Top Bars in Manchester
With so many great 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, the city has you covered. So check out our recommended list of the top bars in Manchester and you can't go wrong!
Last updated on 21st November 2017
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. As it's pretty much perfect for whatever you're planning, it deserves to be called a great Manchester bar.
Albert’s Schloss is a bar for the bohemian sorts around. This ‘bier palace’ boasts an amazing range of international beers, alongside great cocktails, tonnes of spirits and all the typical debauchery you can expect. You can also fill your tum with pretzels, doughnuts and cinnamon knots too, if all the partying gets a bit much.
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.
Dirty Martini Manchester lives up to the chain's reputation by serving hand crafted cocktails and moreish small plates of food. With over 14 different martinis to choose from, and dishes like buttermilk fried chicken and mac 'n' cheese bites, this forward thinking top cocktail bar in Manchester rarely disappoints.
Veeno is a wine lover’s dream. Not only does it offer all the Italian charm that the name alone promises, they selection of bottles is some of the best in the business. Whether you’re there for a wine tasting experience, a nibble of spuntini, or just a glass of international wine, it’s hard to deny Veeno is one of the great bars in Manchester.
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.
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.
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 great bar in Manchester, there's a whole wall dedicated to the city's musical greats, manc-inspired cocktails and a soundtrack that celebrates Manchester bands past and present.
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.
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.
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.
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!