Places to drink in The Northern Quarter

Supporting Organisations in Manchester and the North

Ben Williams, Managing Editor

It goes without saying that these are challenging times for the organisations and businesses who we usually work with to bring you the most unmissable things to do in Manchester and the North.

The situation is obviously evolving and nobody quite understands the impact just yet.

This guide is here to support the organisations we love, and, depending on how the industry responds, point you in the direction of some welcome cultural distractions.

We totally understand that everyone is potentially facing financial uncertainty and that making donations might be beyond your means. Perhaps there’s an organisation here that has a special place for you, or we might just be able to point you in the direction of a bargain takeaway discount to help support your favourite restaurant – many of whom have started offering deliveries.

We’ll add more things here as we go.

All the best from everyone here at Creative Tourist.

If you’re a venue who already has a listing here, please email if you would like us to update your information in response to the situation.


Here are our picks

  • 1. Creative Manchester: International Photography Competition

    The University of Manchester

    Creative Manchester: International Photography Competition, Until 4 April 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Creative Manchester has launched an International Photography Competition to keep you busy while you’re cooped up at home.

  • 2. Contact Theatre

    Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6JA - Visit now

    Contact is offering some inspiration over on their website. For the next seven weeks, seven freelance artists will each suggest seven creative ideas to help you Take Notice – a different idea every day.

  • 3. City of Literature: Manchester

    Manchester Central Library
    Photograph by Mike Peel ( [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Manchester’s libraries are not open, but you can discover all the free digital resources available from them here. There’s also plenty of ideas on their social media channels.



  • 4. Victoria Baths

    Victoria Baths

    Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 0FE - Visit now

    Victoria Baths have sadly had to postpone their annual art and music weekend SpringFest 2020. You can still support them by heading over to their Crowdfunder.

  • 5. Social Media Read-along North And South


    Social Media Read-along North And South, Until 9 April 2020, free entry - Visit now

    In an effort to stay positive and to encourage virtual social interaction, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House are coordinating a social media read-along of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, North and South, via their social media platforms.

  • 6. Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain Online

    Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain at The Portico Library
    The Portico Library

    Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain at The Portico Library, Chinatown, Until 13 April 2020, free entry - Visit now

    While The Portico Library are closed, they’re still finding ways to take care of each others’ mental health and find new ways to enjoy art and culture. Enjoy their new online exhibition, featuring all 50 artworks from the temporarily closed Talking Sense.

  • 7. Bluedot 2020 at Jodrell Bank

    Lovell telescope in cloudy sky

    Bluedot Festival 2020 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 23–26 July 2020, from £59.75 - Book now

    Bluedot has been working on trying to bring the festival experience to your living room. Over the coming weeks, they’ll have a series of takeovers from some of their best-loved artists.

    They kicked off at the weekend with, Henge, if you missed it live, you can catch up on their Inner Space Parties on their social channels.

  • 8. Chorlton Bookshop

    Chorlton Bookshop

    Chorlton Bookshop, 506 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 9AW - Visit now

    The lovely independent bookshop in Chorlton are doing deliveries. They get our vote over that online bookseller!

  • 9. The Runaway Brewery Tour & Tasting

    Runaway Brewery Tour
    The Runaway Brewery

    The Runaway Brewery - Tour & Tasting at The Runaway Brewery, Manchester, Until 11 May 2020, from £15.70 - Book now

    Runaway Brewery are obviously not welcoming people in for tastings right now, but you can order their beer from the Cloudwater website. You’ll not be surprised to learn that these home deliveries are rather in demand right now!

  • 10. Dogs Don’t Wear Pants – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

    Dogs Don't Wear Pants at HOME Manchester.

    Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, Until 20 March 2021, from £9.99 - Book now

    With cinemas closed, some films have switched to online streaming releases. We remain focused on bringing you the best cinema in Manchester and the North, and for now, that might mean watching at home.

  • 11. HOME Manchester

    Paul Karalius

    HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now

    We love HOME, it’s the best independent cinema in Manchester and plays host to some of the city’s most daring visual art and theatre too. 50% of their income relies on the building being open to the public. They have launched a response fund and are looking for one-off or regular donations.

    If you’re a HOME Member or Friend, their recent newsletter includes a completely free 90 days on MUBI. Every day they hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it.

    If you’d like to become a HOME Member or Friend and get this deal, along with a host of other benefits then sign up here.

