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 15th December 2016
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.
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.
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.
An institution of favoured plates, tapas style social dining and cuban inspired cocktails, Revolucion De Cuba is one of the best blends of bar and restaurant in the city. Head on down for flavours-ome spices and marinated meats before drinking and dancing on into the night.
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.
Owned by footballer Rio Ferdinand, Rosso is an Italian restaurant with an abundance of glamour and class. Serving up fresh food alongside great drinks, expect a city centre restaurant bar with real charm. With live music throughout the week, Rosso is great for a date night or even for some quality after work drinks in Manchester.
With its bones made up of some of the finest party nights in the city, Gorilla is not only a haven for world class DJs and musicians, they're a roaring restaurant bar in Manchester too. Head over to their restaurant space for hearty grub before washing it down with cocktails and dancing.
Towing the line between, bar, boozer and affordable dining space, Revolution is the black horse of restaurant bars in Manchester thanks to its unique space and amicable charm. Whether you're necking a cocktail, or dosing a sloppy joe inspired burger, there's something for all.
A plush restaurant bar in Manchester with roaring Asian flavours and specially produced cocktails on their side Cottonopolis is the ultimate dining experience in the city thanks to their geometric golden interiors and Eastern stance.
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.
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.
Elegant and sophisticated, The Living Room does a comprehensive and flawless food menu alongside killer cocktails. The jewel in the crown are their pianists, keeping diners and drinkers entertained. They also have a range of different sized spaces for you to hire privately if an intimate dinner party is what you're looking for. All in all its pretty darn obvious that The Living Room is a restaurant bar not to miss out on.
An NYC-inspired restaurant bar in the Spinningfields devlelopment, Neighbourhood is known for its amazing steaks as well as its top drawer cocktails. Neighbourhood has been touted as casual fine dining, but there's nothing casual about the quality of the food and drink at this American style restaurant and bar.
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.
Quaint, charming and humble as they come, this Manchester restaurant bar isn't only clambering above the rest with their gastro plates and top notch, affordable British dining, their plethora of venue made cocktails come up trumps too.