

Friday night depends on what you're looking for. Gay or Straight, the 'gay village' of Canal Street can be a good laugh. How old are you? Virtually ever bus goes down Oxford Road past the uni of Manchester and towards Didsbury - though do check with the driver. Get on one of these buses and get off at the Students Union of Manchester Uni, cross over the road and go to Krobar1. You'll meet students and international adults of middle age and younger. Stay in the bus and you'll go through Rusholme, where you can see the famous curry mile. You could get off there for a mile. - if you're bored see a European film in this nice cinema at the top of Oxford road. The bar and food there is good also.

For shopping, go to the Arndale centre, for more expensive shopping and window shopping try 'the triangle' and 'deansgate'. There is also a giant ferris wheel and a giant bbc tv screen at the triange. I'd go there for an hour or so of an evening - it can look nice.

Hope this has helped.

3. Posted by Emilyscat (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tolemak,
Manchester is my home town. Afflecks Palace in the Northern Quarter (just outside Piccadilly) is great for alternative clothing, music etc, also have info on gigs that are on in Manchester. There are also good bars etc in the Northern Quarter. St. Annes square has designer shops & coffee shops. Manchester United football ground (Old Trafford) is just a short tram journey away. There are also loads of good clubs in Manchester depending on your music taste, Satan's Hollow & The Music Box are good rock alternative clubs. China Town (again near Piccadilly) is great for a reasonably priced Chinese Meal.
Hope you have a good stay in Manchester.

4. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What kind of thing do you want to do? Is it music you're after, if so what kind? The student scene in Manchester is massive and there's some really good nights about (especially if you're into fresher fishing ;) ) Friday is a good night so you need to get out reasonably early 10-10:30 (pm) to get into the good clubs as the queues get massive.

If you want specifics send me a message I'm sure with a bit more info I could think of some cool things for you guys to do :)


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5. Posted by Tolemak (Full Member 75 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

thanks for all the replies. Though it looks like I will have problems making it, damn boss, tells me I can't get the time off that I want. But I will fight him again tomorrow and hopefully he'll change his mind. hehe.
Do you know of any youth hostels, or good places to stay? doesn't have to be super cheap, just a nice place, hopefully packed with nice people and beers.
And to stepsdevil, since u asked, I am straight and 25 years old.

Also, when do the pubs/clubs close in England? it's quite early?no?



6. Posted by redbadger (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Don't bother, its wet and cold! come to Liverpool instead ;)

7. Posted by Tolemak (Full Member 75 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hehe. I am not a suporter of any of the red teams. If I should choose town when it comes to football I would have to go a bit further west to Blackburn. Don't ask why, it is just that way. hehe.

8. Posted by yolandac8 (Full Member 159 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

don't even dare to go to Picadilly 21 (I can't remember well the number on it...). I spent in Manchester one of the best summers of my life in 99, working in a hotel near the airport, and partying all the time.

we used to go to a bar on the first floor of a building, which had salsa... latin style. the music if you don't like the gendre is not the best, but the atmosphere is great...

sorry I can't remember the name, but it was so long ago... plus I was drunk all the time... Manchester is great, you'll love it, despite de rain!!!!

Have fun!