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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 -  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+

20 Stories Manchester 20 Stories Manchester
Situated on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories is composed of a glamorous restaurant, lively bar and expansive rooftop terrace with unparalleled 360-degree views of the Manchester skyline. The 20 Stories menu showcases the best of the Northwest with an aim to source ingredients no more than 50 miles from outside Manchester. The bar serves cocktails, craft beer and an extensive wine list. 20 Stories has a smart dress code.
Ale = £6+    Wine = £6.50+    Cocktails = £11+

First Street Manchester Bars ~ Bunny Jackson's
First Street Manchester Bars ~ Bunny Jackson's
3 ~ Bunny Jackson's   Ale  Wine  Cocktails  Stag & Hen parties
Bunny Jackson’s is Manchester best dive bar, serving up soul food and great drink, coupled with live music and the best 10p chicken wings in the world! With an extensive bourbon selection, happy hours every day, lunch deals and food that’ll get all over your face, BJ’s is the kind of place to dance on the tables and leave with a massive grin on your face.
Ale = £4+    Wine = £4.20+    Cocktails = £7.50+

Best Bars In Manchester - The Wharf
Best Bars In Manchester ~ The Wharf
4 ~ 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 ~ Arcane Manchester
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Arcane Manchester
5 ~ 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 = £?+

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+

Bridgewater Manchester Bars ~ Britons Protection Manchester
Bridgewater Manchester Bars ~ Britons Protection Manchester
This multi-award winning pub has stood proudly on the corner of Great Bridgewater Street and Lower Moseley Street, since 1806. Famed for its enormous whisky collection - there's over 200 hundred to choose from - it is a must visit for whisky connoisseurs and real ale fans when in Manchester. There's an extensive range of local real ales and the tardis like interior with its various rooms and real fireplaces are complemented by a hidden beer garden. A mural on the wall recreates the Peterloo Massacre, which took place outside the pub's front door in 1819. Popular with classical musicians and theatre goers alike, the Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Central are located opposite.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £?+

Spinnigfields Bars ~ Mojo Manchester
Spinnigfields Bars ~ Mojo Manchester
Since opening in 1996, the classic rock bar on Bridge Street, just off Deansgate, has earned its stripes as one of the country's best bars and is, without doubt, Manchester's most celebrated bar. Now open until 05:00 at weekends (04:00 every other day of the week), it combines New York City dive style chic with great liquor, home-made American food and Rock n’ Roll from the last six decades. The upstairs Rhum Room is stocked with over 100 different rums from every corner of the world.
Ale = £4+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £7+

Best Bars In Manchester ~ Cask
Best Bars In Manchester ~ Cask
9 ~ 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 = £?+

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 ~ 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 = £?+

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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Bars in the Northern Quarter Manchester - The Bay Horse Tavern
Bars in the Northern Quarter Manchester - The Bay Horse Tavern
A modern take on a Victorian Pub, positioned on Thomas Street right in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.  It is a laid-back spot with charm and personality to spare, a home away from home to relax in warm and comfortable surroundings with a vast range of Gins, Craft Beers and other libations.
Ale = £3.90+    Wine = £3+    Cocktails = £7+

Spinningfields Manchester Bars ~ Tattu Manchester
Spinningfields Manchester Bars ~ Tattu Manchester
14 ~ 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+

Deansgate Bars ~ Roxy Ball Room Manchester
Deansgate Bars ~ Roxy Ball Room Manchester
Opened in 2017, right in the heart of Deansgate, this huge 18,000 square foot bar serves up two floors of ping pong, pool, mini golf and beer pong. A massive venue dedicated to bringing a fun experience through great gaming, great cocktails, great beer, great food and great music. Near The Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Arena.
Ale = £?+    Wine = £?+    Cocktails = £7.50+

Deansgate Manchester Bars ~ The Liqour Store Deansgate
Deansgate Manchester Bars ~ The Liqour Store Deansgate
Hidden away at the end of Deansgate, just off Blackfriar's Street near the Manchester Arena, is this celebrated artisan cocktail bar which proudly pays tribute to Mancunian legends from music, sport and TV. One whole wall is dedicated to the city's most loved exports with portraits of everyone from Oasis, Ian Brown, Morrissey and Steve Coogan to Nobby Stiles, Davy Jones, The Bee Gees and Les Dawson, whilst the Manchester music soundtrack makes it popular with those 'in the know'. Open until 03:00 daily.
Ale = £4+    Wine = £4.25+    Cocktails = £8+

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+

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+

Manchester Bridgewater Hall Bars ~ Lock 91
Bars near Bridgewater Hall Manchester ~ Lock 91
19 ~ 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+

Central Bars & Pubs in Manchester ~ Vesper Manchester Central Bars & Pubs in Manchester ~ Vesper Manchester
20 ~ Vesper   Wine  Cocktails
~ off king street ~
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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