Something A Little Different
Bars in Manchester aren't hard to come by, but how about bars that dazzle, impress and dabble with the rules? We've got plenty of those too. From destinations toting their own bowling lanes, and bars breaking cocktail boundaries, to South Pacific lairs and lush botanical haunts, check out our recommendations for some of the most unusual bars in Manchester, weaving your way through a wonderland of some of the city's most unique hangouts.
Last updated on 9th December 2016
A Northern Quarter pad for Ping Pong challenges, film nights, American style nosh and basement tunes bringing the strong party vibes. Kosmonaut is the champion of cool drinking and laid-back vibes with its exposed brickwork interiors, hefty spread of craft beers and bar staff mixing up some signature cocktail blends.
When it comes to something a little different in Manchester, All Star Lanes are leading the ultimate charge. Not only a haven for cocktails and Americana inspired bites, guests can bowl their way to victory at one of the most fun bars in the city.
With dwellings in the Northern Quarter and on Oxford Road, Black Dog Ballroom is the ultimate hub for some raucous revelry. Pop down for some pool tournaments, take to their basement dedicated to DJs and dancing, mooch on their rooftop bar or even hire your own private karaoke booth for some no limits singing with mates.
For something a little different in Manchester, look no further than Manchester235; a spectacular Vegas casino right in the heart of the city. With previous events including burlesque shows as well as plenty of poker tournaments - this venue has everything you could need for a great night out; with a fantastic drinks selection added in for good measure.
If a simple bar crawl just isn't cutting the mustard for your night out in Manchester then pop into Dog Bowl, the new late night bowling venue from the team behind Black Dog Ballroom. Combining a New York style diner with an innovative drinks menu and five ten pin bowling lanes, Dog Bowl is the ideal destination for a fun night out in Manchester with a difference.
When it comes to a unique night out, nothing quite says it like cocktails. Not only boasting brooding New York inspired vibes and charm, the guys and gals at Arcane know more than a thing or two about drinks thanks to their mixology knowledge and in-depth, cocktail roster.
For something a little different, head to the American inspired Cane and Grain in Manchester's Northern Quarter. The venue has been created by the experienced Ross Mackenzie and the cocktail expert Lyndon Higginson, and will offer the city's revellers a number of different areas to indulge in. Whether you're tucking into some great Southern-inspired grub in the 'Ribs Joint' or knocking back a few Tiki-themed concoctions in the venue's 'Liar's Lounge', you are sure to leave this quirky venue with a huge smile on your face.
Cabana puts the fun back into Brazilian styled bars with their vibrant interior and playful cocktails. They serve a selection of Brazil-inspired drinks, such as the flavoured Caiprinhas to the blended Batidas. While drinking their tasty array of cocktails, why not sample some of their food: everything from grilled spicy Malagueta Chicken to sweet potato fries, all while sitting in their cool up-scaled interior.
A unique sporting haunt in the heart of the city, The Green is perfectly primed for all sporting whims. Looking for something a bit different to do on a night out? They've got in. Whether you're busting a ballad in their karaoke rooms, gunning it on their golf simulator games, or just out with the chaps to watch the football match, there's something for everyone.
Doused in speakeasy style and sultry decadence, The Fitzgerald is a space of 1920s luxe where period cocktails are mixed under a low-it ambiance and served smoky or smooth. Punchy prohibition mixology is the craft at this bar, throwing back to the Golden Age era of America's most notorious party years
For some top Tiki madness, head underground to Hula Tiki Lounge for the best rum around and more crazy cocktail combinations than you could imagine. From fiery cocktails to themed parties, this is one of the most quirky bars in Manchester with good reason.
Looking for a unique night out in Manchester with a dose of entertainment to boot? Look no further than the ping pong wonderland that is Twenty Twenty Two. Not only an urban art space, Twenty Twenty Two promises a roster of ping pong nights and DJ sessions.
Manchester may well be well known for its gloomy weather, but step downstairs into The Liars Club and you'll be transported to a tropical Tiki Paradise that feels a million worlds away from the city streets above. This brilliantly designed paradise of flames, rummin' drinks and bangin' tunes brings the party game strong.
If you're looking for something a little bit different on your next night out in Manchester, why not uncover one of the city's true hidden gems. Salford secret bar, Under New Management (formerly Corridor) was once voted one of the most hard-to-find bars on the planet - making it a real step apart from many of the all singing, all dancing bars in the City Centre.
With frontage that looks like an old pawn shop, Dusk til Pawn might be a little hard to find, but it'll be worth it. Inside you will be welcomed by a jukebox, comfy sofas and top cocktails, all adding up to create a unique Manchester nightlife experience and totally immersive speakeasy feel.