Piccadilly to become social and entertainment hub thanks to Friday Night Socials


On the back of previous success, Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), is set to transform Piccadilly into a thriving hub this summer

Starting this Friday 29th April, The BID is bringing FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIALS to Piccadilly during select Friday evenings during the summer months.

Much-loved city centre restaurants and bars will be throwing open their doors to offer an alfresco dining and drinking location whilst patrons can also enjoy the music from local DJs who will be performing on the street on the following dates:

●      Friday 29th April: DJ Ben McManus

●      Friday 27th May: DJ Mark Askew

●      Friday 27th June: DJ Ben McManus 

●      Friday 29th July: DJ Mark Askew

●      Friday 26th August: TBC

●      Friday 23rd September: TBC

Venues where you can dine, drink, enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere include:


 The Slamwich Club,  NORTH Kitchen + BarKlay PizzeriaBottlecraftThe Gin RummyPeter’s TavernLa Bella NapoliBloomThe CornerThe Unicorn Inn and The Quarter.


During the times of 5pm to 9pm, anyone wishing to kick-start their weekend, whether they’re a city centre worker finishing for the day, or someone heading into town for the evening, are encouraged to take to Piccadilly and sample the food and beverages on offer at any of the numerous independent establishments that adorn the street – all whilst enjoying the smooth grooves provided by DJs.

The aim of Friday Night Socials is to emulate the successful socialising and nightlife aspects of thriving cities such as Manchester and Birmingham. With a myriad of vibrant independent businesses along Piccadilly, it is one of the BID’s priorities to showcase the unique and enticing offering whilst increasing footfall through various events and initiatives.

BID Manager Richard Buxton believes that Friday Night Socials benefit the City Centre’s economy and that it is a step in the right direction to becoming an attractive and engaging destination:

“This is the kind of thing we as a city need to be doing to put us on the same stage as our neighbouring cities. 

“We have some incredible independent eateries and an amazing entertainment offering in the Piccadilly area and so there is no reason why we cannot aspire to an ambiance similar to Liverpool’s Concert Square.

“With the summer season approaching and the nights getting lighter, many patrons will be keen to make use of outdoor areas for eating and drinking. We hope to welcome city centre employees for post-work drinks, and those seeking to socialise on a Friday evening”

Chris Wilson, owner of independent craft beer bar Bottlecraft supports the BID event:

“At Bottlecraft, we’re a huge advocate of anything that showcases the wealth of culture present in Stoke-on-Trent.

“Initiatives like these go a long way in challenging negative perceptions about the place but in truth, new independent businesses and exciting events are popping up that are bringing about real, positive change to the city and this is just the thing to celebrate that, alongside all our wonderful customers. 

“Friday Night Socials provide a great platform to promote Piccadilly’s local, community feel, by drinking and eating in our delightful independent bars, cafes and restaurants and listening to our talented local musicians.”


Map & Directions

Friday Night Social

Type:Family Event

Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent City Centre

Opening Times

DJ Ben McManus (29 July 2022)
Friday17:00 - 21:00
TBC (26 Aug 2022)
Friday17:00 - 21:00
TBC (23 Sept 2022)
Friday17:00 - 21:00

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