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.

Last updated on 11th September 2019

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. 

The Seven Oaks

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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).