Cool And Quirky Bars In Manchester

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

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Last updated on 12th February 2024


1UP is a cool game bar that's arrived in Didsbury, bringing with it a whole load of cards, consoles, arcade machines and pinball. Not only that, but the cool space itself follows the theme - think an eight-foot Donkey Kong, Pac-Man garden and Tetris blocks in the toilets.

Alcotraz Manchester: Cell Block Three-Four

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Friday 23rd February 2024

A cool and quirky bar in Manchester city centre, Alcotraz is bringing together smuggling, supping 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.

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11 Central

How does a Salford Quays bar with its very own gin school sound? Overlooking the waterfront, 11 Central is a top joint with lots to offer, including a mouthwatering menu featuring beef Wellington with smoked pomme puree, plus curried monkfish. It also comes equipped with its very own large terrace, industrial interior and live entertainment throughout the week.

NQ64 Manchester Peter Street

Gather your friends and get down to NQ64 on either Peter Street or Manchester's Northern Quarter for a fun-filled, nostalgic evening packed with all your favourite games from your childhood. Enter the glowing neon playground to find an array of retro consoles and pinball machines, as well as the likes of Guitar Hero and Super Mario Bros. Feeling thirsty? There are themed cocktails for that, like the Kirby, made with Beefeater pink gin.


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 cocktails.