The best cocktails for girls’ night

Sure, a night out with your partner can be romantic, but sometimes, you want to get the girl squad together and treat yourselves to a night around town.

Urban Playground in the Manchester Arndale is a brand-new entertainment haven with plenty of things to try: from Manchester mini-golf and a live game of THE CUBE (yes, the one from the TV show!) to a burger restaurant and bars where you can try some delicious cocktails (including the ones below!).

So why not take some time out of your busy schedule and plan that catch-up you’ve been talking about for ages?

And what better way to start a girls’ night than with cocktails? From fruity and colourful to elegant and refreshing, be sure to give these a try:

La Vie en Rose – Slightly French

Emily in Paris doesn’t know what she’s missing! This refreshing blend of fruit and vodka will certainly get you in the party mood. The Slightly French combines the punchiness of vodka with the sweetness of lychee, blackberry, apple, a dash of lemon and sugar syrup.

'Sex and the City' (with a twist) – Kiwi Cosmo

Next up on our list is the twist on the ‘Sex and the City’ classic: the Cosmopolitan. This one has tangy kiwi and lychee but includes the original Cosmo flavours of vodka, lime, and cranberry juice. Remember when Carrie asked for a “cheeseburger, large fries, and a Cosmopolitan”? At Urban Playground, you can try the brand-new restaurant THE BUTCHER and pair your Kiwi Cosmo with a delicious burger and fries!

Classy A.F. – The Negroni

Invented in Italy more than 100 years ago, legend has it that the Negroni is a variation of another classic drink, the Americano, made with lemon peel instead of orange. The Negroni has been a beloved choice for decades and is perfect for those who enjoy the bitterness of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.

More innocent than it sounds – The Pornstar Martini

The UK-born cocktail is like summer in a glass: fresh passionfruit is mixed with vanilla vodka, Passoã (passionfruit liqueur), sugar syrup, fresh lemon juice and a shot of prosecco. Don’t let the cheeky name deceive you though - it’s more innocent than it sounds! The passionfruit just makes it… irresistible.

Feeling bold – Flaming Passion

Rum, passion fruit, lime and pineapple are combined for a tropical eruption of flavours. This is an Urban Playground original, but it’s already sure to become a classic.

Are you tempted?

Join in the fun at Urban Playground and start your girls’ night out in Manchester the right way.


How to play Putters to win

Putters - the interactive, themed, light-flashing, craziest Manchester mini-golf experience - may appear to be a game of chance. But the competitive types among us don’t believe in fortune. Nor do we just play for fun... we always play to win.

It doesn’t matter to the would-be winners out there who they’re playing. Be it an 8-year-old niece, ‘too big for their boots’ teenage kids, or elderly aunts, the pro-style Putters participant will not accept second place. A glorious final hole shootout snatched by a flukey opponent at the death or a defeat that’s really a moral victory may be tolerable to some - but not to us winners.

Losers say that it’s the taking part that counts. Winners say that it’s only taking apart your opponents that counts. Here are some tips on how to turn your fun Manchester night out into one that concludes with a journey home carrying the trophy.

Every shot is a shot at goal

Unlike a par-5 at The Belfy, Putters is a game of deft touches rather than thumping the ball in a demonstration of brute strength. So, soft controlled precision putts aligned with careful tactics on every hole are required. You can still shout ‘fore’ if you wish - just remember that a ball bouncing off the ceiling has as much chance of thwacking you on the bonce as anyone else.

Stand up and be counted

In golf, the stance is the dance. Tour golfers know this. It's the equivalent of a boxer staring down their opponent (just that golfers stare down at the ball rather than eyeballing the competition). That’s why Tiger and Rory bend their knees and stick their bum out a bit. Select a club that reaches belt height from the floor for maximum comfort. Spread your feet to about a foot apart for supreme stability. Then remember to wiggle the club before you take the swing. This adds an element of showmanship to the display - just don’t make contact at this point or you’ll look like a fool.

