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 22nd June 2021

Cane and Grain

3 user reviews 4

For something a little different in Manchester, head to the American inspired Cane and Grain in the Northern Quarter. The venue offers 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. 

Three Little Words

332 user reviews 5

Learn all about the UK's most-loved juniper-based beverage at The Spirit of Manchester distillery before heading next door to the golden glow of Three Little Words. The gorgeous archway restaurant serves up a menu of tasty small plates and hearty main dishes - with plenty of plant-based and gluten-free options too.

Dog Bowl

6 user reviews 5

If a simple bar crawl just isn't cutting the mustard for your night out in Manchester then pop into Dog Bowl, the 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. 

Get your heart pumping as you race against the clock to defuse a bomb or escape the clutches of a murderer at Exit The Room in Manchester's Northern Quater. This fully immersive experience will put your logic to the test as you and your friends race to freedom.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

75 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Saturday 18th September 2021

Head over to Watson Street where this immersive cocktail experience is bringing you one of Manchester's most unique activities. An immersive prison-themed speakeasy, Alcotraz will have you smuggling booze past the wardens and mingling with mixology-savvy inmates.

Dusk til Pawn

5 user reviews 5

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. 

The Washhouse

6 user reviews 4

The concept here is certainly unique: make a booking, enter a launderette, pick up a phone and be let into one of the coolest speakeasies in the city. But inside you'll find a menu of experimental cocktails that'll take you on quite the tasting journey, with options like a blue cheese cocktail and massive candy-themed sharers. 

The Green

5 user reviews 4

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 it. 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.

These guys need to be on your 'something different in Manchester' list for one reason: the pizzas. Only offering the weirdest and most wonderful toppings - from cream egg to Thai curry - your taste buds will go on the strangest adventure of its life. Meanwhile, you can enjoy their cool forever-student atmosphere and late night partying.