Manchester Restaurant Bars

Best of both worlds, just got to have it? With Manchester's edible institutions boasting enviable drinks lists to match, it's no wonder that we're such a hubbub of lush grub and liquid enticement. Manchester has some amazing restaurant bars where that double dream can become a reality. So whether you're after a great steak and a beer, Italian fine dining and quality wines, or American classics and a mean punchy cocktail then our list of recommended Manchester restaurant bars will have something that will quite literally satisfy your appetite.

Last updated on 21st March 2018


With not one but two great restaurants, Manchester235 has something to suit all tastes. With James Martin serving up a range of seasonal favourites from locally sourced ingredients served in the most delicate ways, Ocean Treasure on the other hand is the Manchester235 way of bringing the far-east to Las Vegas. It serves sizzling platters, fresh seafood and traditional Chinese favourites that are always major crowd pleasers. 

Cabana Manchester

19 user reviews 4

Taking inspiration from Brazilian churrascarias - modern Brazilian dishes and local snacks often found on Rio street corners - Cabana serves a mixture of marinated skewers grilled fresh, such as the Spicy Malagueta Chicken, as well as dishes like the Brasilian feijoada hot pot. Wash this down with their delicious Brazilian cocktails, like blended Batidas, or try one of their own creations. Enjoy all of this while sitting in their fun, up-cycled interior that evokes a cool urban feel.

The Refinery Spinningfields

139 user reviews 5

Located in Spinningfields, The Refinery is a sleek and smart option for drinking and dining. Snuggle in one of the booths or on the outdoor terrace come winter as their modern bar serves everything from sharp whites to a huge selection of cocktails which includes Old Fashioneds and Espresso Martinis.

Cane and Grain

3 user reviews 4

The Cane and Grain offers something truly wonderful to Manchester's hungry revellers. Spread across three different areas, the restaurant-cum bar brings the heat and spice of the South to the city's humble streets, combining carefully crafted cocktails with dazzling ribs and barbecue dishes. After having sampled all your favourite grub in the 'Ribs Joint' area, move into the venue Tiki-themed 'Liar's Lounge' and unwind with an exquisite spice and spirit infused cocktail. 

The Pen & Pencil

With an extensive cocktail list and a varied choice of day and night menus, The Pen & Pencil in the Northern Quarter is a great restaurant bar. Stop by for an Americana style breakfast complete with smoothies and coffee or head by in the evening for martini's and weekend DJ sets.

Banyan Manchester

511 user reviews 4

Taking up residency in the Corn Exchange, Banyan is a superbly stylish and relaxing spot for drinking and dining in Manchester. A trusty venue whether you're looking for a midday coffee and cake, a dinner date or some late-night cocktail merriment, Banyan is the in-demand branch of restaurants that made such a name for themselves across the Pennines.

Almost Famous

4 user reviews 5

Almost Famous is the home of the burger in Manchester; offering up massive meaty monoliths that defy the senses coupled with top beers and jam-jar cocktails that only sweeten the deal. The  In Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter, Almost Famous is a restaurant bar with a twist - a big juicy meaty cheesy twist.