It’s all in the mind

You have two opponents in a game of Putters - the other person who’s not bad at it/lucky and yourself. Even in a large-ish group of mini golfers, there are rarely more than two competitors who are any good. Everyone else will be making up the numbers (make sure they realise this). So, positive self-talk and psyching out the soon-to-be runner up are essential.

Visualise the ball gracefully entering the cup at the first time of asking at every hole. Some players like to noisily exhale two or three heavy breaths before every shot. That way everyone else knows you mean business. If you believe you’re the finest putter player in the building, it will come true* (*most of the time).

Remember to wallow in the victory celebrations and, if you’ve been wise in the pre-match build-up, you’ll have settled on a prize for your inevitable win. We’d recommend a burger from THE BUTCHER as a most suitable reward. Oh, and remember to have fun - but recall the wise words of Roger Federer (aka the 'Tennis GOAT') - “Clearly when you win everything, it’s more fun”.

Get on down to Urban Playground to experience one of the latest things to do in Manchester. Not to toot our own horn, but we think we're among the best Manchester attractions ready to rival the biggest.


Alternative nights out in Manchester

Memory making and social media-worthy fun with your mates doesn’t have to mean heading straight for a pub, club or restaurant. There are loads of laughter-packed alternative nights out Manchester-wide, like the new Urban Playground (more on this later).

This is not about Dry January or Sober October. There are tons of good reasons to organise your mates and try one of the growing range of activities in Manchester rather than hitting the local boozer.

Do you love having an ‘experience’ rather than the same-old-same-old when you go out? You are not alone. Research shows that 78% of 18–34-year-olds would rather spend their cash on attending events, trying a new sport, or doing activities and experiences in general, rather than buying ‘stuff’.

For one thing, a live experience on a night out is a way to make sure you all remember every bit of the craziness (without your pal’s TikTok or Snapchat video to remind you). Secondly, doing something physical is a great antidote to all the sitting around we've done during the pandemic.

This leads us to another great advantage of finding alternative nights out in Manchester. We all need something new and different – and dare we say healthy – to put dull days in our rear-view mirror. It’s about making outstanding memories you can talk about on your next outing too!

Best experiences in Manchester

Of course, not everyone wants to throw themselves down an indoor ski slope or crash around in an indoor sky diving experience on a night out. You could put on a jumpsuit and shoot paintballs, try your hand (and legs) at baseball, or run yourself ragged on a five-aside-footy pitch.

Manchester also has climbing walls and an axe-throwing arena (yes, really).

Too much? Don’t worry, that are more universal and less strenuous ways to go out-out without heading to the pub.

Year-round Manchester nights out with a difference

There are plenty of Manchester attractions that are available whenever you can pin your mates down to a date.

At the top of any list of alternative nights out in Manchester has to be Urban Playground at the centrally-located Arndale Centre, especially as you have a choice of activities.

For starters, who doesn’t love a round of mini-golf? However, where Urban Playground really beats other alternative activities is the fact it’s got THE CUBE Live in Manchester. You get to star in this popular gameshow just for the laughs!

After you do THE CUBE with your mates, you can head to the internationally acclaimed burger restaurant, THE BUTCHER. Oh, and yes, you can still enjoy a few drinks on your alternative night out in Manchester, as Urban Playground has bars!


5 reasons why Putters is the perfect place to start your next big night out

When you think 'big night out’, your mind might not always go to 'miniature golf'. A staple of big kids and families everywhere, mini-golf is only just making its comeback among young adults who want to inject a little fun back into their Saturday nights. Let's take a look at five reasons why a trip to Putters in Urban Playground is the perfect way to start (or end) your next big night out in Manchester city centre.

1. Beat your friends

Who doesn't want to beat their friends sometimes? A night out at Putters is the perfect way to show your friends that you're better than them, at least in the niche of state-of-the-art miniature golf.

2. Team up with your friends... and beat other people

If you'd rather team up with your friends and show other people that you're the best friendship group around (at least for the day), play as a group and see where you score against other high scorers that day. Another round of drinks if you all make it into the top 20?