    They are also working on some new online productions – we’ll let you know more soon…

  • 12. Science and Industry Museum

    Jonty Wilde

    Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP - Visit now

    Their doors will be closed for a while, but their collection – and the inspirational stories it contains – will remain open to you online. They assure us that they’re looking to find new ways to ignite our curiosity and lift our spirits. Donations are of course welcome.

  • 13. Bundobust Manchester

    Bundobust Manchester
    Ian Jones

    Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now

    Like so many places, Bundobust have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close. Support them by buying vouchers, and their awesome merch.

  • 14. Beermoth

    Beermoth shop in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
    Creative Tourist

    Beermoth, 70 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LG - Visit now

    Northern Quarter favourites, Beermoth, have nearly 400 beers available for delivery to the Greater Manchester areas. Check out where they’re delivering and fill your digital basket.

  • 15. Manchester Art Gallery

    Manchester Art Gallery. Photo by Andrew Brooks
    Andrew Brooks

    Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL - Visit now

    There’s a lot of Manchester Art Gallery’s collection online for you to explore, we’re particularly impressed with their audio guides site, which includes four guided mindfulness sessions.

  • 16. Band on the Wall

    Manchester music venue, Band on the Wall

    Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JZ - Visit now

    One of Manchester’s very best gig venues. Help them get through this bumpy patch and buy some snazzy Band on the Wall merch. From cool t-shirts and tote bags, to gift vouchers and membership packages.

  • 17. Common Bar

    Common Bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Ben Williams

    Common Bar, 39-47 Edge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1HW - Visit now

    We were all set to talk about Common’s new sixteen-inch, New York-inspired pizza until, well, you-know-what happened. They have now set up a Crowdfunder.

  • 18. Royal Exchange Theatre

    Photo of the interior of the Royal Exchange
    Photo: Joel Fildes.

    Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7DH - Visit now

    Royal Exchange is asking ticketholders to bear with them and not call the box-office while they make arrangements. They’ll get to you! If it is at all possible, consider donating the cost of your ticket to support the future of one of Manchester’s iconic cultural venues. They would be incredibly grateful for any other donation anyone can spare, no matter how big or small.

  • 19. Skyliner: Modern History of the Northern Quarter Tour

    Hayley Flynn

    The Modern History of the Northern Quarter at Shudehill Metrolink Station, Manchester, Until 12 July 2020, from £9 - Book now

    Skyliner has launched a Patreon to provide virtual tours to those who can’t leave the house or can’t be in Manchester, not just during COVID-19 but into the future. Check it out, support starts at £1 a month.

  • 20. GRUB Manchester

    GRUB Manchester, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF - Visit now

    Well, as soon as we started banging on about how great GRUB is, this happens! They’re using this time to make the place ‘the best/grubbiest’ venue they can. We’re looking forward to seeing it again soon. In the meantime, they’re running a bar tab scheme if you would like to help support them.

  • 21. The Lowry

    The Lowery Theatre and Gallery in Salford Quays Manchester.
    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    The Lowry is closed but is looking for new ways to inspire. Their blog offers some ideas of how to keep yourself busy during these unusual times.

  • 22. The Met, Bury

    The Met, Bury, Market St, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0BW - Visit now

    The Met in Bury is one of Greater Manchester’s longest-running and best-loved music venues. With their doors closed temporarily, they’ll be looking into gig streaming, sharing video sessions, creating playlists and doing everything they can to stay in touch with their gig-going community. As a charity, they’re also looking to support artists and service users during their closure period. To help manage cash-flow they’re asking if people will consider gift vouchers, buying tickets for future shows or becoming members (from just £5 a month).  You can donate here.

  • 23. The Whitworth

    The Whitworth, Photo: Alan Williams

    The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER - Visit now

    The Gallery is closed for the time being, but Whitworth Park is open to the public on the understanding that people follow government guidelines and follow social distancing protocols.  There are a number of sculptures on display by artists such as Anya Gallaccio, Cyprien Gaillard, Raqs Media Collective and Gustav Metzger. You can also enjoy the tranquillity of the art garden designed by Sarah Price.

    The Whitworth plan on opening up their gallery digitally with a programme that will bring art to people in their homes, at work, or on the move.

