Whether you’re visiting the home of the Red Devils and Man City for the first time or you’re here for the shopping, Manchester is the place to be if you crave some excitement on a night out.
But better yet, it’s also home to some of the best casinos in the country.
We’ve listed the top spots to go for games of roulette, blackjack or poker right here.
Grosvenor Casino Didsbury
Located in Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, this place is open 24 hours a day and doesn’t require a membership card, but you would be wise to observe the casino dress code (smart casual) and etiquette to avoid feeling out of place.
Inside, you will find a large, open gaming area, a twelve-table room dedicated just for poker, as well as a decent restaurant, bar, and a conference room. Besides poker, you can also play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, or try to hit a jackpot at one of the many electronic gaming machines.
The place is located just a few miles away from the city centre, so it’s best to reach it by car. Fortunately, there’s a free parking area provided for customers. And if you’re looking for something else to do, you’ll also find a cinema, more restaurants, bars, and a bowling alley in the area.
Manchester 235 Casino
There are all sorts of entertainment options available here, but Blackjack is definitely the most popular card game in Manchester 235 casino. If you’re not entirely sure about how to play, you can sign up for their “learn to play” experience where you’ll sit down with an experienced dealer for a 40-minute intensive learning session for as little as £20.
If you want to develop your skills even further before stepping up to the green felt in a land-based casino, you may also experiment with online blackjack gaming rooms from trusted providers as some of them will even allow you to observe the action as a spectator or even play a couple of rounds for free.
Manchester 235 is not only about card games though. It’s a whole entertainment complex set in Great Northern Warehouse, where you can find a fancy James Martin restaurant or have your favourite cocktail at one of the stylish bars (that are open all night). The venue is open every day of the week, employs friendly staff, and you don’t even need a membership card so you can just pop in to check it out.
Grosvenor Casino Soames
This is another venue in town falling under the banner of the popular Grosvenor brand. You’ll find it on 35-39 George Street, which is a perfect central spot surrounded by various restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Perhaps it’s not as vast and glamorous as the other casino venues in town, but it’s definitely newbie-friendly. Inside, you’ll find dozens of slot machines, as well as tables for craps, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and poker. If you’re not sure about the rules governing these games, ask the staff and they’ll be happy to help you out.
Also, if all this casino play excitement makes you hungry, you’ll have free access to a restaurant serving prime quality meals until late in the night.
Located just a few steps away from Grosvenor Casino Soames, Genting is a perfect place to have some fun during the evening. It’s a sizeable venue where you can roam freely and watch the action at the tables before putting your money on the line.
There are even special spots where you can learn the rules of the game if you need a refresher. The interior is beautiful and there’s plenty of space for a whole group of friends to enjoy the evening, so make sure you don’t miss out on this one.
You can find a few more out there, but don’t settle for anything less than the best, especially if you want to impress your friends or date. After all, you want a casino spot brimming with class, where you can not only dress up and feel special but perhaps even win some cash while you’re there!
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Eurovision 2023 grand final to be screened live in cinemas across the UK
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be screened live in cinemas across the UK for the first time ever.
With fans from across the globe set to descend on Liverpool in a couple of months time as the UK hosts the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine, those who weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets will instead by able to head to their nearest cinema to experience the action on the big screen.
Distributor CinemaLive has announced it will be broadcasting the Eurovision grand final show live in cinemas nationwide for the first time ever.
It means that Eurovision fans up and down the country who missed out on grabbing tickets to the final – which sold out in under 40 minutes after going on sale earlier this month – will be able to come together to celebrate what is set to be the “biggest, brightest, boldest music party of the year”.
500 cinemas across the UK, including several here in Greater Manchester, will be screening the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, and Everyman are just some of the cinema chains taking part.
Vue Manchester Printworks, Odeon Great Northern, and Everyman Manchester are the Manchester city centre venues lined-up to screen the event – with cinemas in the The Lowry Outlet Mall, Trafford Centre, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, and more also set to welcome Eurovision fans through their doors.
Event organisers say the screenings will encourage singalongs and fancy dress.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring Eurovision’s grand final live into cinemas across the UK for the first time ever,” said John Travers from CinemaLive.
“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, so get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen.”
You cind out more and grab tickets to watch the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest grand final screened live in a cinema near you here.
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The 2023 Davis Cup is coming to Manchester’s AO Arena this September
After nearly three decades since it was last played here, the Davis Cup is returning to Manchester later this year and we can’t wait.
The international tennis tournament hasn’t visited Manchester since Team GB played Romania in the Europe/East Africa group tie back in 1994, but now the AO Arena is set to a group stage for the 2023 Davis Cup Finals in September, with the three other European hosts still yet to be announced.
Great Britain failed to advance into the knockouts of last year’s competition and will have to do without Andy Murray this year after the 35-year-old was omitted from the squad due to injury concerns.
Nevertheless, with the likes of Cam Norrie, Dan Evans and rising star Jack Draper named in the five-man squad, they stand a great chance of going far in this year’s tournament.
Team GB’s Davis Cup squad for 2023 is completed by the ATP’s world number one and four double players player Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury.
The Director of Major Events and Digital for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Chris Pollard, said: “It’s particularly important to us to take these major events around the whole of Britain… therefore opening up our sport to more people and helping change perceptions of tennis across the country.”
With the AO Arena matches being played between 12-17 September, the draw to see which of the 16 qualified nations will fall into each of the four groups is set to take place tomorrow (29 March) at 3pm GMT and streamed live on the ITF YouTube channel.
City Council Leader, Bev Craig, called the AO Arena’s Davis Cup games “a major coup for Manchester which further underlines our credentials as a great sporting city. We look forward to giving top-class tennis players and fans of different nations a warm Mancunian welcome.”
She went on to say that the event is not only exciting for tennis fans but it will serve as “a boost for the city’s economy” and “provide a legacy of inspiration which will encourage more people to get out there, use our city’s high-quality facilities and maybe even become the Davis Cup stars of the future”.
That’s what we like to hear.
The final eight teams will progress to the knockout stages in Malaga on 21-26 November; here’s hoping our Brits are amongst it!