Cool And Quirky Bars In Manchester

We know your game. You're looking to impress your mates by taking them the best drinking dens, aren't you? That's perfectly understandable - we 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 12th May 2022




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.

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

Accessed via a two-way mirrored door at a Deansgate barber shop, you know you're in for a treat before you've even stepped inside ONE EIGHT SIX. Serving up some of the most inventive cocktails in town, this basement bars pairs its sips with vibrant live music nights and some seriously Insta-worthy interiors.

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. Dump your clothes in exchange 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 in Manchester, Jimmy's has got rock 'n' roll running through its veins. Band posters decorate walls, there's knickknacks collected from touring bands, and a long list of acts taking to the stage. The support? Great beer and comfort food.

When it comes to cocktail bars in Manchester city centre, Sandinista is a go-to for Cuban cocktails, live music and quirky interiors. Named after The Clash's classic album, this place oozes cool vibes; from its libations and tapas-style dishes through to its 3am closing time.

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

Disguised as a bog standard newsagent, Convenience Store might not initially strike as a top place to grab a cocktail. But, find the 'not another fucking Tesco Express' sign and you're in for a treat, as the bar mixes up arcade games, slushy drinks and a banging playlist.