Sunday, October 07, 2007

Britain: The Manchester party scene

Manchester rose to fame during the industrial revolution, and thanks to technology, it's enjoying a resurrgence.

But if you're under 25 ... and even if you're not ... you might best know this slightly gritty city as a party place.

Saturday night in Manchester (that would have been last night) the streets were jammed with the Under 25 set, packs of couples and guys in jeans and girlfriends out on the town not in jeans, but in slinky little dresses cut up to there and down to there (fab on some girls, but as my mother would say, don't flaunt it if you don't have it). Bars here run the gamut from Chinese restaurants-turned-late-night bars, sleek Manhattan-like 'tini hangouts, pubs and after-hours raves. We ended up at The Temple of Convenience...a pub jammed into a former underground toilet that, we have to admit, smelled a little rank in the post midnight phase. Still, the locals were friendly.

A few scenes, courtesy of the camera of Rich Grant: A couple of locals, left, and above, an overwhelmed visitor.


Cathy Kruzic said...

Hi Jane
It was great to see you in Manchester, but sorry I missed this particular party featuring Bob J and the "Bob-bettes." Your blog looks terrific - much better than on Rick's blackberry.
Hoping Carol has reconnected with her luggage. We shared a cab to the airport to return to the US - she was so proud of her new bags carrying her new English garb.
Stay in touch and I'll do the same.

Paula Butler said...

Hi Jane:
Regarding where you should go on holiday, I have a relaxing but fascinating location for you in Playa Herradura, near Putaranas in Costa Rica, about 1-1/2 hours from San Jose. Here you have the warm waters of the Pacific on one side and a 1,100-acre tropical rain forest on the other. You can read a cheesy book on the beach or take a canopy tour, swinging like a monkey, suspended from steel cables, through the trees. Even if you don't play golf, the course at the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is worth a visit for its gallery of friendly monkeys and brightly colored macaws.

Sound good?

All the best,