Of course.

3. It's a little bit different

Starting your night out with a trip to Putters is one way to make your night memorable. It's not something you'll do every Saturday night, but it's the perfect way to warm up to the evening with a few drinks, some chatter, and a fun activity to keep everyone laughing. If you're looking for something to make nights out in Manchester a little bit special, head to Putters.

4. You're right around the corner from... well, everything

Putters at Urban Playground is located right in the heart of Manchester City Centre. Urban Playground is home to fantastic places to eat and drink, including THE BUTCHER, which is home to some of the best burgers Manchester has to offer. Pair an evening at Putters with burgers for dinner and then head out into the city to explore everything that our beautiful Northern capital has to offer.

5. Drinks

You can't start your big night out without drinks, but luckily the Putters bar is always fully stocked with a range of drinks including beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails, as well as plenty of soft drinks. Whether you're starting the night off with golf and pre-drinks at 6pm or you want to test your golfing skills after you're already three drinks down, Putters is home to plenty of drinks to keep yourself hydrated throughout the night.

Visit us today

If you want to stop by with friends, family, or just... to practice your putting skills, visit us at Urban Playground in the Arndale Centre, and try your hand at the state-of-the-art Manchester mini-golf course at Putters. It's open every day of the week, with later sessions on Saturdays.

 


Maintenance Technician

Job Title:

Maintenance Technician – Urban Playground, Arndale Centre, Manchester

Location: 

Manchester Arndale, other sites for training and working if required

Responsible to: 

General Manager, Urban Playground; Mellors Group

Salary: 

Variable based on experience.

Main Purpose/Function of Job

To provide effective monitoring and prompt resolution of all soft and hard facilities management related matters and technical issues in the venue, ensuring downtime is minimised and all facilities remain fully operational for customers.  You will act as a point of contact and responsible person for the venue in respect of all maintenance and statutory compliance areas.

Main Duties/Tasks

  • Work under the supervision of the General Manager to provide high standards of maintenance and Health & Safety in the entire building.
  • To oversee the organisation, monitoring and coordination of all pre-planned and reactive maintenance and act as the point of contact for the venue with contractors, employees and Head Office.
  • Under the guidance of the General Manager, monitor all Health & Safety systems and procedures and ensure all staff to adhere to relevant policies in the venue.
  • To oversee, monitor and coordinate statutory compliance systems in the venue ensuring all records are kept accurate and up to date.
  • To act as a point of contact for employees in respect of maintenance problems and issues are ensure tasks are effectively prioritised and resolved.
  • To collate relevant data to produce accurate analysis and reporting where needed, particularly in respect of Health & Safety and the venue’s attractions.
  • To effectively work in a fast-paced, highly technical and dynamic environment giving detailed and reliable support to the General Manager and wider venue.
  • To ensure all GDPR and data protection policies and procedures are monitored and adhered to.
  • To liaise with the management team, suppliers and sub-contractors regarding site visits and any work that is undertaken, which should minimise any disruption to the business and inconvenience to customers.
  • To meet all daily, weekly and monthly deadlines as set out by the General Manager, Head Office and legally.
  • To provide support for the General Manager and senior head office team when required.
  • To provide all customers with outstanding customer service standards and a world class venue.
  • To assist with the coordination and supervision of the cleaning team.
  • To coordinate and follow Health & Safety regulations and internal centre rules.

Desirable Qualities & Skills Required

  • Previous experience of working in a maintenance position in a busy hospitality, entertainment and / or leisure venue.
  • You will possess a good understanding of the maintenance requirements and statutory obligations for managing a similar venue.
  • You will be comfortable working with technology.
  • To be able to create and maintain a well organised, structured and coordinated maintenance operation.
  • It is desirable for you to possess a qualification / experience in one or more trades such as electrics, plumbing, etc.
  • To have previous experience of implementing and overseeing maintenance systems and Health & Safety procedures.
  • To be able to oversee the effective management of suppliers and contractors in the venue.
  • Previous experience of developing and overseeing a statutory compliance regime in a similar venue.
  • Be comfortable acting as a point of contact with customers and suppliers regarding all maintenance and cleaning matters.
  • You will have experience of procuring maintenance contracts and quotations for the venue.
  • You will be a strong character with outstanding organisation and communication skills and great customer care attributes.
  • Excellent technical skills and good understanding of IT and Microsoft Office are essential.

