Best Bars in Manchester
The Manchester nightlife scene is cool, eclectic and undeniably charming. With small bijou cocktail bars, swish drinking dens and hundreds of cool and quirky bar hotspots to choose from, Manchester is one of the finest purveyors of bars in the country. With so many bars in Manchester the choice can be overwhelming, so we've handpicked our favourite liquid lairs in the city, where you can be guaranteed a unique and memorable night out.
Last updated on 1st September 2016
When it comes to some of the most amazing bars in Manchester, let's be honest, you want to hear us talking cocktails now don't you. One of the best places to find them in the city, Arcane aren't just smart, cool and creative, their New York vibes creative for the ultimate evening experience.
This cool Northern Quarter bar is one of the area's liveliest late night haunts. Tucked away in a cool New York style basement, the bar boasts innovative cocktails, good beers, plenty of booth style seating and four full sized pool tables; as well as plenty of space to dance to great DJs at weekend. Reserve your booth, pool table or private room at Black Dog Ballroom in advance to beat the queues and guarantee yourself the best possible night.
With a serious commitment to succulent ribs, fantastic bourbons and delectable cocktails, the Cane and Grain is the newest Southern-inspired venue to open in the city. With a team of talented bartenders and experienced restauranteurs behind this venue, guests can tuck into some fantastic lunch-time grub in the 'Ribs Joint', before grabbing a few Tiki-themed concoctions at the idyllic 'Liar's Lounge'.
Lock 91 is a late-night Manchester lounge bar with a little something extra located on Deansgate Locks. With a multitude of different rooms ranging from snug armchair havens to the Club Room, open late Fridays and Saturdays and decked out to ooze 1920s grandeur and style.
One of the coolest names in the Northern Quarter and a fine example of all things urban and industrial, not only do Pen & Pencil schmooze with their hip interiors, their food menu is a hidden gem, and the cocktails are more than to die for thanks to unique creations and interesting ingredients.
The Liquor Store is a tribute to all things Manchester, adorned with pictures of it's greatest people, playing it's greatest tunes and even with a cocktail list inspired by the city itself . As well as that though, the venue offers a little city centre hideaway where you can go to party or chat depending on your mood, where it never gets so rammed you can't move but the atmosphere never seems stilted. Reserve your party area or table today.
One of the coolest Northern Quarter bars, Kosmonaut is tucked away from the main bar hub and oozes New York drinking vibes. With exposed pipes, a swanky tiled bar surrounded by leather seating and wooden paneling dominating the interior, Kosmonaut has the swagger of a Brooklyn drinking den.
Indulge in pure cocktail artistry at one of the most unique bars in Manchester. A pure nod to Asian class and cool, Lost in Tokyo brings Manchester some of the best in Japanese whisky alongside some of the most creative cocktails in the business.
Gorilla is easily one of Manchester's best bars. Hosting a plethora of great club nights and gigs, the venue also offers a fine selection of food and there's even a Gin Parlour styled mezzanine upstairs where you can partake from a fine selection of the good stuff.
The music comes at one volume at this subterranean party den, and that's loud. Dive NQ is the undoubtedly cool kid on the block mixing up American diner style vibes with some hella fun partying. Tuck into bites of the Deep Southern nature here and ply yourself with liquors of every variety at the bar, before letting lose on the dance floor.
You may think of Rosso as more of a restaurant than a bar - and you'd be right - but did you know that Rosso also has a large bar area which is open to non-diners? Enjoying the same vibrant atmosphere and bright, airy surroundings at the restaurant, the bar is a friendly and convivial place to pull up a seat and enjoy tasting the seriously good Italian inspired cocktails on offer.
The Milton Club is not only one of the best bars in Manchester, it's also one of the most exclusive, the most stylish, and the most fun. From it's exquisite amber and black interior, plush booths and luxe features, this private members' club on Deansgate packs in some serious wow factor. Add in some cracking parties on weekends, a chic clientele, oh and some of the meanest cocktails in Manchester, and you have your self one of the finest drinking dens in the city.
Sitting in the heart of Deansgate is Revolucion De Cuba, an amazing Latin-themed bar that is effortlessly stylish and with a vibe to match. Ceiling fans and high tables combine to create a great eating and drinking experience, coupled with live music and tasty frozen cocktails and you have one of Manchester's best bars.
If you are looking for a great bar in Manchester then look no further than Dusk til Pawn. A former fortune teller's den, and now converted with a cool Pawn shop aesthetic, Dusk til Pawn is a Manchester cocktail bar that will really impress with flavour, style and charm in abundance. Book your spot now!
A plush, party plot in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Tusk is a name that knows no bounds on the city bar scene. Head on down for a roster of urban and unique animal inspired interiors alongside a roster of pure, cocktail creativity.
The jester amongst Manchester's great bars, Oddest Bar brings a touch of light-hearted hilarity to proceedings. Bedecked in bright colours, circus tent style ceilings and exceptionally random features, a visit to this bar is an exploration into peculiarity! Serving up some scrummy and reasonably priced food, such as Baa Burger for £8.50, Looney Halloumi Wrap (£5.50) and the Meat Anyone? sharing platter (£10.95), you'll certainly be well fed!
This Manchester hot spot has it all - a stage lined up with some of the comedy circuits best talent from the UK and international shores as well as a restaurant to fill your boots with gastro-style foods and delicious drinks. Dig in to all of your favourite foods, pizza, pasta, burgers, the lot and plant your tush in view of some cracking comedy acts.
Hula is a Northern Quarter stalwart, a tiki paradise where you'll always find a party unfolding no matter time of week or day. The cocktails are strong and the tunes are generally big, whilst the decor is a mix of Hawaii meets Miami Vice, with a massive fish tank thrown in for good measure.