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9th July 2020

Players can dart back to Flight Club Manchester from next month as bookings go live

Manchester's social darts drinking venue is passing the projectiles back to punters from next month - as staff prepare to open the doors to Flight Club for the first time since lockdown. The King Street bar has announced it will welcome back customers from August 1, allowing Mancunians to "schedule some much-needed ridiculous joy back into their lives." Flight Club bookings have officially gone live, and given the venue's enormous popularity pre-quarantine, the team are already ant...
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9th July 2020

Incredible before and after photos show Manchester bouncing back to life after lockdown

An award-winning street photographer has captured images of the 'new normal' as the streets of Manchester reopened for the first time in over three months on Saturday. These images illustrate a rather stark contrast to previous years too. Each year, one of the UK’s best-known street photographers - Mark Waugh - was joined by hundreds of amateur photographers between 2017-2019 in a unique social experiment to capture the spirit of some of the country's biggest cities in just 24 ho...
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9th July 2020

Some of Manchester’s best independent bars and restaurants are moving into MediaCityUK’s

MediaCityUK is launching a brand new experience that combines COVID-safe dining with public art and it's opening at the end of July. Box on the Docks, which sees MediaCityUK team up with HemingwayDesign, will aim to support both the local hospitality businesses and self-employed creatives by creating a unique, socially distanced dining experience which also doubles as a piece of impactful public art. The initiative will see approximately 30 ‘boxes’ - taking the form of deluxe ...
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8th July 2020

There’s a brand new sports and games bar coming to Manchester

There’s a brand new sports and games bar coming to Deansgate and it’s only a stones throw away from the lively action at the heart of Manchester city centre’s nightlife scene. It’s the newest venture from the teams behind well-loved Manchester hangouts Manahatta and Banyan. Specialising in top-notch American-style food, bar games and a wide range of live sports screenings, Box Bar – a brand owned by Arc Inspirations – already has popular sites in Leeds and Liverpool, with...
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7th July 2020

This incredible new youth centre is everything Manchester’s inner-city needs

A charity focused on protecting and empowering young people in Greater Manchester is opening a huge new community centre in Gorton. Designed for everyone aged 8-19 regardless of background – the new £6.6m facility is providing mini Mancunians with a safe space to socialise and discover their talents; aiming to tackle child poverty and homelessness, obesity, and gang culture in the process. Focused on giving youngsters “somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to”, HideO...
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6th July 2020

The incredible 30-year transformation of Manchester captured on camera

Most adults dread turning 30-years-old. But Len Grant will always look back on entering his third decade rather fondly. It was at this age he decided to quit his uninspiring sales job and swap it for something he loved: Photography. It was a bold move, especially given how there was very little to shoot. Manchester in 1990 was a dry patch for a budding photographer. Snappers on the Hacienda beat had their hands full, but other lensmen were hard pushed to find picturesque scenes in the c...
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4th July 2020

What do Manchester’s reopened hotels look like?

Manchester’s hotel scene has spent the past few weeks preparing for check-ins for the first time since March. But how have venues coped with closure? And will they see a resurgence in ‘staycationers’ to claw back some of the revenue lost in lockdown? The Manc spoke to managers in the city to find out what the new world of accommodation now looks like. The Cow Hollow Hotel (more…)
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3rd July 2020

Which Manchester restaurants are reopening this weekend?

Manchester wakes up this weekend, but where will you be going? It’s a big decision – choosing the first place to visit after lockdown, but it’s worth approaching with the same sort of mentality you had on any pre-quarantine weekend: What sort of flavours do you fancy? We’ve broken down the list of reopened Manchester venues into categories, so you can settle on the right spot regardless of whether you’re craving a cocktail, burger or bottle of fancy wine. Remember that many v...
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2nd July 2020

Aura is the virtual assistant leading Manchester hospitality out of lockdown and into the future

Planning is set to be a big part of nights out in the “new normal.” Restaurants, bars and pubs won’t be getting as many spontaneous walk-ins as they did pre-lockdown – with customers putting serious thought into choosing a time, date and venue before leaving their homes. Some want to find a great table at a classy restaurants and enjoy its culinary delights for the first time in months. Others just want to park up in the corner of their local boozer and rediscover the taste of a pi...
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