What’s open in Manchester?

More and more of our favourite places in Manchester are starting to re-open, with plenty going on to keep you entertained. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat, music events or indoor skiing, there’s something for everyone. Need some inspiration? Here are a few of our top suggestions…

Box on the Docks

Box on the Docks

Box on the Docks is a new dining and arts experience at MediaCity. A selection of 30 ‘boxes’ have been designed by local artists, incorporating light and sound installations, murals, graffiti, poetry and more. Choose your favourite MediaCity restaurant (Grindsmith, The Dockyard, The Alchemist & Vertigo) and dine in one of the specially created pods along the waterfront. Bliss.

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Eat Out to Help Out


The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme is in full swing and will continue every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August. Get 50% off food and soft drinks (up to a total value of £10 per person) but remember to book first as popular restaurants are filling up fast. There’s a lot of confusion around which restaurants are participating, so here are a few of our favourites:

  • 20 Stories – Stunning rooftop restaurant in the heart of Spinningfields
  • Albert’s Schloss – Manchester’s favourite Alpine Cookhaus and Bier Palace
  • BAB – Kebab’s worth sitting down for
  • Almost Famous – Some of the best burgers in the city
  • Vero Moderno – Our neighbour, Vero, has been described as one of the top 3 modern Italian’s in the UK
  • Dishoom – Bombay breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Hawksmoor – The best steak in Manchester
  • Bundobust – Indian Street food
  • Blue Eyed Panda – Traditional Chinese cuisine
  • Viet Shack – Tasty Vietnamese Street food
  • Don Giovani – Manchester’s oldest Italian
  • The Ivy – Enjoy a taste of the Ivy’s glamour, whatever the occasion
  • El Gato Negro – Spanish flavours and seasonally influenced dishes
  • Yard & Coop – The home of Buttermilk fried chicken

Shopping at Harvey Nichs


If you’re visiting Manchester for a spot of shopping, make sure you get down to Harvey Nichs – they’ve got a huge sale on at the moment, with up to 60% off. It’s also worth checking out the FoodMarket on the top floor with some of the city’s best world foods. You can even book yourself in to visit the store and a style advisor will give you the ultimate shopping experience.

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Sit-Down ABBA Disco


On Friday 14th of August, The Venue is hosting an ABBA sit down Disco. Brilliant. It’s £3 per person and you can sit with 6 people per table (from the same household). Get practising those sit-down dance moves!

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Museums are starting to open up again – here are a few to keep your eye on:


Chill Factore

If you’re ready to hit the slopes, Manchester’s Chill Factore will be back open with new safety measures in place from August 17th. All skis, boots and snowboards with be sanitised after every use. Those living within the same household can enjoy a lesson together from the 24th August.

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Chill factore

Staying in Manchester


If you’re looking for a hotel in Manchester city centre, we’d love to welcome you to The Ainscow Hotel. We’re a 4-star hotel in Manchester, near Spinningfields. If you’re staying in Manchester in August, make sure you take advantage of our free Grab & Go Breakfast, parking and WiFi. Book direct for this offer!