Rooftop Bars in Manchester

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, why not rise above it all and try one of these Manchester rooftop bars? From al fresco terraces to indoor sky bars, the city has a great selection, with rooftop drinking and dining locations to suit any evening out. Catch them on a sunny, clear day and enjoy spectacular views with your meal or while sipping a drink or two. Check out our list of all the best recommended rooftop bars with a view in Manchester. 

Last updated on 25th February 2020

Cloud 23

6 user reviews 4

Thursday Sunday Club

Spectacular views from the 23rd floor of Manchester's landmark Beetham Tower make Cloud 23 a drinking heaven. The highest of all the cocktail bars in Manchester, this stunning rooftop bar offers Champagne and cocktails as well as a global bottled beer selection, just a short stroll away from (and 23 floors above) its neighbouring Deansgate bars. Ceiling to floor windows make the most of the impressive views across Manchester - especially on a clear day when you can see all the way to the Pennines.

Rooftop Lounge

1 user review 4

The Rooftop Lounge is on top of the Great John Street Hotel, next to its sister bar Roof Garden Playground; a collection of elegant rooms looking out onto the playground with large ceiling to floor windows which make the most of the beautiful views of the city. The perfect spot to escape the chaos of the city and enjoy the relaxing hum of the streets below while enjoying their vast selection of drinks.

Situated a stone's throw from the restaurants and bars of Deansgate and Albert Square, The Terrace at The Restaurant Bar & Grill on John Dalton Street is an outdoor drinking and dining haven; a beautiful al fresco spot in the heart of the city centre at which to enjoy delicious cocktails and food. Great in any weather, the terrace boasts cosy heating and a retractable awning for whenever the inevitable Manchester weather should set in. 

One of the most luxurious hotels in the city harbours a secret, and that's one of the best rooftop spaces in the city. While only open to hotel guests and members, this intimate space is the ultimate location for cocktails and bubbly overlooking Manchester.

The Ape & Apple

1 user review 4

A proper Deansgate boozer, The Ape & Apple offers all the quirks of a traditional pub with a few modern touches. Think wood panelling and cosy interiors alongside a spacious roof terrace, weekly comedy clubs and live music events.

G-A-Y Bar

5 user reviews 3

In the heart of the bustling Canal Street, G-A-Y is right next to the canal and some of the city's best party spots. Nab a place on their rooftop space for great views, a lively atmosphere and, come sundown, some of the best nights in town.

Big Hands

4 user reviews 4

A stones throw away from Manchester Academy on Oxford Road, Big Hands is the perfect bar for a few drinks before or after a gig seeing your favourite band. It's a small venue but has a rooftop garden opening in the warmer months. This garden may not have spectacular views, being only one floor up, but is a breath of fresh air from the bars usual cramped interior.

Terrace NQ

2 user reviews 5

Terrace NQ is a rustic little spot in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Framed by exposed brick walls and a distinctive stripped-back look, the venue's rooftop area kicks into life when the clouds part. Serving a range of locally sourced ales and beers, there are few better places to unwind on the weekend or decompress after a hard day of work.