Manchester's food and drink scene is booming. The net number of new openings in the city centre has increased by 22% over the last five years, research by food and drink analytics company CGA reveals.
These new restaurants must integrate themselves into the city and a find a place to call home, a tall order when real estate in the city centre comes at a premium. Restaurant owners have been forced to be creative when finding a perfect home for their restaurant, acting like hermit crabs finding old, historically-rich buildings to settle in.
Diners tucking into their three course meal or enjoying a cocktail may never know they are sitting in a disused warehouse, courtroom or even railway station.
The clue is in the name with this one. The popular gig venue, bar and restaurant was once an institute for deaf adults during the Victorian era. Built in 1878, there's a whole lot of history behind the building that was once a help centre for adults struggling with day to day life.
The venue has come a long way and is now home to a massive disco ball and specialises in "music, bevs and scran". Despite it's old home, The Deaf Institute is committed to including the freshest new talent in it's schedules, and serving an ever evolving menu to reflect the tastes of a modern audience.
This underground pub began its life as a Victorian public toilet. Now, it's home to one of the best jukeboxes in Manchester and frequented by many famous faces.
Famed for it's cool, underground European vibe, it attracts many visitors from the continent who say it reminds them of the bars in Amsterdam and Berlin. It's all about the venue here - forget fancy cocktails and craft beer, it's the perfect spot for a whisky chaser or a beer,