While not technically a beer garden, VIA does offer some of the best outdoor seating for summertime drinking. Found on the ever-bustling Canal Street, this gay bar in Manchester takes you from day to night with its waterside seating and party atmosphere indoors.
Beer Gardens in Manchester
Sure, this city's one rainy son of a gun, but when the sun doth shine? Boy, do these boozers come up trumps. From canal-side spaces and rooftop gardens to suburban romps, Manchester makes a pretty great name for itself when it comes to sunny spots. Saddle up with some sun cream and get your drinks order on the go as we present to you some of the best beer gardens in Manchester.
Perfect for that all-important bottle of summer wine, The Refinery churning out the best in gastro fare and cool interiors, while its terrace in Spinningfields is the ultimate outdoor drinking destination. Stop by this cool Spinningfields spot for all your alfresco action.
While the Alchemist is a superb place to catch delicious cocktails in Spinningfields, the sophisticated bar has another trick up its sleeve. Come here for their wonderful patio for alfresco drinking, tapas-plate eating, and once the sun sets, you can head inside for more fun.
The perfect spot for an al fresco cocktail (or three) The Lawn Club in Spinningfields is decked out with private seating pods, pretty festoon lighting and plenty of green space adorned with deck chairs. Head here for Friday night drinks, tasty nibbles and table service throughout.
Sunset by Australasia has one of the best outdoor spaces in Manchester city centre. While it may not technically be a beer garden the floral-adorned terrace space is an absolute must in the warmer months, offering a prime location for cocktail sipping in the sun.
BrewDog's small but perfectly formed beer garden offers you the ideal space to kick back with a pint on a warm day. Head on over to the Deansgate spot and you'll be kept satisfied with signature craft beers and an all-American food selection.
From its smattering of dining tables and second-floor terrace dining to its south-facing patio, if there's one top-notch sun trap in Manchester, it would have to be Dukes 92. Whether you're plucking over a Pimm's or enjoying a little dining, do it in sun-soaked style.
With a gorgeous outdoor terrace seating overlooking the locks, Lock 91 is the perfect place for a spot of sunshine drinking. Kick back after work with colleagues or unwind with a cocktail and watch the world go by at this beautiful waterside Manchester bar.
Live the lush life by the river this summer, as Rain Bar provides a neat dose of water-side boozing. From its split level beer garden and charming plot across the river to its friendly drinks prices and pub charm, this watering hole provides a proper dose of vitamin D once the sun starts to shine.
Located on John Dalton Street, The Restaurant Bar and Grill boasts a beautiful roof terrace with its own cocktail bar. That's not all as it offers comfortable booth seating, outdoor heaters and a retractable roof should the weather take a turn.
When looking for the best beer gardens in Manchester, remember to aim high: 20 Stories high to be exact. The rooftop restaurant has a terrace bar to die for with lush greenery, BBQs, fire pits and an amazing view, all while you feast on brasserie dishes and classic cocktails.
It may be tucked away in Chorlton, but that doesn't stop The Beagle from having great alfresco game. Alongside a terrace space to enjoy their craft pints and hardy British dishes, there's a beer garden with painted murals, quirky furniture and fun aplenty.
Not only is this hotel home to a slick restaurant and gorgeous rooms, but also a leafy terrace. Whether you're sipping on fine wines and cocktails or soaking up some sun with a tasty Sunday roast, The Dakota Grill is a great choice for alfresco drinking and dining in Manchester.
As well as a cosy pub interior and large sun terrace overlooking the canal boats of the Castlefield Basin, The Wharf boasts plenty of outdoor seating, a barbecue serving up tasty grilled burgers and sandwiches. There's even a fountain for a little splash should the heat get too much.