10 Best Cocktail Bars In Manchester, England

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Manchester is the third largest city in England and is perhaps best known worldwide for their football team, Manchester United. But since Manchester is one of the largest cities in the U.K, there is of course, so much more to the city than that. The recorded history of Manchester dates back to 79 AD when it was a Roman civilian settlement, and now the city receives more than 250,000 visitors a month. The nightlife of Manchester is lively, with a myriad of clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants to go and explore as a well as a vibrant and welcoming LGBT community. So if you’re out exploring Manchester one day check out these great cocktail bars and wet your whistle.

1. The Fitzgerald

Come and try our new special cocktails, whisky and port, gin and chartreuse. Available in the happy hour until 21:00!!!!!

Posted by The Fitzgerald on Thursday, 27 December 2018

Live out your inner Hemingway fantasy at The Fitzgerald, a cool speakeasy-style bar that aims to recreate the scenes and sights of 1920’s bars. The vintage decor and cool glassware give off some nice laid back vibes while having a touch of Gatsby glamour. The entrance to the bar has a secret street entrance giving it a touch of mystery and adding to the speakeasy motif.

The Fitzgerald

Address: 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB, UK

Opening Hours: 5PM to 2AM

Average Price for 2: 12 USD

Website: The Fitzgerald

2. Vesper

Located right of King’s Street in the heart of Manchester, Vesper is a great little cocktail bar serving up some delicious drinks. The bar has a sleek and modern vibe with a touch of class in a bright and vibrant environment. Vesper also has an outdoor heated terrace for those that want a little fresh air with their cocktail.



Opening Hours 11AM - 2AM

Average Price for 2 drinks 20 USD

Website: Vesper

3. Cottonopolis

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Cottonopolis was a 19th-century nickname for the city of Manchester due to it being the centre of the cotton industry. But this Cottonopolis is one of Manchester’s coolest Japanese inspired cocktail bars. Indulge in some amazing Japanese style and Asian inspired cocktails or order something off their food menu. They also serve brunch and Sunday roast making this bar anything but traditional.


Address: 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE, UK

Opening Hours 11AM - 12AM

Average Price for 2 drinks 20 USD

Website: Cottonopolis

4. Cloud 23

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Posted by Cloud 23 on Thursday, 29 November 2018

Cloud 23 is a cool and fashionable cocktail located at the highest point in Manchester. Enjoy a cocktail while you take in the amazing views from the top of the legendary Beetham Tower. The bar has floor to ceiling windows so you can enjoy the view while you enjoy your afternoon tea or evening cocktail. There is a dress code here, so make sure you dress to impress while leaving the casual wear at home. Indulge in some elegant bar food while you try some elaborate cocktails.

Cloud 23


Opening Hours 11AM - 2AM

Average price for 2 30USD

Website: Cloud 23

5. The Pen & Pencil

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The Pen & Pencil is located in the Northern Quarter and it offers a taste of New York City in the heart of Manchester. Drawing off themes from a mid-20th-century bar in Manhattan by the same name, The Pen & Pencil is there for an afternoon bite to eat, evening cocktail and even DJ’s on the weekend.

The Pen & Pencil

Address: Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ, UK

Opening Hours 10AM - 2AM

Average Price for 2 drinks 20 USD

Website: The Pen and Pencil

6. Cane & Grain

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Cane & Grain is a little more of cool laid back atmosphere kind of place where you don’t have to worry about looking or dressing a certain way. The bar is a nod to the 80’s skate scene and skateboard culture set in a vibrant and eclectically decorated room. The speciality is bourbon and craft beers but there is also a large selection of rib dishes to order from.

Cain and Grain

Address: 49 - 51 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter Manchester, M4 1NA

Opening Hours 12PM - 2AM

Average Price for 2 drinks 20 USD

Website: Cane & Grain

7. Dusk til Pawn

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Posted by Dusktilpawn on Friday, 22 June 2018

If you’re a fan of secret bars, puns and cocktails then Dusk Til Pawn is the place for you! What looks like the exterior of a pawn shop is actually a hidden gem in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Dusk til Pawn plays on the speakeasy motif so make sure to really look for this place because it’s not so easily found. The cocktails are delicious and the selection of wine, beer and cider are pretty extensive.

Dusk til Pawn

Address: Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1DN

Opening Hours 4PM - 12AM

Website: Dusk til Pawn

8. The Alchemist

The Alchemist Bar and Restaurant
Source: Photo by Geograph user David Dixon used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Alchemist is described as a “theatrical cocktail bar” but it is much more than that. With some delicious dining opportunities as well as year-round al fresco dining, the tasty cocktails are just the tip of the iceberg. The floor to ceiling windows offer some lovely views of the surroundings or watch the local mixologists work their magic.

The Alchemist

Address: 3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF, UK

Opening Hours 8AM - 12AM

Average Price for 2 drinks 20USD

Website: The Alchemist

9. The Apotheca

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Posted by Apotheca Bar on Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Apotheca is a quirky little cocktail bar that has a cool old-school style pharmacy theme going on. Pull up next to the bar and marvel at the vintage pharmacy cabinets or hang out on the cosy leather sofas and look out through the large bay windows while you sip your drink. Food is also served, like finger foods and pizza.

The Apotheca

Address: 17 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU, UK

Opening Hours 12PM- 12:30AM

Average Price for 2 drinks 20USD

Website: The Apotheca

10. Mr Cooper's

Mr Cooper’s is one of Manchester’s most hip and happening bars. It is a great spot for dinner and drinks with some friends or a date with someone special. Their signature cocktails are all made with fresh ingredients and, as a bonus, they have a pretty large menu for those looking to enjoy a meal. International dishes as well as local favourites are served fresh and made to perfection.

Mr Coopers'

Address: The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS

Opening Hours 12PM - 11PM

Average price for 2 55 USD

Website: Mr Cooper's

Manchester cocktails

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Manchester has some amazing spots to spend a night having a few cocktails with friends. The only hard part is picking a spot to go to.

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