Weird and Wonderful Bars in Manchester

While Manchester may pride itself on being at the forefront of cool, we like to think that a dash of the unusual goes a fair way in our dapper city. With a plethora of bars in MCR coming up quirky trumps, we've cultivated a list of weird and wonderful drinking endeavours in the city; from toilet bars to warehouse dens. Check out our recommendations for some of the most weird and wonderful bars in Manchester, discovering a treasure trove of quirky whims and peculiar liquid wonder. 

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Dog Bowl

5 user reviews

Doesn't get more weird than a bowling alley in a bar now does it? Nope, we don't think so. Where else can you plough through plush American chow, get hearty with a selection of cocktails and craft beer, then dally down a lane, competitive spirits in tow? Only Dog Bowl, that's where. An infamous bowling bar in the heart of the city, this could be one of your most unique nights out in Manchester yet. 

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road

Cane and Grain

3 user reviews

Looking for some of the most unique drinks in Manchester with a touch of interior flair and cool attitudes to boot? Then you've certainly come to the right place. Not only does Cane & Grain host a hidden tiki lair, speakeasy space and flitterings of cocktails, those of you that are peckish can enjoy their Americana dining spoils. 

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

The Liars Club

13 user reviews

Tiki treats and heaving beats are just the least you can expect from this quirky cocktail cavern. Abundant in bamboo themed interiors, The Liars Club champion the unusual quirks of the South Pacific with their truly tiki endeavour. From cocktail fire shows and Hawaiian shirts to party nights, there' no shortage or weird and wonderful antics in store at this unique bar in Manchester.

Happily Affordable ££
Deansgate

Richmond Tea Rooms

1 user reviews

Hark back to the Edwardian era thanks to this darling den of botanical whimsy. A plush plot in the heart of Canal Street, Richmond Tea Rooms is a weird and wonderful dream of kitsch whimsy, boasting its own indoor conservatory, lace tablecloths and vintage furniture. A must for cocktails and afternoon tea alike, Richmond Tea Rooms is an unusual dabble for liquid fare in the city. 

Happily Affordable ££
Canal Street

Tusk

7 user reviews

A cool and contemporary nod to Africa, it's not just the eclectic interiors that make Tusk one of the most weird and wonderful bars in Manchester. Whether you're hunkered down for their DJ night, cracking into cocktails from ceramic skull heads or ploughing into pizza, it's unique and it's fun. 

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

The Temple

2 user reviews

Who'd have thunk it, drinking where people were once, erm, piddling. A famous bar in the heart of Oxford Road, Temple Bar is infamous for one thing and one thing only, the fact that it was once a toilet. Yup, you heard us right. It may be one of Manchester's smallest and brimming with dated 70s wares, but Temple is packed with more weird and wonderful history than many will ever know. 

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road

Hula Manchester

5 user reviews

Priding itself as one of the most unique and unusual bars in Manchester, get set for a taste of the South Pacific at Hula in the Northern Quarter. Not only churning out interiors that tease and tangle you up in tiki culture, the cocktails, Hawaiian shirts and party attitude make for one of the best nights out in the city.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

The Fitzgerald

4 user reviews

Your go-to as one of the most unique bars in Manchester, The Fitzgerald isn't just a stunning cocktail space, it's practically a trip back through time. Join them not only for live music and jazz nights, hark back to the prohibition era for swanky speakeasy interiors and drinks to boot. 

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

Dusk til Pawn

5 user reviews

A pawn shop may not be your first inclination for a tipple in the city, but c'mon pal, money's of a tight nature. Just kidding, it's all a damn facade. Hailed as one of the best secret bars in Manchester and perfect for those that hanker for the unusual, Dusk Til Pawn is cleverly concealed behind a barrage of neon lights, boasting prohibition style interiors with a dash of contemporary cool.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

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