Before the Theatre in Manchester

If you are looking for a pre-theatre dinner in Manchester or a nice bar in Manchester to have a tasty cocktail before the show, you have come to the right place. There are some fantastic bars and restaurants surrounding Manchester's theatres offering cheap drinks and great food. Make your theatre night in Manchester a special one by visiting one of the recommended Manchester bars and pubs below. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite to eat, or looking to have glass of vino at a great Manchester bar, we’ve got your pre-theatre drinks and dinner covered.


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For a traditional pub start to your theatre evening; head down to The Briton's Protection for a sample of their 300+ whiskey collection, a craft beer or a large glass of wine. There's also plenty of cosy corners to escape the changing Manchester weather before the performance.

Corbieres Wine Cavern

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For a hidden gem of a Manchester pre-theatre bar, head over to Corbieres situated just a few minutes' walk from The Royal Exchange. With oak barrels, a cave-life roof and splendid lighting; it's the perfect place for a cosy pre-theatre drink with an extensive wine selection thrown in for good measure.

A great restaurant and bar make sure you head down to Rain Bar if you're visiting The Palace Theatre serving a range of pub classics with a great selection of beers and wines. Make sure you check out their outdoor area too with stunning views of the locks overlooking the Rochdale canal.