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, but their food menu is also a hidden gem. As for the cocktails? Expect unique creations and interesting ingredients.
Best Bars in Manchester
With small bijou cocktail bars, swish drinking dens and hundreds of cool and quirky hotspots to choose from, this city home to some of the finest watering holes in the country. Don't get overwhelmed by all the choice, simply check our handpicked selection of liquid lairs in the city and hit up one of the best bars in Manchester for a memorable night out.
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, the venue offers a little city centre hideaway where you can party or chat in your own reserved area.
Whether you're on a first date or chilling out with mates, this quirky activity bar is the ultimate destination. There's 14 games areas at Flight Club, plus a whole load of food and drinks to feast on for when the games all get too much... not that they will.
Eyeing up the very top of the city's cocktail scene, Dirty Martini uses an arsenal of ingredients to curate an impressive menu. You'll find all kinds of martinis alongside great tasting small plates and sharing boards. Perfect for group nights out or casual drinks, this cocktail bar promises to leave you grinning from ear to ear.
Gorilla is easily one of Manchester's best party bars. Hosting a plethora of great club nights and gigs, as well as a fine selection of food and a gin parlour-styled mezzanine upstairs, Gorilla is pulling out all the stops for a lively night out.
With a serious commitment to succulent ribs, fantastic bourbon and delectable cocktails, Cane and Grain is well worth a visit. To make those after-work drinks all the more delectable, check out the happy hour where tipples are discounted.
Sitting in the heart of Deansgate is Revolucion De Cuba; an amazing Latin-style bar that's effortlessly stylish yet casual at the same time. Ceiling fans and high tables combine to create a great eating and drinking experience, coupled with live music and tasty frozen cocktails.
When we're talking about the most amazing bars in Manchester, you want to hear about cocktails now 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.
The music comes at one volume at this subterranean party den, and that's loud. Dive NQ is the cool kid on the block, mixing up American diner-style vibes with some hella fun partying. Tuck into bites of the Deep Southern nature and ply yourself with liquors of every variety at the bar, before letting loose on the dance floor.
Whether you're hungry, or thirsty, or both, this Northern Quarter hangout should be on your radar. Not only has Foundry Project got an impressive food menu, but the drinks selection is just as lip-smacking. Pair that with live music and DJs and you're onto a winner.
With striking interiors, plush seating and a cocktail list that'll make your mouth water, The Anthologist is one impressive bar. Tuck into dishes inspired by countries around the world, or stick to tipples... either way, this is one for your list.
Lock 91 is a late-night lounge bar with a little something extra. 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 and style.
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.
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, great beers and plenty of booth style seating amongst four full-sized pool tables. Fancy making a night of it? There's plenty of space to dance and great DJs at the weekend.
So good that they had to open a second outlet, Speak In Code is the dimly-lit cocktail bar that specialises in world-class concoctions in low-key surroundings. Expect impressive drinks, photo-worthy decor and charming staff that can whip you up a variety of tasty concoctions.
Hidden above Cane and Grain, Science and Industry is the cocktail haunt that's serving up date night vibes and quality drinks in equal measure. Whether you like yours classic, quirky or Insta-worthy, there's something for all tastes here.
If you're 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 pawnshop aesthetic, it's is a cocktail bar that impresses with flavour, style and charm in abundance.
Head to New York Street where this unique cocktail bars offers a range of delicious drinks that are about way more than just the sipping. Drinks here come with an extra slice of theatricality, not to mention some unique additions, including edible bathbombs and rhubarb caviar.
This Manchester hotspot has it all; a stage lined with some of the comedy circuits best talent, ice-cold beers and a restaurant to fill your boots with gastro classics. Dig into all of your favourite food and plant your tush in view of some cracking comedy acts.