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 15th December 2022

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.


3 user reviews 4

When we're talking about the most amazing cocktail bars in Manchester, you want to hear about these guys' drinks, don't you? Home to some of the best tipples around, Arcane isn't just smart, cool and creative, but its New York vibes also create the ultimate evening experience.


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.


1156 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.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

468 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Tuesday 7th February 2023

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.


513 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.