“ Bar, Club & Restaurant. „
In Manchester you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to the range of nightclubs on offer, in July 2011 me and 9 of my girl friends celebrated our friends hen night at Tiger Tiger Manchester. There are a few other pubs and clubs surrounding this club with the famous 'Bird Cage' directly opposite. It is located in the Printworks which is one of the city's big going out areas, featuring an array of bars, clubs, restaurants and a Vue cinema.
When you first enter the venue the music is loud and you walk straight into the ground floor bar, to your right is the restaurant. As part of our hen package we had a 3 course meal and a few bottles of wine on the tables. To be honest the food was average, if it wasn't part of the package I wouldn't be too happy paying much for it and certainly wouldn't have had 3 courses! On the upper floors there are a number of different rooms containing bars and dance floors, the best room by far in my opinion was the 70's room. This room was by far the most popular being jam packed all night, the only problem with this was there were far too many people in there and being on the top floor, this room was unbearably hot. We couldn't spend more than 5 minutes at a time in this room which was unfortunate as it had a much better atmosphere than the rest of the place altogether. There is also a good quantity of seating in each room you can even book your group one of their private booths which we would have done if we'd have known about it.
There was a good variety of drinks in the club, varying from cheap to expensive wines, cocktails and lots of spirits and mixers. The wine we were given as part of the package was however awful so I wouldn't recommend the house wine at all, we left a full bottle on the table it was just too vinegary! I only had a couple of doubles with mixer as these cost £7 a pop which was too much for my budget!
Overall this wasn't a bad place but I wouldn't return here, the music wasn't great and the drinks were too expensive but we had a great night due to great company!
We went their on a birthday night out on Saturday 27th March. We had a meal and drinks. We were sat right by the kitchen and the state of that put me off for a start. I ordered Vegetable Fajitas which were £9.95 and inedible. The table was booked for 7 and we didn't go in until 7.30 the food took ages to arrive and while we were still eating we were told to hurry up as they wanted the table for 9! We were told we couldn't have desert in the restuarant as they needed the table but we could have one in the very crowded bar! The bar is nice but I would avoid the restaurant at all costs! It was grubby and the staff were very rude.
In Manchester you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to the range of nightclubs on offer, as a student there I had an absolutely fab time partying the night away on more occasions than I can remember. But how does Tiger Tiger compare to the vast competition in the city?
There are a number of Tiger Tiger's located across the UK & have visited a few of them, including the one in Manchester. It is located in the Printworks which is one of the city's big going out areas, featuring an array of bars, clubs, restaurants & a big cinema.
When you first enter the venue, you can instantly notice the fancy & stylish decor. On the Ground floor, there is a bar as well as a retaurant. With the upper floors containing a number of different rooms containing bars & dancefloors. There is also a good quantity of seating located & you can even book your group one of their private booths.
Although you can't faulter the look or design of the interior, you pay the price of this in the cost of the drinks. A spirit with mixer will set you back around £5 with their fancy cocktail menu setting you back much more.
During the week, they have student nights on & at the weekends, the crowd is normally a mixture of locals & students. There is a good variation of music in the different rooms, so it caters for everyone. However be warned this isn't a cheap night out!
I booked a booth at Tiger Tiger for my hen night back in August, it was £30 and there were 10 of us, we got pitchers of cocktails thrown in for this price too. Everybody was more than happy that we got drink, club entry and a private booth for £3 each! Bargain
The booths are pretty small and a bit unsociable! We were seperated into 2 so groups were split up which isn't that great.
Drinks were pretty pricey too, 2 vodka and red bulls were £10, a bottle of wine and 4 shots of sambuca was £24!!
Its a huge place and you could easily get lost in there, music is good i did expect it to be a bit too much for the "older" members of the party but they all really enjoyed it and a bit of cheese was played to cater for everyone! I did get shouted at for having no shoes on at one point but can't say I blame them for that!
My review is of the Leeds branch of this club/bar.
Tiger Tiger is well known in Leeds for its tuesday student night. You can get double vodka redbull for 1.50, how amazing is that. Only problem is my body cant stand redbull so I just have to have normal vodka coke.
Theres usually a queue so you get in the queue, fight a bit with the bouncers because youve forgotten your student card, and then eventually the big idiots let you in.
Inside you walk in and you pay about 3pounds to get in. They give you a stamp and sometimes you can get vip entry where you get a pound off and you can use the vip room. Which isnt really vip at all its just rich kids and people who know the promotions staff.
Most people go to this club for the cheap drinks and the rnb/cheesy music downstairs in the club part. There are several other rooms with sofas and dancefloors.
Sometimes they have theme nights, the best one was a poker night where they gave you a chip to start you off and you could win a bar tab.
The staff are quite quick at serving which helps as it is always full to capacity. They do a happy hour as well which has some good deals like half price wine and cocktails.
The bar is quite stylish in terms of design but the layout is awful as there is an underground club with hardly any fire escapes. If there was to be a fire then the hundreds of people packed in wouldnt be able to get out very quickly.
I loved going here when I was in my first year but now dont go very much at all because its more expensive, the bouncers are horrible and the music isnt as good.
Its good for first years as its quite a good place for a big group night out, but for a quiet drink its not so good, also the food is poor quality and quite expensive. Although they have introduced a 4pound lunch menu but the food you get for that is awful!
