Cane and Grain may be a well-known name on the Manchester drinks scene, but it's their first-floor bar, Science & Industry, that harbours the very best in boozy secrets. New Orleans-inspired joint is found hidden behind an elusive door, this space screams rustic interiors and cool cocktails.
Secret Bars In Manchester
Every city has its secrets. And every city has its secret bars. Those little backstreet, hard to find but totally amazing bars known only by the locals. Manchester nightlife has some great little secrets tucked around every corner, from password-only bijou drinking dens to tiny underground rock 'n' roll bars. So if you're too lazy to search high and low for these places yourself, then check out our recommended list of the best secret bars in Manchester. But shhhh, we don't want everyone to know. Let's keep them between ourselves, yeah?
Tucked away in a basement just off Deansgate, this hidden Manchester bar is a secret that's well worth discovering. Venture away from the main drag of Deansgate bars and you'll discover a cool, unpretentious crowd enjoying great music and fantastic cocktails at The Liquor Store.
One of the coolest secret bars in Manchester city centre, Alcotraz is bringing together slick sips and smuggling in one fun package. Join the team on Watson street for a night of contraband cocktails and orange jumpsuits.
Housed within a barbershop, ONE EIGHT SIX is a bar with a whole lot more than just trims on the menu. Head to this top secret bar in Manchester for live soul and Motown hits, while cocktails like espresso martinis, highballs and bubbling numbers make up the menu.
A chilled hangout by day and a cool jazz bar by night, Speak in Code might not classify itself as secret, but it's pretty darn hard to find. Tucked away on Jackson's Row, this hidden bar brings you vegan eats, craft drinks and live music five nights of the week.
A secret bar in the Northern Quarter, 7 Sins is a haven for big kids looking for fun nights out in the city. Head underground for the chance to play retro arcade games and slurp creative cocktails under neon glowing lights, perfect if you're searching for quirky date ideas.
Concealed in the Northern Quarter's Short Street, NQ64 is the dimly-lit bar that pairs classic arcade games with themed cocktails and craft beer. Expect retro console, glowing graffiti and UV galore with titles from Goldeneye to Mortal Kombat at this unique secret Manchester bar.
Just because you think you can wash your underwear, doesn't mean you can. And just because you don't think you can get stunning cocktails here, doesn't mean you can't. One of the sexiest secret Manchester bars, immerse yourself in all of the drinks behind the launderette.
With outposts in Leeds and Manchester, Blind Tyger prides itself on being one of the best known secret bars in the north. Get your fix of illicit sips at this subterranean drinking den, where potent concoctions and American-style whiskeys are firmly the focus.
Referred to by locals as 'The Temple of Convenience' due to its former life as a public toilet, this Oxford Road underground bar is a popular hangout with local indie types and musicians (it's one of Guy Garvey's favourites) thanks to its great jukebox, good beer selection and rock 'n' roll vibes.
One of the most unassuming and secret places to drink in Manchester, Gaslamp comes at you with vintage minimalism and subterranean charm just shy of Deansgate. Head on down and drink your way through signature sips against a backdrop of kitsch titbits and retro white tiling.
Not one for the easily offended, Behind Closed Doors boasts a list of sexed-up drinks. Once you've found the entrance to this Northern Quarter bolthole, you'll have to ring the right number to be let into their lair of killer cocktails, retro 70s interiors and cool DJ nights.
You'd be forgiven for passing Convenience Store and just thinking it's another newsagents in the Northern Quarter. But step inside and you'll find a neon-lit candy shop serving up a selection of retro sweets and chocolate bars, alongside sodas, slushies and, of course, cocktails.
Hidden beneath Evelyn's is a private members club with a cheeky secret. This plush and sexy haven is great for coffees and co-working in the day, but by night the cocktails and music come out to play. To get into The Daisy? You need to submit an application – via Instagram.