Sandwiched between Piccadilly and the Ancoats, the Northern Quarter retains a unique character and charm. Located around the revamped High Street and the ‘original Northern Quarter’ on Oldham Street, it’s next to both the Arndale Centre and Piccadilly Gardens, and now stretches up to Piccadilly Basin, next to the station, taking its name from the M4 postcode, in which it sits.
The heart of Manchester’s urban creative scene, Northern Quarter is home to countless independent fashion stores, record shops, cafes. Bars and restaurants and the world-famous Affleck’s Palace, providing affordable outlets for independent designers and traders across four floors.
Home to Manchester’s independent shopping scene, the Northern Quarter’s top retail attractions include Retro Rehab, a vintage clothing boutique, offering unique vintage and hand-tailored clothing and accessories while the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, housed in the beautifully restored former Victorian Fish and Poultry Market, is home to an array of artist-run studios offering the best in local design, jewellery, bags and accessories.
More than a quirky shopping utopia, the Northern Quarter’s eateries are a big success with Café Pop and Oklahoma among the hotspot eateries. Among the variety of cuisine available in the Northern Quarter, Cottonpolis pays homage to Manchester’s industrial past. Hidden behind Piccadilly, the venue offers an exclusive experience boasting unique cocktails, delicious bites and some of the best DJ’s on Manchester’s music scene. Their Japanese inspired menu is served daily from 12-10pm with the bar staying open till 12am Monday-Wednesday and till 2am Friday and Saturday.
Alternatively, a celebration of American food, Cane and Grain offer three floors of rum, ribs and beef. Their first floor Rib Joint is perfect for a lunchtime beer with a stack of short ribs, while the Science & Industry area is ideal for a sophisticated cocktail.
The Northern Quarter has established itself as the most popular place to go for a night in Manchester, with some of the city’s best independent bars and traditional pubs to be found here. The Northern Quarter also has a high proportion of live music venues with the long-standing Band On The Wall, Night & Day Cafe, Dry Bar and Matt & Phreds Jazz Bar all enjoying a great resurgence.
NQ offers everything from live DJ’s and entertainment to bites, beats and liquor with the stars of the show being the giant sharing cocktail buckets.
Alternatively, The Bay Horse Tavern is a Victorian pub with a modern twist. Positioned in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, The Bay Horse is a laid-back pub with charm acting as a home away from home, with a vast range of gins, craft beers and other libations.
Northern Quarter stands as a hotspot for Manchester’s economy. The large numbers of students and young professionals make the neighbourhood a fantastic opportunity for hotel, residential, student and commercial property.
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