Bars Near Manchester Academy

Manchester Academy presents world-famous musical acts every week, and is one of the most popular music venues in the UK. With its location at the bottom on Oxford Road, it is surrounded by great bars that are perfect for either anxious pre-drinks as you wait for the show to start, or for a desperate re-fuel after a long and tiring dance. If that's you, here are some of the Best Bars in Manchester that are around the Manchester Academy.

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Big Hands

Big Hands is only a brisk two-minute walk away from the Manchester Academy, convenient if you spend a little too long at the bar! Despite the lack of elbow room, it makes it up for it with an eclectic atmosphere and quirky interior of pump clips, movie posters, leather sofas and one of the best jukeboxes in Manchester. With its cheap beer and its late opening times of 2am each night, Big Hands is a great choice to go to either before or after a show. 


Situated just opposite the Manchester Academy is KRO bar, part of a family of venues that have sprung up throughout Manchester. Despite its unassuming exterior, the cool interior is decked out with wood panelling, cosy booths and chic furniture to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. With the food menu running until 9pm, KRO bar is a great choice if you need somewhere to eat before taking your place inside the Manchester Academy.   


Just off Oxford Road is Sandbar, one of Manchester newest and most exciting pubs with a growing reputation for great real ale and a busy event schedule. Sandbar embraces everything that is required of a traditional pub, despite its minimalistic looking exterior, with ample room inside, shelves of pub games and even a number of tables and chairs to sit outside. With its laid-back atmosphere and hearty pub grub food, the Sandbar is for those who love traditional pubs, but are looking for something new and exciting.