Best Bars In Manchester

With small bijou cocktail bars, swish drinking dens, and hundreds of cool or quirky hotspots to choose from, this city is home to some of the finest watering holes in the country. Don't get overwhelmed by all the choice; simply check out our handpicked selection of liquid lairs and hit up one of the best bars in Manchester for a memorable night out. 

Last updated on 28th September 2022


74 user reviews 4

Searching for rooftop bars in Manchester? YES is just the place, with a beer garden and sky-high terrace for you to enjoy, alongside delish street food and a lineup of live performances. From DJs to musicians and club nights, there's plenty to keep you entertained here.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

395 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Friday 30th September 2022

Mixing a speakeasy location, immersive activities and contraband cocktails, it's clear to see why Alcotraz is one of Manchester's best bars. The quirky prison-themed experience will have you sneaking illicit liquor into their basement space so the inmates can mix up something special.


487 user reviews 3

Inspired by the swanky bars of LA and New York, BLVD is the cocktail lounge that should be on your radar. The Spinningfields haunt offers swish booths, quirky decor and one heck of a drinks list. And if you get peckish? There's an international menu with your name on it.

Lock 91

9 user reviews 4

Lock 91 is one of the top outdoor bars in Manchester thanks to its beautiful canalside location and quaint terrace. Located on Deansgate Locks, it's got a multitude of different rooms, ranging from snug armchair havens to the Club Room, which is open late on Fridays and Saturdays and decked out to ooze 1920s grandeur.


1081 user reviews 3

If you're on the hunt for a bar with lashings of entertainment, then Impossible is just the place. Head downstairs to uncover an immersive nightlife experience with a catwalk, theatre and private VIP areas for all the cabaret and performances you could ever need.

Three Little Words

762 user reviews 5

Located under the railway arches on Weston Street, Three Little Words is the sultry cocktail bar and restaurant from the team at Manchester Gin. Decked out with original features and sleek furnishings, it's the ultimate date night destination lovers of all things gin.