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At A Glance: Creative Work Spaces in Manchester

Manchester is such a diverse and exciting city that so it comes as no surprise to find that it contains numerous places where you can go to find inspiration.

Among these places are cafes, bars, exhibitions and adventure trials, most of which are in the city centre, making them the perfect escape from the busy working life of the city. 

These spots are essential for a creative city such as Manchester, allowing people from all professions and backgrounds to meet, socialise and dream up big ideas. Listed below are a few creative city haunts that are well worth a visit.

Hidden City - Manchester City Art Gallery

If you think you have seen everything Manchester has to offer think again; Hidden City offer an alternative experience to traditional museums, galleries and cafés as teams of people work together to solve clues and guide themselves through the delights of the ‘hidden city’. This space is ideal if you have an free afternoon or want to do something a little different for your staff outing, as participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in everything the space has to offer. Throughout the journey participants will have the chance to enjoy independent bars and cafés, art design exhibitions and quirky shops where no doubt countless hours could be easily spent. After something a bit different from a creative meeting space? This one's for you.

Twenty-Twenty Two

In the heart of the Northern Quarter this bar/ping pong room/event space definitely offers users a lively and varied environment to digest their creative energies. Only opening their doors at 4pm during the week, this space lends itself nicely to a post work wind down. The venue is also available for private hire and would be an ideal space to host an informal conference/art exhibition or small scale plays or readings. Check the venue’s website for details regarding the latest ping pong tournaments, happy hours and which bands will be playing live music at the venue. This would be a great space to use for any event that wants to generate a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Nexus Art Café

Nexus Art Café in central Manchester promotes itself as a ‘creative community space striving to build a community based on an ethos of inclusion, respect and hospitality'. It goes without saying therefore that this café is the ideal place to meet and discuss anything creative or to get inspired. The space is filled with cushions, candles, beanbags and squashy sofas, making it a very relaxing and peaceful environment. The café also embodies a spiritual aspect to its ethos. There are regular film screenings and discussions to explore some of the issues raised. If your creativity seems to have come to a holt, Nexus may be able to help get your juices flowing once more.

The Art of Tea

Advertising itself as 'Didsbury’s finest independent café bar' this space is a great place to meet, relax, talk, eat, drink and soak in some culture. The café is attached to the Didsbury Village Book Shop which houses a large selection of second hand books which customers are free to peruse. On occasion there is also local artists' work featured in the shop and café as well as live music. The café can also be hired out and can host up to seventy people, making it a great alternative to a boardroom. What's great about this café is that you can tailor it to fit your needs; whether it's a morning meeting over breakfast or a late night gathering over a craft beer. This café promotes engagement with the arts, in particular literature, and is the perfect place to escape to if city life is getting you down.

Words by Rachel Pollitt.

Find out more about creativity in Manchester by reading about our visit HOME, the city's creative hubs and our interview with regional healthcare company Liquid Bronze.

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