The CityLife Awards 2018 – vote for your Manchester winners
These are the pick of Manchester’s food, drink, music and culture spots – as we reveal the shortlists for the CityLife Awards 2018.
The annual awards celebrate the best of the city’s diverse cultural mix – and all the winners will be decided by YOU.
The public vote is open, with the winners crowned at a special awards bash in late January at the Deaf Institute off Oxford Road in Manchester.
It’s been another big year for Manchester’s food and drink scene – despite the lack of Michelin star – and the battle for best restaurant will pit some of the city’s biggest names against some of the region’s up and coming talent.
The casual dining scene has seen massive expansion too, with the arrival of some exciting additions and strong independent operators.
2017 was also another year of the Manchester International Festival, with several of its shows and exhibitions making onto this year’s shortlists – including the huge curtain raiser in Piccadilly Gardens which celebrated Manchester’s people and their unique stories.
In music, so many Manchester artists burst onto the scene this year that narrowing it down to just five was the biggest challenge of all. And in theatre, Manchester continued to draw in huge shows and world premieres, but also continued to nurture smaller theatre talent and develop emerging performance spaces and companies across the city.
We’ll also be naming a cultural hero on the night – somebody who has left an indelible mark on the city’s identity.
The shortlists were drawn up by the CityLife team and a panel of experts from food, drink, the arts and music – now it’s up to you to crown the best in class.
Take a look at the shortlists below and get voting.
Albert’s Schloss, Manchester
Cafe Beermoth, Manchester
Henry C’s, Chorlton
Best city centre pub
Crown & Kettle
Port St Beer House
Where The Light Gets In, Stockport
Adam Reid at The French, Manchester
The Allotment, Stockport
Best casual dining
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, Ancoats
Tender Cow, Mackie Mayor
Chapati Cafe, Chorlton
Best arts exhibition or event
True Faith at Manchester Art Gallery (MIF)
What Is The City But The People? (MIF)
Raqib Shaw at The Whitworth
Shirley Baker at Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Street Poem (MIF)
We Were Told There Was Dancing at The Royal Exchange
The Band at Manchester Opera House
Bat Out of Hell at Manchester Opera House
Pippin at Hope Mill Theatre
10,000 Gestures at Mayfield Depot (MIF)
Best comedy club
The Comedy Store
The Frog & Bucket
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Best club night
The Warehouse Project at Store Street
Pikes @ Ibiza/Come As You Are at The Refuge
Craig Charles Funk and Soul at Band on the Wall
Best live venue
Albert Hall, Peter Street
Gorilla, Whitworth Street West
Band on the Wall, Swan Street
Manchester Arena, Hunt’s Bank
Manchester Apollo, Ardwick
Slow Readers Club
Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday January 24. Follow the hashtag #citylifeawards.