Manchester bar vouchers to use after lockdown

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Many Manchester bars are selling restaurant vouchers, but why and what are the benefits? Well, lockdown has had made it difficult for many bars to survive, and an advance voucher helps supports them at a time when they have low to minimal income, meaning they can steady the ship before the times comes when they can reopen their doors.

Not to mention, it offers a sign of support. Some of the city’s most beloved venues are looking at closing down and a voucher shows you value their role in the city and are making a solid commitment to returning in the future.

But it’s not just the bars we need to think about here. Quarantine has been mentally tough for many of us, not just in Manchester but all over the world and a voucher can serve as a symbol of future pleasure, a promise to ourselves that as soon as safe and physically possible, we’ll be out there living our lives how we’re meant to, with the people we care about. Don’t just buy a drinks voucher for yourself, think about getting them for friends and family as a way to bond over the idea of future nights out. And as soon as we’re about, let’s live it up, as long-forgotten 80s pop band Mental As Anything once said.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

    The Rivals Bar & Restaurant, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH - Visit now

    The Royal Exchange Theatre is one of Manchester most beloved theatres, and a voucher for their homely in-house bar is a must for fans of both the stage and excellent places to drink. Support the arts rather than corporate chain pubs.

  • 2. Flight Club Manchester

    Flight Club Manchester
    Flight Club

    Flight Club Manchester, Ship Canal House, 98 King St, Manchester, M2 4WU - Visit now

    If you’ve spent your lockdown watching reruns of Bullseye (who hasn’t?) then you’ll be craving both a beer and the chance to bellow “One hundred and EIGHTY”. Flight Club Manchester offers both, plus amazing cocktails, friendly punters and little-to-no-risk of ending up with a dart sticking out of your bonce. Buy an advance voucher from the site and start planning your post-lockdown night out right now.

  • 3. BrewDog Manchester

    Ben Williams

    BrewDog Manchester, 35 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5BG - Visit now

    Buy the greatest gift you can think of this lockdown. The gift of beer. You’ll find many vouchers over at the Brewdog online shop for use with online shop purchases.

  • 4. Cloudwater Brew Co

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    Cloudwater Brew Co

    Cloudwater Brew Co, Unit 9, Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M1 2NP - Visit now

    The Cloudwater online shop offers gift vouchers at various price points. They last two years but don’t be silly, you’ll use it well before then.

  • 5. First Floor Restaurant at HOME

    HOME Manchester
    Paul Karalius

    First Floor Restaurant at HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now

    Plan a day out at this imposing arts-based multiplex with drinks at the various bars, before taking in the rest of the delights on offer.

  • 6. ABode Manchester

    ABode Manchester
    Image courtesy of ABode Manchester

    ABode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB - Visit now

    Abode Manchester is one of the best go-to destinations for drinks, whether it’s cocktails at the bar or a caffeinated workday drop-in.

  • 7. 20 Stories

    20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    20 Stories don’t just do food, they have one of the best bars in Manchester, with a viewed famed across the land. Buy an advance voucher and make your first post-lockdown night out a special one.

  • 8. The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel

    Ian Jones

    The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH - Visit now

    The Lowry Hotel plays host to many famous visitors to Manchester, and the River Restaurant more than matches up to the quality of the rooms. Buy an advance voucher for a post-lockdown meal and stick it in your diary.