Top Ten Bars to Take Your Parents to in Manchester

It happens to us all: you need to impress your parents with a great bar but have spent your entire time in dive bars and clubs. Thankfully Manchester’s nightlife is incredibly diverse with everything from high-end venues featuring great views, to cosy pubs with a beer list as long as yourself. The city is packed with places good enough for two of the most important people in your life, so before you drag them to that dodgy pub on your street corner, check out our list of the top ten bars to take your parents to in Manchester.

Last updated on 10th January 2018

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The Briton's Protection

1 user reviews

Settle in with your parents at the warm and welcoming The Britons Protection. With six rooms, two featuring log fires, a fantastic outdoor space and hearty pub grub, it's already a good bar to take your parents in Manchester. But add in the vast list of beers and even bigger collection of whiskies – sitting over three hundred – this is perfect for your ‘rents if they love a good drink.

Happily Affordable ££

The Refinery Spinningfields manages to fuse sophistication with modern cool in one bar, which will hopefully make your parents feel right at home. The spacious, light venue serves a wide range of delicious cocktails and tasty food, including healthy options like superfood salads if you want to show off your new fit way of life. There’s also a large outside area for the sunny times.

Happily Affordable


4 user reviews

Épernay Champagne Bar is the bar to take your parents to in Manchester if you really want to impress them. The balcony offers amazing views of the Amphitheatre while the interior is sleek, intimate yet glamorous. The atmosphere is a lot calmer than most venues in the city, creating a serene ambience as you soak into the leather chairs. For drinks, the bar is stocked full of impressive champagnes and wines.

Splash the Cash £££

Veeno Manchester

174 user reviews

A pretty much universal fact is that your parents love wine, so why not take them to a bar dedicated to the pursuit of good wine: Veeno! The Italian bar has large roster of wine from the across the world and, if you feel like treating them, they offer regular wine tasting experiences. Grab some Italian food and you’ll have an all-round great evening with your parents in an authentic Italian restaurant.

Happily Affordable
Albert Square

Trof Northern Quarter

73 user reviews

Don’t avoid the Northern Quarter completely when looking for a great bar in Manchester for your parents. While The Trof is a trendy bar, it contains three floors of quality beers and wines, all buzzing with atmosphere. The food is a mix of hearty pub burgers and gasto-pub brunch and with its long open hours, it’s perfect for any time of the day.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

Lock 91

8 user reviews

Restored from a 19th Century lock keepers, Lock 91 is the perfect little gem to hide away with your parents. Across three floors, the bar serves a wonderful array of innovative cocktails, real ales, cider and a great selection of wines. If the sun finally comes out, there’s even a canal side terrace, and if not, the inside is welcoming and cosy, making it a perfect place to take your parents in Manchester.

Happily Affordable ££
Deansgate Locks
Black Dog Ballroom New Wakefield Street
50% Off Food Mondays and 9 other offers available.

This bar is definitely for the parents that are young at heart but there’s a lot of this bar for them to love. Not only is it stylish, slick and with a drinks menu packed with tasty cocktails, there’s an upstairs terraced for when the sun’s finally out, which is great. What really makes the Black Dog Ballroom a good bar to take your parents in Manchester is that it has a tonne of pool tables to keep them occupied when they come down.

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road

Banyan Manchester

481 user reviews
Banyan Manchester
Fizz Friday - £18.95 Prosecco all day and 1 other offer available.

Banyan Bar & Kitchen is a stylish bar that can cater to all types of parents. Whether you’re popping in for a coffee and cake, going in for a proper drink with their delicious cocktails or sitting down to dine on their homely food, Banyan will welcome you for all. While it’s cool enough to impress your skeptical adults, it has enough comfort that they won’t feel out of place, making it a great bar in Manchester for your parents.

Happily Affordable
Central Manchester

The Pen & Pencil

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The Pen & Pencil
Happy Hour and 1 other offer available.

Taking its name from mid-20th Century journalists and ad men, the Pen & Pencil is a haven for creative types. It manages to hit the sweet spot of trendy for your parents: getting to show off what makes the city special without getting to ahead of itself. They offer a hearty breakfast, brunch and lunch menus with blended smoothies and coffees to drink; at night the American food will fill you up while the beers, wines, spirits and bespoke cocktail list will wash it all down. All while seated in a comfortable and friendly environment.

Happily Affordable
Northern Quarter

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