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 great pre-theatre bite or a cosy drink, head over to Gorilla which is situated just a stone's throw from The Palace Theatre. Housed under a railway arch with full height windows, minimal decor and their own gin parlour – it's the perfect place to start your theatrical evening off in style. Make sure you book here, it's free!

The Octagon Lounge

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For a great pre-theatre drink, head over to The Octagon Lounge in The Midland Hotel with a great selection of wines, liquors and cocktails to match its decadent interior of high ceilings and lavish sofas. Only a few minutes' walk from The Palace Theatre, it's the perfect place to unwind with a drink before your performance.