Cool And Quirky Bars In Manchester

We know your game. You're looking to impress mates or dates by taking them the best drinking dens, aren't you? That's perfectly understandable - our city sure comes up trumps when it comes to eccentric hangouts. Whether you're searching for a themed watering hole to jet you off to a more exotic climate or a top-secret basement boozer, this city has all the credentials. Get stuck into cool and quirky Manchester bars here.

Last updated on 29th September 2022

Three Little Words

768 user reviews 5

A must-visit for any gin fan, Three Little Words is the sleek restaurant that sits next to the Spirit of Manchester distillery. Head here to learn all about the science behind the perfect G&T, before feasting on a mouthwatering menu of international plates and classic Sunday roasts.

The Whiskey Jar

3 user reviews 5

One for the dram lovers amongst us, this Tariff Street spot is whipping up all manner of heady concoctions and live entertainment. Fronting some moody lighting, cocktail classes and even a terrace for BBQ grub come summer, there's plenty to sink your teeth into at The Whiskey Jar.

MOJO Manchester

75 user reviews 4

American rock 'n' roll joint MOJO takes inspiration from the best New York dive bars, fronting some of the finest cocktail classics and unique creations Manchester has to offer. Are they serving up the most potent zombie around? Just maybe. 


489 user reviews 3

Inspired by uber-luxe bars in New York, LA and Miami, BLVD is a venue like no other. Mosey over to the Spinningfields venue for a mix of international small plates and expertly mixed cocktails. Once the sun goes down? The live entertainment and late-night fun come out to play.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

402 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Tuesday 4th October 2022

A cool and quirky bar in Manchester city centre, Alcotraz is bringing together smuggling, sipping and speakeasy vibes in one fun experience. Your task? To sneak a bottle of your favourite spirit past the guards so the talented inmates can turn it into a tasty tipple.


1083 user reviews 3

Impossible is offering guests an array of entertainment that spans from theatre to cabaret, making it one of the best bars in the area. Take your dinner plans up a notch, with an inventive menu of British classics and handcrafted sips taking centre stage.

Dusk til Pawn

5 user reviews 5

For alternative bars in Manchester, Dusk Til Pawn is unbeaten. Hidden behind the pretence of an old pawn shop window, this cool watering hole is made up of comfy sofas, a blasting jukebox and top-notch cocktails. Swing by for quirky concoctions and killer tunes in a unique setting. 

The Washhouse

7 user reviews 4

Laundry day getting you down? With more than just soap suds and wash cycles on offer, this secret bar in Manchester is a hideout for those in the know. Go for a tumble through the dryer, where you'll discover a lair of potent libations and late-night antics.

A firm choice for live music, Jimmy's has got rock 'n' roll running through its veins. Band posters decorate walls, there's knickknacks collected from touring artists, and a long list of acts taking to the stage. The support? Great beer and comfort food.

Phones at the ready, this is one of many seriously pretty bars around these parts. Located in a former Salford office block, Menagerie boasts Instagrammable interiors, including bird sculptures suspended from the ceiling, neon signs and plenty of floral features, to accompany your cocktail sipping.