The cheapest Valentine’s Day dates in Manchester – from £1 dumplings to a free jazz night

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many couples plan to take their other half on a romantic date night to celebrate.

But with bank balances still overdue after Christmas, the annual celebration of love can be stressful for those still pulling the purse strings.

But there are dozens of cheap nights out and meal deals in Manchester, so couples won’t have 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 cough up money for an expensive meal or day out, but you don’t have to part with it. much of your money to have a good time.

“I’ve scoured Manchester’s menus and activities to find you the cheapest prices, so you can go out with your date without spending too much money.”



Tom Church has spotted the best nightspots in Manchester

Here are 10 cheap date ideas in Manchester to show your partner you love them:

Restaurant deals in Manchester

Tibetan Cuisine – Meals Under £8, Dumplings £1 with 6 for £5

Located on Upper Chorlton Road in Stretford, this restaurant offers authentic Tibetan cuisine which 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, ensuring even more bang for your buck. Guests raved about the amazing food and recommended the free chai tea.

Ca Phe Viet – Feed two for £10 or try a great value Pho



Banh mi in Ca Phe Viet

Head to Trendy Ancoats and try Ca Phe Viet on Oldham Road. You’ll want to make your appointment for lunch or an early dinner – as it’s not open after 5pm.

Signature dishes are Pho, which cost well 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 lunch spot and ‘the best pho in Manchester’.

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza – 80p Chips, £5.60 Pizza & £3.50 Tartufo



Rudy’s Pizza

If you’re put off by restaurant pizza prices, let those worries fade away when you head to by Rudy . Located on Cotton Street in Ancoats, there is plenty of reasonably priced choice.

All the pizzas are under £10, and if you’re particularly cash-strapped you can opt for the marinara pizza for just £5.60.

Tartufo is just £3.50 if you stay for dessert and you can grab a bowl of savory crisps for 80p – a bargain!

Asmara Bella Restaurant – Side dishes £4, vegan options £8

For Ethiopian food in the Northern Quarter, you’ll want to try Asmara Bella on Port Street.

This restaurant is ideal for vegans on a budget, as you can get options for just £8, such as Hamli – spinach cooked with olive oil, garlic and chilli – and Alecha , which is a mild curry stew with cabbage.

Alternatively, many side dishes cost £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 starters under £4

Head to blue berry on Bury Old Road in Prestwich for a reasonably priced Indian meal.

Most dishes cost just under or over £10, which means you can easily cut costs by choosing wisely.

A range of Shashlik and Tikka dishes cost £9.50 each, so you can easily stick to a maximum spend of £20 with two of these meals in conjunction with water to drink.

If you’ve got a bit more to spare, some of the starters – such as the onion bhaji, aloo pakora and vegetable samosa – cost just £3.45, offering great value.

Cheap things to do in Manchester

Ping Pong at Twenty Twenty Two – £7 for 30 minutes, £5 for cocktails



Twenty Twenty Two in the Northern Quarter of Manchester

Open seven days a week, this trendy space in the North Quarter offers drinks and table tennis for those who don’t want to spend a fortune.

No reservations are needed and each table costs just £7 for a 30 minute session, giving you decent play for under ten.

There’s also late night darts, £5 cocktails on Wednesdays and more. As they describe on their site, events like these are for people who “taste like champagne with pockets of lemonade”!

Whitworth Art Gallery – Free entry to over 55,000 works of art



The Whitworth Gallery is always worth a visit
The Whitworth Gallery

If you’re looking to soak up the culture and find 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 such as expanded gallery spaces, collections and a learning studio plus an outdoor events calendar and gardens communal.

Located within the University of Manchester, this is the perfect place for an interesting and refined day out.

Frog & Bucket Comedy Club – Tickets from £3 for a fun night out



Dave Perkin at Frog and Bucket

Residents will know that the Frog and Bucket Open Mic Night is the event that helped propel Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, Sarah Millican and many others to stardom.

By carefully browsing the calendar of events, you can buy tickets at a great 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’s a huge range of live events, so take a look and take your pick.

NQ64 Arcade Bar – Free entry, 15 tokens for £7

Those who want flashbacks to their childhood can visit the NQ64 arcade bar to enjoy retro arcade games and classic consoles.

With locations in the North 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 chips – a roll of 15 costs just £7.

If you miss your classic PlayStation or want to challenge your date to a game featuring classic characters from The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more, then this is the place for you.

Matt & Phred’s – Free Live Jazz Music, Happy Hour & Special Events



Matt & Phred’s, Oldham Street

Booking to see a concert is one thing, but being able to watch live music for free? That’s what you can do with At Matt & Phred , a concert venue in the Northern Quarter that doesn’t require reservations 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 go to a special event Jazz Jam Event directed by Johnny Hunter featuring Nishla Smith, so why not book ahead to ensure your wonderful low-cost evening is sorted?

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