Northern Quarter Bars
Manchester's bohemian quarter is cool, trendy and home to some of quirkiest, most understated drinking holes. Whether you're after a cocktail bar that serves killer recipes, a cosy basement space, or a great DJ bar with all the best alternative and underground music, then the Northern Quarter can provide. The bars in the NQ all have their own distinct traits and individual character, and this area of Manchester really comes alive at night. So check out our recommended list of the best Northern Quarter bars for corker of an evening.
Last updated on 1st September 2016
Cool and NYC-inspired inside, exposed brickwork and great leather booths make it a great place to enjoy drinks in the Northern Quarter. With the best indie/alternative tunes becoming the soundtrack to your evening, Kosmonaut is effortlessly cool and trendy and a must visit.
While the Northern Quarter's best bars may be known for their urban flecks and industrial stance, there's one bar that's turning that all on its head with an Asian edge. Head on down to Lost in Tokyo for stunning Japenese whiskies and incredibly unique cocktail mixes.
Markedly one of the most unique bars in the Northern Quarter, Cane & Grain blends a little bit of everything in building the ultimate eating and drinking powerhouse. Head on down for floors that boast a speakeasy bar, smokehouse dining space, tiki bar and more.
A fun time party bar with mischief and frivolity on its side, not only is Walrus the place to find a lean and mean rosters of pizzas mid-week, head on down over the weekend as their DJs, cocktail deals and trendy innards make the weekend spent in the Northern Quarter a worthwhile one.
The cool kid on the Northern Quarters block comes onto the scene with all the style of a dive bar and all the chill of your typical neighbourhood gaff. Dive NQ is a subterranean bar that pulls in the physique of an American diner with the fun of a good old fashioned party bar. The music runs loud here and the bites come straight from the Deep South.
With its Mad Men vibe and killer cocktail list, The Pen & Pencil is the stuff of New York fantasies. Start the day with one of their American style breakfasts or go in the evening when the bar takes on a more international feel, serving food such as Lebanese scotch eggs.
Humble yet hearty, Rosylee is one of the most dashing places to drink in the Norther Quarter. Not only fresh and British with vintage touches, this botanical inspired babe promises a gastro roster on the food menu alongside brunch plates and cocktails aplenty.
One of the most popular night spots, this cool New York style basement bar serves up a great range of cocktails, beers and spirits as well as a more than tempting menu of NYC diner style food. Reserve your booth, pool table or private room at Black Dog Ballroom in advance to beat the queues and guarantee yourself the best possible night.
Looking for a dash of secret speakeasy in the NQ? Then head to one of the best speakeasy bars and cocktail offerings around. Plush, swanky and effortlessly cool, The Fitzgerald is a members only policy attracting an exclusive crowd, but a policy that allows us all to feel exclusive thanks to its hidden status and cool cocktails.
Tusk is a great African-themed cocktail bar serves up tasty drinks and amazing stacked burgers that are melt-in-the-mouth! Their signature and classic cocktails make them one of the best cocktail bars in the Northern Quarter and the party vibe later in the week makes it a must visit, and if money is an issue, they also do a cracking Happy Hour.
Another bar toting the Northern Quarter's infamous industrial innards with a dash of international charm, El Capo are taking you to the cool confines of South America. Toting a selection of over 70 tequilas, some seriously delicious street wares and a cool crowd El Capo offers a taste of something a little different.
Head over to Hula Tiki Lounge for all things alcoholic in this great underground bar situated underneath Stevenson Square. Party the night away with cocktails galore and more rum than you could imagine. Add in amazing bar staff and the occasional flaming cocktail and you've got a great NQ bar combo with tropical hankerings.
It's all in a name kids, literally. A top notch nook for those that like their liquid wares with a bourbon punch, this bar boasts some of the best of a whiskey bunch. Found in a Grade II listed building and toting one of the biggest selections of whiskey in the city, The Whiskey Jar is a destination for discovery, and some down right delicious wares.
Hidden behind a pawn shop facade, Dusk Til Pawn is one of Manchester's greatest discoveries, yet one of its most hidden liquid lairds. Head over to the venue and enjoy their incredible cocktail combinations, award-winning jukebox and comfy sofas perfect for a cosy drink.
Equipped with a mind-boggling range of British, European and world beers the Port St. Beer House is one of the best bars to grab a pint of top beer. Smart yet traditional inside, this is definitely a bar and not a pub. A relaxed atmosphere with after-work drinkers revelling in the extensive beer and ale list, it's one of the most stylish bars in Manchester.
Tucked behind a labyrinth of streets is a relaxed and might bar in the Northern Quarter. Not only known for their Parisian inspired fare, footie screenings and romantic nights, Montpellier's are brimming with international bottles of wine and beer to boot.