The beauty of living in Manchester is that there’s always something different to see and do every week. Our eclectic, cosmopolitan city is a beacon for the north-west of England. There’s literally no good reason to be bored in Manchester when new eateries, hipster bars and entertainment facilities are cropping up every month. If you need some inspiration to get out and see more now that Autumn is here, check out our fab five hottest new arrivals to the Greater Manchester scene.

The brains behind El Gato Negro bring you Canto

Simon Shaw, the chef-patron of the wonderful El Gato Negro restaurant, has opened the doors of Canto to the Mancunian public. With distinct Portuguese influences, Canto (meaning corner) is designed to recreate the social dining experiences that Shaw discovered on a recent visit to Lisbon. Situated on Henry Street, Canto will feature a raft of humble and traditional Portuguese favourites served up across brunch, lunch and dinner, including classic Portuguese snacks such as pasteis de nata (egg custard tartlets) and hearty meat and seafood dishes including prego (beef steak on caco bread) and clams bulhao pato.

Introducing YES: Manchester exciting new live music venue

Live gig-goers will be delighted to hear that Manchester has a new music venue to savour in the shape of YES. This regenerated former auction house has been transformed into a four-floor complex with two live music rooms and two nightclub areas, as well as a spectacular roof terrace. The venue’s promoters, Now Wave, have hosted some of the most impressive live shows in Manchester throughout the last decade – including The xx, Grimes and alt-J – and are looking to go bigger and better with their own venue. Watch this space for gig announcements.

Eyes down for Buzz Bingo’s new Belle Vue hall

Just a stone’s throw from the Belle Vue train station and its Greyhound Stadium, bingo lovers will be delighted to hear of a brand-new bingo hall in town. Open seven days a week, Buzz Bingo has launched its brand-new complex at Belle Vue, promising friendly fun, a lot of bingo action and cash prizes, and a great night out for people of all ages. It’s the latest bingo club of 125 under the brand’s umbrella throughout England and Scotland, with seasonal food and drink served on-site.

Project 53 – Mobberley Brewhouse’s inaugural taproom

If you’re a fan of Stockport’s burgeoning food and drink scene, or you’ve heard about it and not yet experienced it for yourself, real ale lovers will want to pop in to Project 53 on the Market Place. It’s the first taproom managed by Cheshire brewery Mobberley Brewhouse, showcasing its full array of beers, along with a great choice of guest ales from keg and cask. Situated opposite Stockport’s covered market, it’s also a haven for small-batch gin-lovers, while guests can also devour a range of handmade pizzas with vegan and gluten-free options soon to be available.

Know your wines? Sample Cork of the North

The owners of Sale’s original Cork of the North wine bar have opted to branch out into Heaton Moor’s classy bar culture by opening its second trendy establishment. With over 500 wines to sample at the bar or to take away, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Vegans will also be pleased to hear the bar stocks a great range of vegan wines. Those who struggle to pick can either put their faith in the bar’s experienced staff to choose one to suit their palate or choose any three to taste in separate wine flights for a tenner – you can’t say fairer than that!

Which of these new venues are you looking forward to the most? Which ones have you already visited? Let us know in the comments.


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