Cool and Quirky Bars in Manchester

We know your game. You're looking to impress your mates by taking them to Manchester's quirkiest bars, aren't you? That's perfectly understandable - the city sure comes up trumps when it comes to eccentric hangouts. Whether you're looking for a themed bar to jet you off to a more exotic climate or a top-secret basement boozer, this city has all the credentials. We thought it'd be handy to gather our favourite cool and quirky Manchester bars in one place.

Last updated on 23rd August 2019

Dive NQ

4 user reviews 5

Happy Hour and 5 other offers

This subterranean bar is a hot spot for Manchester's latest revellers and those after a neighbourhood joint to kick back and enjoy a few in. The music policy is loud here, the food comes of the Americana Deep South persuasion and the bar will ply you with liquors of every form, so a good time is basically guaranteed. 

Foundry Project

104 user reviews 4

Bottomless Brunch and 4 other offers

With a cracking cocktail list filled with innovative cocktails, an extensive food menu taking you from brunch through to late night dinners, and a swanky interior split across two levels, Foundry Project is one fine spot in the Northern Quarter.

Bottomless Brunch and 3 other offers

The Refinery is a quirky spot in Spinningfields that's churning out cracking cocktails and incredible food. Spread over one floor, there's a choice between the casual dining room, a swanky restaurant, or laidback bar. Filled with potted plants, hanging lights and eclectic decor, the venue has an industrial vibe.

Dog Bowl

6 user reviews 5

Start stretching out those arms, make sure than lunch is in check and, most importantly, get practicing your victory strike dance because Dog Bowl is a playground for all the big kids who love to sling a bowling ball at some pins and call it a night out. Obviously, there's booze involved, and food if you will, but this Manchester bar is strictly a competitors zone. Bowl on! 

When it comes to a unique night out in Manchester, All Star Lanes are at the peak of entertainment in the city. Not only a haven for bowling and Americana bites, the team behind this spot promise quirky cocktails, plush interiors and a photobooth to boot. 

Cane and Grain

3 user reviews 4

For something a little different, head to the American inspired Cane and Grain in Manchester's Northern Quarter. The venue has been created by the experienced Ross Mackenzie and the cocktail expert Lyndon Higginson, and will offer the city's hungry revellers a characterful spot to enjoy delicious ribs, mouth-watering burgers and many other great Southern recipes. 

Dusk til Pawn

5 user reviews 5

Those who aren't in the know will be forgiven for striding straight on past Dusk Til Pawn. Hidden behind the pretence of an old pawn shop window, this is a speakeasy-styled joint featuring a free juxebox, comfy sofas and killer cocktails. Kick back with a drink or two, hear your favourite tunes ring out and embrace Dusk Til Pawn's quirky charm.

Allotment Bar

2 user reviews 5

This pasture of botanical inspired boozing and lounging is quite the beau in Manchester's bar scene. If you fancy a little shrubbery to shake up your cocktail experience, then Allotment Bar is a recipe of countryside charm and floral arrangements waiting to be devoured. Go all green fingers at this joint and nestle under the hanging ivy with a tipple in hand. 

Matt and Phred's

2 user reviews 4

A cool bar in Manchester situated in the Northern Quarter, Matt and Phred's is a jazz joint famous for its live music, tapas and prohibition style interior. Another neon sign signals the entrance and just gives it a cool look from the outset. Perfect for a chilled night of live music and great drinks with friends, Matt and Phred's is seriously cool.