Updated: May 16, 2019
Planning a romantic evening out in Manchester to celebrate Valentine's Day? Our top 5 Valentine spots might inspire you...
1. Ivy Asia
On the second floor of The Ivy Spinningfields is Ivy Asia, a glamourous late night bar and restaurant serving Asian-inspired cocktails alongside a selection of sharing dishes. The entire floor is illuminated with a show-stopping green, semi-precious stone floor, set against a striking antique gold mirrored bar, gold-gilt ceiling and luxurious Asian fabrics. With a resident DJ every evening creating the soundtrack to your night in Ivy Asia.
Ivy Asia, The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester M3 3HG www.theivymanchester.com/ivy-asia
Simon Martin, chef and co-owner of Mana in Ancoats and possessor of a Michelin-studded pedigree that previously had him working at the lauded Noma in Copenhagen, now has a place of his own back on British soil - a stunning space flooded with light,
plants, and a bespoke open kitchen - he's making the most of the ingredients that are grown and raised here.
Though things appear simple on the surface, there's an intense amount of labour that goes on behind every one of the dishes although the atmosphere is entirely relaxed. Service is completely and utterly faultless and the 13 course menu is an absolute experience. Highly recommended.
Mana, 42 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 6BF www.manarestaurant.co.uk
A Japanese inspired restaurant and bar based in a stunning and atmospheric grade II listed building in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Boasting golden interiors and dim lighting, Cottonopolis is the perfect location for a romantic meal in Manchester. Whether you're making eyes over the impressive sushi selection or dosing up on potent cocktails, this is the perfect place to get to know one another a little more.
Cottonopolis, Newton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 2AE www.cottonopolis-nq.com
With candlelit tables, soft lighting and wine bottles lining the walls, Veeno has to be one of the cosiest settings for a romantic drink and sharing platter in Manchester. With bottles coming straight from the family vineyard, the wine impressive wine list is the star of the show here, beautifully supported by charcuterie and cheese boards, as well as hearty Mediterranean classics. Why not treat your Valentine to an Amore cocktail and super sharing selection?
14 Brazennose Street, Manchester, M2 6LW www.theveenocompany.com
5. Galentine's Day - Cult Chick Flick with a Cocktail!
Valentine's Day is no longer a day just reserved for couples as alternative Galentine's Day is becoming a popular way to celebrate the girls in your life. Everyman Cinemas nationwide are screening Legally Blonde or Mean Girls on Wednesday February 13 so you can get your gal pals together and bask in the noughties rom-com classics.
The Altrincham branch of Everyman will air Legally Blonde from 8pm on Galentine's Day and what's even better is that every ticket comes with a cocktail to enjoy alongside the film. Tickets are £10 plus booking fee and are available from the Everyman Cinema website.
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