Whether you’re a prospective student looking to start your studies in September, an out-of-towner seeing what’s on for the prestigious Manchester International Festival, or simply seeing what’s on offer for a weekend away, look no further than our guide to what’s new in Manchester.

Like many modern cities, the face of Manchester is constantly changing, and it can be a daunting task keeping on top of the newest bars and restaurants. We’ve compiled a list of the top five best new place to visit.

The Ivy

After a buzz-filled opening in November, the Spinningfields-based restaurant suffered a large-scale rooftop blaze at the beginning of January. Thankfully, there were no casualties and the restaurant was quick to get back on its feet. Located just off Deansgate, the premier restaurant is owned by Caprice Holdings Ltd, who run the London-based celebrity hot spot by the same name.


After ten years of promoting gigs, Manchester promotion duo Now Wave opened up their very own venue in September. Located just off Oxford Road, Manchester’s student quarter, YES boasts four floors of drink and food, including a basement music space and main venue room The Pink Room. There’s also a rooftop terrace and pizza courtesy of local legends Firebird Hope. (It also offers some of the cheapest pints in town!)


 A gaming-focused bar with an exclusive hip-hop playlist that’s open til 2am every night. This one’s adhered to a specific crowd, but located right next to the legendary Crazy Pedro’s in the Northern Quarter, you’re sure to find it lively no matter what night of the week you visit. All console games are free to play, and there’s a great selection of arcade machines on offer at a minimal cost for a handful of tokens.

The Corner Boy

An Irish-themed bar and deli located just off Stevenson Square in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The menu includes classic Irish stews as well as your traditional burgers and sandwiches, and they’re packed to the rafters with special one-off events just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!


The grassroots Indian street food chain has grown massively since its humble Liverpool beginnings. They already have a base in the Corn Exchange, but earlier this year opened its second Manchester venue on Oxford Road. Combining its usual wood-and-rope design with an all-glass exterior, owner Nisha Katona has completed her vision of “Apple shop meets Indian Courtyard”.

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Andy Porter

Content Marketing Specialist


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