Al Fresco Drinking in Manchester
Al fresco drinking in Manchester is something you wouldn't think the the rainy city would have in abundance. However when the clouds part and you're feeling thirsty, Manchester has some top al fresco watering holes to frequent and soak up the rare bits of vitamin D that we get. So when the summer vibes come calling make sure you check out our top picks for al fresco drinking in Manchester.
Teaming with flavour and brimming with colours, Banyan is not only a roaring spot for stunning drinks and far-flung plates, those looking to dabble in alfresco drinks in Manchester can also head on outside to their charming, South facing terrace. Grab a spot, and indulge.
Situated at the end of the popular Deansgate Locks, is the old lock keeper's cottage. It is now converted into Lock 91, a diverse and tasteful deliverer of drinks, that host several fantastic rooms to fulfill even the pickiest of punters. For al fresco drinking though it provides a top spot to sit and absorb some well earned rays and soak up some well made cocktails. The outdoor terrace overlooks the locks, allowing you sit and watch the Manchester world go by - a top al fresco drinking experience.
One of Manchester's best kept secrets, Epernay Champagne bar is situated in the heart of Manchester city centre. Recline on Epernay's outdoor terrace area whilst taking in all the flavours of one of their rare or vintage champagnes. Or perhaps one of their delectable cocktails tickles your fancy instead. Whatever your preference, Epernay will make sure it has all the ingredients for your perfect evening.
The Black Dog Ball room is Oxford Road's premier al fresco drinking abode. A classy rooftop terrace atop two floors of New York style speakeasy hidden down the side of Oxford Road train station is a hugely popular Manchester bar. The rooftop hosts a bar and BBQ area for those craving the summer vibes, and once your finished there you can head down the levels until you reach the bar and then basement club, to continue your summer sessions in this special Manchester bar.
There's a cosy outdoor seating area that's floating the smell of summer BBQ goodness across Deansgate and attracting city dwellers to its doors. This is brought to you by the now hugely popular Liquor Store After Work BBQ. Open from 11am until 3am every day, make sure you head down to capture some sunshine, throw some prawns on the barbie and wash it all down with a few of their delightfully moreish cocktails. A real Aa fresco gem in Manchester.
A fine dining experience coupled with a quite brilliant bar and cocktail menu puts The Restaurant Bar and Grill up there as one of Manchester's most exclusive and tasteful venues. Enjoy the brilliance of cocktails being built and not made, then served to you on a beautiful outdoor terrace in the summer sunshine. If it's high end glitz, glamour that you desire in a exclusive atmosphere, then head on down to the Restaurant Bar and Grill.
The hustle and bustle of Manchester city centre is characterised by this classic Timothy Taylors pub. Well known for its lively atmosphere and incredibly cheap drinks, the real quality of this Manchester pub lies out front. The fantastic beer garden that overlooks exchange square, the Manchester wheel and the Arndale Centre is quite possibly the best place to people watch in the city, if al fresco drinks injected with the life and character is what you're looking for then head down to Sinclairs Oyster Bar today.
One of the first pubs in Manchester to install the now universally loved outdoor heaters; The Metropolitan is the pub of choice in the area when the weather starts to chill. With an outside bar to avoid all that walking inside to get a beer, The Metropolitan seems to have this al fresco drinking lark down to a fine art. A great traditional pub, The Metropolitan also takes its beer garden seriously, although its not the prettiest, it is certainly still a very good setup.