As Valentine’s Day approaches, many couples plan to take their other half out for a romantic night out to celebrate.
But with bank balances still sore after Christmas, the annual celebration of love can be a source of stress for those still pulling the strings.
But there are dozens of cheap nights out and food deals in Manchester, so couples will have no trouble finding something to do within their budget.
latest offers Expert Tom Church said: “We often associate events like Valentine’s Day with feeling pressured to spend cash for an expensive meal or a day out, but you don’t have to part with a lot of your money to have a good time. little while”.
“I’ve searched all over Manchester for menus and activities to find the cheapest prices, so you can go out without spending too much money.”
Here are 10 cheap Manchester date ideas to show your partner that you love them:
Restaurant offers in Manchester
Tibetan Cuisine: Meals Under £8, £1 Dumplings with 6 for £5 Offer
Located on Upper Chorlton Road in Stretford, this restaurant offers authentic tibetan cuisine It easily caters to those on a budget.
Meat dishes are just £7.50 and you can choose between chicken, beef or pork. Vegetarians are also catered for, and you can try the momos, steamed wheat flour dumplings for just £1 each or 6 for £5.
All dishes are served with basmati rice, which guarantees even more bang for your buck. Customers have praised the amazing food and recommended the complimentary chai tea.
Ca Phe Viet – Feed two for £10 or try high value Pho
Head to trendy Ancoats and try vietnamese coffee on Oldham Rd. You’ll want to take your appointment for lunch or an early dinner as it’s not open after 5pm
Signature dishes are the Pho, which are largely under £10. Alternatively, you can get a Vietnamese baguette for just £5, so if your budget is particularly tight you can get one each for ten.
Visitors are quick to rave about this place, describing it as a lovely spot for lunch and “the best pho in Manchester”.
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza – 80p Crisps, £5.60 Pizza & £3.50 Tartufo
If restaurant pizza prices are putting you off, let those worries melt away when you head to Rudy’s . Located on Cotton Street in Ancoats, there is plenty to choose from at a reasonable price.
All pizzas are under £10, and if you’re particularly strapped for cash, you can opt for the marinara pizza priced at just £5.60.
Tartufo is just £3.50 if you stay for dessert and you can have a bowl of salty chips for 80p – bargain!
Asmara Bella Restaurant: £4 Sides, £8 Vegan Options
For some Ethiopian food in the Northern Quarter, you’ll want to try asmara beautiful on Port Street.
This restaurant is great for vegans on a budget, as you can get options for as little as £8 like Hamli – spinach cooked in olive oil, garlic and chilli – and Alecha, which is a mild curry stew with cabbage.
Alternatively, many of the sides are £4 or less, so why not combine a few for a light bite to share on a budget?
Blue Bay – stick to a £20 budget, try the starters for less than £4
head down Blue Bay on Bury Old Road in Prestwich for Indian food at a decent price.
Many of the dishes cost less than or more than £10, meaning you can easily keep costs down by choosing wisely.
A variety of Shashlik and Tikka dishes are £9.50 each, so you can easily stick to a £20 max spend on two of these meals along with drinking water.
If you have a bit more to spare, some of the starters such as the onion bhaji, aloo pakora and vegetable samosa are just £3.45, offering excellent value for money.
Cheap things to do in Manchester
Ping Pong at 22: £7 for 30 minutes, £5 cocktails
Open seven days a week, this trendy space in the Northern Quarter offers drinks and ping pong for those who don’t want to spend a fortune.
There is no need to book and each table is just £7 for a 30 minute session, allowing you to get a decent game for less than ten pounds.
There’s also nightly darts, £5 cocktails on Wednesdays and more. As they describe on their site, events like these are for people who have ‘champagne taste with pockets of lemonade’!
Whitworth Art Gallery: free admission to over 55,000 works of art
If you’re looking to soak up the culture and arrange a date on the cheap, why not kill two birds with one stone by heading to Whitworth Art Gallery ?
Admission is free and there are over 55,000 works of art with features including expanded gallery spaces, collections and a learning studio along with a program of outdoor events and community gardens.
Located within the University of Manchester, this is the place for an interesting and refined day out.
Frog & Bucket Comedy Club: tickets from £3 for a night full of fun
The locals will know that the frog and bucket Open Mic Night is the event that helped propel Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, Sarah Millican and more to stardom.
Carefully browsing the program of the event, you can buy tickets at a bargain price. For example, beat the frog on January 31 it’s just £7 per ticket, and if you’re a student it’s just £3 each.
There is a wide variety of live events, so take a look and take your pick.
NQ64 Arcade Bar – Free entry, 15 tokens for £7
Those who want memories of their childhood can visit the Game Bar NQ64 to enjoy retro arcade games and classic consoles.
With locations in the Northern Quarter and Peter Street, you can choose where to enjoy Crazy Taxi, Guitar Hero Arcade, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Pac-Man and more. Entry is free and you can pay for games with tokens – a roll of 15 is just £7.
If you miss your classic PlayStation or want to challenge your date in a game with classic characters from The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more, this is the place for you.
Matt & Phred’s – Free live jazz music, happy hour and special events
Booking to see a concert is one thing, but being able to see live music for free? That’s what you can do with Matt and Phred a live music venue in the Northern Quarter that doesn’t require a reservation if you don’t mind standing.
Alternatively, you can call ahead to reserve a table. There are different events every night of the week, with Happy Hours and free pizza and cocktail deals available.
On Valentine’s Day you can head to a special jazz jam event Directed by Johnny Hunter with Nishla Smith, so why not book early to make sure your wonderful low-cost soiree is sorted out?
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.