80 Manchester

PopulationMetro: 2,705,000
Young, cool and hedonistic, Manchester is as vital as ever.

Flat and compact, Manchester offers an interesting blend of history and arts, with plenty of drinking, eating and dancing options along the way to keep hedonists well satisfied.

In recent years, high-profile regeneration developments, such as a shiny new neighborhood called Spinningfields, have evolved, leaving some to wonder if Manchester had lost its cool independent spirit. Look past the glitter and the chefs pinning for a Michelin star and you’ll find a vibrant underground culture made all the better with some big-deal additions to the city. Back in 2015, the city saw the opening of Home arts center and the renovation of the Whitworth Gallery, meanwhile the art scene has flourished with the opening of smaller, artist-run galleries and spaces such as Mirabel Studios. Literary fans should head over to The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, which features everything from intimate piano concerts to lectures and exhibits.

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For dinner, book a table at El Gato Negro where the owner-chef and his team create Barcelona-inspired tapas. Set inside a historical building is Cottonopolis, a Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar where cocktails like Jigglypuff (Tanqueray gin, sake, lavender, beetroot, egg white, lemon, sugar, pokemon) are as fun to order as they are to drink. If your thing is finding a great venue where you can eat, drink and dance all under one roof, look no further than Gorilla. With so many places to drink, dance and listen to live music, it should come as no surprise that Manchester lands at #29 for Nightlife.