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.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
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.
A weird and wonderful tiki bar with fun time frivolities in mind, Keko Moku is a den of party mischief all weekend long thanks to their sprightly staff and quirky cocktails. Decked out in only the funnest of South Pacific flair, Keko Moku is an exotic wonderland where street food, cocktail supping and fire antics reign supreme.
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.
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.
Common is anything but that. A quirky and cool endeavour for those with artistic inclinations, you'll barely see the same interiors twice in such a decorative den. Known for their cracking quiz nights, roster of artists and a divine maple bacon burger, Common champion the artistic and the unusual with their ever changing rota of commissioned walls and cool patrons.
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.
A warehouse, an industrial drinking den, a party plot, an event space, a cool hotel. God, Victoria Warehouse, is there anything that you don't boast? Found on the outskirts of Trafford Park, Victoria Warehouse is a weird wonder of gruff interiors, vintage wares and over 100 years of history. A must-visit for those that boast a love of industrial inclinations and off kilter watering holes.