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The Top 20 Best Bars in Manchester

It's very hard to compile a list of the Top 10 best bars in Manchester that would suit everybody's requirements.

Some people love the Continental style independent establishments that sell German wheat beer or the back street boozers with their local ales, others look for the footballer-filled wine bars or chic cocktail bars with their dress-to-impress door policies.

The masses flock to the busy Anytown chain pubs whilst the dance crowd love the city's vibrant nightclubs.

For that reason we've compiled a list of the Top 10 best bars in Manchester, as voted by our readers, as well as provided a list of the most popular real ale pubs and your favourite cocktail bars.
 

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Key:   Gay friendly = Gay Bar   Ale = Real Ale Bar   Cocktails = Cocktail Bar   Wine = Wine Bar    Disco = Disco   Live Music = Live Music
 Live TV = Live Sports   Garden = Beer Garden/Terrace   Pool Table = Pool Table   Quiz nights = Quiz Nights   Karaoke = Karaoke   Late Opening = Open after 2am
Stag & Hen parties = Stag/Hen Parties Welcome    Children Welcome = Kids Welcome   Pets = Dogs Welcome   Popular with Manchester United fans = Man United pub   Popular with Manchester City fans = Man City pub

 
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Mojo Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Mojo Manchester
1 ~ Mojo   Cocktails  Late Opening
Combining shabby New York City dive style chic with great liquor, cocktails, eats and Rock n’ Roll from the last five decades, Manchester's ultimate late night rock bar is the industry bar of choice. Located just across Bridge Street from Spinningfields, it's open until 04:00. So popular, it's not for the claustrophobic and queue shy, however the intimate Rhum Room upstairs offers an alternative place to dance along to classic rock, indie and metal over a great rum collection and cocktails made by the multi-award winning team.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £7.50+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Junkyard Golf Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Junkyard Golf Manchester
Junkyard Golf have found a permanent home on First Street and it’s bigger, better and WEIRDER than ever. Putt up or shut up on nine-hole crazy golf courses made from a whole lotta random and pre-loved shizzle. Think UV slides, UFC bear cages, a hip-hop farm, tree house bar and loads more bizarre stuff they’ve picked up along the way. Remember, #LoserBuysTheDrinks. Open daily until 1am with Under 18's allowed all day Sunday and until 19:00 Monday - Wednesday.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+

Best Bars In Manchester -  Cottonopolis Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester - Cottonopolis Manchester
Opened in October 2015, with a nod to Manchester’s industrial past, this extremely popular cocktail bar truly is a gem within the bustling Northern Quarter. Tucked away behind Piccadilly, the venue offers an exclusive experience boasting unique cocktails, an extensive craft ale list including Krusovice Tank beer, a decent wine list with a choice of Sakes, and delicious Japanese-inspired bites served to a soundtrack from some of the best DJs on the Manchester music scene.
Ale = £4.20+    Wine = £4.30+    Cocktails = £8+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Manchester House
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Manchester House
Living Ventures' £3m Manchester House restaurant boasts one of the city's most fashionable lounge bars, situated ten floors higher on Level 12 of Tower Twelve, a non-descript office block in Spinningfields. The lounge and private terraces offer spectacular, wrap-around views of the Manchester skyline and a lavish decor in which to enjoy some of the city’s finest cocktails, Afternoon Teas and resident DJs. Open until late.
Ale = £5.75    Wine = £6.50+    Cocktails = £9+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Mr Cooper's Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Mr Cooper's Manchester
5 ~ Mr Cooper's   Ale  Cocktails  Wine
Offering some of the best cocktails in Manchester, using unusual ingredients, alongside a great selection of bio-wines, a huge gin, vodka, tequila, rum and whisky collection, and locally brewed beers, the popular bar inside the plush Midland Hotel offers a unique setting with a Victorian library, an inside garden, birdhouses, a gazebo, cascading wall of plants and even a 30ft tree. Combining modern touches with the history and heritage of Mr Cooper himself, whose house and famous gardens sat on the site back in 1819, this is simply one of the best bars in Manchester.
Ale = £4.50+    Wine = £4.60+    Cocktails = £10+

