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The Top 20 Best Bars in Manchester
It's very hard to compile a list of the 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 chain pubs and party bars 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 judged by our industry panel, as well as provided a list of the most popular real ale pubs and your favourite cocktail bars.
 

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Key:    Ale = Real Ale Bar     Cocktails = Cocktail Bar
Wine = Wine Bar    Disco = Disco    Gay friendly = Gay Bar
Live Sports = Live Sports    Popular with Manchester United fans = MUFC bar     Popular with Manchester City fans = MCFC bar
Pool Table = Pool/Games     Quiz nights = Quiz Night      Karaoke = Karaoke

 
Best Bars In Manchester -  Cottonopolis Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester - Cottonopolis Manchester
 Ale  Cocktails  Pets
Ale = £4.50+    Wine = £4.50+    Cocktails = £9+
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Best Bars in Manchester - 20 Stories Manchester Best Bars in Manchester - 20 Stories Manchester
Wine  Cocktails   Live Music  Garden  
  • Glamorous cocktail bar surrounded by a top class restaurant
  • Situated on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields
  • Expansive rooftop terrace offers an unparalleled 360-degree views of the Manchester skyline
  • Contemporary cocktail list full of experimental fizzes and fixes
  • Paying homage to the cultural diversity rife within Manchester
  • 56 whiskies, 30 gins, 25 rums, and wide choice of tequilas, mezcals and cognacs
  • Live music and tasting events
  • Smart dress code
Ale = £5.50+    Wine = £7+    Cocktails = £11+ (12.5% service)
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First Street Manchester Bars ~ Bunny Jackson's
First Street Manchester Bars ~ Bunny Jackson's
Wine  Cocktails  Live Sports  Live Music  Garden  Pool Table  Stag & Hen parties  Late Opening
Ale = £4+    Wine = £4.20+    Cocktails = £7.50+
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Best Bars In Manchester - The Wharf
Best Bars In Manchester ~ The Wharf
Ale  Wine  Live Music  Garden   Children Welcome  Pets
  • Brunning & Price's incredibly popular city centre "country pub"
  • Located in a large mock 1820's Castlefield warehouse (actually built in 1998)
  • Huge canalside terrace
  • Cosy, intimate rooms and alcoves
  • 9 cask ales, 50 wines, 50 malt whiskies and 60 gins
  • Live music and tasting nights
  • Dog and family friendly pub
Ale = £3.70+    Wine = £4.50+    Cocktails = £7.50+
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Best Bars In Manchester - Cane & Grain Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester - Cane & Grain Manchester
Cocktails   Live Music  Late Opening
Ale = £?+    Wine = £3.50+    Cocktails = £9+
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Best Bars In Manchester ~ Cask
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Cask
6 ~ 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 ~ Arcane Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Arcane Manchester
Ale  Cocktails  Quiz nights  Late Opening
  • Basement cocktail lounge just off Deansgate
  • From the same team who made Apotheca the Pride Of Manchester Award-winning "Best Bar in Manchester" when it opened
  • Inventive award-winning cocktails sit alongside locally sourced craft ales
  • Gin tasting and quiz nights
  • Open every day and until 04:00 at weekends
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+
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Northern Quarter Bars -  Twenty Twenty Two Manchester
Northern Quarter Bars - Twenty Twenty Two Manchester
  Cocktails  Late Opening
  • Unique bar, ping pong room and events space
  • Hidden in a Northern Quarter back street basement
  • All night table tennis, Beer & Prosecco Pong and late night wild parties
  • The "blank canvas" venue changes appearance as artists redesign the walls
  • Supporting the arts, cultural and music sectors, it's a popular place for the creative industry
  • Photographic exhibitions, product launches, parties and fashion shows
  • Open every evening and 'til 04:00 Friday & Saturday
Ale = £?    Wine = £?    Cocktails = £?
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Bars in the Northern Quarter Manchester - The Bay Horse Tavern
Bars in the Northern Quarter Manchester - The Bay Horse Tavern
Ale  Cocktails  Wine  Live Music  Pool Table   Quiz nights  Pets
Ale = £4+    Wine = £3.50+    Cocktails = £7.50+
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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+
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Manchester Northern Quarter Bars - NQ64
Manchester Northern Quarter Bars - NQ64
Cocktails   
  • Underground drinking den and retro arcade game bar in the Northern Quarter
  • Hidden in a backstreet basement underneath the famous Affleck's Palace
  • Many rare retro arcade games and classic consoles
  • Arcade themed cocktails, craft beers and sodas
  • Open until 02:00 daily
  • Over 18’s only
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £8+
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Best Bars In Manchester ~ Junkyard Golf Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Junkyard Golf Manchester
Junkyard Golf Club 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 = £?+
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Spinningfields Manchester Bars ~ Tattu Manchester
Spinningfields Manchester Bars ~ Tattu Manchester
13 ~ Tattu   Cocktails  Wine
Opened in Spinningfields in April 2015, this incredibly stunning Oriental cocktail bar takes its influence from different styles of body art, and this is reflected in everything from the captivating Edwin Pickett designed interior to the expertly crafted cocktail menu, inspired by the designs of different body artists with their own unique styles and unusual flavour combinations. A wide variety of beers, wines and bottle serves are also available with DJs and live music Thursday to Saturday.
Ale = £4.50+    Wine = £4.70+    Cocktails = £9+
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Manchester Northern Quarter Bars - Crazy Pedros NQ
Manchester Northern Quarter Bars - Crazy Pedros NQ
  Cocktails   Late Opening   Stag & Hen parties
  • Opened in November 2016, the second branch of the laid back, late night pizza and Tequila den
  • Situated in a basement underneath the famous Affleck's Palace in the Northern Quarter
  • Manchester’s largest Mezcal & Tequila selection
  • Boozy hard shakes, frozen Margaritas, ice cold cans of Hooch, and sharing cocktails
  • Pizza making masterclass
  • Dog-friendly and kids allowed until 20:00
  • Open until 04:00 every day with pizzas and nachos served all night long
Ale = £4+    Wine = £3.50+    Cocktails = £8+
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Spinnigfields Bars ~ Liars Club Manchester
Spinnigfields Bars ~ Liars Club Manchester
Take a short step from Deansgate, down Back Bridge Street, behind sister bar Crazy Pedro's, and descend the stairs to be transported to a tropical hideaway packed with rum, fun, cocktails and Tiki craziness; a million miles from the gloomy streets of Manchester up above. With its rock and reggae soundtrack, kitsch Polynesian décor, exotic trinkets, flaming Zombies and sharing cocktails, it serves the North West’s most extensive collection of rum. Open until 04:00
Ale = £3.50+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £7+
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Northern Quarter bars - Elnecot
Northern Quarter bars - Elnecot
16 ~ Elnecot
  Ale  Cocktails  Wine
  • Friendly neighbourhood bar and diner in Ancoats
  • Fantastic creative cocktails inspired by the Industrial Revolution
  • Great selection of beers from local brewers
  • Popular weekend brunch provides the perfect hangover cure
  • Dog-friendly
Ale = £4.50+    Wine = £4+    Cocktails = £7+
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Manchester Bridgewater Hall Bars ~ Lock 91
Bars near Bridgewater Hall Manchester ~ Lock 91
17 ~ Lock 91   Ale  Wine  Cocktails  Stag & Hen parties
 
