This nineteenth-century building previously housed the historic Portico Library before transforming into, you guessed it - a bank. The city-centre spot is now a popular boozer bursting with original features, making this the perfect place for a refined drink in regal surroundings, tally-ho.
Bars near Chinatown in Manchester
Whether you're looking for somewhere to enjoy an aperitif before a sumptuous Chinese feast, or for a spot to drink and dance 'till dawn, Manchester's Chinatown has a hugely diverse nightlife scene. Tick a box on your Manchester bars bucket list and enjoy a pint at Europe's smallest bar (at less than a metre long), or don your glad rags and get experimental with the Alchemist's quirky cocktail offerings. Whatever you're after from a Mancunian night out, take inspiration from our list of the best bars in Manchester's Chinatown.
This affordable pub is a hit with locals, so if it's a warm Mancunian welcome that you're after, The Old Monkey is the place to head. Not only does this watering hole offer a selection of keg, cask and bottled beers, it also homes the Trapped Door Comedy Club which regularly attracts some of stand-up's hottest talent.
The City Arms is a no-frills, 'proper pub' situated in the heart of Chinatown. With seven rotating ales (one of which is always vegan) and all-day pies, the cosy two-roomed boozer attracts a younger crowd, especially on the weekend when you may find yourself sharpening your elbows to reach the jam-packed bar.
This teeny-tiny boozer is located on Portland street, just a few minutes walk away from Piccadilly Gardens. Bursting with old school charm, The Grey Horse is home to a bunch of friendly locals who will no doubt be happy to share a few stories and lend an ear. Unfortunately, there isn't any food on offer here, but there's plenty of packets of pork scratchings to soak up the real ales.
Located just a stone's throw away from Chinatown, The Alchemist is something of an institution when it comes to Manchester nightlife. One of three bars (the others are located in Spinningfields and MediaCity), this New York Street venue is beautifully designed with long sharing tables, leather furniture, and copper finishes - the perfect setting to sample a plethora of creative cocktails.
Hard to miss with its emerald green exterior and eye-catching chalkboards, The Vine Inn is the perfect spot to huddle up in on a dreary Manchester day. Serving a menu of affordable lunchtime dishes (including home-cooked fish and chips for £6.95), downstairs there is a malt and cask cellar bar, with a wide range of drinks and welcoming atmosphere.
The Seven Oaks is Manchester's only pub to open until 8am, although if you want to experience one of its iconic lock-ins you'll have to be able to prove that you work in one of city's bars or pubs. If you're not a hospitality worker however, this place still has plenty going for it, with a huge range of local ale, draught lagers and ciders and a warm and inviting atmosphere.
With a bar measuring less than a metre, and only 500 square foot of floor space, the Circus Tavern is living proof that good things do really come in small packages. The Grade II listed building is owned by local brewery, Tetley's and serves a selection of draught and bottle beers and ciders, (understandably, there's no food - we're not sure there's space for a microwave, let alone a full-blown kitchen).
Open 24 hours a day, the Grosvenor Casino Soames is the place to be if you're after an all-nighter in Chinatown. With a great range of food, a huge bar offering and weekly competitions ranging from Blackjack to Poker and Fifa, there's plenty to keep you occupied into the early hours.
The ultimate Chinatown destination for any sports-lover, The Director's Box is a contemporary bar screening 4k live sports from Sky and BT around the clock. The kitchen serves up hearty burgers and wings as well as half time snacks such as breaded jalapenos and halloumi fingers.