As one of the North-West’s largest cities, Manchester boasts a proud heritage. It’s a great spot for a day out shopping or sightseeing, with plenty to do and see, including a serious array of pubs and bars that are sure to please. From panoramic views at Cloud 23’s extravagant champagne and cocktail bar to cold beers, local music and BBQs at Big Hands in Chorlton. Check out our list below for more information.
Halfway up Manchester’s tallest building, the Beetham Tower, you’ll find Cloud 23, one of the city’s premier cocktail bars. Offering scenic views of Manchester itself, a visit to Cloud 23 is an experience rather than just a bar. That’s not to say that the drinks aren’t anything to write home about – the extensive cocktail list offers a whole range of fantastic twists on everyone’s favourite drinks, whilst the bar is stocked well enough to keep even the most discerning drinker happy. If you’re a bit peckish, Cloud 23 is a great place to enjoy afternoon tea, with a delicious selection of cakes and sandwiches on offer. Whatever your reason for visiting Manchester, a trip to Cloud 23 is a great way to see the city.
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If you’re looking for some classic local culture when you visit Manchester, then a visit to the Grey Horse needs to be on your to-do list. Only a short walk from Piccadilly Gardens, the Grey Horse offers a traditional pub interiors with classic food and drink, including old-school pub favourites. The bar is packed full of local draught ales from the nearby Hyde Brewery and the cocktail list doesn’t disappoint either – with something for every palate and price point. Whether it’s a few quiet drinks after a long day in the office, or a quick lunch spot after a morning’s shopping the Grey Horse is a great spot to enjoy an authentic Manchester pub experience.
The original of the city’s now three Marble pubs, the Marble Arch gives you everything you want from a characteristic pub. With 11 taps offering the finest local and craft brews, the Marble Arch is certainly a go-to destination of any visiting brew-buff who’s looking to relax after a morning or afternoon shopping. The food’s great too, with a whole range of dishes featuring freshly picked, seasonal ingredients – there’s even a special cheese menu. Monthly quizzes and other entertainment add to the cheery and friendly atmosphere, so there’s no chance of getting bored when you visit Marble Arch.
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Home to the most creative cocktails in Manchester, Alchemist Spinningfields looks to charm and amaze in equal measure. Part of the new-ish Spinning Fields development, Alchemist boasts modern, airy interiors and a delightful drinks menu – just try the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to find out why. It’s not all about drinks either, the food menu offers a diverse range of imaginative and classic dishes to suit any palate. So whether it’s an after work drink, a weekend catch up, or a big night out, visit Alchemist Spinningfields on your trip to Manchester.
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If you’re looking for a lively night out in Manchester’s Chorlton area, then you can’t go wrong with Big Hands. Home to a range of classic bourbons and a fridge full of craft lagers, their drinks selection is made for BBQs. The fun doesn’t stop at the drinks either, with regular performances from touring (and sometimes famous) bands, Big Hands is a great place to catch some local culture whilst you’re in the city. If that wasn’t enough, the roof terrace hosts impromptu BBQs when weather permits – perfect for Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
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Everything about Knott Bar exudes character and kookiness, from the way it juts out from an adjoining railway arch of Deansgate station, to the way they serve their beer. Knott Bar is certainly one of Manchester’s more unusual bars, offering a wide range of craft and local brews sure to please any thirsty traveller, and a great wine list to boot. The food at Knott Bar is just as good too, with a mouth-watering menu offering classic sandwiches and burgers that keep locals coming back every lunchtime.
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Absolutely nothing like the name suggests and recently transformed into a chic and minimalist drinking venue, Common isn’t quite as indie as it used to be, but still packs in character by the bucket load. The skillful bar team offer up some creative interpretations of bar classics, with a fantastic craft beer selection to spice up any post-work drinks or night out. The food’s fantastic too, with a menu packed full of tasty dishes like the Korean Fried Chicken Burger, Kimchi and the delicious Chilli (made from a secret recipe). There’s even an excellent selection of cakes on offer if you have a sweet tooth. Whatever your reason for visiting, Common is a great place to spend a few hours in one of the North’s most iconic cities.
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Not just your classic German Bier Keller, Albert’s Schloss is also a bar and entertainment venue, serving up to 7,000 pints of Pilsner every week to thousands of locals and tourists. It’s not just about the beer either, with a cocktail list jam-packed full of Bavarian favourites featuring the finest schnapps. If you’re hungry, there’s also an in-house kitchen serving up some great (and hearty) twists on German classics. There’s plenty of entertainment too, with a house band pumping out oompah classics every night to a lively and receptive crowd. Whatever your reason for travelling to Manchester, a trip to Albert’s Schloss should be on your to do list, so book your tickets to Manchester today.
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