Cool and Quirky Bars in Manchester

We know your game. You're looking to impress your mates by taking them to our city's best 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. Get stuck into cool and quirky Manchester bars in one place.

Last updated on 22nd October 2021

El Capo

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This basement bar is a den of Mexican libations, tacos and wings. With a huge neon sign, exposed brick and colourful tiles, El Capo is a quirky for something a little low-key; plus they've got a huge tequila and mezcal choice if you fancy taking things up a notch.


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If its live music and alfresco drinking sessions you're after, check out what the folks at YES are up to. Expect some of the hottest band in the UK and beyond, quirky art exhibitions, pop-up screenings and plenty more on the suntrap terrace space when the weekend kicks off.

The Lawn Club

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Boasting stylish private dining pods, a well-stocked bar and swish jungle-themed interiors. The Lawn Club is the perfect spot to soak up the sun in Manchester. Located in the heart of Hardman Square, this place is a wonderland of alfresco drinking with private pods and deckchairs for grabs. 

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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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.

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

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.

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.


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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.

The Washhouse

6 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. Dump your clothes in exchange for a tumble through the dryer where you'll discover a lair of potent libations and late night antics.