Manchester International Festival Bars
For the seventeen days that Manchester International Festival takes place the city thrums with culture. Theatre, music, art and dance, no matter what you're planning on seeing there's one activity that perfectly complements the festival's vibe - drinks. We're here to recommend some great Manchester International Festival bars to seek out as you're enjoying the event; some less well known places that offer up something a little different, as well as a few fancy bars in Manchester that you really shouldn't miss.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Gorilla's name is now firmly ensconced on the list of great venues in Manchester, serving tasty grub, good drinks and hosting some fine nights. Quickly establishing itself as a hub for all things creative and also awesome, there's sure to be plenty happening to give you good reason to go when Manchester International Festival is on.
Kosmonaut's vibe is perfectly suited to those looking for a few pre/post festival drinks, offering mouthwatering cocktails and a vibe so chilled it's highly likely you'll end up going for one and staying for dozens. Situated just near Piccadilly, it's in a prime location if you're looking for somewhere to drink after taking in a festival show.
Situated in Manchester's Northern Quarter, Matt and Phred's is a hip jazz joint where live performances are king. With a retro, prohibition style decor and delicious drinks and food, Matt and Phred's is one of our top recommendations when it comes to looking for Manchester International Festival bars.
Nestled up above Manchester's Hilton hotel, Cloud 23's city centre location means that no matter what you're seeing at Manchester International Festival there'll be chance to pop in and enjoy a cocktail. With incomparable panoramas of the city on offer, there's no better place if you're visiting the city or just fancy a bit of fancy, liquor induced ecstasy.
Band On The Wall really does do it all. Jazz, Funk, Disco, Punk, whatever you fancy you can find it at this great Northern Quarter venue, meaning that when Manchester International Festival's bars lock up for the night your night doesn't have to end. With plush seating upstairs for when you're all danced out and a plethora of drinks on offer, Band On The Wall is the perfect choice if you're looking to extend that festival feeling.
Where better to enjoy that festival nightlife feeling than Manchester's Cornerhouse? An independent cinema, gallery and bar all in one. You'll also find Willem Dafoe playing in The Old Woman just across the street at The Palace Theatre when the festival is on, as well as a screening of Kenneth Branagh's MIF appearance in Macbeth on one of its big screens.
2022NQ's a bar, club, gallery and event space all in one, so if you're looking for somewhere to drink whilst still experiencing a hefty dose of culture, then the Northern Quarter venue is a sterling choice. Open late at weekends and offering up a select cut of the finest music you can hear in Manchester, ending your Manchester International Festival night out at 2022NQ is a no brainer.
Not only do they serve great cocktails with even better garnishes (champagne sorbet!), From Dusk Till Pawn's vintage feel is also the perfect complement to a night of high culture spent at Manchester International Festival. The festival's got loads going on around Manchester Piccadilly station, so take the short trip to Stevenson square and discover one of Manchester's best bars. Book your table now!
Not the most culturally high-brow venue on this list (though the Jukebox is great), Corbieres gets in on account of its location. Situated just a short walk from Albert Square - where Manchester International Festival's Pavillion will be found - Corbiere's secretive location make it the perfect Manchester bar to grab a drink before you head to the Festival's epicentre.