Salford used to live in in the shadows of its more famous neighbour Manchester and was at one time best known for being the inspiration for both the artist LS Lowry and the Weatherfield of Coronation Street fame.
But with the arrival of the BBC and lots of other high profile companies to the regenerated Salford Quays area it has become a trendy hot-spot that’s a great choice for an action-packed night out any time of year.
The many flats and other developments in the area means it’s buzzing hub of activity even at weekends and there’s everything you could possibly want for a great time all within a short walk or taxi ride away.
Getting out to Salford from the centre of Manchester’s easy.
It’s a quick, and quiet, tram ride on the Eccles line – shown in yellow on the tram map – or you can catch a cab for just a few quid.
Before you get into the serious business of the casinos maybe you’ll want to grab a drink or two and a bite to eat.
There are loads of bars to choose from and two which always score very highly on Tripadvisor are Love Conquers All and Dock Bar.
If it’s a meal you’re looking for the world’s your oyster with burgers, fried chicken, Italian and even the trendy Argentinian steak restaurant chain Cau to satisfy your appetite.
Then, when you’re all fed and watered, it’s time to move on to the evening’s main event at the casino.
Probably the biggest and the best is the Genting Casino on Cromwell Road near the Castle Irwell part of Salford.
It’s a big imposing sight so you can’t miss it and, best of all, it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so there’s no chance of being too early or too late.
You don’t need to be a member to play there but they do recommend registering online in advance because it means you can get to the tables sooner.
If slots are your thing you’ll have plenty of choice and there’s also electronic roulette and baccarat as well as real-life poker.
Also open 24 hours a day is the Grosvenor Casino which is just off Regent Road in Derwent Street.
Part of the large national chain, it promises to offer a “perfect day and night leisure destination” and it certainly has a wide range of games.
Unlike the Genting these include blackjack so it might be well worth giving yourself a quick tutorial in some winning ways.
Or, for some Vegas-style glamour, head to Manchester 235 nearer to the Manchester city centre where it not only has all the gaming options you could want, there’s the added attraction of a nightclub, a choice of bars and even a James Martin restaurant.
Again, it’s open 24/7 and makes for the perfect conclusion to the night if you want to end up nearer the centre of things.
So there you have it, all you need to enjoy the perfect Salford casino night out. And if your luck’s in you could even end up in profit.