Do you sometimes feel like not going out at the weekend and want to change things up a bit? Or maybe you're fully booked up with weekend plans for the next few weeks? There are plenty of things to do in Manchester during the week if you want a change from your usual weekend plans. Here are some of the city's top things to get up to mid-week.
Explore the different neighbourhoods
The Northern Quarter is packed with antique shops and is a great area to get a gentle drink. Spinningfields also offers fantastic restaurants and pubs, while Castlefield is one of the city's most beautiful neighbourhoods.
Get some good food
Try the Fab Cafe themed bar for a light snack if you want your meal simple and served in front of the "telly". Former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand's restaurant, Rosso, has cemented its reputation as a top-notch Italian eatery in Manchester. Or, grab some affordable genuine cuisine in Manchester's little Chinatown. Due to a large number of South Asian eateries in the vicinity, Wilmslow Road in Rusholme has gained the title "Curry Mile."
Learn about Manchester's music scene
If all of Manchester's bands got together for a show, the result would be an incredible setlist. The Hollies and The Bee Gees established Manchester's musical heritage in the 1960s, while The Smiths and Joy Division released groundbreaking recordings in the 1980s. The Madchester movement propelled the city to the forefront of popular culture in the 1990s. A trip to The Salford Lads' Club is a must; they even have a room devoted to the Band owing to the iconic shot from their 1986 album The Queen Is Dead. Find out more about a Manchester Music Tour, which was created by Craig Gill, drummer for Inspiral Carpets.
See some live music
There is no shortage of locations to see live music, which is unsurprising considering the city's strong musical tradition. The massive Manchester Arena has hosted artists such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones, and Oasis, or try the charity-run Band on the Wall for a bit of jazz. It's been presenting live music since the 1930s when it was an old Victorian bar. South is the place to go if you want underground dive clubs. Clint Boon's Disco Rescue on Saturday night is a nice tribute to Manchester's indie heyday in the 1990s. At The Birdcage, you can enjoy Vegas-style acts as well as cabaret.
Check out Canal Street
Canal Street's cobblestone streets, pubs, and clubs are home to one of the country's liveliest, largest, and greatest LGBT scenes. Manchester Pride brings the streets to life in August with booths, live music, and a parade. The Velvet Hotel, which features a bar and restaurant on one end, and the G.A.Y. bar on the other, are both worth a visit.
Why not check out Part 2 of "The Best Things to do Mid-Week in Manchester." and discover more about one of the best cities in the U.K?
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