On repeat. It's day 2 @ #LiftManchester, and we're here once again with the latest updates.
From the cobbled lanes to the Deansgate lights, Gymshark are coming to Lift The City.
Bigger than ever before. Better than ever before.
It's time for the Class of '19 to make their mark on the city.
Crafted by our very own Mancunians, check this to make your weekend one to remember...
FLEX N' TONE
A real OG bodybuilding gym, Flex ‘n’ Tone epitomises the notion of hardcore training. Boasting a line-up of impressive alumni, it's safe to say that the best of the 0161 and beyond have trained at this old-school fitness joint. Its mission: a fitness Mecca for those serious about achieving their goals – whatever they may be.
Its raw, back-to-basics aesthetic does not mean compromising on equipment. Offering a huge variety of free weights and resistance machines, there really is something for everyone.
With an insta-worthy aesthetic, state of the art facilities and next level changing rooms, the group workout classes at V1BE promise to push you to your individual limits, with different classes to suit your style.
Heart rate monitors display your HR in real-time so that experienced instructors know how far to push you. Subsequently, providing you with the best possible workout, sure to leave you sweaty and leaping for a complimentary shower towel.
A boutique, community orientated gym that prides itself on being inclusive to all, from complete gym-novice to olympic athlete; V1BE is definitely a vibe.
For the cheat days. It's dirty. It's greasy. It's the cheesiest, most outrageous sandwich you'll ever have the pleasure of eating.
Let us explain. Not the normal Breville effort you make at home, where the cheese always seems to leak out the back, simultaneously making a mess and leaving you with a half empty toasted bread shell. Northern Soul Grilled Cheese talks thick sourdough bread; toasted perfectly and filled with a signature three cheese blend, known as The Soul. Add additional fillings and leave the masters to grill it to perfection.
An ornate, voluminous, early-Victorian, Grade II-listed, purpose-built meat market.
In other words, it's the Digbeth Dining Club of Birmingham; the War Pigs of Copenhagen, and home to the ultimate meat-feast.
Those with half an eye on Manchester’s history will be delighted at the rebirth of this symbol of the city’s illustrious past. And for those who couldn’t care less about architecture and simply fancy a bite to eat, the range of vendors on offer will be a big enough draw to return again and again. Expect Taiwanese steamed buns from the wonderfully-named Bao House, high-end coffee from J Atkinson & Co, charcoal-cooked fish from FIN and a whole host of others.
Bringing an entirely new plant-based experience to the table, The Allotment offers up a plethora of dishes which are simply, simple.
The Allotment Vegan Eatery, genuinely is the epitome of health. Serving up a variety of superfood meals, and dishes that cement the expression that love, truly does go through the stomach, it's a must-visit for those of you in need of a lil' TLC.
They've brought the garden to the city and we have to say, there's honestly nothing like it.
• ALMOST FAMOUS | BURGERS
• GINGERS COMFORT EMPORIUM | ICE CREAM
• OAST HOUSE | PUB GRUB
• CRAZY PEDROS | PIZZA
• YARD & COOP | CHICKEN
THE CAFFEINE FIX'
Inspired by Antipodean coffee culture, Pot Kettle Black first hit the Mancunian market back in 2014. A passionately independent Speciality coffee and bakehouse dedicated to the art of brewing the best coffee and cooking-up vibrant, easy-going food.
Designed more for those of us who enjoy sitting down with a good book and sipping leisurely on our coffee, Pot Kettle Black is the opposite of all things chaos. From the biggest eye-catching furniture to the tiniest of details, such as plug sockets at each and every table - it's an easy, effortless working environment out of the hustle that is Manchester City Centre.
Newly-opened Northern Quarter coffee-shop Federal has bolstered the area's brunch offering with a focused and compact menu, suiting its compact space on Nicholas Croft.
Preferring the laid-back, wholesome, unostentatious Australian and New Zealand approach, Federal focuses heavily on the mid-morning market and couldn't be further away from the likes of the up-market Spinningfields neighbourhood - with its P-Diddy bottle poppin' yacht party approach to brunch; it's also seen to be far healthier than other cafes.
With their flat white testament to their high standards, their coffee has a rich and distinctive flavour; bold yet smooth.
THE QUIRKY WIND-DOWN PLACES
First rule of The Washhouse... You don't talk about The Washhouse.
They don’t cater for all of your laundry needs and more. Their friendly staff won’t take care of your washing and its probably best not to let them loose near a washing machine. But, whether you are a local resident or a student, or passing by Manchester, drop in and give them a spin. It's not all what it's cracked up to be... and you know we love a surprise.
Baby got backspin.
Manchester's No.1 Ping Pong Bar... so we're told. Promising to offer a day, or night filled with exuberant souls, good food and upbeat music; if you've got energy to expend and you're feeling a little competitive, this is the place to go.
You've been served. No pun intended...
THE CULTURE SPOTS
GRAFFITI HOT SPOTS
From its humble beginnings to headline-grabbing auctions with works selling (before self-shredding) for upwards of $4 million, street art has shed its grimy reputation and acquired critical acclamation in the process.
The graffiti in and around the Northern Quarter is constantly evolving with several regular artists contributing to the creativity in the area. If you’re looking for some of the area’s most iconic pieces, check out Stevenson's Square and Tariff Street!
Bringing vinyl back.
Founded in the same year as Factory Records, Piccadilly established itself amid one of the most fiercely creative period in the UK's let alone Manchester's musical history.
An outlet for the burgeoning post-punk scene led by Joy Division, A Certain Ratio and OMD, the shop prospered throughout the '80s before moving to its current location in the buzzing Northern Quarter.
Piccadilly has been described as “the gatekeeper of all musical genres beyond mainstream culture” and a “sonic psychiatric ward for the aurally obsessed.” Call the men in white coats, we’re sold.