Best for People Watching in Manchester

Manchester is one the best cities to visit for people watching; from the coolest bars around the Northern Quarter to the gorgeous waterside pubs in Castlefield. There's always a great place for watching the world and other people go by over a drink, be it celebrity haunts, basement bars or even gastro pubs. We've put together our list of the best people watching bars and clubs in Manchester to make your decision just that little bit easier.

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Dukes 92

1 user reviews

Dukes 92 is an all-day bar and restaurant located on a canal with glorious views and a stunning terrace perfect for lazy summer days. So pull up a chair, grab one of their delicious deli boards and settle in with a cool drink to watch the world go by from canal boats and cyclists to afternoon walkers.

Happily Affordable ££


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Packed with huge windows letting plenty of light in; Gorilla is a cool bar for people watching. Pull up a chair by the window, grab a menu and a cold one; and relax with friends to watch the world go by. And when the sun goes in; don't forget to check out their cool club for a range of music from DJs to live bands. You can book a table for Gorilla here.

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road


2 user reviews

For a quirky Manchester bar with huge windows for a great spot of people watching; head over to Common where the portions are great and the drinks come from a huge variety adorning the back walls of the bar. Listen to some cool DJ mixes, take part in their weekly night quiz or just unwind outside on a street side table and watch the world go by.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

For a haven in the sunshine, head over to The Wharf where an extensive outdoor patio awaits you situated on the side of the canal - perfect for watching the world go by from afternoon walkers to canal boats and bike riders. With a menu serving up some tasty treats and a drinks selection including a choice of six cask ales, 100 malts and over 50 wine selections; there's something for everyone.

Happily Affordable ££


5 user reviews

For a cool bar to watch the world go by, head over to Noho with their great combination of tasty cocktails and sumptuous interiors. You can also hire out the whole venue and put on your own private screenings so don't miss out on this great Northern Quarter bar.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

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