Art Bars in Manchester
Are you looking for a cool place to hang with loads of arty things going on around you, man? We’ve got the lowdown of Art Bars in Manchester for all you artistes and art lovers out there. You won’t need a beret to gain entry, but these are places where your wooden paint-palette is more welcome than other establishments in Manchester. From imaginatively decorated bars, to bars that regularly showcase art exhibitions or support local or emerging artists, our list will take you through the best artistic hideaways in Manchester.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
With street-style art painted on the walls and regular exhibitions by local artists and photographers on display in the second room, Kosmonaut has a cool and smooth urban feel. Sit yourself in some novelty retro barber shop chairs and soak in the chilled-out bohemian atmosphere. Tucked away in a side street in the Northern Quarter, you'll be glad you found Kosmonaut bar.
The Art of Tea cafe bar in Didsbury is a sanctuary for all pensive artistic types. Adjoining a second-hand book shop, you are invited to browse the selection of classic literature and more to inspire or relax you. With live music nights, a cafe food menu and a drinks menu for the evening, this cafe bar attracts those who love art in all its forms.
2022NQ is a creative event and gallery space showcasing all sorts of art exhibitions and quirky events such as fashion shows and theatre productions. Also a bar and night club, 2022NQ can serve you a range of spirits and beers whilst you peruse the work around you.
With Pop Art adorning the walls, mismatched tables and chairs Barcelona NQ café bar exudes an artistic air. The relaxed atmosphere ensures that you can recharge your batteries in this understated artsy retreat.
Hosting live music events, club nights, film nights, comedy events and art exhibitions, Soup Kitchen always has something new and interesting for art lovers of all types. Slurp on some soup with your friends in this warehouse bar come art venue.
This exuberantly decorated bar is a stylish and eccentric asylum for all you artist types. This Northern Quarter bar is full of vibrant colours and visually attractive features to get that imagination going and stir your inspirations.
With an ever rotating display of artists' collections adorning the walls, you can see why Common bar in the Northern Quarter springs to mind. A hipster's hub, Common is usually full of bohemian twenty-somethings swarming to their well stocked bar and guest DJ Nights. With regular art and photography exhibitions on display in the 'Kestrel Suite' second room and the walls of the main bar being handpainted by a different local illustrator every few months , Common is a place to indulge in some culture in a relaxed and cool bar environment.
With artistically decorated walls emulating a cloudy urban-American cityscape, plush black and red leather sofas and a cool ambience, Noho bar in the Northern Quarter is a great shout to get your artistic mates together. Chilled out and bohemian, Noho is a place to reacquaint yourself with your muse.
Everybody knows that The Cornerhouse is Manchester's centre of independent film and contemporary visual arts. Having been at the forefront of the cultural scene for thirty years, The Cornerhouse is a great place to drink after musing over the exhibitions that are on. With art galleries, and numerous other artistic attractions, Cornerhouse bar is the epitome of an artsy bar!
The King's Arms pub in Salford has an upstairs facility regularly playing host to theatre productions, entertainment nights and artist exhibitions. A friendly pub downstairs, you can easily choose to have a sociable drink or engage with the artistry happening above you.