  • 24. Hope Mill Theatre

    Parade ensemble

    Hope Mill Theatre, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 7JA - Visit now

    Hope Mill has been such a wonderful story for Manchester’s theatre scene. They receive no government or arts funding and rely solely on tickets sales and bar income.

    Audience members who have booked tickets for upcoming productions will be contacted regarding in time, bear with them, it’s a small team!.

    Head over to their website if you wish to make a donation.

  • 25. Record Shops in Manchester

    Record Store Day
    Image courtesy of Piccadilly Records.

    Support your local record store by heading to their online shop and filling your boots. One record would make a difference!

  • 26. Mary & Archie Chorlton

    Mary & Archie Chorlton

    Mary & Archie Chorlton, 111 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PG - Visit now

    No longer open, but getting the best of their menu for you to take home with you via a click and collect service. Collect from the bar including full and vegan breakfast, burgers, jerk chicken, wraps and sides.

  • 27. Liverpool Everyman Theatre

    Everyman Theatre
    Liverpool Everyman / Philip Vile

    Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5-9 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BH - Visit now

    Audience members with tickets for Quality Street and Our Lady of Blundellsands will be contacted in due course and are of course entitled to a refund. Some of their patrons and audience members have chosen to decline their refund in favour of supporting the venue.

  • 28. The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now

    The building is closed but The Hepworth Wakefield Garden will remain open for people to enjoy. The team will continue to provide inspiring creative content online and will be involving artists and our communities in their digital programming.

  • 29. Port Street Beer House

    Port Street Beer House Father's Day
    Ben Williams

    Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2EQ - Visit now

    Port Street Beer House has set up a crowdfunder to help raise some funds (via the medium of bar tabs) to help support the livelihood of their employees. Pledge £10, get a £10 bar tab. Dosh out £50 and get a £50 bar tab plus a PSBH t-shirt.

  • 30. Imperial War Museum North (IWM North)

    Imperial War Museum North exterior shot - host of story seekers
    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    Imperial War Museum North (IWM North), Imperial War Museum North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ - Visit now

    They are of course temporarily closed, but are going to continue bringing you the best of their world-leading collection and our archive of stories via social media and their website.

  • 31. Z-arts

    Z-arts / Lesley Chalmers

    Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA - Visit now

    Z-arts is Manchester’s dedicated venue for families. They were all set to welcome hundreds of such families to meet The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We’re sure many parents have leaned heavily on Z-arts over the years and the team there are looking to continue to inspire and engage children through exciting digital content. Follow them on social media, and if you wish to support them, consider donating already booked tickets or getting a credit note for a future show.

  • 32. Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

    Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

    Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, Unit G20, 21, 44 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LA - Visit now

    If you’re in Manchester’s Northern Quarter / Ancoats area, you can now get Northern Soul Grilled Cheese delivered to your door. Hard to think of more comforting food!

  • 33. Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens

    Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens, Barnsley

    Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT - Visit now

    If you’re in Barnsley, The Cooper Gallery has closed for now, but Cannon Hall Museum’s beautiful parkland will remain open.

  • 34. Cross Lane Projects

    Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria. Art gallery, artist studios and exhibition space
    Cross Lane Projects

    Cross Lane Projects, Cross Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5LB - Visit now

    Cross Lane Projects is an independent gallery in Kendal – they were ready to open their new show. Instead, they will open for a very private, private view – just you and the gallery. With parking right outside the door and someone to open and close the door for you – you can self isolate with the art installations.
  • 35. The Pilcrow

    The exterior of The Pilcrow
    The Pilcrow.

    The Pilcrow, The Pilcrow, Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, NOMA, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 0AB - Visit now

    The Pilcrow has launched a Crowdfunder, in the hopes that their loyal community might be able to lend a helping hand, in exchange for a bar tab, which you can redeem when their doors are back open for business.

  • 36. Where The Light Gets In

    Ian Jones

    Where The Light Gets In, 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY - Visit now

    Stockport’s now-legendary restaurant is offering a Pickled, Panic, Picnic Pack – healthy and delicious menu for one amid the chaos that unfolds. Including pudding and something for the morning after.

    It’s also fun to see how fast you can say Pickled, Panic, Picnic Pack.

  • 37. Hotel Football

    Image courtesy of Marketing Manchester

    Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0SZ - Visit now

    Finally, not one to visit right now, but well done to Gary Neville and everyone at Hotel Football and The Stock Exchange for donating their rooms to NHS staff. Inspiring stuff.

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.

Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.