With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, thoughts are quickly turning to the best ways to ensure a memorable experience for the loved one in your life. However that oh-so-special evening doesn’t necessarily have to involve fine dining in one of Manchester’s swankiest restaurants – there’s a wide variety of left-field fun to be found around the city. Here’s our picks of some of the best alternative date night spots for Valentine’s Day 2020…

Hit a Home Run At Base MCR

If your special someone is more than a little keen on American sports, then it might be worth booking a trip to Base MCR this Valentine’s Day. Located under a railway arch on Milliow Street just behind Victoria Train Station, this hands-on sports bar gives you the opportunity to swing away in one of their three baseball batting cages. Bookings for a half hour slot for two people are available from £30 with bats and helmets included. The venue even has a bar, food and a giant screen offering extra-competitive visitors the chance to play retro video games.

5 Millow Street, Manchester, M4 4DR, Tel: 0161 376 6907
Score A Bullseye at Flight Club

Located at the end of King Street, Flight Club transforms the age-old game of darts into a new and social experience. With their kitsch interiors and fully stocked bar, you can guarantee a memorable evening with a game of darts for just the two of you – or even a larger group. Bookings are available from £22.50 with each session lasting roughly around 90 minutes. Food and drinks can be pre-booked and served during playtime – and there’s even an end-of-game photo opportunity allowing you capture your special night in all its instagrammable glory.

Ship Canal House, 98 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU, Tel: 0161 537 7250
Get a Hole in One at Junkyard Golf

Over at First Street, Junkyard Golf offers a vibrant date night option with balls, clubs and a few neon cocktails thrown in for good measure. This rough-and-ready-themed crazy golf course is created from entirely pre-owned items, random, long-forgotten tat and repurposed junk and boasts three nine-hole golf courses that are perfect for finding out fast if your date has a competitive streak. Food and drink are available while you play and bookings are available from just £9.50.

2 First Street, Manchester, M15 4RP
Cosy up at Cutureplex’s Mini Cini

When it comes to date nights, you can’t beat a good old fashion trip to the cinema – and at Cultureplex’s Mini Cini, you can guarantee a special experience free from any noisy multiplex crowds. As one of Manchester’s newest boutique cinemas, this cosy space offers just 36 seats and screens a wide selection of new release indie gems, mainstream popcorn movies and even a few stone cold classics that are hard to find on the big screen. What’s more, tickets are available from just £8. Learn more about Cultureplex’s events throughout February here.

Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 713 3130
Fri 14 Feb
Simon Bland
Published on:
Sat 18 Jan 2020