Off on a shopping trip to Manchester? These are our top ten bars for a spot of lunch or post shop tipple (or two)
Heading off for a day of retail therapy in Manchester is thirsty work. And after navigating all the hustle and bustle of the crowds, queues and shopping rails, you’ll be in need of some good sustenance. Luckily, the vibrant streets of Manchester are filled with cool cocktail bars, fancy eateries and stylish haunts where you can enjoy a glass of fizz and a good old chinwag post shop. But with so many Manchester bars to choose from how do you know which one to go for?
Whether you prefer to unwind at one of Spinningfields’ snazzy venues or hop to and from the quirky boutique bars of the Northern Quarter, here’s our top ten Manchester bars.
1. Albert’s Schloss
In German, ‘Schloss’ translates to a ‘chateau, palace or manor house built as a retreat for recreation, indulgence, pleasure and debauchery’ – so it’s the perfect name for one of Manchester’s most popular artisan bars.
Albert’s Schloss, a Bavarian themed restaurant and bar on Peter Street, has a sensational collection of beers from Germany, the Czech Republic and its home town of Manchester, plus it’s also a great place to grab a G&T, handcrafted Schapps or a cocktail. And if you love rustic food, its ‘Cook Haus’ menu and bakery is going to leave you drooling.
Check it out this summer and see over 4,000 lavender-coloured flowers woven into twisting climbers around its entrance.
2. 20 Stories
This rooftop bar in the heart of Spinningfields provides 360° panoramic views of the city centre. Complete with a cocktail bar and terrace, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy shopping day.
Situated on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinngfields, 20. Stories has a bold menu of fancy northern delights along with some tasty homely classics. Craft beers, cocktails and an extensive wine list add to its glamorous appeal.
This summer you can even sit and enjoy a fresh cocktail amongst the luscious greenery of a tropical garden donning the terrace.
If coffee is more your thing then a trip to artisan coffee house and brunch kitchen TAKK which is located on Tariff Street in the city centre is where you should be. There is also another outlet on Oxford Road.
The coffee house is Nordic inspired following the owners travel throughout Scandinavia and Iceland.
Its house espresso is a single origin coffee from Finca Miravalle in El Salvador, but it has regular guest coffee from Europe and other countries too. It also has a ‘brew bar’ which changes weekly and features a selection of four hand brewed single origin coffees.
The eclectic brunch menu is served until 4pm with everything from muesli to smashed avocado and eggs.
For fancy Chinese food, head to Tattu on Gartside Street. Its award-winning modern take on oriental cuisine has Manchester foodies all in a twist.
Tattu was the brainchild of two brothers, founded in 2015 and gone from success to success combining funky and artistic interiors with quality and innovative Chinese cooking. There are now three outlets in total – this one in Spinningfields and others in Birmingham and Leeds.
Signature dishes focus on sharing plates and set menus for between two and eight people. Larger parties are also welcome. An a la carte menu offers two and three course options. And for pudding, the menu inlcludes dessert wontons, a cherry blossom mousse and fortune cookies and cream. Yum.
The food may be delicious but you’ll be blown away by the aesthetics of each restaurant too.
5. Dishoom Manchester
New to Manchester’s culinary scene, having opened at the end of 2018, is London-based restaurant Dishoom. A vibrant colonial-style venue located on Bridge Street that’s modelled on the traditional all-day Irani cafes of Bombay.
Expect a treat as the extensive menu features an array of spiced twists on English breakfast dishes and Indian-favourites where curry in the morning is the norm.
If you want to stop before you shop, Dishoom Manchester is open from 8am – 11:45am serving breakfast options like bacon naan rolls and The Big Bombay – a plate laden with spiced eggs, streaky bacon, sausages, masala beans, mushrooms and tomato. This could be the best thing in the world.
Japanese restaurant Cottonopolis is tucked away in the Northern Quarter but it’s got quite the reputation among the city’s foodies.
Serving an Asian-inspired menu with sushi, char-grilled meat, noodles and steamed dishes, and with a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options to boot.
It’s also famed for its quirky Japanese cocktail menu serving 13 different fusions. And an extensive range of lagers, beers and wines, as well as a good list of Japanese whiskeys.
7. The Ivy Manchester
Another Spinningfields favourite is The Ivy. Occupying an impressive four-storey space at The Pavilion development.
A sister of the popular celeb haunt in London’s West Street, The Ivy collection opened its Manchester outlet in autumn 2018. Spread over four floors and with a roof garden, The Ivy Manchester has quickly become a firm favourite among Manchester’s trendsetters much like its London counterpart.
Serving Modern British cuisine seven days a week and with plenty of fizz options on the drinks menu, it’s a great spot to go and be seen to in Manchester. But booking is highly recommended.
Popular Tib street in the Northern Quarter is bursting with unique and quirky boutique bars and eateries but Evelyn’s Cafe Bar stands out.
Serving health-conscious but hearty food all day from 9am, it’s a relaxed cafe with influences from across the globe.
There’s a small but extremely enticing gin and cocktail menu with fusions like Absinthe Colada and Watermelon Martini, and for a G&T? We recommend you try the Spruce Pine & Plum and Pink Peppercorn & Yuzu.
Definitely worth a try if you like your artisan tipples. And it also serves salt and pepper chips. Delish!
9. Tariff & Dale
Trendy eatery, Tariff & Dale opened up in 2015 on the corner of Tariff Street and Dale Street, right at the heart of the Northern Quarter.
Merging a contemporary vibe with a low-lit industrial interior, it’s certainly gains cool points for bringing a bit of Manchester’s past into the vibrant gastronomy scene.
Serving cocktails and beers with modern British food and sourdough pizzas cooked in a wood oven, it’s a relaxed and fun place to retreat for a natter and nibbles.
If you’re a fan of the kebab then you should visit Bab off Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter. Posh kebabs you’ll sit down for and enjoy, instead of regretting the next morning after an early hours feast.
Homemade marinades and sauces coat succulent meats served in traditional flatbreads, which are made from scratch in house and cooked on a robata grill. Perfection!
Also serving freshly made iced tea, cocktails and a variety of beers and soft drinks too.
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