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.

Last updated on 24th January 2023

The Whiskey Jar

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One for the dram lovers amongst us, this Tariff Street spot is whipping up all manner of heady concoctions. Fronting some moody lighting, live entertainment, cocktail classes and even a terrace for BBQ grub come summer, there's plenty to sink your teeth into at The Whiskey Jar.


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After cool bars with DJs in Manchester? Inspired by uber-luxe spots of New York, LA and Miami, BLVD is a venue like no other. Mosey over to the Spinningfields venue for a mix of international small plates and expertly mixed cocktails. Once the sun goes down? The live entertainment and late-night fun come out to play.


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Impossible is giving guests an array of entertainment that spans from theatre to cabaret, giving it a place as a great choice of bar in the area. Take your dinner plans up a notch, with an inventive menu of British classics and handcrafted drinks taking centre stage.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Tuesday 31st January 2023

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.

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.

Behind Closed Doors

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Another quirky staple of Northern Quarter bars, Behind Closed Doors is a speakeasy spot serving potent signature cocktails. With naughty vintage images dotted around the space, telephones on tables, DJ decks in a shopping trolley and a hidden location, this cool joint is ticking all the right boxes.

The Washhouse

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Laundry day getting you down? With more than just soap suds and wash cycles on offer, this pick of quirky secret bars in Manchester is a hideout for those in the know. Go 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, 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.