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by Jay Johnson (subscribe)
Living, working and writing in the rainy city of Manchester.
Published November 13th 2017
The perfect escape from the city
You might have walked past this building on one of the busiest streets in Manchester and not realised there was a hidden gem behind the doors. Get ready to escape the mayhem and unwind in style.

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Refuge is a beautiful space in the city


Almost hidden away, Refuge is a haven in the city, it is a place to unwind and relax in the daytime, meet friends for a coffee or have a business meeting. In the evenings, the venue transforms into the perfect place for a meal or a drink with friends. Popular for after work drinks this may become your new favourite hangout. With a restaurant, public bar and lovely cosy corners to sit and relax there is a space for everyone. The motto 'Come As You Are' is perfect for this welcoming establishment which has a place for everyone.

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Celebrate in style at Refuge


Refuge Dining Room and Public bar is a beautifully curated space which changes the food and drink scene in Manchester. Each space is perfectly designed with different parts of the building suiting different moods and occasions. The dining room has plenty of space for lunch and evening meals and the menu includes dishes inspired by food from around the globe. There are a selection of small plates or sharing platters to try all that the menu has to offer. The restaurant has become a popular haunt in Manchester, so make sure to book a table and see what all the fuss is about. The public bar is the perfect all day location from daytime coffees to pre-dinner drinks and you can also order food and snacks for a light meal. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual but with a décor which makes your trip feel extra special. The winter garden is an amazing space within the building, with indoor trees you will feel like you are in a magical location. It is the perfect relaxing spot for dates and celebrations, this is the place for cocktails, coffees and catching up with friends. Come and relax and enjoy a touch of the outdoors in style.

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The Winter Garden at Refuge


Refuge also has spaces you can book for extra special occasions. The Den has a private bar perfect for parties for up to 80 people. With a big screen and snooker table, this is a great space for a fun time with friends. You can also book a private dining room for up to ten people if you want a luxury meal away from the world.

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Refuge is a great place any time of day


Weekends are when Refuge comes alive with DJ's playing music to suit all tastes to set you up for the weekend. It is the perfect place for after work drinks on Thursday and Friday and is a great place to start your Saturday night out. The best part about Refuge is that it is a space which works for everyone - whether you want a quiet drink, a family meal or a place to celebrate, there is a time and day to suit you. It is one of Manchester's most versatile spots and is well worth visiting. Step-off one of the busiest streets in Manchester and come into the Refuge you won't be disappointed.

Opening Hours:

Public Bar:
Monday-Wednesday: 8am-Midnight
Thursday: 8am-1am
Friday-Saturday: 8am-2am
Sunday: 8am-11.30pm

Dining Room:
Monday-Friday: 12pm-2.45pm and 5pm-9.30pm
Saturday: 12pm-9.30pm
Sunday: 12pm-9pm
Telephone: 0161 233 5151

The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
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Why? To relax, eat, drink and celebrate
When: Day and Night
Phone: 0161 233 5151
Where: The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
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