I fucking love Manchester and here’s why

 

I’m not from Manchester originally but I’m proud to call it my home, this is my eighth year living here and I don’t plan on leaving any time soon! There are probably many other reasons to love Manchester that I’ve not even touched on, but here are mine.

 

The people

The sarcasm of a Manchester native is second to none, you can’t be self obsessed or up your own arse in Manchester, they will bring you right down to earth! There is a very dry sense of humour here.
But with that Mancs are the friendliest people with the biggest hearts. People even speak to each other on the tram, WTF!

 

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The language

This confused me at first. When I first started dating a Manchester native and my now fiancé Mr J. We would have conversations and he would refer to my brother as ‘Your kid’ which in normal English is ‘your brother.’ I was like I don’t have a kid, what you on about?
Now although I don’t adopt this language completely, I find it very endearing. I can now say I am going to get some ‘scran’ (food) and I can pull it off. When I have my evening meal I’m having my ‘tea’ and my lunch is ‘dinner’. Missing out words is encouraged, for example ‘going to the bar’ becomes ‘going bar’ and this is perfectly acceptable.

You up to owt?’
“Nowt mate”

..is not uncommon. I like this because I’m a lazy speaker.
Things aren’t good they are ‘mint’ apparently.

 

The bars

Everyone knows I love a good bar, being a city girl. And Manchester’s are second to none. There is literally a new bar to go to every weekend. I can never say I have been to them all, but fuck me I’m giving it a good go! ! Oxford road, Canal street, Portland street, Deansgate, Nothern Quarter and Spinningfields if you are feeling a bit posh or have just been paid.
My favourite bars at the moment are Ply in the Northern quarter (their pizzas are dreamy) and brand new bar the Patron, which is the best place for people watching because the glass all around means you feel like you’re sat in a goldfish bowl.
If you’re skint like me there’s always a happy hour somewhere, so do your research before you go out. If you’re really skint there’s four Wetherspoons in the city centre alone. The Piccadilly one is my favourite because it’s so rough, it’s great just to go for entertainment. A bottle of prosecco is just over a tenner if you don’t mind the stale carpet smell.

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The Northern Quarter

If you walk around in the Northern quarter around the back alleys there are literally hundreds of hidden wonderful places around every corner. From bars, hairdressers, charity shops, record shops, vintage shops, a cat café and plenty of restaurants. You can have a whale of a time getting lost there.
The art in this area of town is insane, the graffiti is beautiful and it’s so nice to just look and appreciate.
Did I mention Afflecks palace? So many independent businesses in there selling all sorts of shite, it’s definitely worth spending a day there and seeing what bargains you can come home with.

 

Events

There is so much going on in Manchester, I absolutely love it. One day I met Kate Middleton on my lunch hour! Well, it wasn’t just me and her, but she was visiting Manchester with Wills, I went and waiting outside the town all for 15 minutes and she appeared and came and chatted to the crowd.
Aside from attracting the royals there’s always some form of festival on in the city or nearby: Manchester Jazz festival, Food festival, Chinese New Year, Gay pride, Parklife and a Gin festival to name a few. There’s even Manchester day which has a carnival through town celebrating all things Mancunion! You will never be bored here. Did I also mention the Manchester Christmas markets are among the best in Europe? We should know, Amelie, Freya and I have been to our fair share.

 

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City Centre

Because I live in it, I don’t have to go and visit people because they want to come and see me! I’m so lazy by nature so living in the city centre is great. I can walk to and from work in 15 minutes, and be at any bar or restaurant in about the same time frame. I still sometimes get an Uber though because I am a lazy bitch.

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Food

Vimto is not just a drink it is a way of life, it was made in Salford and in my opinion it should come out if the taps!
Seriously though you can get almost any kind of food here, the city is so multi cultured and diverse. And there’s also the famous Manchester tart and Manchester egg.
Chips cheese and gravy are not frowned upon, which makes me very happy.

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Music

Happy Monday’s, the Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, Stone Roses, Oasis, Warehouse project, even the Bee Gees! It all started in Manchester and the city is very proud of it.

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Canal street

Canal street is in the centre of Manchester’s gay village and is fucking fabulous. Bars and bars of people enjoying themselves and embracing who they are, I fucking love it! A bar crawl here is sure to be a good night. If you want to dance the night away my top place is GAY, you can still get almost any drink for £1.50. Obviously the measures are completely shite but if you add it all up it’s still a pretty good deal. Once me and a friend spent 9 hours in the smoking area because it was so cheap, we were completely arse holed and the sofas were really comfy.
Also Cruz plays amazing music! Literally go there at the end of the night because it’s a shit hole and you won’t care then and can dance your socks off. There are multiple poles around the venue so basically everyone dances like a stripper it’s ace. I was once in a YMCA dance contest there and I came second, was so gutted as the winner got to go on a float at pride!
If you want to throw yourself into the Manchester Gay scene make sure you go to gay pride. It’s amazing, but be warned me and Freya are still recovering from gay pride 2015 and have complete memory loss from the whole weekend (we know we had the time of our lives though judging from pics!)

 

The history

Emmeline Pankhurst was from Manchester, and that’s where her campaign for women’s suffrage began. Alan Turing invented the first computer here. The first telephone exchange in Europe happened here in 1879. Manchester was the focus of the industrial revolution, and cotton mills and factories filled the city. I love how some of these aspects have been preserved and you can now live in one of these renovated factories or mills, but it will be sat next to a brand new sky scraper.

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Outside town

 

Feel like getting out of the city? Take a tram to Salford quays, Altrincham, Didsbury, Chorlton or Hale and walk around the bars and shops.
Or if you want some countryside visit Heaton Park, it’s huge at 600 acres and there’s even a zoo there! Dunham Massey, Sale water park, Fallowfield Loop, Tatton Park and Lyme park are all nearby too.

 

What are your favourite things about Manchester?

 

I hope you come and visit soon, let me know if you do!

 

Clara

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One thought on “I fucking love Manchester and here’s why

  1. I live in Rochdale near Manchester and I love going into Manni when I get the chance. I adore the northern quarter, my favourite thing is Manchester is cocktails in the northern quarter, a forbidden planet trip and an almost famous.

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