Bars in Manchester

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

With our top picks of bars in Manchester, we’ve tried to go for a spread – both geographically, and in terms of what each has to offer. So, a wonderful sherry bar on Stevenson’s Square, snazzy cocktails high above the city, and everything in between. All are here and ready to ply you with drinks, drinks and more drinks. All kinds of alcohol in all kinds of settings, in short. Cheers!

If you prefer your beer a little more hipster, here’s out choice of best craft beer in Manchester, and you can find our favorite pubs here.

Our top picks

Common Bar

Common Bar, 39-47 Edge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1HW - Visit now

Tucked away on the aptly named Edge Street in the Northern Quarter, Common is a favourite haunt of many in Manchester’s arts communities. The reason, essentially, is that everything they do is forward-thinking. From their top selection of beer to their rotating art exhibition to their array of poetry nights, musical performances and arts workshops, the bar do innovation well.

Common Bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter
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The Dressing Room Cafe Bar

The Dressing Room Cafe Bar, The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9JG - Visit now

The Dressing Room isn’t just a cute little cafe and bar – though it certainly ticks that box – this is the kind of venue that defines the soul of a neighbourhood. Throw a raved-about environmentally-conscious food menu and a great drinks selection into the mix, and you’ve got your new favourite place to hang out in Chorlton.

The Dressing Room Cafe Bar
The Dressing Room Cafe Bar

Flok

Flok, 5 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DN - Visit now

Flok is the kind of place the Northern Quarter was originally focused on – left-field, sophisticated and welcoming to all. It’s a sophisticated but unassuming space, with a wide selection of drinks and quietly excellent food. If you’re done with rowdy tiki bars and restaurants who care about Twitter likes more than food, then Flok is about to become your new favourite home from home.

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Gorilla

Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5WW - Visit now

Gorilla is a good choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From a hearty full English to meaty burgers via good vegan and veggie options. It also hosts some of the best gigs and events in Manchester.

Gorilla, Whitworth street Manchester

Terrace NQ

Terrace NQ, 43 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1NA

After a few years, Terrace is now firmly established as the new star on the Edge Street block. With high-quality drinks, well-priced food and friendly, charming staff, this busy venue is our must-go-to bar after a day’s work. Previous champ and near-neighbour, Common, has gone off the boil lately, with slow service, sub-par food and indifferent front-of-house, but fear not, Terrace has picked up the slack and then some.

Terrace

The Alchemist

The Alchemist, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3HF - Visit now

Drinking at the Alchemist is an exhilarating experience. The phrase ‘with a twist’ is often overused, but it’s impossible to describe its selection of cocktails without it. Equally, it’s a wonderful looking space, full of high ceilings and intricate lighting that portrays both artfully-prepared booze and guests in the best light.

The Alchemist

Cloud 23

Cloud 23, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4LQ - Visit now

Cloud 23 towers above the city in more ways than one. Just off Deansgate, with stunning views over the city, this is where to wine, dine and wow your date for the evening. The drinks menu is both forward-thinking, with a long list of snazzy cocktails, and quite simply, straight-up fun. Live out your inner Del Boy and ask for a cocktail umbrella.

Salut Wines

Salut Wines, 11 Cooper St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 2FW - Visit now

With a staggering 44 wines by the glass, partly due to the regularly changing selection of bottles in its Enomatic wine preservation machines (or ‘wine jukeboxes,’ as they’re colloquially known), Salut is one of the best bars in the city for exploring new vintages. It has a lovely, wide-windowed feel and a small menu of tapas-style plates.

Salut Wines

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Bar or Pub
Finders Keepers

Welcoming waterside bar in New Islington Marina, serving a wide array of carefully-curated cocktails.

City Centre
Restaurant
Climat

Highly-regarded wine-led, French-leaning wine bar and rooftop restaurant in the city centre.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Henry C

Henry C is an intimate neighbourhood bar in Chorlton, serving up superb quality drinks.

Manchester
Restaurant
11 Central

11 Central is a new bar and microbrewery launched by local brewing legends SEVEN BRO7HERS BREWING CO at the Central Bay site in Salford.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Kennedy’s Irish Bar

A fan favourite in Altrincham, Kennedy’s Irish Bar offers live music, a vibrant atmosphere and undoubtable Irish charm and hospitality.

Manchester
Restaurant
Axe & Cleaver

This is the perfect pub for an indulgent weekend, following up a long countryside walk with a hearty and high quality meal.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
On Bar

This multifaceted venue is primarily an award winning gay bar in Manchester’s Canal Street area – but that is not all…

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Vanilla

This award winning bar is open six nights a week due to popular demand. Described as the ‘mecca of the north’ for the lesbian community, it is no wonder why.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Cruz 101

Everything you want in a Canal Street club can be found here. Cruz 101 – better known as Cruz – is an institution, and a must-visit in Manchester.

Salford
Restaurant
Old Pint Pot

This lively spot could be considered a jack of all trades – pub, restaurant, events space and live music venue.

Manchester
Restaurant
Public

New to Stevenson’s Square, Public is the Northern Quarter’s new local, from the team behind Evelyn’s.

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