15 first-rate things to do in Manchester this week
Northern Quarter, Tom Blackwell, Flickr CC

Looking for some inspiration to keep you entertained in Manchester this week? From supper clubs to street food, and stand-up comedy to cocktails, we’ve got plenty of ideas to inspire you.

Whether you fancy Peruvian food, political pub quizzes, or performance poetry, check out our guide to what’s on this week for our top tips.

1. Meet the Manchester Indie Filmmakers

If you’re interested in filmmaking, script writing or acting, join this group aimed at creating low budget films. This collaborative group is led by Nigel Anderson, an experienced actor and script writer, and meets every two weeks. Come along to meet other indie film-makers and exchange techniques and learn new skills. Sessions include an introduction to editing software, cinematography master shot demonstration, how to make a whiteboard animation and more.

Wed 13 May – 14 Oct 2015, 6pm – 7.30pm, Media Lounge, Central Library, St. Peters Square, M2 5PD – more info

2. Stand up for Dara O’Briain

Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice You’re Fired and Star Gazing Live.  Not forgetting his most recent shows Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums for Dave and Dara O Briain’s Science Club for BBC2. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today.

Wed 13 May, 8pm, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info

3. Mingle at Manchester’s biggest singles night

The Milton Club welcomes Manchester’s biggest crowd of singletons to socialise in a relaxed environment.  A night of fun, romance and fantastic music awaits you. Age range is 23 – 40. This unique night, hosted by TV relationship expert Sam Owen, will also include free dating help and free confidence help (if you want it), unique ice-breakers, and complimentary Prosecco on arrival.

Wed 13 May, 8pm, The Milton Club, 244 Deansgate, M3 4BQ – more info

4. Partake in a Peruvian Supper club

Join Viva Peru for an evening of Peruvian food as they host their first ever pop-up supper club at Kosmonaut. Expect a mouthwatering menu including sea bass ceviche, Aji de Gallina (shredded chicken smothered in a spicy, creamy sauce made from Peru’s indispensable yellow chilli), and Peruvian panna cotta topped with ‘mazamorra morada’ purple corn sauce and berries.

Thurs 14 May, 6.30pm, Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, M1 2FF – more info

5. See Shaw’s Man and Superman

Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of George Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Catch this NT Live performance broadcast live to cinemas.

Thurs 14 May, 7pm, Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS – more info

6. Party at the Politics Pub Quiz

Let your political geek shine through as the People’s History Museum take over The Font for one night only. Inspired by their current exhibition Election! Britain Votes, see if you know who has their own toilet in the Houses of Parliament, which election had the biggest turnout, and how many candidates were on the longest ballot paper in history? The Font are creating their own political cocktails on the night, and there will be a DJ afterwards.

Thurs 14 May, 7pm – 9pm, free, The Font, 7-9 New Wakefield Street, M1 5NP – more info

7. Experience Steam and Screen

The Video Jam folk have been beavering away in the Museum of Science & Industry film archives, uncovering footage and editing it to create new moving images. For one night only, as part of Manchester After Hours, these films will be screened among their epic collection of industrial machinery and set to live music. Artists include Jack Sheen, The Aleph, Mary Stark and Sarah Hill.

Thurs 14 May, performances at 7pm and 9pm, MOSI, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, M3 4FP – more info

8. Feel the fun of the fair

With a live band, a big dipper and a freakshow, Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Punk Rock) exciting new adaptation of the 20th century classic Kasimir and Karoline is a dark, political and very funny play that sets two young lovers in the throes of a break up against the hypnotic whirl and bright lights of a funfair. Directed by Walter Meierjohann, HOME’s first theatre production Funfair takes us on a ride through the loops, dips and highs of one night at a fairground.

Thu 14 May – Sat 13 Jun 2015, 7.30pm, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info

9. Create Cocktails in the City

Harvey Nichols

Twenty handpicked bars are “popping up” in the Great Northern Warehouse with an exciting collection of signature cocktails they have created just for the show, so you can experience the best of Manchester’s bar scene all under one roof. With cocktail demonstrations and live tastings from the city’s top bartenders, live music, and the finest street food curated by Friday Food Fight – including Yakumama, Red’s True BBQ, and VietShack – you can expect a fun-filled couple of evenings.

14 and 15 May, 6pm – 11pm, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info

5 of the coolest cocktails you can try in Manchester – and try at home

10. Get lyrical with Longfella

Manchester’s Tony Walsh, aka Longfella, is one of the UK’s most renowned performance poets. His trademark mix of intimacy and controversy, comedy and tragedy has been stunning audiences from grass-roots poetry gigs to international literature festivals since 2004. SFX Happy Hour available from 5.30pm.

Fri 15 May, 6pm, free, The Great Hall, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, M2 7DH – more info

11. Feast at a food festival

The first ever Castlefield Food Festival will showcase some of Manchester’s finest chefs, restaurants and street food traders. Check out the World & Farmers Market with international traders selling everything from the Manchester Egg to fresh French bread baked on site. The Street Food Market includes The German Pan House & Grill serving their famous bratwursts, Roly Poly with slow roasted English shoulder of pork infused with their own fennel and sea salt rub, and Big Star’s deep fried buttermilk chicken sandwiches. Expect cocktail and wine demos, a Bloggers Challenge with chef Robert Owen Brown, and live music from a Quentin Tarantino tribute band.

Fri 15 – Sun 17 May, free entry, Castlefield Bowl, 101 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, M3 4JN – more info

12. Don’t be late for a very important date

Celebrate the enchanting world of Alice in Wonderland’s 150th anniversary with a weird and wonderful gastro night full of surprises, courtesy of The Drunken Butcher Iain Devine. With all profits donated to Action Against Hunger, you can expect a fantastic feast including an Eat Me/Drink Me cocktail, A Cheshire Grin (Cheshire cheese & beer rarebit  paired with Warre’s Warrior Port), Mock turtle soup with lobster, prawns & saffron, as well as a tea party complete with Hendrick’s gin teapot.

Sat 16 May, 7pm, 22 Redbank, M4 4HF – more info

13. See A Room With A Stew

Due to popular demand, Stewart Lee has added a new date to his UK tour. Head to the Lowry on Saturday night to see this brand new live show with fresh material, in preparation for Stewart’s next BBC2 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.

Sat 16 May, 8pm, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info

14. Revolve at the Roadhouse

Join the party at the Roadhouse for the last ever Revolver on Saturday night. Expect hip-shaking, foot stomping, groovy 60s pop, rock n roll, mowtown, ska and soul, with tracks from The Beatles, The Kinks, Four Tops, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, The Who and others.

Sat 16 May, 11pm – 3am, Roadhouse, 8 Newton Street, M1 2AN – more info

15. Join a New Orleans Jam

New Orleans Jam

House band The Nightcreatures host a new monthly jam session of music from the Crescent City of New Orleans. Musicians of all kinds are welcome to come and join in performing standard repertoire made famous in The Big Easy as well as other material given the NOLA treatment. Whether it’s Rhythm and Blues, Second Line, Brass Bands, Dixieland, Blues, Funk, Rhumba, Rock n Roll, Zydeco or Old Time Jazz, as long as you play it New Orleans style, anything goes.

Mon 18 May, 9pm – 12.30am, free, Matt and Phreds, 64 Tib Street, W4 1LW – more info

Main pic:  The Northern Quarter by Tom Blackwell Flickr: tjblackwell / CC

Share this on Twitter:

Share this on Facebook