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Best Bars In Manchester - Cane & Grain Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester - Cane & Grain Manchester
Hidden behind a secret door and decked out with wood panelled walls, antique glassware, and taxidermy squirrel lights, the first floor bar at Cane and Grain is more than a subtle nod to the speakeasy. Drinks are cocktail led, with an emphasis on classics, but the menu also includes award-winning creations from the bar’s skilled staff headed by the World Class UK finalist Massimo Zitti.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £3.50+    Cocktails = £9+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Epernay
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Epernay
7 ~ Epernay   Cocktails  Wine  Garden
The fantastic Champagne and cocktail bar next to Manchester Central is widely recognised as being one of the best bars in Manchester. Over 32 different Champagnes are available at very reasonable prices, 15 of which are available by the flute, as well as some rare and prestigious wines from all over the region. The signature cocktail menu is created by a team of some of the most established and multi-award winning bartenders in Manchester, whilst the gin list is one of the best in town. Surrounded by the Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Opera House and Palace Theatre, it is very popular for pre-theatre drinks and its sunny balcony overlooking Great Northern Square.
Ale = £6+    Wine = £4.50+    Cocktails = £6.50+

Best Bars In Manchester - Hold Fast
Best Bars In Manchester - Hold Fast
8 ~ Hold Fast   Ale   Cocktails   Live Music  Stag & Hen parties
Located underneath Hatters Hostel, this popular old-worldly and nautical themed basement bar, inside the former bowler hat factory, celebrates a bygone era of Victorian exploration and discovery. A place of oddities, curiosities and mythical creatures, it is a unique Northern Quarter venue which even boasts a separate cinema room, together with a retro computer games room, DJs, live bands, board games and Cards Against Humanity to keep you entertained whilst you enjoy the cocktails and craft ales. Open until midnight each night, 03:00 at weekends.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+

Best Bars In Manchester - Australasia Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester - Australasia Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester - Australasia Manchester
9 ~ Australasia   Cocktails  Wine  Garden  Late Opening
This very stylish Pacific Rim subterranean cocktail lounge and restaurant from Knutsford's Living Ventures group offers a unique list of expertly crafted cocktails alongside a wine and sake list of impressive proportions. Service runs into the early hours against an eclectic backdrop of music created nightly by DJs on the touch-screen emulator. Located underneath the Armani store in Spinningfields, you can enter via the glass pyramid on Deansgate or through the ground level bar and terrace bar with its canopied garden at the rear of the building.
Ale = £6    Wine = £5.75+    Cocktails = £8.50+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Arcane Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Arcane Manchester
10 ~ Arcane   Ale  Cocktails  Late Opening
Opened in May 2016 by the management team who were responsible for making Apotheca the Pride Of Manchester Award-winning "Best Bar in Manchester", this basement cocktail den is hidden in a former bookies on a backstreet, just off Deansgate. Inventive cocktails sit alongside locally sourced craft ales and the welcoming atmosphere. Open every day and until 04:00 at weekends.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+

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Best Bars In Manchester - The Wharf
Best Bars In Manchester ~ The Wharf
11 ~ The Wharf   Ale  Wine  Garden  Children Welcome  Pets
Although you'd be forgiven for thinking it dates back to the 1820s, the time of the historic warehouses around it, this beautiful Castlefield pub was actually built in 1998 and traded until 2005 as 'Jackson's Wharf'', before Brunning & Price spectacularly re-opened it in July 2012. The large building offers a huge canalside terrace alongside innumerable nooks and crannies, with cosy, intimate rooms and alcoves in which you (and your dog) can enjoy the friendly "country pub" atmosphere, 12 cask ales, 50 wines, 100 whiskies and delicious British food.
Ale = £3.70+    Wine = £4.30+    Cocktails = £7.50+

Best Bars In Manchester -  Twenty Twenty Two Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester - Twenty Twenty Two Manchester
This unique bar, ping pong room and events space is hidden in a Northern Quarter back street basement and offers more than the standard bar experience. Initially devised to be a blank canvas, the venue changes appearance several times a year as artists redesign the walls. Supporting the arts, cultural and music sectors, it is a popular place for the creative industry with space available for hire 7 days a week, playing host to many a photographic exhibition, product launch, birthday party, fashion show or photo shoot. Open daily until late, DJs spin Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, House and Garage until 04:00 at weekends.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+

