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Top Choice Club in Manchester


If you're a fan of techno, electro or any kind of non-mainstream house music, then a pilgrimage to Sankeys – where The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and others got their start – should on no account be missed. Its co…
Top Choice Art Museum in Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

A superb collection of British art and a hefty number of European masters are on display at the city's top gallery. The older wing has an impressive selection that includes 37 Turner watercolours, as well as the cou…
Top Choice Museum in Manchester

People's History Museum

The story of Britain's 200-year march to democracy is told in all its pain and pathos at this superb museum, housed in a refurbished Edwardian pumping station. You clock in on the 1st floor (literally: punch your ca…
Top Choice Museum in Manchester

Museum of Science & Industry

Manchester's rich industrial legacy is explored in this excellent museum set within the enormous grounds of the old Liverpool St Station, the oldest rail terminus in the world. The large collection of steam engines,…
Top Choice Cafe in Manchester

Rosylee Tearooms

A touch of Edwardian and Georgian elegance in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this gorgeous tearooms has expanded its menu to offer a range of British classics like beer-battered haddock and chips and steak suet …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Manchester

Port Street Beer House

Fans of real ale love this Northern Quarter boozer with its seven hand pulls, 18 draught lines and more than 100 beers from around the world, including gluten-free ales and some heavy hitters: Brewdog's Tactical Nuc…
Top Choice Modern British in Manchester

Manchester House

This much-praised restaurant atop a nondescript 60s-era tower serves molecular cuisine, but with a Manchester twist. Chef Aiden Byrne offers a simplified version of Blumenthal and Adriá, but without sacrificing any …
Top Choice Arts Centre in Manchester


One of Britain's best new arts centres, Home has two theatre spaces that host provocative new work in a variety of contexts, from proscenium sets to promenade pieces. The five cinema screens show the latest indie re…
Live Music in Manchester

Band on the Wall

A top-notch venue that hosts everything from rock to world music, with splashes of jazz, blues and folk thrown in.
Cinema in Manchester

Odeon Cinema

A 20-screen complex in the middle of the Printworks centre.