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8 of the Best Bars in Manchester

With so much choice across Manchester it can be tough to decide on the best bars in Manchester for you to visit, so we put together a list of our favourites to help guide you on your search for amazing drinks.

Whether you're looking for the best cocktails in Manchester or somewhere for the perfect pint we've got something for you in our list below. If we have missed out your go to venue in our selections of the best bars in Manchester, then let us know on social media @totalmanchester on all major platforms.

1. Speak in Code 

Speak in Code is a truly special bar and all-round experience, so much so it’s difficult to put into words. The cocktails on their menu are numbered, allowing you to select your drink purely based on the ingredients. The talented bartenders, led by owner Nathan Larkin, get the most out of each individual ingredient, making beautifully balanced drinks that stimulate multiple senses. To us, the bar is a place to try new things and be led by their expertise rather than expect the classic cocktails done the way they always have been.  

Click here for more information and to book. 

2. Bring & Mix

Manchester’s most unique cocktail experience, Bring & Mix add elements of excitement, mystery and flavour knowledge to your evening as you bring the spirits and they mix them. Not only does this mean the mixologists can create drinks specifically to your taste but it is also incredible value for money! 

Click here to learn more and book. 

3. Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

Bars don’t have to all be about stunning cocktails, they can also showcase some of the best craft beer around and that is Seven Bro7hers in Ancoats. The Salford based family brewery serve up their beautiful pints that are for those that love their beer to have flavour. There is something for everyone, from their rich stout to a fresh tasting watermelon wheat beer and one of our favourites, the Throwaway IPA made from Kellogg’s cornflakes that didn’t make the cut. 

Click here for their full beer and food menu. 

4. The Washhouse

The secret cocktail bar that has built up a reputation for serving extravagant cocktails complete with garnishes that stun. The bar front which could fool you that it is an old launderette rather than a bar requires you to book so you can get through the secret door to enjoy your tipple. 

For more info and to book click over here. 

5. Arcane

A bar that is more than your average drinking den, the historic venue has kept its old Victorian features and quirks which gives it so much character. With creative elements to both the bar and the drinks served, it is a welcoming Mancunian spot to enjoy a few drinks with friends, family, colleagues or a date. 

More information over here. 

6. Revolucion De Cuba

The rum den with cocktails galore and cracking drinks deals including a brilliant happy hour. Revolucion De Cuba is one of the larger bars across the whole city, with a diverse crowd, open well into the night and early morning it’s the perfect spot for those looking for a night out. During the day you can also grab some great value for money bites to eat from tapas to burritos and so much more. 

Click here to reserve a table and see the menus. 

7. 20 Stories

The highest bar in Manchester with spectacular views across the city skyline. 20 Stories is one of those places we tell everyone to go to at least once as you need to experience their offering, there are very few bars that you can sip on a drink and take in the beauty of our city. A little tip for you, go at ‘Golden Hour’ where the sun begins to set and you will be left in awe. There is everything from cocktails to local beer on offer and a classic food menu for those who are after food as well. 

To book a table or see the menu click here. 

8. Vesper

Situated just off King Street, Vesper is one of those gorgeous venues that just seems to get even better on a Summers day. With beautiful gin cocktails and a seasonal drinks menu there is something for everyone, including a small outdoor space to soak up the Manchester sun and take advantage of those warmer days. Get down to Vesper to truly experience their offering. 

Click here for more or to book. 

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