Once derelict, this beautiful building has now been refurbished back to its former glory, opening as an independent bar with a home away from home atmosphere in August 2012. It's a place to relax, unwind and wash away the worries of everyday life in the Reception bar or quaint Parlour. Perch your self outside on the sun terrace where you are encouraged to sit long, talk lots and laugh often with your best mates and new found friends.

Ale = £4+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £7.50+
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Central Bars & Pubs in Manchester ~ Vesper Manchester Central Bars & Pubs in Manchester ~ Vesper Manchester
Wine  Cocktails
A sleek, light-filled bar for cocktails with a heated outdoor terrace located just off King Street in Manchester City Centre. Inspired by the Grand Hotels of 1920s Europe and the golden age of decadence, Vesper aims to create the perfect evening - no matter what the occasion is. Ideal for an intimate table of 2 or more lavish parties accommodating up to 120 people.
Ale = £4+    Wine = £4.30+    Cocktails = £7+
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Bars near The Palace Theatre Manchester - Dog Bowl Manchester Palace Theatre Manchester Bars - Dog Bowl Manchester
  Cocktails  Pool Table   Late Opening
From the same guys behind Black Dog, this New York style venue on Whitworth Street has the unique personality of the original Northern Quarter hangout, with even more fun, in the form of five full length ten pin bowling lanes. With The Ritz and the Palace Theatre across the road, it's ideal for pre or post show cocktails, with a Tex-Mex menu also available for hungry bowlers. Open until 02:00 (03:00 on Saturdays).
Ale = £4+    Wine = £3.50+    Cocktails = £7+

Bars near Manchester Apollo - The Green
o2 Manchester Apollo Bars - The Green
Ale  Live TV Pool Table  Stag & Hen parties   
  • Manchester's premier indoor golf and sports bar
  • Located close to Piccadilly Station, and on the edge of the Northern Quarter
  • 8 private golf simulation booths with 15 foot screens
  • Play indoor golf on over 60 PGA courses, including Pebble Beach and Royal Melbourne
  • Booths also adaptable for live sports screenings and XBox games
  • Pool tables, fussball, karaoke booths and a canalside patio
  • Most live major sports events shown on numerous HD screens set over two floors
Ale = £4+    Wine = £?    Cocktails = £?
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