FREE Italian Suits, Half Price Tasting Menu & The Best Things to do in Manchester This Week

Also including 10 Tib Lane's 1st Birthday, SIXES at The Lowry and the Love Island Finale with bottomless fizz...

By Emma Davidson | 1 August 2022

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Today marks another glorious day for the city, and also the start of a new month, which probably means you’re reassessing your life choices, burning some sage and promising to start yoga once again. 

Or, you could avoid the horoscopes altogether and continue as normal for the rest of summer, frequenting the beer gardens and ending up in a karaoke bar on a school night. And, if this is you, you won’t be disappointed this week as there’s plenty of celebrations, launches and parties taking place across the city.

10 Tib Lane is turning one, Le Social celebrates two whole years of natural wine and there’s even a massive bash taking place tonight to celebrate the Love Island finale! If you’re ready to crown your winner surrounded by proper good food and bottomless bevs, Shack in Northern Quarter is the place to be


Love Island Finale at The Shack

Monday 1st August
Here it is, the final of Love Island 2022 – and what a whirlwind it has been. Whether you’re team Davide or a big fan of footie’s Gemma Owen, Shack in Northern Quarter is the place to be this evening, as the bar is hosting a wrap party where you can watch it all unfold live. There’ll be sharing platters full of sliders, wraps and fries and even the option to add bottomless drinks (an extra £20pp) or bottomless cocktails for £25 extra each. 

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Dooley & Rostron FREE Suits

Running until Thursday 11th August, King Street’s menswear specialists Dooley & Rostron have got a great deal for anyone getting married in the near future. If you book an appointment any time between now and the 11th August and purchase a made-to-measure suit for the groom, the best man’s suit will be completely FREE. The starting price is £1250 for a two piece suit and £1500 upwards for a three piece. 

To claim the offer, you must quote Manchester’s Finest when making an appointment at the store. To qualify, you will have to pay in full for the first groom’s suit to receive the best man’s suit for free. Or, alternatively, you can purchase a gift voucher for a 2 or 3 piece suit, which will also get you the best man’s suit for free.

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WOOD 50% Wednesdays

Every Wednesday throughout August
Masterchef winner Simon Wood’s flagship First Street restaurant, WOOD is a restaurant that combines seasonal, deliciously authentic flavours with a true passion for good food and cooking. For the whole of August, the restaurant is offering a very special deal for anyone dining on a Wednesday. Starting from this Wednesday 3rd August, you can grab 50% OFF WOOD’s tasting menu, which is a spectacular journey through outstanding British produce and a flair for creativity that sees the award-winning chef pay homage to his Manchester roots.

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DIIV at O2 Ritz

Tuesday 2nd August
One of rock’s most fascinating bands, DIIV are back in the UK this month with a string of shows celebrating their influential legacy and brand-new EP ‘Sometime / Human / Geist’. The band formed back in 2011 and quickly established themselves as a breath of fresh air in the avant-garde art rock scene. Since then, they’ve gone onto influence a line-up of long-haired alternative indie aficionados that have subsequently set the scene of fire.   

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SIX: The Musical at The Lowry

Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 14th August
The international smash hit musical ‘Six’ makes its royal return to Salford this week, heading to the stage at The Lowry from Tuesday 2nd until Sunday 14th August. The multi-award-winning show charts the tales of the six wives of Henry VIII – each one taking to the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power. Boundary-pushing, genre-redefining and offering up “an incredibly strong and powerful message” too.

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Life Drawing with Emma Evans at Wandering Palate

Tuesday 2nd August 
Lifelong artist, Emma Evans is hosting a life drawing class at Monton’s Wandering Palate tomorrow. Using it as a way to switch off from the internal noise of everyday life, Emma wanted to share this experience via her friendly and relaxed life drawing sessions, where those of any experience level are welcome. You’ll receive a glass of wine on arrival and all the equipment needed to perfect a masterpiece with the guidance of the artist. In the first session, to get you started you will warm up with fast doodle/mark making, which is then followed by 10-15 minute poses. There’ll then be a break for 20 minutes followed by a second session of 10-15 minute poses. The session runs from 6.45pm – 8.15pm and tickets are £16 per person. 

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Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly at The Blues Kitchen

Wednesday 3rd August
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Curtis Mayfield’s pioneering film soundtrack, Superfly, The Blues Kitchen will welcome The Untold Orchestra this week to honour the hits and get everyone up on their feet! The funk and soul classic contains some of the greatest tracks of the 70s, including; Pusherman, Freddie’s Dead and Superfly, which all feature to create a rare soundtrack in which the music well and truly outgrew the accompanying film.

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Wholesome Junkies Launch Weekend

Thursday 4th August
Wholesome Junkies will officially commemorate the launch of its brand-new restaurant this Thursday, and officially open its doors over the weekend – with 20% off available Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August. From 100% vegan Salt and Pepper Prawns to award-winning stacked burgers and Chikn n Waffles, the restaurant has grown to be a must-visit destination for vegans of Manchester and beyond. Now, with a more permanent location set just next to Victoria Station, guests can dine in and enjoy the splendour of its 100% plant-based cuisine in a cosy setting. 

