Unique Bars in Manchester
Been there, drunk that? Well then, we think it's right about time that you discovered a new wealth of drinking dens in the city. Boasting an ever changing selection of unique bars and pubs, it's no wonder that Manchester is so heralded a city, we just don't do 'em like anywhere else. Check out our recommendations for some of the most unique bars in Manchester, weaving your liquid way through a cool cataclysm of bespoke joints, basement plots and top notch tipples.
Last updated on 8th August 2016
When it comes to some of the most unique cocktails in Manchester, there's only one name that should be licking across lips. Heralded for their cocktail artistry and Japanese whisky, head on down to Lost in Tokyo for the ultimate urban cocktail experience.
Unique bars in Manchester don't come that much better than All Star Lanes. Not only can you score a strike with cocktail in hand, their restaurant hosts Americana bites in a retro and vintage setting. Oh, and there's a photobooth to boot.
The Cane and Grain is the latest bar in the Northern Quarter that's obsessed with bringing the heat and spice of America's South to Manchester's humble streets; think mouth-watering ribs, bourbon cocktails and bacon-flavoured popcorn. Created by the nightlife master minds of Ross Mackenzie and Lyndon Higginson, the venue boasts 3 dazzling areas. Alongside the upstairs cocktail bar, guests can relaxed with a Tiki-themed beverage in the 'Liar's Lounge' or can tuck into a great selection of culinary treats in the 'Ribs Joint'.
Now here's a destination that boasts something that most Manchester bars don't, and that's a freakin' bowling alley! Part of the popular Black Dog chain, Dog Bowl is just the bar to get your skittle kicks and seriously sought after American fare. Think premium patties, boozy milkshakes and cocktails alongside some of the best lanes in the business.
There's nothing quite at unique as flying, but you can't do that, so how about a bar where you can get the same kind of thrill. Towering above the city and boasting one of the best views of the Manchester skyline, vertigo patrons best leave Cloud 23 be. But those that don't suffer a fear of heights can get their fill of classy cocktails, plush chow and some of the most bespoke interiors in the city.
If you're looking for something a bit different for your weekend antics, then The Comedy Store has got you covered with a showcase of the best names in the comedy circuit. Whether it's rising stars plucked straight from the streets or international names flown over, you'll be getting the cream of the comedy crop at this place.
They may be one of the newest kids on the Northern Quarter block, but El Capo are already coming up quirky trumps courtesy of their cool interiors and tasty tequila tipples. Looking for somewhere to drink a boisterous selection of this sought after South American tipple? No problem, El Capo boast over 70 bottles of the stuff. Pair that with their industrial interiors and avid collection of pinatas and you're in for a score of the unique sorts.
Art is abundant in Manchester, you need only have a gander at graffiti across the streets to see this, but how about another destination where you can get your artsy fill? Known for their ever changing roster of murals from local names and graphic artists, Common is a cool destination where the city's young and artistic get their fill of something new, almost every time.
Never did you think that you'd be hurried along to a pawn shop for a tipple. But don't worry, we can't keep this pretence up for long. Hidden behind a pawn shop facade, Dusk til Pawn is a seriously cool plot for drinks and hearty chatter in the core of the Northern Quarter and one of it's most sought after secret bars. Boasting a dash of speakeasy flair and brimming with cosmo interiors, they're just waiting for you to find them.
Let's be honest, tipples in a toilet weren't exactly what you were expecting now, were you? A stalwart on the quirky Manchester scene, The Temple is one of the most unusual bars in the city thanks to its destination alone. Found in a once public toilet just shy of Oxford Road, The Temple is a fun-filled and intimate dive bar with a cool NYC aesthetic and oh so cool stories to regale.