How to enjoy evenings alone when you’re staying on business at Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange

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Find yourself tempted to fire up that laptop, just to pass the evening, when you’re staying away on business? Well we’ll have none of that under our watch!

Let us introduce you to the concept of ‘bleisure’. You’ve got it – we mean business and leisure combined. Here are just a few of the things you can enjoy alone while you’re away on business at Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange.

Catch a film or theatre performance at HOME

Swap channel hopping in bed for a showing at Manchester’s coolest cross-arts space, HOME, instead. Inside this gigantic, glassy triangle of a building you’ll find five cinema screens showing a diverse array of classics, documentaries, Avant-garde films and current releases.

One of the things we like most about HOME is the way they champion upcoming talent. If you can make it to one of their ‘Filmed up’ screenings, you should. The films are picked through an open submission process in order to showcase the very best of the North West’s budding filmmakers.

If you’re up for a more immersive experience then there’s usually an intriguing production being performed in one of the two theatres. HOME have made it their mission to present plays with a unique point of view.

Chuckle the evening away at The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club

Slap bang on the end of Oldham Street sits the legendary comedy club, The Frog & Bucket. Head here to laugh away the stress of today’s tricky meeting with a dose of stand up. The club has plenty of claims to fame – John Bishop’s first ever gig happened at their amateur evening. Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay have also graced their stage. And speaking of amateurs, every Monday comedy newcomers take to the stage to ‘beat the frog’. So grab a drink, sit back and you never know, you might just discover Britain’s next great comedian.

Hear the best new bands at Night and Day Cafe

If music is the antidote to a busy day for you then get yourself along to this great gig spot. Night and Day is one of the city’s most popular live music venues that every up-and-coming band wants to play and all great bands have played in the past. Any musical genre goes here: folk, indie, rock, pop – you name it, they play it! With a laid back vibe, eclectic interior (we particularly like the old stage lights suspended above the bar) and a quirky bunch of clients, it’s obvious why this place is a local favourite. There’s live music performed on the venue’s intimate stage most nights.

Indulge in a gin experience at Manchester Three Rivers

Go on, treat yourself to the gin experience that everyone is raving about! On Thursday – Sunday evenings take a tour of The City of Manchester Distillery. Delve into the spirit’s ‘gin-triguing’ (see what we did there?) history and, of course, taste some premium Three Rivers Gin. Be sure to book in advance because the experience is seriously popular. Oh, and you might want to clear your diary for the next day because the drinks really do flow! You’ll sample the perfect G&T, and a few classic gin cocktails along the way. And the best bit? Walk away with a 700ml bottle of gin crafted by your own fair hand and a mini copper pot still. If you love what you’ve created, the team will be more than happy to save the recipe for you so that you can make a bespoke order in future.

Buy ingredients to cook at Hang Won Hong

Avoid the tricky ‘table for one’ and get your chef’s hat on in your fully-equipped kitchen. A quick trip to Hang Won Hong, the Chinese supermarket, will sort you out with everything you could possibly need to create a delicious Chinese meal in the comfort of your own apartment.

Baskets, boxes and shelves are bursting with fresh vegetables imported from Asia, colourful packets of Chinese rice and noodles, and hundreds of authentic sauces. You’ll stumble across all sorts of fascinating things (most of which you won’t have seen before!) as you wander the crammed aisles.

Don’t forget to pick up an Asian beer or wine to swill down your culinary masterpiece!

There’s always our onsite gym at Manchester Corn Exchange, for a quick workout too. Now there’s no excuse to sit in every evening – less work, more play we say! We’re a social bunch so let us know if you tried any of our suggestions on social media.

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