This content is adapted from the Visit Manchester Insider’s Handbook. Packed with ideas and inspiration for things to do, see, eat, as well as places to stay, the 40-page handbook includes dedicated pages detailing what's new and coming soon as well as maps and spotlight pages on Greater Manchester's towns, boroughs and coolest neighbourhoods. It’s the perfect resource for planning your next visit.

Albert’s Schloss 

The city’s most lively bar by a stretch. The lines can be long, but once inside you’ll be treated to an eclectic Bavarian space clad in wood with great drinks and a variety of off-the-wall live performances. 

The Jane Eyre 

Run by two brothers, at this Ancoats bolthole you’ll find cocktail classics with a twist, an eclectic range of keg and bottled beers and simple food that puts an emphasis on quality ingredients. 


The essence of Northern Quarter cool, Cottonopolis has a wonderfully moody interior and serves up a selection of interesting cocktails while sushi plates whizz past your shoulders. 


20 Stories 

High above the city in Spinningfields, this prestigious rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant has become a regular haunt for Manchester’s movers and shakers and is the ultimate special date location. 

Ducie Street Warehouse 

A hotspot for remote working, Ducie Street Warehouse also has a stunning bar space for relaxed drinks perhaps before catching a movie in the mini cinema, or a train from adjacent Piccadilly station. 

Ducie Street


Sprawled over a compact four-floor warehouse, this indie music venue is one of the best spots to just kick back and listen to great music – live or otherwise. The rooftop bar area is a summer favourite. 

Speak in Code 

Manchester’s not short of tiny cocktail bars hidden in plain sight (see also The WashhouseWood & Company and Behind Closed Doors), but Speak in Code is one of the best, garnering awards for their forwarding thinking, sustainably focused cocktails. 

The Blues Kitchen 

A new addition to the city, The Blues Kitchen first outpost outside of London has restored a stunning venue to bring a heady mix of Blues and BBQ to Peter Street. 

No 1 Canal Street 

The first of many stops on a Canal Street night out, No 1 Canal Street is an upmarket hangout for the LGBTQ+ community .

Britons Protection 

This Edwardian hostelry was known for signing up soldiers and has an impressive set of murals inside commemorating the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. As well as serving real ale, The Britons Protection stocks over 300 whiskeys. 

The Flying Horse  

A pub worth a train or tram ride to, The Flying Horse next to Rochdale’s iconic Town Hall first opened in 1691. It is the oldest free house in the town and has been named CAMRA’s Greater Manchester Pub of the Year twice. 

The Kings Arms 

Described as Britain’s most bohemian back-street boozer, The Kings Arms in Salford is not just any old pub. Revellers can expect a year-round programme of live theatre, spoken word, music, comedy and a resident cat!  

The Marble Arch 

Built in 1888, The Marble Arch sits behind historic Angel Meadow Park, retaining original interiors including sloping mosaic floors and glazed tile ceiling. It is home to the Marble microbrewery.  

The Wharf 

Overlooking Castlefield Basin, The Wharf brings a slice of country pub to the city. Dogs and their walkers are welcome to enjoy the scenic Canalside seating and the pub’s seasonal menu. 

The Pilcrow 

Starting out as a community project; apart from the base, every single element of the pub has been crafted by hand by local volunteers using traditional techniques. Visually impressive with a Scandi feel, selling fantastic beers. 

Pilcrow pub

The Molly House 

The Molly House is a cosy bar and tapas restaurant nestled behind the Village’s Canal Street. It’s adorned with a mural featuring gay icons such as Alan Turning and Quentin Crisp.  

The Peveril of the Peak 

Arguably Manchester’s most distinctive pub, this Grade II listed building dates back to the 1820s and has a gloriously unique green tiled exterior, whilst inside the pub is cosy and unpretentious. 


Albert's Schloss
Albert's Schloss

The chateau inspired bar and restaurant is situated beneath the iconic Albert Hall.


Based in a former tailor’s studio, this grade 2 listed building oozes style as guests are treated to fine food and drinks in what was once a manufacturing hub.

20 Stories
20 Stories

Situated on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories is composed of a glamourous restaurant, lively bar and expansive rooftop terrace with unparallelled 360-degree views of the Manchester skyline.

Ducie Street Warehouse
Outdoor Dining
Interior shot with people at Ducie Street Warehouse

Set in the very heart of the city, Ducie Street Warehouse is just 100 yards from Manchester Piccadilly Train Station and is home to Manchester’s iconic bar & lounge, restaurant, deli counter, takeaway shop and mini cinema.

Yes Manchester
Pubs & Bars

Performance & event venue spread over four floors in a former auction house in Manchester city centre.

The Blues Kitchen
Music Venue
Silhouette of a Man Playing Saxophone during Sunset

Serving up true Texan BBQ alongside the largest collection of rare & vintage bourbons in Manchester, plus live blues, roots & soul artists 7 nights a week.

Britons Protection
Britons Protection

Established in 1811, the Britons Protection is home to over 300 whiskies.



  1. Andrea 10
    Any upcoming events/ pubs open 31/5/21 ? Outside seating or music 🎶 ?

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