The 10 Best Places in Manchester for a First Date

The Best 10 Places in Manchester for a First Date

There’s plenty of spots across the city that are ideal for a first date and as a dating agency in the heart of Manchester, Select Personal Introductions we’ve decided to list a few of our favourites.

So, if you’re planning to meet up and get to know somebody a little better, check out our list of ten of the more alternative and best places in Manchester to go on a First Date.

Albert Schloss

If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy a traditional first date with food and drink, then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Manchester. Home to hundreds of stylish bars and romantic restaurants from San Carlo to Cloud23 and Manchester’s Bier Palace Albert Schloss! Dine on authentic Bavarian-inspired dishes, drink steins of fresh Pilsner imported weekly from the Czech Republic, and hang around ‘till the evening for live music performances, cabaret and a whole host of art has shenanigans!

Chill Factore

If you’re looking for a more extreme first date, then why not book a ski or snowboarding session at Chill Factore. An incredible indoor slope complete with real snow. Show off your slick moves, take a private lesson together, or see how long you can go before biting the snow! There’s also a range of bars and restaurants so you can warm up and get to know each other over some good food, or enjoy a cold drink overlooking the slopes!

The 10 Best Places in Manchester for a First Date

Peveril of the peak

For a simple drink on a first date, why not pop in at Peveril of the Peak. A traditional, cosy, and iconic inner-city pub, this place is perfect for getting to know somebody in comfortable, laidback surroundings. As well as darts and a pool table, there’s also a classic jukebox, so you can impress your date with your excellent music selection!

The Manchester Art Gallery

The Manchester Art Gallery also makes our list of the best places in Manchester for a first date. Spend the day exploring the exhibitions and sharing your thoughts on the art and sound pretty clever. There’s also a little cafe where you can chat over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. If all goes well, why not catch the bus down to the Whitworth Art Gallery afterwards!

Junkyard Golf

Activity-based first dates are very popular at the moment, giving you and your potential match a chance to get to know each other with a little less pressure! Make your way around one of the crazy courses at Junkyard Golf while sipping a cocktail and keeping score. Head over Tony Wilson Place afterwards to grab a beer and some spicy 10p chicken wings from Bunny Jackson’s!


A trendy venue in the Northern Quarter, TwentyTwentyTwo is a cool place for a first date where you can enjoy a few drinks, listen to some music and challenge your date to a few rounds of Ping Pong! Whether you win or lose, its great fun and can help to get the conversation flowing! 

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Canal Cruise

The city is home to some beautiful scenery and romantic walks, especially during the spring and summer months, but why not make your first date extra special with a Manchester Canal Cruise. Explore the sights while enjoying some food and drink, on a romantic boat ride from Castlefield down to the Theatre of Dreams, or take the Manchester Ship Canal all the way to Liverpool! 


Undoubtedly one of the best first date places in Manchester, HOME offers plenty of art and culture. Explore their regularly updated exhibition space, catch a trendy independent movie or theatre show then top it off with some dinner at the restaurant or a cool beverage on the roof terrace.

Dog Bowl

Another of Manchester’s first date venues with a twist, Dog Bowl offers classic ten pin bowling with tasty beers, a fantastic selection of cocktails and a cool, relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately, the awkward bowling shoes are compulsory, but at least you’ll both be wearing them and who knows, you may strike it lucky! 

Frog & Bucket

If you’re looking for entertainment and some laughs on your first date, (hopefully, not aimed at you), then Frog & Bucket is definitely one of the best places in Manchester. Located at the top of Oldham Street, the legendary venue hosts fantastic comedy shows followed by a cheesy disco where you’re all welcome to hit the dancefloor.

If you’re Manchester based and planning to get back in the dating game, then Select Personal Introductions Dating Agency can help search for your soul mate. We specialise in match-making busy professionals and have a fantastic track record of successful matches, so why not give our friendly dating experts a call on 0161 872 3900 today for an informal chat.

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