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
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.
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.
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.