Manchester Bar Bucket List
We've all had that feeling - where you feel that your life has flashed before your eyes or a particularly bad case of hangover-induced existential dread. If you had a short time to live, what would you do? Well the obviously answer from us is to drink. But don't waste this precious time on substandard venues; there's only time for the best bars in Manchester. Have a look at some of the most unique secret speakeasies, bars with fantastic views, cool and quirky bars serving plenty of alcohol: presenting the Manchester bar bucket list.
Last updated on 13th February 2018
For the creme de la creme of Manchester bucket list cocktail bars, head over to Cloud 23 on the 23rd floor of the Hilton, where elegance meets stunning views. Sample one of their gorgeous cocktails, drink fantastic wine, and rub shoulders with the young professionals of Manchester.
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that you must go to Manchester’s premier bier palace. They have great beers served in steins, traditional food that’s actually good, and a whole heap of entertainment ranging from Oompah bands to dancers.
Bourbon, rum and ribs: if that sounds like your idea of paradise, that’s because you’ve found one of the coolest bars in Manchester. Cane and Grain offers three separate experiences, from their first floor swanky cocktail bar offering crazy concoctions, their ground floor Rib Joint offering huge plates of food, to their secret tiki den The Liars Club, where rum and great times are to be found.
The Deaf Institute is Manchester through-and-through. Its quirky, its friendly, and it loves great live music – what’s not to love? Whether you’re indulging in affordable drinks, feasting on their food, dancing on one of their club nights or rocking out to all manner of music – from local talent to rising stars – you can guarantee a great time.
Jimmy's has the spirit of Mancunian rock and roll in its soul. Opened by One Night Only frontman George Craig and his bandmate/brother Jimmy, expect to find walls adorned with memorabilia from decades worth of music, chesterfield sofas to sink into, as well as games tables. All the better to watch some spectacular live music with.
For a quirky addition to your bar bucket list in Manchester, head over to Dusk til Pawn, as this former fortune teller's den transports you to a dark speakeasy style bar with a secretive prohibition feel. Some of the best mixologists in the city can mix up a range of stunning cocktails at your whim to a jukebox soundtrack.
At first glance this doesn’t look like your usual bucket list bar in Manchester. However, make an appointment, ring on the telephone, and you’ll be let into one of the coolest speakeasies around. Expect a DJ, a buzzing yet salacious atmosphere, and a cocktail menu of creative mixes.
The Liars Club isn’t just one of Manchester’s best bars, but also their veritable Tiki paradise hideaway. Descend off the streets of Deansgate and find a party den filled with cocktails created using pyrotechnics, lashings of rum, and interiors so sexy you’ll think you’re actually on holiday.
One of Manchester's premier contemporary members only clubs located in the heart of Deansgate. A magnificent interior designed by Bernard Carroll is lavish and stylish, much like the service. Expect exceptional hospitality, coupled with an inescapable ambience and clientele to boot. Hire a private booth, or even a premier booth with your own bartender to pour lashings of champagne and some rare cognacs and whiskey. A sure fire addition to anyone's Manchester bar bucket list.
There’s only one speakeasy in Manchester you need to know about: The Fitzgerald. This bucket list bar brings the moodiness, the sexiness, and whiskey of the 1920s right into the Northern Quarter, with fantastic drinks, live jazz and blues, and an amazing vibe.