Valentine’s Day in Manchester, 2024

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Jamie Street

Love it or loathe it, Cupid, the Roman god of love and desire, is about to fly in. Come the 14th of February, some of you will want to hide at home and binge watch Netflix whilst others will throw themselves into the celebrations - whatever and whoever you desire. There’s plenty of dinner dates to be booked but thought we’d share the romantic best of the rest. Here’s our pick of where to go on a date in Manchester this Valentine’s Day – whether you’re out as a couple or celebrating with friends.

Manchester Cathedral, Valentine’s Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight

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Manchester Cathedral

Valentine’s Day Special, Frog and Bucket

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Frog and Bucket

102 Oldham Street, Manchester  M4 1LJ

Does the thought of staring longingly into your loved one’s eyes this Valentine’s Day enough to make you reach for a bucket? Well do not fear.   The Frog and Bucket (see what we did) – Manchester’s legendary comedy club promises a night of love, laughter and a happily ever after!    On Valentine’s night their line-up presents on stage 4 national acts - Louise Young, Faizan Shah, Aurie Styla & Eighteen Plus, compered by Joe McTernan.  Tickets are £18 or you can book a show and meal package (pizza or burger) for £30.

You can book tickets here

Richmond Tea Rooms, High Tease Burlesque with Cherie Bebe

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Richmond Tea Rooms

46 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WF

The Richmond Tea Rooms are legendary in Manchester.  The award winning ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed dining experience is decadently laden with freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and treats – all made in house with handpicked flavours and fillings.   There’s an extensive breakfast menu and the Afternoon Tea menus, of which there are 4 to choose from depending on how indulgent you’re feeling – include fingers sandwiches and homemade cakes. If you’re looking for a little more check out Tweedles which comes with fish and chips, Cumberland scotch eggs and mini quiches. DElish! 

Things get a little steamier for Valentine’s Day night with a fun, flirty evening of live burlesque, cabaret, and musical entertainment featuring performances from some of the finest burlesque performers in the UK. You can take a sneak preview here

Doors open 6.45pm with a reduced food menu available. Show starts 8pm prompt & last orders 10:45pm. It's a strictly over 18s event and the cost per ticket is £18 per person. 

You can book a ticket here

Royal Exchange, Manchester

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Royal Exchange

St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH

Shed: Exploded View, Feb 9 – 2 Mar 2024

Fancy immersing yourself in a gripping new play this Valentine’s Day?  Royal Exchange Theatre has cleverly produced a new production that’s devastating and delicately woven piece about violence, love and loss. Follow three couples over thirty years. Mothers and daughters. Lovers, partners, husbands and wives. Babies, teenagers, birthdays, holidays, honeymoons, fireworks, near-misses, rain. This is a play about all of it. Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s stunning new play was the 2019 winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and brought to the stage by award-winning director Atri Banerjee.

You can book a seat here

Ducie Street Warehouse

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Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP

We love this! This funky social space in the heart of Manchester is a lounge, bar restaurant, and cinema. Oh and you can live in one of their 162 apartments. For Valentine’s Day, Ducie Street Warehouse has crafted the Three’s a Crowd menu to share with your nearest and dearest over Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th & Monday 14th of February. Three’s a Crowd is a three course menu + a glass of prosecco on arrival, all for £40 per head.  We think it’s a pretty good deal. You can find the full menu here. Alternatively, join them for a night of dancing on the 12th or in their cinema on the 14th for a romantic foreign film.

You can book a table here


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Pet Shop Boys Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live at the Royal Arena Copenhagen

HOME,  2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN

Calling all Pet Shop Boy lovers!  HOME, the cool arts venue in the heart of Manchester is celebrating this award winning 80’s duo by screening their critically-acclaimed greatest hits tour, Dreamworld. It’s live for movie theatres worldwide for two nights only from Copenhagen’s Royal Arena. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe put on an exhilarating performance, featuring a lavish stage show, full back-up band and mesmerizing visual backdrops, in front of an exuberant, sold-out audience.  There are 2 HOME dates starting on Sun 4 Feb at 15:30

You can book tickets here


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The Alchemist

1 New York Street, Manchester M1 4HD

This wonderfully dimly lit cocktail bar and restaurant is perfect for a romantic night out. Their cocktails alone are a feast for the eyes, and you’ll definitely want to devour more than one!  There’s so many Chemistry and Theatre cocktails to choose from but we think the French Kiss Ketel One Vodka based drink with its popping candy and dark berries will get you off to a flying start followed by the Bubble Bath.   There’s also a bewitching menu to woo your senses from mouth watering morsels like chorizo and cheddar doughballs and piquante peppers to their Smoking Boards.

You can book a table here

Free Manchester Walking Tours

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Free Manchester Walking Tours

Alan Turing Memorial, Sackville Gardens, Manchester M1 3HB

Looking to embrace all that Manchester has to offer, and don’t want to spend a fortune? Manchester Walking Tours are an ideal way to get to know the city a bit better and a perfect activity either on your own or with a friend.  The entertaining and comprehensive free tour is led by locals and covers Manchester's main attractions and lesser-known quirks.  They’ll tell the story of Manchester - share the city’s famous characters, political movements, and musical legends though its hidden backstreets, opulent interiors, canal walkways and industrial infrastructure. 

Tours run every day at 11am from the Alan Turing Memorial in Sackville Gardens and you don’t need to book on - you can just turn up! Just look for the guide with the Free Manchester Walking Tours blue/yellow compass logo.

You can book a tour here.

20 Stories

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20 Stories

No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Looking for a Valentine’s date with a view? 20 Stories bar a restaurant offers one of the best views of the city.   The restaurant serves up seasonal dishes whilst listening to the romantic sounds of live acoustic music, surrounded by breath-taking views. Executive chef, Daniel Scott, has created a special four-course menu to enjoy with friends or loved ones which features -  Treacle Cured Beef Fillet and Celeriac & Truffle Wellington with a Banoffee Sphere & Salted Caramel Ice Cream to finish.  It costs £80 per person.

The lunch set menu is a nice cheaper alternative at £27.50 for 2 courses and £32.50 for 3 courses.

You can book a table here

Opera House Manchester

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Candace Bushnell - True Tales of Sex, Success and SEX AND THE CITY

3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP, UK

Candace Bushnell - True Tales of Sex, Success and SEX AND THE CITY

Still a fan of Sex and The City?  Well, for one night only, on 6th Feb you can catch the theatre show in Manchester.  It’s the very first UK tour of Candace Bushnell’s acclaimed one woman show True Tales of Sex, Success and SEX AND THE CITY. The international best-selling novelist – author and creator of TV’s iconic Sex and the City – takes us on a whirlwind tour of New York City, sharing her remarkable philosophy through stories of fashion, literature. . . and, of course, sex. Always provocative, the literary phenomenon’s life story is crafted into an inspirational and entertaining stage show. So, whether you’re a Carrie or a Miranda, a Charlotte or a Samantha, book you and your loved one(s) a seat, pour some Cosmopolitans and join in toasting the saucy memoirs of a cultural icon this Valentine’s Day.

You can book tickets here