With the extended three day weekend now on the horizon, we can all begin to look forward to that extra day off work, and the opportunity to enjoy something a little different over the weekend. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a city break, let your hair down and have a truly enjoyable, relaxing time, the bank holiday provides plenty of opportunity to head away. If you’re looking for an exciting city break over the August Bank Holiday, here are our top picks.
When it comes to a weekend city break, Newcastle truly is a gem in the north. Offering a real diverse city experience, you can experience riverside on the Quayside, a stunning play at the Theatre Royal, or some of the city’s renowned nightlife all within under five minutes walk. Bars like Babucho and Popolo exude an air of elegance upon entering, and are the perfect spots to head to if you want to splash out with an exquisite meal and drinks in an elegant environment. Offering extensive cocktails, spirits and more continental lagers on tap, these two locations are two of the most refined bars in the area. Offering something a little different, Pleased To Meet You is another elegant bar which has made a name for itself through specialising in Gin drinks, and whilst it gets busy on a weekend, the selection of exotic offerings available to customers makes it a definite bar to head to.
When it comes to evening entertainment, Manchester truly boasts an embarrassment of riches. With modern and sophisticated bars a plenty, smaller, independent locations available in abundance, a number of theatre to boot if you fancy some culture, and the renowned Comedy Store on offer if you fancy a lighter laugh, you won’t struggle to find a destination that perfectly suits your night. If you’re after our pick of the bunch, why not head to Apotheca. Everything about the bar and restaurant screams modern and trendy, and with a location in the popular Northern Quarter of the city, the bar has grown a reputation as one of the première hotspots in the Manchester. With imported lagers, creative cocktails and an classy yet extensive wine list, all situated within a unique and stylish environment, it’s no surprise Apotheca has a portfolio of awards and quality reviews to boast.
As with both Manchester and Newcastle, Leeds has extensive offerings throughout the city when it comes to enjoying food, drink and entertainment. If you’re looking for an area of the city where all three are available in abundance however, then the offerings in Trinity allow you to sample some of the best food and drink in the city, all under one roof. If you’re after a no expense spared evening out, Crafthouse and Angelica are the jewel in the crown of the city, offering high quality cuisine from the renowned D&D group of restaurants. With bars such as the Alchemist and the quirky underground Botanist, you can enjoy the surroundings just as much as your food and drink this Bank Holiday. If you’re after something a little different, head to Roxy Ball Room, just around the corner, for their unique combination of craft and local beers, table tennis and pool.
If you’re heading off for a city break this Bank Holiday Weekend, check into rooms, and enjoy a truly enjoyable three day break.
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