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 1st June 2018




Black Dog NWS makes the list on account of its haphazard, multi-leveled layout, its indoor-outdoor atrium and its incredible roof terrace - easily one of the city's finest summer drinking spots. With a private karaoke booth, selection of pool tables and even its own basement club, Black Dog NWS keeps the surprises coming. If that's not enough, their hot sibling in the Northern Quarter is also worth a peek. 

Cabana Manchester

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Cabana puts the fun back into Brazilian styled bars with their vibrant interior and playful cocktails. They serve a selection of Brazil-inspired drinks, such as the flavoured Caiprinhas to the blended Batidas. While drinking their tasty array of cocktails, why not sample some of their food: everything from grilled spicy Malagueta Chicken to sweet potato fries, all while sitting in their cool up-scaled interior. 

Cane and Grain

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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. 

Dog Bowl

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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! 

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.

Dive NQ

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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. 

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

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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.