Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Boy’s Weekend in Manchester

With the Premier League victory of Manchester City, Manchester has launched itself as being the undisputed football capital of England, and perhaps Britain. Although five years ago, there was a debate between London and Manchester, the top two finish for the Manchester clubs ends any speculation, particularly given the high spending of Manchester City meaning that the 2011/12 season is unlikely to be a flash in the pan. With both teams now on the hunt for European glory, as well as fired up for the 2012/13 season, there could not be a better time for a boy’s holiday to Manchester. If you are planning a trip to Manchester, then a potential option is to watch two games of football. Although you will have to book early to be sure of tickets, heading to the Etihad on the Saturday and Old Trafford on the Sunday would be one of the best options. Alternatively, during the Champions League nights in November, you could see some of Europe’s finest over two nights. Whatever your choice, and whether you watch one game or two, with the success of the Manchester teams, you are guaranteed of seeing some top quality football in a truly spectacular stadium.

Manchester has its fair share of bars to make any lads’ weekend all the more perfect. Depending on where you are staying in the city, there are sure to be a number of different venues that are worth a look. If you are staying in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, then Apotheca is definitely one to visit. Designed to look like an old-fashioned pharmacy, all the cocktails are themed around old-style medicine, and with a great atmosphere, you are guaranteed to enjoy trying all the different options.

One of the best bars in Manchester to kick off your night is the Liar’s Club off Bridge Street. This Jamaican-themed bar has all the laid-back atmosphere that you would imagine, and the chilled out reggae will get your night off to the perfect party start. Although it can get busy during the weekend, just heading in for a couple will give you a taste of the bar, and if you go early enough you may be able to get a seat at one of the booths. If you like things a little more traditional, then the ‘Briton’s Protection’ is one for you. In 2010 and 2011 it was voted Manchester’s Best Pub, and it is designed to look like the most archetypal pub imaginable. It’s located next to Bridgewater Hall, so couldn’t be more central, and is definitely worth a look in.

If you are planning a boys’ holiday up to Manchester, then do some research on accommodation, and you will be able to get a great deal. Many Manchester hotels will be able to do a deal on the football weekend, particularly if you are a large group; so planning ahead is definitely worth it. If you wanting something a little more upmarket, then Manchester has its fair share of luxury hotel rooms, meaning that your boys’ holiday can be a little more classy.

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