“ Address: The Great Northern, Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP / Telephone: 0161 828 0300. „
I'd never set foot in a casino before my night out at Manchester 235, the closest I'd got was watching Ocean's 11!
Manchester 235 is a small casino right in the heart of Manchester city centre, part of the Great Northern complex on Deansgate and close to many bars/restaurants/hotels and a cinema. Its really easy to get to both by car/taxi and from several of the city's train and tram stations.
Manchester 235 offers several 'party packages' in addition to it normal casino operations. You don't need to be a member to book one of these, and they are a great way to get the casino experience without feeling intimidated or accidentally gambling away your life savings because you don't know what you're doing!
There are a wide variety of packages available, we went for the Atlantic City package for a friend's birthday. For £25 a head we got a delicious meal in the bistro, a bottle of bubbly to share, another free drink each, a 30 minutes lesson in how to play Roulette and Blackjack and a £5 free chip to play on the real tables.
The casino looks great, all shiny surfaces and thick carpets. The dealers/staff are all smartly dressed in black and look just as you'd expect them to from TV! We got quite dressed up, as did some of the other groups there for the party packages, however a lot of the serious gamblers looked really scruffy in jeans and hoodies. I'd have expected someone who could bet £500 without shaking to be dressed like Daniel Craig in Casino Royale but apparently that's not how it works in real life!
The learn to play session was a lot of fun. The dealers/instructors were friendly and got everybody involved. During the blackjack demo they showed us a few nifty looking card tricks. They made sure we understood how things worked though, so that we would know what to do when we moved over to the real tables.
The £5 free chip admittedly won't last you long, but its enough to get a taste of the action on one of the lower stakes tables. There are also a lot of slot machines which are for much smaller stakes. In my party, each of us played out £5 free chip on the roulette tables and then spent £5 of our own money on the slots. I came away with a £10.40 profit which was enough to make my night and pay for the taxi home!
I would definitely recommend Manchester 235 party packages for a night out that's a bit different, especially if you've never been to a casino before. It was fun, the food was good and we got good value for money. It made a nice change from just going to restaurants and bars as usual.
I am not really into gambling, I've only ever been to one casino before and unfortunately that reminded me of Blackpool, it certainly wasn't the Las Vegas image I'd pictured.
When Manchester 235 opened in 2006 a lot of people at work were talking about it being a good venue, so even though I'd been left disappointed by my earlier casino visit, I decided to check it out.
When you enter the casino you have to sign in and the door men take your coats and hang them up for you. You then walk through the casino and see all the casino games taking place.
There are 25 gaming tables in total including: American roulette, blackjack, three card poker, and punto banco. You can also use the slot machines that are located around the casino floor.
Once you have walked through the casino you reach a large dance floor with seating around it and a bar. The lighting is dim and it has a really intimate atmosphere. The drinks prices are also quite high, but this is to be expected when you are in an exclusive venue.
Manchester 235 has gained a reputation as a place that the stars like to visit and the last time I was there the upstairs area was cornered off because the Coronation Street cast were having a private party up there.
I have also eaten in Linen, which is restaurant that is attached to the casino. Here you can expect great food and great service.
I would recommend Manchester 235 to anybody that likes a night out with class. The atmosphere is great in here, the cocktails are gorgeous and the staff are friendly... just make sure you don't lose all your money on the roulette tables!
Manchester235 is the UK's first Las Vegas influenced luxury gaming, dining and live music club.