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Evening entertainment in Manchester

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Manchester is a city of great culture, and the abundance of theatres, shows and musical events in the city make it a great city for a weekend break for any age group. The coming month has a lot to offer, so whether you’re a fan of music, of a gripping theatre experience, we’ve got you covered.

The Palace Theatre

The story of Britain’s greatest and most iconic ever band is playing between at the historic Palace Theatre in Manchester. Let It Be incorporates the iconic music of The Beatles and gives you hours of spectacular performance, packed with over 40 of The Beatles greatest hits. Having enjoyed a successful run on London’s West End, this international hit show invites you along to celebrate the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘A non-stop parade of hits’ this show is a must for any fan of British music. Tickets prices for the show range from £16.90 to £47.90 and runs from 28th of February to the 8th of March.

Manchester Opera House

Heading to the Manchester Opera House at the end of March, Kindertransport is a stunning story of 1930′s Germany combined with 1980′s England. Starring big names from the world of Television, including Maggie Steed (Stella, Jam and Jerusalem, Pie in the Sky) and Janet Dibley (Doctors, EastEnders, The Two of Us), the story begins in pre-war Germany as the clouds of conflict begin to gather and a torn mother forces her nine year old child onto a train to avoid the danger of an impending war. Also examining a peaceful suburban England where another mother faces a similarly tough situation, Kindertransport has drawn huge critical acclaim from influential titles including The Times and the New York Times. Running from 25th to the 29th of March, tickets for the show can be picked up for roughly between £12 and £32

Manchester Apollo

If you’re after something a little less formal over the upcoming month, the Manchester Apollo has a range of great musical acts on show. Fresh from their Brit Award for the best British breakthrough act, Bastille play two nights at the famous Apollo venue. Despite a relatively small back catalogue to choose from, the band are renowned for their live performances having learned from the experience of supporting Muse on their UK stadium tour. With hits such as Pompeii and Laura Palmer, tickets are well worth hunting out for their 28th February and 1st March dates.

If you prefer something a little less contemporary, but in a similar alternative rock style, a month later sees the hugely successful Welsh band Manic Street Preachers at the Apollo. Having been a commanding figure within UK rock scene for the best part of the last30 years, catch the successful rockers out on 1st April.

If you’re looking to enjoy an evening of entertainment in Manchester this month, make sure you check out booking in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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One Night in Manchester

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Dinner

Sapporo Teppanyaki

If you’re looking to be pushed out of your comfort zone, this Japanese offers a unique dining experience if you’re new to the cuisine. In Sapporo Teppanyaki guests are led to their own or shared Teppanyaki table where the dishes are cooked in front of your very eyes by the restaurants array of skilled chefs. All the food is fresh and the seafood in particular is a delight; however there are ranging chicken and meat dishes to cater to those still cautious when it comes to experimenting. We recommend you push the boat out and also try a Japanese whiskey from behind the bar, as a perfect wind down over some conversation over your meal.

Choices

Tucked away in Castlefield, Choices was voted one of the top ten riverside restaurants by the Sunday Times. If you like honest British food cooked to perfection then this is the place to head, thanks to a frequently changing menu which utilises good seasonal produce. The cottage pie is particularly popular amongst diners with daily fish specials also proving well-liked. The décor is clean, stylish and the walk in wine fridge adds an interesting dimension to an establishment already brimming with character.

Drinks

Epernay Champagne and Cocktail bar

Epernay is a glamorous and elegant bar for those looking to avoid some of Manchester’s more student orientated drinking scenes. Epernay presents an impressive range of drinks, boasting more than 100 champagnes which offers one of the most extensive selections in the country. Don’t fret if you’re more of a mixer or have a different tipple, the bartenders supply an excellent range of cocktails and spirits which can be enjoyed in a really laid back and friendly atmosphere. Prices aren’t cheap, however Espernay is a must visit if you prefer a classy establishment to enjoy sociably with friends.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist is widely known as one of the best bars in Manchester by locals and it’s not hard to see why. Always popular, and often crawling with patrons due to its city centre location, the bar mixed a great ambiance with a stylish food and drinks menu. Each cocktail is carefully hand crafted by the highly knowledgeable ‘alchemists’ who use the highest quality ingredients available to create some completely unusual concoctions. The drinks are as much about theatre as they are sustenance with nostalgia inspired bottles, lavender foam, dry ice and Bunsen burners all used to create truly unique drinks. Don’t fret if a fashionable cocktail doesn’t take your fancy, The Alchemist also offers lager on tap.

