Let us not bend the knee to a life of misery, as our beloved Jon would do, but let us all come together and unite through good food and plenty of booze. So, if you want to fill the void that GOT has left, check out our list of amazing things to do in Manchester every single Monday night.
The Banyan Tree
If there is two things Mancunians love, it’s a curry and a good old pub quiz. It’s literally ingrained into our culture. Of course, no venue in Manchester would ever be brave enough to combine the two or face the inevitable swarm of Liam Gallagher look-a-likes. Well, that was true until The Banyan Tree on Ellesmere Street turned this beautiful dream into a reality. Every Monday night at 7pm, Castlefield’s number one hotspot opens its doors to hungry quiz-goers looking to experience the holy grail of pub culture.
Although a curry and a quiz is spectacular in its own right, The Banyan Tree also boasts of one of the biggest quiz jackpots in the city, if it wasn’t good enough already. Whilst a small entry fee does apply, you could potentially end your Monday night with a fat wad of cash and a belly full of curry, if you’re man enough for the challenge of course!
The Banyan Tree, 50 Ellesmere St, Manchester M15 4JY
0161 835 9906
Northern Quarter’s Tusk is a popular choice for cocktail addicts, and offers a range of eclectic beverages to please every palate in Manchester. However, if there’s another thing Tusk is notorious for, it’s their mouth-wateringly delicious pizza menu. The thing is though, cocktails don’t come cheap, neither does a perfectly baked, cheesy pizza. Imagine if you could have both at the same time for a discounted price? Sounds too good to be true… But I am here to tell you that it isn’t!
Every Monday, Tusk offers a completely free 15” Margherita pizza to anyone who buys four delicious cocktails. Their revolutionary ‘Margherita Mondays’ give friends, couples and even loners the chance to enjoy pizza and cocktails without burning a hole in their wallets. Whether you go all out and devour a full pizza and four cocktails to yourself, or decide to go halves on the deal with a mate, it’s definitely one way to brighten up a miserable Monday evening. It’s a slice of heaven.
Tusk, 88 High St, Manchester M4 1ES
0161 828 8700
If there’s one thing you need after a Monday back at work, it’s some seriously good food. Perhaps you’re fed up of greasy burgers served on a plank of wood, and want to enjoy some fine dining at a reasonable price? Well, we have the answer for you. Artisan on Bridge Street offers 40% off food on a Monday when you book a table online. Known for being one of Manchester’s most elegant settings and serving some of Spinningfields most delicious food, this slice of heaven can be yours without breaking the bank.
From 7oz, 28-day aged Fillet steaks to mouth-watering chocolate meringue’s, Artisan offers everything you could want and more, from an upmarket dining experience. But don’t worry, you can have some fun too. Whether you’re feeling a little silly or you’ve just had one-too-many gins, enjoy a make-shift photoshoot with you and your pals in the restaurant’s very own photo booth, at only £3 for two strips of four pictures. Winner, winner!
Artisan, The Avenue, 18-22 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BZ
0161 832 4181
Monday’s are pretty depressing at the best of times, but now that GOT is over, the situation has become desperate. I know you’ll be tempted to polish off a couple bottles of wine whilst reminiscing about the weekend’s antics and crying, but that isn’t the way to relieve your Monday blues. Throwing a really heavy ball down a wooden lane and annihilating some pins however, is. Dog Bowl, located on Whitworth Street, Oxford Road, has it all. It has fine pub grub; a great selection of beverages and funky music. Let’s not forget, it’s also one of Manchester’s best bowling alleys, and is home to five impressive ten-pin bowling lanes.
However, if bowling seems like an overly-strenuous task after a heavy weekend, sit down and indulge in some of Dog Bowls finest cuisine. From classic Manchester burgers to artisan Pizzas, Dog Bowl is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds. And guess what, the kitchen is open till 11pm every week day night, so hello late night snack! Rather than sobbing into your takeaway this Monday night, gather a couple of recruits and continue your weekend for an extra day. You’ll have a ball.
Oh, and to help alleviate the Monday blues, Black Dog Ballroom NQ and NWS have 50% off ALL FOOD – every Monday!
Dog Bowl, Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW
0161 228 2888
Located in the Corn Exchange in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, Cabana brings a taste of Brazil right to our door step. Whilst Hipster burger joints and curry houses aren’t hard to come by in our city, you don’t find South American cuisine on every street corner. Yet my God, doesn’t Cabana do it well. Every Monday evening from 5pm till 7pm, the North’s very own Brazilian haven offers 2-4-1 cocktails to satisfy the needs of stressed out Mancunians everywhere.
From their notorious Brazilian mojito to their extra special Long Island Ice Tea, Cabana takes traditional cocktails and adds a bit of festival spice. Add some colour to your black and white Monday by enjoying Cabana’s colourfully eccentric décor, quirky art and comfy balcony hammocks. Feeling a little peckish? Take your pick from Cabana’s spicy menu and indulge in some classic Rio street food whilst enjoying the views from the top. It’s the perfect place for a post-work pit-stop if you ask me.
Cabana, The Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, Manchester M4 3TR
0161 819 3100
So, there you have it, the best of Manchester on a Monday night. If these events don’t curb your GOT blues, nothing will. Well, what are you waiting for?