Late-night Midweek Drinks In Manchester

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

On your way to becoming a fully-fledged 24-hour party person? Relax, we’ve got you covered. Manchester has more than enough excellent bars for late-night drinks outside of the big Friday and Saturday night blowouts. Whether you want to let loose, dancing on tables or eat cut-price chicken wings alongside your beer of choice, here’s our insider’s guide to the best places in the city for midweek drinks into the early hours of the following day. Get your Alka-Seltzer at the ready.


Our top picks

Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint

Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint, 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester, M15 4RA - Visit now

Bunny’s, referred to as BJ’s by teenagers, had a brief spell at B.Eat Street in 2017, on a site lodged awkwardly between Deansgate and Great Northern, but now it’s firmly based at the vibrant little culture zone that is First Street. Reliably busy in the evenings, in no small thanks to their crazy good 10p chicken wings offer. Expect an upbeat atmosphere with neon rock ‘n’ roll touches at this fast-becoming-legendary venue.

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The Liars Club

The Liars Club, 19A Back Bridge St, Manchester, M3 2PB - Visit now

There’s definitely something in the air at Liars Club; the staff seem to enjoy the night as much as the punters and although it’s not huge, it feels big once you’re inside. The Liars Club is at the bottom of an iconic pile on Manchester’s booming Bridge Street, propping up the popular Crazy Pedro’s, with Mojo’s completing an eclectic threesome, which offers enough variety to satisfy anyone looking to carve out a tasty little night out on the west side of Deansgate.

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Crazy Pedro’s NQ

Crazy Pedro’s NQ, Short St, Manchester, M1 1JG - Visit now

This underground venue is about being here for a good time, not a long time. The lights are low, but the place isn’t gloomy. Peer over to the back-end of the bar and you’ll find pinball machines and, of course, a beer pong table


Cane & Grain

Cane & Grain, 49-51 Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1NA - Visit now

Cane & Grain comes courtesy of the same crew as Liars Club and Blackroom Ballroom. You’re in safe hands when it comes to late-night drinks in a vibrant venue. You’ll find no less than three bars, each with their own unique drinks menus. The ground floor bar has a youthful skater feel, but the first-floor speakeasy is our top tip.

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Mojo, 59 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BQ - Visit now

Catch Mojo’s on the right night, and you could be in for the most raucous, tabletop-dancing night of your year. Based on Manchester’s Bridge Street, this rock ‘n’ roll-themed cocktail bar is wildly popular with the city’s post-work bar crew and if that’s not the ultimate stamp of approval then what on earth is?


Where to go in Manchester

Bar or Pub
Finders Keepers

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

City Centre

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

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Manchester Wine Tours is a relaxed, fun wine tour, full of the city’s best food and drink, led by an effortlessly engaging host.

Bar or Pub
Henry C

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

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.

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.

Axe & Cleaver

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

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…

Bar or Pub

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.

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.

Old Pint Pot

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

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