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Al Fresco Drinking in Manchester

Looking for somewhere to go al fresco drinking in Manchester? Or looking to find Manchester's best pub gardens? Then we have the guide for you!

Al Fresco drinking in Manchester is glorious when the weather plays ball because it's teaming with beer gardens, outdoor seating, patios or even a roof terrace! So whether you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a classic summertime cocktail or a well-earned pint, we're confident that we've found the perfect sun trap for you across Manchester and Greater Manchester...

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Grand Pacific

Grand Pacific

Location: Spinningfields

About: Escape down-under this summer at Manchester's Grand Pacific. This stylish Australian inspired bar is one of the city's trendiest places to sip cockatils and soak up the sunshine.

Amenities: With a gorgeous canopied terrace, Grand Pacific promises a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Address: 50 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 1EN

Telephone: 0161 831 0288

Dukes 92

Dukes 92

Location: Deansgate

About: Castlefield’s original bar and grill remains one of the area’s most popular drinking and dining spots, come rain or shine.

Amenities: Its vast waterside terrace is kitted out with two outdoor cooking stations, while concertina glass doors have been put in on the first-floor gallery so the entire space can be opened up on sunny days.

Address: 18 - 25 Castle Street, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ

Telephone: 0161 839 8642

Roof Garden Playground

Roof Garden Playground

Location: Deansgate

About: Perched on top of the Great John Street Hotel, The Roof Garden Playground is one of Manchester's best kept al fresco secrets. Stylish and comfortable, the venue is famed for it's spectacular views across Deansgate and this is one of our favourite places to bask on a summer's day. 

Amenities: If you really want to make the most of the weather, hire the terrace and hot tub area for a private party!

Address: Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD

Telephone: 0161 831 3211

The Oast House

The Oast House

Location: Spinningfields

About: Situated in the heart of Spinningfields, this country style pub is famous for its lively beer garden, well stocked cellar of cask-conditioned ales and bustling atmosphere. 

Amenities: Spacious patio complete with picnic benches and canopies. Expect an abundance of live musical entertainment throughout the summer. 

Address: Crown Square, Manchester, M3 3AY

Telephone: 0161 829 3830

Black Dog Ballroom

Black Dog Ballroom

Location: Deansgate

About: When the sun's shining, party-loving Mancunians flock to Black Dog Ballroom for warm-weather drinks and bites from the grill. Plus just in case there's a sudden downpour (this is British summer time after all) there's also a roofed area to protect you from the elements.

Amenities: The terrace is decked out with a number of sofas and a medley of mismatched, multi-coloured tables and chairs. 

Address: 11 - 13 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP

Telephone: 0161 236 4899

Lock 91

Lock 91

Location: Deansgate Locks

About: Built overlooking the waterfront, Lock 91 has a fantastic outdoor drinking area, ideal for passing the summer days and nights with friends and a bottle of wine.

Amenities: Heaters, parasols and an abundance of seats make Lock 91 the number one place for al fresco drinkers looking to catch some rays. 

Address: 9 Century Street, Manchester, M3 4QL

Telephone: 0161 819 5444

The Wharf

The Wharf

Location: Castlefield

About: The Wharf is a canal side pub with six cask ales, a decent wine list of some 50 bins and over a hundred malts. This is a popular place to enjoy al fresco drinks with its stunning views out over the canal basin. Also serving delicious food, it's the perfect destination to make the most of a day in the sun.

Amenities: Sun-drenched outdoor patio scattered with outdoor seating featuring a water fountain and views of the beautiful canal.

Address: 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST

Telephone: 0161 220 2960

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