Few would disagree that Manchester is the jewel of the north – well, perhaps with the exception of people from Leeds and Liverpool, of course. Culturally rich with a solid track record of producing some of Britain’s finest bands, as well as being home to a football team or two you just may have heard of, this is a city with a lot to offer on every level.
Manchester is also a thriving business hub, with around 30,000 people residing within the confines of its expansive city centre. With so many fantastic bars, cafes and restaurants dotted around, flexible workers are spoilt for choice when it comes to grabbing a coffee or lunch with a client.
So, which joints are the crème de la crème when it comes to remote working and entertaining clients? Whilst many meetings can and should be conducted via teleconferencing, there are always times when face-to-face is the only way to go. Take a look at our pick of 10 of Manchester’s best meeting points, where reliable Wi-Fi, great coffee and food go hand-in-hand.
Eastern Bloc Records
For a meeting spot steeped in local music history, it doesn’t get much better than Eastern Bloc Records. Famous for launching the careers of some of dance and indie’s biggest acts of the 80’s and 90’s, the café attached to the record shop is a hit with remote workers due to its laidback vibe. The hand-roasted coffee and breakfasts are to die for and, although this venue will not be ideal for all client meetings, it makes a nice change from a bog-standard café.
This spacious and trendy venue situated on the first floor of The Avenue North in the vibrant Spinningfields area is ideal for client meetings and remote working, especially those in creative industries. The exposed brickwork and open-plan space make it perfect for the cutting-edge art exhibitions frequently showcased here, while the wood-fired pizzas are a cut above the norm.
If you’re out to impress a VIP client, you could do a lot worse than schmoozing them at Manchester House. Don’t be fooled by the rather run-of-the-mill exterior as inside, you’ll find a luxurious and versatile space, ideal for meetings over gourmet coffee or fine-dining lunches. If you can’t seal a deal in here, you need to get back to the drawing board!
Federal Café and Bar
If brunch is on the cards, then it doesn’t get much better than Federal. This New Zealander and Australian-themed café is incredibly popular due to its friendly service, amazing food and, of course, free Wi-Fi. Its diminutive size means that it isn’t ideal for larger meetings, but if you’re looking to catch up with a client or two, you should definitely consider this little Northern Quarter gem.
Home Sweet Home
The aptly named Home Sweet Home has got a warm, rustic charm and makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a friend’s house. The relaxed vibe is complemented by great Wi-Fi and to-die-for cakes and sugary treats, making this yet another winning venue in the Northern Quarter district.
Descend down the steps of Australasia’s super-cool, triangular glass entrance and you step into one of the most beautiful restaurant and bar areas you’re likely to see. If your meeting is going to be over lunch, the food is amazing and the strong Wi-Fi connection continues in the stylish bar area. Situated on the edge of Spinningfields, this is another place to take those clients that like the finer things in life.
With plenty of tables and comfy couches, Café North sits on the edge of the Northern Quarter, close to Shudehill Interchange. The strong Wi-Fi signal makes it ideal for downloading large files, while the Trip Advisor certificate for excellence means that you know you’re in for a treat when it comes to coffee, breakfast or lunch.
Nexus Art Café
A venue which has a warm, homely vibe, Nexus Art Café is a magnet for creative minds and sits pretty in the heart of the city on Dale Street. Featuring a nice mixture of leather sofas and tabled seating, the venue is home to a number of art exhibitions and events. The no-alcohol policy makes it a completely professional environment and the ideal meeting spot for sharp minds.
Located a few minutes away from Manchester Piccadilly Station, the local Malmaison has got plenty of room to accommodate meetings big or small. Comfortable and spacious, you have the option of using the lobby area, Malbar or Smoak Bar and Grill, making this a versatile and convenient option.
Pot Kettle Black
This popular bar was designed with the remote worker in mind, as it features rows of high tables and chairs with a plug socket for each and every seat. This place is a big hit with coffee connoisseurs, as Pot Kettle Black source only the finest beans from around the globe. They also serve a range of teas, as well as sandwiches and pastries.
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