Your Cocktail Bar Guide: Manchester
Is there really anything better than putting on your fave outfit, getting ready and going for some cocktails in town with good company? Being one of the best cities in the world and home to our ISAW HQ, I’m going through some of the best places you can go for drinks in Manchester. Whether it’s with your best girlfriends or for a date, I’ve covered everything for you.
Turtle Bay is known for its happy hour, going all day until 7pm, then restarting again at 10pm until close every night! They’ve got so much choice and variety of cocktails you’ll definitely get carried away! It's so easy to plant yourself on a table and stay here the whole night. Not to mention the vibe inside is a Carribbean dream, playing upbeat reggae tunes and keeping the lighting mood appropriate. The staff are always super friendly and the service is great. This is the perfect place to go with your best friends before hitting a club. You can find out more by clicking here.
This has to be the most secretive bar in Manchester, so make sure you don't tell anyone! With an entrance that looks exactly like a legitimate laundrette, you’d easily believe you’d come to the wrong place. After you’ve picked up the phone on the wall, you pass through a tumble dryer door (kinda like Narnia) that takes you to the main bar which is extremely quirky and amazing. The whole experience really feels like you're gonna be dropping your laundry off with them, and their website gives nothing away that it is in fact a bar. The food and cocktails are presented in the most unusual and unique ways that you wouldn’t be able to resist taking a pic for the ‘gram! This bar is bookings only, so if you want an exclusive, table service experience, The Washhouse is your go-to. You can find out more here.
Twenty Twenty Two
Located in the Northern Quarter, it's never a dull moment at Twenty Twenty Two. This place is the one for you if you like drinking while playing games. With a whole room dedicated to playing ping pong (£5 a game), it’s the perfect mix of club and play for you and your group. You can even hire it out for special events and they have events on every day of the week! They have a wide range of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits and it’s the perfect spot for a fun date if you don’t want anything too intense! Make sure you visit this one while you're venturing around the NQ. Find out more by clicking here.
Banyan is a gin lover's paradise. Located in the Corn Exchange, it has a really relaxed atmosphere and is a prime spot to take a break in between a busy day of shopping, or the first touchdown on a night of bar crawling. During Summer, the outside area is the best place for basking in the sun while you people watch and take a break. Having a huge cocktail menu also means you can deffo find the right one to satisfy all your senses. If you’re wanting good conversation and a lively atmosphere, Banyan has you covered. The bottom floor is even available for hire, with some exclusive private dining areas with amazing furnishings, ideal for a birthday or a Christmas do! Interested? Find out more by clicking here.
An arcade themed bar with serious underground vibes and 2-4-1 cocktails until 7pm every day for £8? Count me in! Visiting this place definitely needs to be on your essentials list for your day/night out in Manc. With graffiti all over the walls and stairs leading down to a basement full of games, this is a great place to chill and have a laugh with your fave pals while enjoying some iconic cocktails and listening to some slow R&B tunes. This amazing bar offers shuffleboard, pool tables, lots of drinks and food and alcoholic milkshakes, so something for everyone! Check the website out for more info here.
The official meaning of Schloss is "Chateau, palace, manor house built as a retreat for recreation, indulgence, pleasure and debauchery". This venue is the definition of luxe and quality. If you haven’t already been here, get yourself there… tonight! Its wide open venue with high ceilings, exposed brick and industrial lights set the mood for a great afternoon/night of drinking. The atmosphere is loud and lively, so perfect for a big group outing - plus lots of events and entertainment to witness when you’re there. If you get a booth, you can get table service of anything from vodka to whiskey. Want more info? Click here.
Cane & Grain
Cane & Grain is such a fun place to go with a good group of friends. It’s a buzzing place filled with catchy music and amazing cocktails. Having both a downstairs and upstairs means you can start from the bottom and work your way up. With a cool atmosphere downstairs that is a nod towards to 80s skate scene and a more clubby feel upstairs with a dancefloor and seating area, it's a cool place to spend your money. The cocktails are made so theatrically and one of them is even served to you on fire! Deffo check this place out on your crawl - you might end up staying the whole night! Click here for more info.
This place is the ultimate secret bar in the Northern Quarter with the look of a normal convenience store on the outside. It’s created by the same genius minds behind Almost Famous, Home Sweet Home and Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, so you know it’s gonna be unreal! With a huge menu of creative and straight-to-the-point cocktails, you’re guaranteed a memorable night with lots of Instagrammable points. The bar itself is filled with exposed brick and industrial benches with lots of retro sweets and chocolate bars on the shelves surrounding. Think of this place as a downtown Brooklyn corner shop, only darker and more neon signs! Check out more on their website here.
The Liar's Club
If you fancy being transported to a tropical Tiki hideaway away from normal life, head to Liar’s Club. Its happy hour is 5-9pm Sunday to Fridays, so you’ve got no excuse not to go! Specialising in rum cocktails, it’s the perfect place to satisfy all your rum fantasies, you can even buy bottles of rum in there too! I recommend the sharing cocktails which come in elaborate things like volcanoes, coconut shells and pineapples. One sharer costs £100 and serves 6-10 people!! Definitely worth checking this place out! Visit the website here for more info.
Located just off Oxford Road, this is the perfect student bar. The drinks are amazingly cheap and there's so many cocktails to choose from, ranging from £2.50 - £6! You can get anything from fruity, sour, sweet all the way up to creamy milkshake cocktails to satisfy your sweet tooth (a lot of the cocktails come with sweets and extra snacks too!) There's plenty of seats around both upstairs and downstairs in the basement, and at night this is the perfect place to start your night, as you're guaranteed good music, a buzzing atmopshere and lots of drinks flowing. You can also book a party there for absolutely free! This bar is also the perfect location for a first date! During the day, it's quiet and you're guaranteed a nice seat, perfect for good conversation and good company. Check out the website here.
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