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 and 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 gem 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.
Housed within a barbershop, ONE EIGHT SIX is a bar with a whole lot more than just trims on the menu. Head to Deansgate and delve downstairs where live soul and Motown hits set the tone for cocktails like espresso martinis, highballs and bubbling numbers.
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.
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 drinks behind the facade of a launderette.
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 bolt hole, you'll have to ring the right number to be let into their lair of kitsch cocktails, retro 70s interiors, and cool DJ nights.
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 in? You need to submit an application – via Instagram.
A cafe 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 spot 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 hang out 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.
Hidden underneath the foodie cool of Dogs N Dough, 17 Below is a secret bar in Manchester that's primed for those that want a little entertainment with their evening. Head on down to this subterranean and neon plot for pool tables, arcade games and a slick 1980s theme.