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. The New Orleans-inspired joint is found hidden behind an elusive door in the wooden panels, with a space that screams slick and cool.
Secret Bars In Manchester
Every city has its hidden gems, including when you're looking for a watering hole to head to. From password-only bijou drinking dens to tiny underground rock 'n' roll bars, they're all on our recommended list of secret bars in Manchester. But shhhh, we don't want everyone to know. So let's keep them between ourselves, yeah?
Housed within a barbershop, ONE EIGHT SIX is a drinking den with a whole lot more than just trims on the menu. Head to this top secret cocktail bar in Manchester for live soul and Motown hits, while concoctions like espresso martinis, highballs and bubbling numbers make up the menu.
One of the most quirky bars in Manchester, Alcotraz is bringing together slick sips, secret entrances and smuggling in one fun package. Join the team on Watson street for a night of contraband cocktails and orange jumpsuits in a subterranean prison.
Hidden beneath Evelyn's is a members' club with a cheeky secret. This plush and sexy haven is great for coffees and private co-working in the day, but by night the cocktails and music come out to play. Here, you can sip your way through peach tea-infused pisco whipped up with wild strawberry vermouth, lemon, agave and bitters.
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.
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). It's fronting a jukebox, delish beer selection and rock 'n' roll vibes.
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 one of the best bars in Manchester posing as a neon-lit candy shop. It's serving up a selection of retro sweets and chocolate bars, alongside sodas, slushies and, of course, cocktails.
Just because you think you can wash your underwear here, doesn't mean you can. And if you didn't think this place was whipping up Japanese-inspired cocktails? You'd be wrong. The Washhouse is a sexy Manchester secret bar for immersing yourself in drinks hidden behind a launderette exterior.
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.
Not one for the easily offended, Behind Closed Doors Manchester 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.