Best bars in Manchester

Cloud 23

This in-demand bar enjoys a lofty position from the 23rd floor of the city’s tallest building, Beetham Tower. The floor to ceiling windows offer breathtaking views across the whole of the city and you can even see straight down through the glass-floored section, for a bird’s eye view on the street directly below. Ensure a table by booking a few weeks in advance, but with fabulous afternoon tea and exceptional cocktails, it’s an experience worth the wait.


The Deaf Institute

Manchester is known for its independent music scene and this venue is right at the heart of it. Spread across three floors, there is barely an evening goes by when there isn't an exciting gig or club night going on. The upstairs venue offers an intimate atmosphere, cinema style seating and a smoking terrace while downstairs has satisfying food, decently-priced drinks and another club space tucked below. Expect everything from indie to classic Motown, hip-hop to guilty pleasure pop hits.

360 Champagne & Cocktail

While spending time shopping at Manchester's Trafford Centre, The 360 Bar is the perfect excuse to take a break. A sophisticated New York-style champagne and cocktail bar where you can sip on Moet while looking out on the minions below. More than 20 types of champagne and sparkling vinos are available and the cream and marble decor gives the circular bar a luxury feel. Go on, treat yourself, you’ve earned it.

Common Bar

Hidden away in the hipster Northern Quarter, Common is one of the best around and attracts a loyal crowd of creatives enjoying the craft beers, top tunes and the quirky decor. Exhibitions of street art and gig poster everywhere keep things interesting, while the DJs keep the party vibe going throughout the weekend. A great place to start your evening with a relaxed, fun-loving vibe after work, but the sort of bar where you can easily while away an entire evening.