Before moving to Manchester Id never actually heard of Tiger Tiger before but soon found that it was going to become a place that was talked about amongst all my friends over the next few years. It offers something from everyone despite my preconceptions of it being just another nightclub instead its a bar, club and restaurant all under the same roof.
Its located in the Printworks Entertainment Complex which is located in the Withy Grove area of Manchester city centre. Its about a 10 minute walk from the central transport links in Piccadilly and there is a bus stop and taxi rank right outside the entrance to the Printworks for easy access. Theres also a large car park a couple of a minutes walk away if you did decide to drive. It occupies one of the larger units of the Printworks and the entrance can be found on the exterior of the Printworks.
Its open from 12 noon to 2am from Monday to Saturday offering really great opening times throughout the week. Theyre slightly shorter on a Sunday as it shuts at 12.30am. Please note if you are planning to go there for an evening queues do start to form around 10pm on student nights during the week and around 11pm on a Friday and Saturday.
The building that contains Tiger Tiger is set over 4 floors and is simply massive! There are six bar areas, a restaurant and a lively club on the upper floor of the building. In the basement area youll find a cloakroom and rather posh toilets which are, thankfully, never full and always clean very important on a night out when your bladder needs to relieve itself!
The restaurant is located on the right hand side of the ground floor and is open from 5pm until late every day of the week. Its designed in quite a sumptuous manner with obvious influences from the east and west parts of the world. Theres a great range of food on offer as well with quite an extensive menu offering eastern dishes as well as more British meals of steaks and salads. Prices for food do vary immensely depending what youre ordering but Id estimate that for a three course meal it would set you back around £30 per person. Ive only dined here once and both myself and my friend had a main course, desert and we shared two bottles of wine the bill came to just over £65 so its quite similarly priced to other middle market restaurants in Manchester.
Of course if youre after food in the daytime or dont wish to eat in the restaurant then there is the bar snack menu which is available in the ground floor Tiger Bar, as you walk into the building on the opposite side to the restaurant. This area has a much more relaxed feel with high tables and stools in the centre of the room and booths surrounding the outside of the area. The food is quite a bit cheaper here and similar to other pub type restaurants such as Wetherspoons with burgers, salads and sandwiches being commonplace. Ive never actually eaten from the bar menu but a quick look at the menu will show that you can have a burger or a sandwich for anything from £4 up to £7.
On the first floor youll find the Kaz Bar which is often reserved for VIPs only at weekends so Ive only managed to get in here once after sweet talking the bouncer! Its got a very ethnic, opulent feel to it with an orange, purple and red colour scheme dominating the area. Here you can also book a booth if you feel like splashing out to give you a base for the evening.
On the second floor youll find the Raffles Bar which takes up the main area of the floor and has four further bars leading off from it. The Raffles Bar also has a small stage which youll find is packed with people dancing away once the light go down! The Canadian Lounge is decorated like an old log cabin and provides a really calming and relaxing atmosphere which is quite a contrast to the previous area, this also tends to be quite quiet as its hidden away so ideal if you fancy a sit down! The Club is, as the name would suggest, where the main DJ can be found and also features a small bar area. The majority of this room is taken up by the dance floor which is always packed from about 11pm onwards. Theres also the Loft Bar which is set in yet another room up here, just off the main Raffles Bar and provides seating areas. The final bar is known as The Lounge and houses a considerable sized bar, a grand piano and a large seating area. These latter two areas are lovely contrasts to the buzzing atmosphere which can be found in the Raffles Bar or The Club during the evening.
Monday is Vodka Island which is a student only night and houses one of the most popular nights for the students of Manchester. Theres always good drinks offers like £1.95 for a double vodka and bottles of wine for £7 with a great variety of music playing here as well.
Friday is Friday Night Live which offers some really great live music, mainly from up and coming Manchester bands. Its also hosted by the music station XFM and normally gets a good crowd in as well quite early on in the evening.
As already mentioned Tiger Tiger is only 6 nights a week until 2am but the main nights are arguably a Monday, Friday and a Saturday the latter is your classic Saturday night with different types of music playing to suit everyone. Its also over 21s on a weekend.
I really love Tiger Tiger and I have had some really great nights out there. However as with most places that have a reputation for being good it does get really busy and so it can become a little cramped. My second complaint is the number of stairs, with 4 different floors in Tiger Tiger theres a huge number of stairs which are not the best obstacle when youve had a few drinks and are wearing heels! The crowd is quite varied, obviously during the week its mainly students while at the weekend the age ranges from 18 (yes sneaking past the bouncers as it is over 21s) up to those in their mid 30s looking for a lively night out.
The prices of Tiger Tiger seem quite similar to many other bars and clubs, especially at a weekend you can expect to pay around £11 for a bottle of wine, £4.50 for a double vodka and around £3.00 for a pint. The entrance fees also vary, of course during the day and when there isnt a specific night on it is free to get into the place while at a weekend prices range from £4 before 11pm and £5/£6 after are actually cheaper than the other clubs in the Printworks.
The music is quite current and up to date with the different areas often playing different styles, pop, r n b and dance seem to frequent the majority of the rooms while The Lounge area often has either a piano player at the weekends or sounds of jazz filling the room. For those of you looking for a night out Id certainly recommend Tiger Tiger, or if youre just after a few quiet drinks Tuesday to Thursday nights are ideal for this.
Thanks for reading!
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