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Affordable Date Nights in Manchester

Holly Eliza Temple

As Valentine’s Day looms closer, you might already be racking your brains for a showstopping date idea to woo your love interest (or let’s be honest, entertain you and your one remaining single friend). We’ve done our research so you don’t have to, and bring you a generous helping of venues and activities around central Manchester for a unique and affordable date night, any time of the year.

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Dog Bowl at Black Dog Ballroom
Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW
Dog Bowl is a New York-inspired bowling alley by Black Dog Ballroom - the famous NY-esque bar in the heart of Manchester - bringing you American diner-themed food and cocktails, with just five bowling lanes for an exclusive experience. What’s more, the venue boasts generous offers for those on a tight budget, including Burger, Beer and Bowl for just £11, or if you’re a student you can enjoy half price bowling and 25% off food

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HOME Cinema
2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
If the get-up-and-go required for bowling isn’t your thing, perhaps the chance to nestle into a comfy cinema armchair is more up your street. HOME is the hub of arts and culture in Manchester, boasting year-round events, theatre and screenings until late. You can browse their current film showings here, including works new and old, independent and artsy or critically-acclaimed releases. Tickets are around £7.50 for standard screenings, or £5 for Student Advance tickets. You can also browse the gallery which is currently showing Manchester’s first Open Exhibition for free admission. 

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Thursday Lates at The Whitworth
Oxford Road, Manchester, M16 6ER
The Whitworth art gallery houses a huge range of contemporary and classical art, and has extended opening hours for regular Thursday Lates, an after-hours social including exclusive events, talks and activities to enjoy with friends, a partner or simply for some time-out after work, all for free between 6-9pm.
The next scheduled Late is a lecture by current exhibiting artist Elizabeth Price on 20 February. 

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Rudy’s Pizza
9 Cotton Street, Manchester, M4 5BF
Petersfield House, Manchester, M2 5QJ

Rudy’s is a small family of Neapolitan Pizzerias around the North of England, serving authentic double-fermented sourdough pizzas in their Ancoats restaurant and on Peter Street. Their thinly-stretched handmade pizzas are loaded with fresh toppings at a modest price, with a Marinara only setting you back £4.90, ranging to just £8.90 for a Capricciosa or Romagnola.
The restaurants are walk-in only, so be prepared for a wait at busy times – a perfect opportunity to try a classic or contemporary cocktail from the bar. 

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2 Short Street, Manchester, M1 1JG
For something a little different, NQ64 is a retro arcade bar in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Open until 2am, the bar is a themed underground den with an impressive range of nostalgic games and consoles (Nintendo 64, anyone?) as well as an ever-changing list of craft beers and themed cocktails. Why not try a glass of Princess Peach or Pac’s A Punch? 
Like your standard bar, there is no entry fee to the venue, and machines work on a token system, at £5 for 15 tokens. 

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