Places to drink in The Northern Quarter

Ways to support 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. As more events have moved online we have created a separate guide to point you in the direction of some welcome cultural distractions and online events.

All the best from everyone here at Creative Tourist.

Here are our picks

  • 1. 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

    Join Band on the Wall every Friday night during the coronavirus outbreak to relive a classic live performance online. 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.

  • 2. Venture Arts, Manchester

    Venture Arts
    Venture Arts

    Venture Arts, Manchester, Venture Arts, 43 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Greater Manchester, M15 5RF - Visit now

    Venture Arts is one of our favourite Manchester-based organisations. Help them keep the spirits, momentum and creativity of their users up by contributing to their emergency fund. They are raising money for tablets, so that teaching can continue at a distance until things return to normal.

  • 3. 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 have done a great job in moving things online so quickly – from kids yoga classes to crafty things to keep the little ones busy.  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.

  • 4. 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…

  • 5. 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.

  • 6. Hulme Community Garden Centre

    Hulme Community Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RG - Visit now

    Hulme Community Garden Centre is a fantastic organisation who work with people from across the community as well as being one of Manchester’s best garden centres. They are still trading and are a business well worth your support. They are also now running a home delivery service. Get out and enjoy the sunshine responsibly while improving your own living space.

  • 7. Eighth Day

    Eighth Day
    image courtesy of On the Eighth Day

    Eighth Day, 111 Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7DU - Visit now

    Eighth Day is one of the best independent organic retailers in the North. If you live reasonably local, you can order online and get a delivery. Fresh, organic produce safely delivered to your door.

  • 8. 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.

  • 9. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

    Image courtesy of Marketing Manchester / © Joel-Chester-Fildess

    Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9LW - Visit now

    Celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer. Support the renovation of this hands-on experience of a Victorian middle-class house just one mile from the city centre by donating here.

  • 10. 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.

  • 11. 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.

  • 12. 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.

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

    skyliner
    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.

  • 14. 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.

  • 15. 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.

  • 16. 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.

  • 17. 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.

  • 18. 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!

  • 19. 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.

  • 20. 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.

  • 21. 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!

  • 22. 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.

  • 23. 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.

  • 24. 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 selling vouchers online so you can find out what all of the fuss is about when it reopens.

  • 25. 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.