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.
For a cool start to your evening, head over to Black Dog New Wakefield Street with their classic food, great drinks selection and pool tables galore for some pre-theatre bevvies. Grab a carafe of wine for £5 before 8pm or sample some of their great cocktails. Find out more and book online here.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Where better to start off your theatrical evening than a visit to the Cornerhouse, one of Manchester’s finest cultural institutions with a great bar and restaurant offering. Head over for a selection of bottled and draft beers from across the globe as well as a fine wine list and simple selection of classic cocktails.
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.