Please send CVs with salary expectations to: [email protected]


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Office Administrator

Job Title:

Office Administrator – Urban Playground, Arndale Centre, Manchester

Location: 

Manchester Arndale, other sites for training and working if required

Responsible to: 

General Manager, Urban Playground; Mellors Group

Salary: 

Variable based on experience.

Main Purpose/Function of Job

To provide back of house office and business administration support for the venue incorporating HR administration, payroll, cash reconciliation, data management, invoicing and payments, and basic financial reporting.  You will be the main point of contact for employees, Head Office and suppliers regarding these areas.

Main Duties/Tasks

  • Work under the supervision of the General Manager to provide business administration support and office management for the venue.
  • To oversee the organisation and coordination of all back of house office functions and business administration with colleagues and Head Office.
  • Under the guidance of the General Manager, monitor all HR procedures and administration to support the development and adherence of relevant policies and procedures in the venue.
  • To oversee, monitor and coordinate all aspects of revenue management and cash reconciliation and ensure robust audit controls are in place.
  • To act as a point of contact for employees in respect of payroll and other general policy and procedural matters.
  • To collate relevant financial information and data to produce accurate analysis and reporting where needed.
  • To effectively work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment giving detailed and reliable support to the General Manager and wider venue.
  • To ensure all GDPR and data protection policies and procedures are monitored and adhered to.
  • To liaise with the management team, suppliers and sub-contractors regarding invoicing, debtors and payments.
  • To meet all daily, weekly and monthly deadlines as set out by the General Manager and Head Office.
  • To provide administrative and secretarial support for the General Manager and senior head office team when required.
  • To follow Health & Safety regulations and internal centre rules.

Desirable Qualities & Skills Required

  • You will be an all-rounder with previous experience of working in an administrative and / or office position in a busy operation.
  • You will possess a general understanding of basic HR law, policies and procedures.
  • To be able to create and maintain a well organised, structured and coordinated back of house operation.
  • To have previous experience of implementing and overseeing financial management systems and basic accounting.
  • To be able to oversee the effective management and reconciliation of all income, expenditure and till receipts in the business.
  • Previous experience of developing and overseeing business administration management systems.
  • Be comfortable acting as a point of contact with customers and suppliers regarding invoicing, debtors and payments.
  • You will be a strong character with outstanding organisation and communication skills.
  • Excellent technical skills and good understanding of IT and Microsoft Office.

Please send CVs with salary expectations to: [email protected]


Mixologist

Job Title:

Mixologist – Urban Playground, Arndale Centre, Manchester

Location: 

Manchester Arndale, other sites for training and working if required

Responsible to: 

Bar Manager, Urban Playground; Mellors Group

Salary: 

Variable based on experience. Up to £12.00 per hour / £24,960 per annum.

Main Purpose/Function of Job

To serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks specific to a customer’s requests. Mix various types of alcohol and other ingredients to create traditional cocktails, original cocktails and mixed drinks.

Main Duties/Tasks

  • Work under the supervision of the Urban Playground Bar Management Team.
  • Entertain and educate customers while serving their drinks.
  • Have a good understanding of ingredients used and know why a certain one is used in a recipe.
  • Plan and create new menus.
  • Clean and organise the bar.
  • Follow alcohol laws.
  • Follow health and safety regulations and internal centre rules.
  • Work in a fast-paced competitive retail environment.

