Quirky Cocktails in Manchester

From master mixologists and scientific liquid fare to out-there flavours and far flung concoctions, Manchester's bars are coming up trumps when it come to off kilter tipples; be them in broody basement haunts or seductive speakeasy dens where tasty potions and elixirs reign supreme. Check out our recommendations for some of Manchester's best quirky cocktails, discovering a palate of fancies that you've never even heard of before.

Last updated on 1st November 2017

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Cane and Grain

3 user reviews

Cane and Grain is a celebration of all things Americana, and as well as saucy ribs, the venue also serves amazing cocktails. Try Coffee and TV; a muddle of Jack Daniels, Kahlua, milk, cream and salted pop corn - it's delicious, we promise. 

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

Dog Bowl

5 user reviews

Whilst many of the cocktails at Dog Bowl hark back, or shall we say bark back, to your favoured classics, there's a few cracking concoctions on the menu that might surprise. From some of the best boozy milkshake style cocktails in the city such as their 'Bourbon Cookie' to a quirky collection of cocktail sharers that come in anything and everything from miniature porcelain dogs to milk bottles, there's just enough quirky to keep you going at Dog Bowl. 

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road

Kosmonaut

5 user reviews

Located in the Northern Quarter, Kosmonaut is a popular hangout with exposed brick walls, metal pipes and lots of industrial touches. While the interiors may be laid-back, the venue certainly doesn't slack on drinks with guests able to choose from their 'bold', 'serious' or 'fresh' options.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

Be At One Manchester

31 user reviews

Be at One has a massive cocktail menu and as well as stocking all your old favourites, have a few surprises up their sleeves. Head to this fun time bar to work your way through their extensive list, made even sweeter with the bar's generous happy hour.

Happily Affordable

Lola Lo Manchester

23 user reviews

When it comes to quirky cocktails, Lola Lo is leaving the streets of Manchester behind and instead heading to warmer climates. Inspired by Pacific islands and Tiki culture, this bar whips up their libations with lashings of juice, ice and spirits.

Happily Affordable ££
Deansgate Locks

Dirty Martini Manchester

0 user reviews
Dirty Martini Manchester
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Martini is the name of the game at Dirty Martini, but not your average old mix. This Manchester cocktail joint has more than 15 different types of martini; think of a flavour and they will most probably have it.

Happily Affordable
Deansgate

With a venue in New York Street as well, The Alchemist is a favourite unusual cocktail bar; even the name suggests something special. Head to one of their swish bars to drink tipples that come in copper pots, smoking from vials or in test tubes.

Happily Affordable ££
Spinningfields

Dusk til Pawn

5 user reviews

An Old Fashioned... featuring Pepperoni? Say what? That's what is on the agenda at Dusk til Pawn, an elusive gem that hides behind the façade of a pawn shop. Make yourself at home at this quirky speakeasy styled bar which constantly updates its cocktail card to make sure that no two visits are the same.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

A secretive, sexy, little den, Behind Closed Doors may be a little bit of a trek but trust us, it's worth it. The basement bar is inspired by the '70s and mixes up cocktails to match, with everything from Champagne filled through to short and sweet.

Happily Affordable
Northern Quarter

Tusk

7 user reviews

Leading the charge when it comes to creative cocktails in Manchester, Tusk know no bounds in the quirky cocktail department. There for all your boozy needs, Tusk come at you with unique tankards alongside a fun and frivolous roster of creations and concoctions. 

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

The Liars Club

13 user reviews

Is it a tiki bar? Is it a fully fledged Pacific adventure? Is it a dashing dive bar? Heck, The Liars Club is whatever it wants to be. One of Manchester's most infamous and exotic bars, The Liars Club are bound by their inherent need to whip up one heck of a quirky cocktail storm. 

Happily Affordable ££
Deansgate

Impossible

47 user reviews

Dare to believe at this new Manchester spot that ups the ante on unusual cocktails. The bar uses a variety of techniques (all top secret, we're afraid) to create cyrogenically frozen cocktails, lickable Champagne bubbles and much more.

Central Manchester

Under New Management

7 user reviews

Another of Manchester's most elusive cocktail caverns, Under New Management is a chipper Deansgate number where the quirky concoctions are a must. With a smashing selection of award winning mixologists on the side, Under New Management pride themselves on one heck of an innovative menu. 

Happily Affordable ££
Deansgate

The Fitzgerald

4 user reviews

Libations inspired by the prohibition era are the least you can expect from this vintage themed bar in Manchester. A must-try in the city for those with kitsch whims, The Fitzgerald promise a boozy, speakeasy inspired night with the creative cocktails to match.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

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