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 25th September 2020

Three Little Words

151 user reviews 5

A must-visit for any gin fanatics, Three Little Words is the sleek restaurant that neighbours the Spirit of Manchester distillery. Head here to learn all about the science behind your favourite ice and a slice beverage before feasting on a mouthwatering menu of contemporary classic and healthy large plates.

Dog Bowl

6 user reviews 5

Start stretching out those arms, make sure that lunge is in check and, most importantly, get practising 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 - but this Manchester bar is strictly a competitor's zone. Bowl on.

The Lawn Club

142 user reviews 4

Boasting stylish private dining pods, a well-stocked ba and swish jungle-themed interiors. The Lawn Club is the perfect spot to soak up some sunshine in Manchester. Located in the heart of Hardman Square, this place is a wonderland of al fresco dining, with social distancing measures and table service throughout.

Cane and Grain

3 user reviews 4

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. 

Make sure you've got your phone at the ready when you visit The Menagerie, as the venue is seriously Instagrammable. Located in a former office block in Salford, the bar's old life is swept away with interiors that include bird sculptures suspended from the ceiling, neon signs and plenty of floral features.

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.

The Washhouse

4 user reviews 4

Laundry day getting you down? With more than just soap suds and wash cycles on offer, this super secret Washhouse is a hideout among Manchester's 'in the know' revellers. Dump your clothes in exchange for a tumble through the dryer where you'll discover a lair of liquors, lusting and who knows what else? 


3 user reviews 4

A stunning cantina bar with great tapas, Sandinista does Cuban inspired cocktails, live music and has great album artwork covering its walls. Named after The Clash's 4th album, the bar is cool to the core and throws fun parties till 3am every night of the week.

Matt and Phred's

2 user reviews 4

A cool bar in Manchester situated in the Northern Quarter, Matt and Phred's is a jazz joint famous for its live music, tapas and prohibition style interior. Another neon sign signals the entrance and just gives it a cool look from the outset. Perfect for a chilled night of live music and great drinks with friends, Matt and Phred's is seriously fun.