Manchester Waterside Bars
We all love a good waterside bar in Manchester - when the sunshine pops out; the shorts come out and we head our way down to the nearest outdoor terrace. When the nights draw in however, you can still enjoy the riverside views from the warmth of these gorgeous bars in and around the city centre. Check out our selection of the best waterside bars in Manchester from quirky cocktail bars to fine-dining restaurant bars for an relaxing day with friends or a cosy date night.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
For a chilled evening, head over to Slug and Lettuce Spinningfields where their outdoor terrace stretches the length of the venue with gorgeous views over the River Irwell. During the Manchester sunshine, there's no reason to move so put your feet up, grab a cold drink and don't forget to sample some of their tasty sharing platters.
A total suntrap - Dukes 92 is a gorgeous venue when the sun shines in Manchester; and don't we all know if with the outdoor tables getting snapped up as soon as it opens some days. Watch the canal boats float along or step inside when the weather cools off for tasty deli boards and plenty of locally sourced dishes.
For a cool waterside venue in Manchester, head over to Lock 91 to check out their great outdoor terrace; great for sipping cocktails and watching the world go by. With a plethora of room to explore within; when the weather cools off - don't forget to head inside for a cosy evening with your nearest and dearest.
Just 5 minutes from Salford University's main campus is The Old Pint Pot. Situated on the edge of the River Irwell to capture some stunning riverside views, The Old Pint Pot is a thriving student venue full of live music and events going on throughout the week. Add in a strong pub food menu and a great selection of drinks; this cool venue is well worth a visit.
Rain Bar is a great restaurant and bar, situated close to the city centre which is perfect for almost any occasion. Serving pub classics, as well as a selection of curries and pizzas; Rain Bar is the perfect spot for a romantic evening with someone special, sit under the stars with stunning views of the locks from the outdoor area overlooking the Rochdale canal.
For a great family waterside bar, head over to Jacksons Boat situated on the edge of the River Mersey with stunning countryside views. Stop off for a bite to eat and a cold drink during a family outing where there's plenty for everyone - including the family dog! Watch the world go by and experience a little slice of heaven just outside Manchester.
Enjoy the sunshine on their expansive terrace whilst sipping a cocktail or boogie the night away to their extensive list of live bands gracing the stage every week. From their canalside spot, enjoy a hearty lunch, sit-down for dinner with friends or enjoy their Fizzy Fridays with Prosecco for £15 complete with strawberries and a free hot buffet to end your working week in style.
The River Bar and Restaurant is a stunning dining and drinking experience overlooking the River Irwell at the wonderful 5-star Lowry Hotel. Sit inside their bar; described as a 'light filled oasis' or head out to their terrace which is the longest in Manchester and soak up the sun whilst sipping some fine wine or indulging in one of The River Bar’s tasty cocktails.
For a lazy afternoon in Manchester, head over to The Wharf where the atmosphere is warm and friendly as if taking a walk through a family home. Check out their large outdoor patio facing the canal when the sun shines or head inside for a cosy drink and some tasty food.