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My Utopia at Electrik

Thursday 4th August
Electrik has announced its latest upcoming cultural exhibition, which sees the much-loved Chorlton bar host the collaborative work between two local artists, Richard Kelly and Emma Evans. Kelly’s images, taken on his daily walks, are a reflection of the city and its outskirts during lockdown, a bleak time for Manchester. His work spans themes around society, fashion and music – with a formidable portfolio that features The Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, Dr Martens and Fred Perry.

Evans is an artist and illustrator who made a name for herself during lockdown with doodles on Monton High Street’s shop window. In exploring form and colour, she creates drawings of positivity and snippets of life; as it was – and as it will be again. ‘My Utopia’ sees the two creatives collaborate to craft a meaningful juxtaposition of experiences and artistic disciplines. Together, they combine mediums to construct one whole expression of two very different takes on the city. Most notably, their artwork echoes a journey that evolves out of something desolate and into something hopeful.

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Stockport Collection at Stockport Museum

Thursday 4th August
Heidi Alexander’s exhibition which covers the community of Stockport between 1976 and 1977 is currently showcasing at Stockport Museum. Her work explores evocative images of Stockport market throughout the late 70s and provides a glimpse of time gone by with photographs and objects. In 1976 and 1977, as an undergraduate at Stirling University, Heidi spent a few weekends visiting a friend near Stockport Market. Charmed by the atmosphere and the characters, she shot several rolls of film with the Leica M4 camera inherited from her father. Decades later, during the first COVID-19 lockdown of early 2020, Heidi rediscovered the long-lost negatives from those visits and started posting the images on social media. Heidi will be signing copies of her book this Thursday at the museum from 6pm-7pm.

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10 Tib Lane 1st Birthday

Thursday 4th August
Celebrating its first birthday on August 4th, the team at 10 Tib Lane are throwing a party and EVERYONE is invited. With free fizz and oyster giveaways at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm, Tequila Verdita shots to accompany £1 oysters all night, happy hour from 4pm, free bar snacks and DJ’s all night – the Tib Lane bar and restaurant will be welcoming customers old and new for summer party to remember.

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Chorlton Comedy Club

Friday 5th August
One of Manchester’s longest running comedy nights, Chorlton Comedy Club has a top line-up of acts taking to its stage once again this Friday. Paul Price, Barry Dodds, Jenny Hart and MC Roger Monkhouse are performing this week, with a range of clownish acts sure to have your belly aching! Doors open at 7.30pm and runs until 11pm. Tickets are £15.

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St Ann’s Hospice Pop-up Vintage Shop at Electrik

Saturday 6th August
Electrik has teamed up with St Ann’s Hospice to transform its space into a vintage lover’s paradise this weekend. Expect vintage clothing, records, vintage/retro games, bric-a-brac, accessories and more to rummage through at very affordable prices. St Ann’s are a charity who offer support to patients from right across Greater Manchester. Some people come to them for care at the end of their life, others for help managing their symptoms. Some join their day care sessions, while others enjoy complementary therapies or spend time with counsellors.

Only a third of their funding comes from the NHS so, as a charity, they need to raise £20,000 every day to keep their doors open. Fundraising events and activities like this are a huge help to the charity to be able to reach their goal and every kind donation makes a huge difference to their patients and their families.


Le Social’s Second Birthday

Saturday 6th August
Taking place at Kampus’ Nell’s, Le Social is celebrating its second birthday this weekend with pizza, natural wine and (hopefully) sunshine! Disco collective Supernature Disco will be spinning tunes all day at the free party, which will see the wine specialists bring bottles of their very best summer sips to enjoy alongside Nell’s 22-inch and a range of cocktails!

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Adelphi Lads Club x Shindigger

Saturday 6th August
Starting this Saturday, Shindigger has collaborated with Adelphi Lads Clubs to host an incredible programme of DJs throughout summer. SHANGRI-LA is Shindigger’s biggest event so far, and all of the summer day parties are 100% free to attend. The residency kicks off this weekend with an event curated by Jenna G featuring artists such the legendary Salford DJ and producer Strategy who was a member of the original Adelphi Lads Club as a young boy and has released an EP entitled ‘The Adelphi Lads Club’ in honour of the heritage of the venue itself, ensuring that the club remains a part of Salford’s history for years to come. Jenna G, Aletha, Lena C, and Mystique are also set to take to the stage for an all day party in Salford’s best sunny terrace which will continue late into the night.

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Dropping By at Stage & Radio

Saturday 6th August
The first edition of brand-new bass-heavy night, Dropping By debuts at Stage and Radio this weekend! Dropping By founders and residents will be kicking things off with Italian-Ivorian producer and DJ Ehua heading the bill, a DJ that has been making waves since the release of her 2018 debut EP, ‘Diplozoon’ on Femme Culture. She’s since remixed records for Ninja Tune, played at some of Europe’s most iconic festivals and holds down a regular show at Radio Raheem Milano, where she explores the percussion-influenced realms of experimental techno each month.

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Black Gold Arts Takeover at Whitworth Art Gallery

Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th August
This Saturday and Sunday, Black Gold Arts – an arts organisation working with predominantly working-class LGBTQIA+ people of colour – is putting on a FREE festival dedicated to music, arts, DJs, dance, performance and fashion. You’ll see the likes of Ghetto Fabulous, Mix-Stress, House and Blaque and many others showcase family catwalk events, the very best house and disco mixes and street food from Yardies Jamaican Street Food, Mi & Pho, Grandpa Greens, Istanbul’s Kitchen and Dough So Good.

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