Desirable Qualities & Skills Required

  • Experienced in working behind a bar.
  • Hold a relevant mixologist qualification.
  • A passion for creating innovative and exciting new products.
  • Friendly and approachable manner with good customer service skills.
  • An appreciation of customer expectations and experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, hardworking and passionate.
  • Outstanding organisational and leadership skills.

Please send CVs with salary expectations to: [email protected]


Putters Mini Golf Operator

Job Title:

Putters Mini Golf Operator – Urban Playground, Arndale Centre, Manchester

Location: 

Manchester Arndale, other sites for training and working if required

Responsible to: 

Attraction Manager, Urban Playground; Mellors Group

Salary: 

Variable based on experience. Up to £11.00 per hour / £22,880 per annum.

Main Purpose/Function of Job

To assist in the running of a state-of-the-art Mini Golf experience. To be part of a unique team delivering the best putting experience in the world.

Main Duties/Tasks

  • Work under the supervision of the Urban Playground Attraction Management Team.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the attraction.
  • Provide a lively, confident and energetic service to the customers.
  • Maintain a consistent high standard of customer service.
  • Work in a fast-paced competitive retail environment.
  • Hold expert knowledge in the attractions including operations, trouble shooting, rules and detailed technical knowledge of all games.
  • Follow health and safety regulations and internal centre rules.

Desirable Qualities & Skills Required

  • Experienced in working in competitive retail leisure environments.
  • Knowledge or experience of high-tech mini golf attractions.
  • An appreciation of customer expectations and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Outstanding organisational and leadership skills.
  • Confident and assertive with customers and staff.
  • Understand the technical aspects of games and the ability to operate them correctly.

Please send CVs with salary expectations to: [email protected]


Cleaner

Job Title:

Cleaner – Urban Playground, Arndale Centre, Manchester

Location: 

Manchester Arndale, other sites for training and working if required

Responsible to: 

Attraction Manager, Urban Playground; Mellors Group

Salary: 

Variable based on experience. Up to £10.00 per hour / £20,800 per annum.

Main Purpose/Function of Job

As a cleaner you will be responsible for taking care of the facilities, and carrying out various cleaning duties to ensure our venue remains in a clean and orderly condition.

Main Duties/Tasks

  • Work under the supervision of the Urban Playground Attraction Management Team.
  • Clean and supply designated facility areas.
  • Perform various cleaning duties such as sweeping, dusting, vacuuming, mopping and bathroom cleaning etc.
  • Perform and track routine inspections.
  • Stock and maintain supply rooms.
  • Follow all health and safety regulations.

Desirable Qualities & Skills Required

  • Work experience as a cleaner.
  • Ability to handle heavy equipment and machinery.
  • Knowledge of various cleaning chemicals and supplies.
  • Good knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • Integrity and good interpersonal skills.
  • An appreciation of customer expectations and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Please send CVs with salary expectations to: [email protected]


Bar Staff

Job Title:

Bar Staff – Urban Playground, Arndale Centre, Manchester

Location: 

Manchester Arndale, other sites for training and working if required

Responsible to: 

Bar Manager, Urban Playground; Mellors Group

Salary: 

Variable based on experience. Up to £11.00 per hour / £22,880 per annum.

Main Purpose/Function of Job

To serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages specific to a customer’s requests.

Main Duties/Tasks

  • Work under the supervision of the Urban Playground Bar Management Team.
  • Prepare alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages for customers.
  • Interact with customers, taking order and serving drinks.
  • Assessing customers’ needs and preferences and making drinks recommendations.
  • Check customers identifications confirming they meet the legal drinking age.
  • Clean and organise the bar.
  • Follow alcohol laws.
  • Follow health and safety regulations and internal centre rules.
  • Work in a fast-paced competitive retail environment.

Desirable Qualities & Skills Required

  • Experienced in working behind a bar and handling cash.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Friendly and approachable manner with good customer service skills.
  • An appreciation of customer expectations and experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, hardworking and a positive attitude.
  • Outstanding organisational and leadership skills.

Please send CVs with salary expectations to: [email protected]