Top Bars in Manchester
With so many fantastic bars in Manchester it's hard to pick out the best spots. Whether you're looking for a relaxing bar for a few drinks after work, for a great club in Manchester or for somewhere to dance the night away to some live music, Manchester has you covered. So check out our recommended list of the top bars in Manchester and you can't go wrong!
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Lock 91 is a lounge and late-night bar located in the Deansgate Locks area with 1920's style grandeur chesterfields and mahogany walled rooms. Head to Jack's Room to enjoy their pool table, darts board and smoking terrace for a bit of Don Draper Drinking in one of the top bars in Manchester. Find out more and book online here.
Open till 3am daily, The Liquor Store's the perfect place if you're looking for a cocktail fix or some fine food. Truly a Manchester bar, with a whole wall dedicated to the city's musical greats, manc-inspired cocktails and a soundtrack that celebrates Manchester bands past and present. You can make a free booking for any time of the day or night to visit one of Manchester's top bars.
You might think having two Black Dogs on the list doesn't seem right, but the two venues have such distinct personalities it'd really be rude not to. Black Dog's Northern Quarter version is something altogether different from its Oxford Road counterpart - busy, bustling, a place to meet friends old and new. There's a long line of pool tables stretching to the back of the venue, cosy seating in the main bar and a dance floor when you just can't resist the urge. Book here to beat the crowds.
Revolucion De Cuba is a cool and buzzing Latin-themed bar in Deansgate, perfect for drinks and food with friends and also as a quirky date spot. Featuring live Latin music playing in the background it's easily one of best Manchester bars, with tasty Cocktails and food from around the world. Ignore this venue at your peril!
Kosmonaut located in the Northern Quarter is one of Manchester nightlife's smoothest and coolest hangouts. There's a great beer selection with lagers and ales from around the globe, and custom made cocktails that are almost too drinkable. Cool. hip and chilled, Kosmonaut is quickly becoming one of those places you just don't want to miss.
One of the funkiest bars in Manchester, Black Dog Ballroom NWS is a multi-level playground of cocktails, New York style food, fantastic club nights, private karaoke and pool tables - all topped off by one of the best rooftop bars in the city. Cool, stylish and unique, this Oxford Road gem has everything you need for a great night out in Manchester. Book online now!
Brought to you by the Trof clan, Gorilla is a bar, restaurant, club and music venue, and manages to do it all spectacularly well. Housed in a railway arch underneath Oxford Road Station, the main bar boasts full height windows, minimalist decor and a mezzanine area that doubles as a Gin Parlour. Perfect for whatever kind of night you might fancy. Book a table here!
Noho on Stevenson Square is a Northern Quarter gem. It's one of the coolest Manchester bars with graffiti lining the walls, including skyscrapers and cityscape murals. Noho draws in a young crowd for its weekend nights, when DJs thrash out great tunes and the cocktails flow freely. Noho gets pretty busy in the evenings, so we'd recommend booking your spot now!
Sandanista is one of Manchester's top bars with a strong Spanish and Cuban feel. Tapas, live music and cocktails are the main feature with rock n roll pulsing through this bars veins with walls coated in album artwork. It has a great drinks selection too and is a great alternative to a club in Manchester as this bar is open till late 7 nights a week.
If you're after a night with a difference, head down to Canal Street's venue Velvet. with Moulin Rouge inspired decor, DJs at the weekend and a raft of great drinks to sample, Velvet's relaxed atmosphere's perfect for when you fancy a bit of time away from the usual city centre rush.
It may be set right in the heart of Manchester's ever-growing Northern Quarter, but this former fortune teller's den isn't easy to find as from the outside it looks like an old fashioned pawn shop. Head inside though, and you'll discover a dark speakeasy style bar with a secretive prohibition style feel and some of the best mixologists in the city mixing up a range of stunning cocktails at your whim to a jukebox soundtrack. Find out more and book online here.