Best Things to do in Manchester this week: 1st - 7th February 2020

Including the Super Bowl, Charlie Chaplin, FREE Holidays and Birthday Beers.

By Ben Brown | January 31st '20

Manchester Union Lager 1st Birthday
Saturday 1st February
It’s been a whole year since Manchester Union first opened a tap and their golden ale flowed freely down the streets of Manchester and into our awaiting gobs. As you’d expect then, the lads are having a massive party on Saturday, complete with lovely, lovely pies from The Great North Pie Company. They’ll be serving up beers, tunes (Supernature Disco, Micron, Funkademia) and food as well as free tours of the brewery throughout the day. It starts at 12pm – be there or be square.

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Bike Jumble Sale
Saturday 1st February
Now I certainly don’t need to explain what this event is. If you read the bit in bold just above this paragraph then that will tell you everything you need to know. It’s a jumble sale for bikes where you can pick up some proper good bargains, clothing, spares and accessories. Bike stuff is usually stupidly expensive – so save yourself a few quid and go home happy. Don’t wear lycra though – that’s just sad.

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Super Bowl LIV
Sunday 2nd February
How the hell are you dude!? Whoaa maan – that’s narley! Hey, do you want some grits and a cold Bud? Etc. You get the idea. I’m trying to be American. Which can only mean one thing – it’s Super Bowl time! This Sunday sees two teams of plastic-coated men run and jump and fling themselves all over a bit of grass, while billions of people watch at home or in a bar – typically scoffing chicken wings and drinking ‘lite’ beer. There’s rather a few establishments putting it on in Manchester – of which you can explore in more detail below…

Where to Watch Super Bowl LIV in Manchester

 

Slum Village x Abstract Orchestra @ Band on the Wall
Tuesday 4th February
Join Abstract Orchestra as they return to Band on the Wall this Tuesday for a massive night of hip-hop. They’ll be joined by the legendary Slum Village too – a group that was founded in the early 90’s by three childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla. This should be a pretty special night and tickets are flying out – so be quick if you want to go!

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The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel
From Tuesday 4th February
I didn’t know this but it seems like Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel were mates all the way back in 1910 – working in the same Music Hall Troupe in New York. They also seemed to have shared time together on the boat over from Blighty – something this production goes into great detail on – offering a unique insight into the early careers of these two legends. It’s been described as a “funny, moving and unsettling melodrama” so perhaps take a box of Kleenex with you. It’s on at HOME from Tuesday.

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WIN A HOLIDAY with Exodus Edits
Thursday 6th February
The team at Exodus Edits have created a range of bite-sized, adventure-filled holidays for people in their 30s and 40s. They actually offer some really good places, like heading to the rainforests of Costa Rica, exploring the Prosecco Hills in Italy and, my favourite, sailing in a yacht round the islands of Greece. Well, this week sees them set up shop at the Science + Industry Museum and if you go down there’s a chance you can WIN A HOLIDAY! They’ll give you a key when you get there, it’ll open up a suitcase and there are 4 holidays up for grabs. Nice.

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The Grand Bazaar @ KAI
Thursday 6th February
I must admit to being a rather big fan of KAI – mainly because I’m a bit obsessed with kebabs at the moment and their flame-grilled authentic Turkish creations are bloody brilliant. They’re launching a new event this Thursday (with the help of the team at Viper) which certainly looks like it will be really rather good. Called ‘The Grand Bazaar’ for £28 per person you get a choice of 3 plates and bottomless Prosecco or lager. There will also be some live entertainment on for you too while you’re drinking and eating.

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