Top 10 Bars to Take Your Girlfriend in Manchester

We all want to impress the people we love with our knowledge of cool and quirky bars, but sometimes you just need a little help. You know what she likes, but there’s just so much choice in the northern powerhouse that you can't think of the perfect place. Well fear not, we’ve narrowed down a shortlist of the most romantic, cool and exciting bars to take your girlfriend in Manchester. You can thank us later for saving date night.

Last updated on 14th February 2020

Banyan Corn Exchange

855 user reviews 4

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Banyan Bar & Kitchen is a relaxed but stylish bar that can cater to your needs all day. Whether you want to take your girlfriend out in the day for some pleasant coffee and cake, to the late night bar serving amazing cocktails, or a romantic dinner date without pretentiousness, they cater for all your needs. The menu is packed with dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients while the cocktail list will keep the two of you going all night.  

Set across two floors, Revolucion De Cuba pulls off both a cool and buzzing atmosphere with its Latin-themed interiors and delicious drinks. The Latin music as the perfect, fiery backdrop and the amount of quirky cocktails will stop you from ever being bored. Try the Cuban Tea Party for a selection of cocktail teapots to share, which adds to the fun atmosphere, along with a heap of South American food.

Veeno Manchester

540 user reviews 5

What's more romantic than a charming Italian wine bar? Take your girlfriend to Veeno and dive deep into the sensual tastes of wine from Italy and across the world. If you really want to impress her, go to one of their wine tasting experiences and learn exactly the right wine to drink. They also offer authentic sputini, colds meats and international cheeses to compliment your libations as you enjoy the intimate environment.

Cane and Grain

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Cain and Grain is an all-round experience to take your girlfriend to in Manchester. The first floor is a seated cocktail bar, where the focus is on style and substance with both the interior and the refined cocktails. The ground-floor hosts The Rib Joint, which is all about meat, bourbon and rum – perfect for those couples who have been together a long time. Then there's The Liar's Lounge, a tiki inspired bar catering to your fun needs.


346 user reviews 4

This converted former theatre is one of the biggest hotspots in Manchester. With a dedicated bar area decorated with minimal sixties design and a mezzanine floor with its own Gin Parlour, it could just earn the cool points with that. However, it also boasts some great food – even the self-proclaimed 'Best Burger in Manchester' - and a live music venue behind it, if you want a bar to impress your girlfriend in Manchester, this is the place to go.

Boasting delicious kitsch cocktails and stunning, modern interiors, The Refinery is a great place to take your girlfriend in Manchester. The seasonally inspired cocktails will delight the palate while its industrial sophistication-based design, floor-to-ceiling windows and feature lighting will set the mood for a romantic time. They serve a mixture of small plates and mezze board – best for sharing – as well as larger dishes, superfood salads and beautiful burgers.

Cottonopolis Food & Liquor

1471 user reviews 4

Cottonopolis creates a unique dining experience by combining a sleek, golden industrial interior with a delicious commitment to tasty far eastern food and drink. While the plush interiors are enough to  impress your other half, the drinks include a combination of Japanese whiskey, international beers, cocktails and an extensive wine list. The Asian-inspired food, made of smaller dishes like crab claws, Dim Sum and sushi, is perfect for sharing.

A hidden gem in Manchester, Speak in Code is a wonderful bar that focuses on delicious cocktails. With a long and creative list of sips, this slick spot commits to a great drinking experience in a bare-brick, leafy environment, making it a great place to take your girlfriend in Manchester even if she's a fussy drinker.

The eye-catching restaurant concept from Karina Jadhav of Neighbourhood, this £1.5 million venture sits at the base of the 8 storey office block, One New Bailey. Head to Salford for a wholly uniqueexperiential…