Best Bars In Manchester - The Fitzgerald
Best Bars In Manchester - The Fitzgerald
Named after "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald, this 1920's styled bar above Rosylee and Hula Tiki Lounge in the Northern Quarter has a speakeasy vibe about it. Focusing on the period of defiance during The Prohibition, to the indulgent excess of the wealthy, whilst encompassing the creativity and imagination that flowed around the globe during that era, you can expect great cocktails, one of the best gin collections in Manchester and live jazz and blues alongside DJs mixing soul and funk until the early hours. Open Wednesday to Sunday only.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £7+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Crazy Pedro's
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Crazy Pedro's
This intimate late night, laid back Tequila and Mezcal den from the guys behind The Liar's Club downstairs, can be found just across Bridge Street from Spinningfields. With boozy hard shakes, frozen Margaritas, ice cold cans of Hooch, sharing cocktails, and Manchester’s largest Mezcal & Tequila selection, it's open daily until 04:00. Oh, and then there's the pizzas and nachos, served all night long to help you soak up the booze.
Ale = £5.25+    Wine = £3+    Cocktails = £8+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Cask
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Cask
15 ~ Cask   Ale  Garden  Popular with Manchester United fans  
Established in 2003, this Castlefield favourite, opposite the Science & Industry Museum, has remained a beer drinker's heaven with one of the most comprehensive lists in town; featuring many local brews, German wheat beers, strong Belgian imports, special American imports and bottles from around the globe. The Manchester music jukebox and beer garden prove equally as popular, as does their relaxed attitude to food, which allows you to bring your own, including from the fish & chip shop next door.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+

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Best Bars In Manchester - The Pen & Pencil
Best Bars In Manchester - The Pen & Pencil
Taking its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York, which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’ - this Northern Quarter bar and eatery on the corner of Hilton and Tariff Street is open from 10am right through until late, offering everything from American and Mexican breakfasts, to lunches, craft ales, afternoon cocktails, boilermakers and late night gatherings with an eclectic range of Manchester's best DJs unil 02:00.
Ale = £4.20+    Wine = £5+    Cocktails = £7.50+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Oast House
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Oast House

17 ~ The Oast House   Cocktails  Wine  Live Music  Garden

Once used to roast hops in the 16th Century, this original building was actually moved from Kent to the heart of Spinningfields by Living Ventures in 2011 and effortlessly blends relaxed pub surroundings with a huge selection of craft ales, Champagne, wines and cocktails on tap with live acoustic music every night and a whole host of outdoor events all year round. The Ale Anthology offers over 85 beers and ciders, whilst the wine list serves up many by the glass.
Ale = £5.25+    Wine = £4.50+    Cocktails = £6.50+

Best Bars In Manchester - Bakerie
Best Bars In Manchester - Bakerie
This excellent, unpretentious, family-friendly bread and wine bar in the Northern Quarter, offers over 50 wines by the glass and Manchester's first wine tasting machine, which serves 16 fine wines by the glass. As well as Tasting Sessions, wine flights are also available and the cocktail list even includes experimental mixes incorporating the wines. Charcuterie and cheese boards help soak up the booze whilst a new downstairs cellar, opened in November 2016, gives the venue a whole new dynamic.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £4.50+    Cocktails = £7.50+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Dukes 92
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Dukes 92
19 ~ Dukes 92   Ale  Wine  Garden
This stunning canalside bar and terrace was originally a stable block for the horses delivering foods off barges to the Merchants Warehouse opposite. Since 1991, it has become one of the city's most popular pubs and event venues, transforming the Castlefield heritage zone in the process. Having undergone a million-pound renovation to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the building's heritage is reflected in a subtle blend of antique furniture and modern fixed seating. The huge outdoor terrace is especially popular for the canside barbeque in summer.
Ale = £3.70+    Wine = £4.30+    Cocktails = £7.50+

Best Bars In Manchester - Tib Street Tavern
Best Bars In Manchester - Tib Street Tavern
This no gimmicks Northern Quarter boozer opened in May 2012 and embraces the history and tradition of the area, combining a vintage pub design with contemporary features. Independently owned by three of the leading names in Manchester's bar scene, it’s not attempting to be a theme bar and just offers a good old fashioned selection of beers, spirits and wines with TV screens showing an array of live sports over its two floors.
Ale = £3.40+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+

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