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From quirky to masterful, molecular to classic, whatever type of cocktail tickles your metaphorical fancy, Manchester’s got you covered. Luke Sillett, Editor at DesignMyNight, selects his top 5.


An African-themed cocktail bar located in the Northern Quarter, Tusk not only has one of the most vibrant interiors in the city; it also boast its own original menu of signature crafted cocktails too. Think colourful tribal décor, an energetic atmosphere and originality personified.

Rosylee Tea Rooms

Situated above the popular Hula Tiki Lounge, Rosylee Tea Rooms is a kitsch tea room-cum-cocktail bar famed for its Prosecco based treats and literary-inspired cocktails. Rosylee combines an Edwardian decadence with a cool urban décor, creating one helluva a drinking spot. So - who’s for a ‘Robinson Crusoe’?


We couldn’t talk about cocktail bars in Manchester without mentioning this den of master mixology. Cord offers a completely unique selection of experimental drinks to please any discerning guests. Secretive, raucous and undoubtedly one of the tastiest cocktail bars in town, Cord is well worth routing out.

Elixir Tonics & Treats

One of the most unique bars in town, Elixir Tonics & Treats is a newbie to the Manchester nightlife scene and boasts innovative drinks, quirky furnishings and a vintage ambience. Look out for the ‘Little Birdcage’ – a cutesy cocktail sharer served in its very own ornate birdcage and accompanied by top notch truffles and dainty chocolates.


A quirk-heavy fun hub in Manchester; Kosmonaut features retro barber chairs, exposed brick and pipes, and a tasty cocktail menu to boot. Tucked away on a side street in the Northern Quarter, this hidden gem has an American feel throughout and serves a healthy mix of both classic and bespoke creations.




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