Entertainment

The Comedy Store

If you’re staying in Manchester, a must see is the world famous Comedy Store. With tickets from as little as £10 and fantastic acts every night of the week, the Comedy Store is a true mecca for comedy enthusiasts. Some of the biggest names in world stand-up have graced the Comedy Store stages of London and Manchester including, Eddie Izzard, Mike Myers and Lee Evans and many familiar faces do unexpectedly ‘drop in’ to try out material.

Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge is a popular attraction for locals, least of all because it is home to Manchester’s longest running club night in Funkademia. Every Saturday night, Funkademia plays what it describe as ‘a chronological history of soul’ to a regularly full house. It plays the best soul, funk and smooth R&B music in the city but also holds other music events throughout the week if your taste is better suited to dubstep or house. You may need to book tickets in advance for some of the more popular events.

If you’re planning a night in Manchester, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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The Northern Championships: Manchester v Leeds III

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No longer Europe’s embarrassing, malnourished sibling, dining in Britain has come a long way in the last 20 years. From business trips to citybreaks, whether in Leeds or Manchester, you’ll have the chance to experience some of the finest restaurants in the country. To help you navigate the gastronomic delights of each tasty town we’ve put them head to head in a cuisine contest…


Round 3 – Restaurants


Leeds

Corner Cafe, 104 Burley Road LS3 1JP

Located near Roomzzz Leeds City West, this understated Indian restaurant offers personal service and bespoke dishes, and a pint from the pub next door.


Mumtaz, Clarence Dock, LS10 1PJ

The original restaurant behind the world’s most famous curry brand is in nearby Bradford, but Leeds’ well situated addition to the chain is well worth a visit too.


Anthony’s Restaurant, 19 Boar Lane, LS1 6EA

Family owned, family run and critically acclaimed. Since opening in 2004 Anthony’s has developed a reputation for the most stylish fine dining in town.


Jamie’s Italian, 35 Park Row, LS1 5JL

Little introduction is necessary, but when the latest of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants landed in this old bank, Leeds’ culinary culture was forever changed.


Salvo’s, 109-115 Otley Road, LS6 3PX

Winning ‘Best Neighbourhood Italian Restaurant’ on Gordon Ramsey’s F Word and serving more than two million customers, over three decades, speaks for itself.


Manchester


The Cedar Tree, 69 Thomas Street, M4 1LQ

A rather bizarre interior marries office-ceiling chic with fake foliage in this backstreet secret famed for its mouthwatering Lebanese menu.


New Samsi, 36-38 Whitworth Street, M1 3NR

Manchester takes oriental food seriously. Options are plentiful, but if you ask locals where to find the best samurai steak or Bento box, it’s invariably New Samsi.


Mr Thomas’ Chop House, 52 Cross Street, M2 7AR

Enjoy al fresco dining in the summer overlooking St Anne’s historic churchyard, or move in from the cold for fine English food in this Victorian tiled pub.


The Lime Tree, Lapwing Lane, M20 2WS

If West Didsbury is Manchester’s culinary capital then this classy modern British establishment is top of the pile, making the trip south of the city well worth it.


Grado, New York Street, M1 4BD

Heathcotes’ reputation for quality, fresh ingredients is legendary, and the Spanish and Tapas menus at Grado are no exception. Nor is the extensive wine list.

The final whistle blows after a close fought battle. We’ve enjoyed drinks in the best bars, nights in the best clubs and, finally, food in the finest restaurants Leeds and Manchester have to offer. Now all that’s left to say is enjoy your stay, and if you find anywhere we’ve missed, feel free to let us know.