As of last Thursday (2nd Jun), Deansgate’s Great Northern Warehouse is host to a 4500-square foot cosmic portal to an alternate universe where space station docking platforms are lined with Miami palm trees and all the astronauts wear NASA-grade rollerskates.

Manchester city centre’s first skating rink – and its latest bar – Paradise Skate World opened last week in a synthwave hallucination of a party on a hedonistic faraway planet, and promises ‘a chance to escape reality’ with laid-back beats, an enormous roller-rink and a range of iridescent cocktails to fuel your interstellar journey.

Beaming in with an immediate reputation as ‘one of the city’s most Instagrammable spots’, the new rink features a light-up tunnel, a crystal cave and a central space station where skaters can freely dock for a cocktail before rejoining the cosmic highway. Open to everybody from beginner bladers to seasoned high-rollers, the Paradise rink has a team of ‘skate martians’ to guide visitors along their expedition.

As one of Manchester’s most novel new nightspots, Paradise Skate World is big on stylish detail, from the rental boots to the drinks menu; ‘it’s about looking good AND feeling good,’ said company PR and Marketing executive Roberta McClarron, in celebration of their partnership with Rookie Skates. Featuring hanging meteors, orbital satellites and graffiti murals, many of the interior installations are the product of collaborations with acclaimed local artists, while local star bartender Joe White jumped on board to create a psychedelic lineup of cocktails, bringing his flair for extraterrestrial alchemy from past stints running Gorilla and Hula.

Paradise Skate World,
Unit 5, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN
, £12.50 per hour, Thursdays 4pm-12am, Fridays 4pm-1am, Saturdays 12pm-1am, Sundays 12pm-10pm
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 7 Jun 2022