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Things we love:

The bars stay open till 4am… (London sort it out)

Over twenty of the nobel prize winners have come from Manchester

Football’s their thang.

The Gay radio station is called Gaydio

The drinks are way cheaper than down South

Is the city where Rolls met Royce.

A Manchester City fan was banned in 1995 from bringing dead chickens into City’s Maine Road ground. He used to celebrate City goals by swinging the birds around his head.

Things we wish we’d known:

Loads of bands formed in Manchester. Some include The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis and Take That.

The atom was first split in Manchester

The idea of  Harry Potter came to J K Rowling on a train to Manchester – BarChick shoulda started brainstorming.

The Beetham Tower is the tallest building outside of London.

Best bars in Manchester
Best bars in Manchester
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Albert’s Schloss
Albert’s Schloss

This bohemian bier party palace has all the comforts of a German manor house including roaring fires and long Bavarian wooden tables. Serving the freshest Pilsner this side of the Danube, as well as 10 heritage bres on tab, homemade Read More

All Star Lanes
All Star Lanes

What’s that you say? You want kick ass cocktails and some sexy bowling? Well look no further my friend because All Star Lanes are here to answer those prayers. F*ck YEAH! All Star Lanes have London on lock down and have now Read More

Almost Famous
Almost Famous

Fast becoming one of Manchester’s worst kept secrets, Almost Famous has gone from pop-up to fully-fledged destination pretty much by mistake. By far the best burgers in town, this sleek joint has a massive fan base and is full of sexy Read More

Apotheca
Apotheca

It’s all antique pharmacy cabinets and apothecary draws in here… but switch the medicine for another type of tonic. Don’t be fooled though, this place isn’t stuck in the dark ages… it’s modern and swanky with its curvy shiny black Read More

Artisan
Artisan

Located in a huge industrial space on the super cool Avenue North in Spinningfields, Artisan feels like a trendy NYC artist’s workshop with its cool airy feel. The bar is a low work surface laden with fruit, chopping boards and Read More

Australasia
Australasia

Not only is this a perfect place to escape the rain and busy streets of Manchester, but as soon as you’re in here it feels like you should swap your stilettos for a pair of Havaianas. From the outside this Read More

B.EAT Street
B.EAT Street

Pumping life into a dead corner of the Great Northern Warehouse is this hot new food and booze hub from the guys behind Friday Food Fight, Liars Club & Hula bar. They’ve opened up three cool new joints here, each Read More

Black Dog Ballroom
Black Dog Ballroom

This venue is big and cool with a warehouse feel to it. It’s so big that it’s probably more mainstream than the smaller cocktail bars in town, but nothing’s wrong with that. With pool tables out the back and some Read More

Black Dog NWS
Black Dog NWS

The little sister of the original Black Dog Ballroom in the Northern Quarter, this sibling sits on the other side of town just off Oxford Road. Complete with Bruce the Black Dog’s Dog House, a private bar and chilled sofa Read More

Cane & Grain
Cane & Grain

Rum, ribs, bourbon and beer baby. This place has been conjured up by our favourite tiki master Lyndon Higginson of Liar’s Club fame and it has three floors for you to let havoc in. The ground floor is like a Read More

Cloud 23
Cloud 23

Looming over the streets of Manchester and at the top of the Hilton Hotel, sits Cloud 23 (it’s in the clouds and that’s its floor number… duh). It’s brimming with frothy cloud-like colours and textures, so think cream, white, gold Read More

Common
Common

A pillar of Northern Quarter society, this hipster hangout tends not to take itself too seriously. With a super cool interior decorated by guest artists, colourful wall paintings and a neighbourly vibe, it’s great for an afternoon chill with a Read More

Cord
Cord

Take a trip down memory lane and head to Manchester’s only tree-house style bar, but this one’s way better than yours… it’s full of booze and tunes. The walls are made out of wooden planks and the tables from tree Read More

Cottonopolis Food & Liquor
Cottonopolis Food & Liquor

Serving killer Japanese plates and epic cocktails until the early hours, Cottonopolis is a welcome addition to the Manchester bar scene for the hoards of thirsty after-work drinkers. Krusovice tank beer is shipped in form the Czech Republic and stored in Read More

Crazy Pedro's Part Time Pizza Parlour
Crazy Pedro's Part Time Pizza Parlour

We don’t know who Crazy Pedro is – but we love him! This guy will sort all your pizza needs from 12pm – 4am, perfect for those BarChick types who wake late and party even later. Conveniently located above The Read More

Dog Bowl
Dog Bowl

BarChick loves to booze, y’all know that, but what you might not know is how much she loves to bowl, so imagine the joy when those boys at Black Dog opened a joint where both can happen. DANG! Dog Bowl Read More

Dogs N Dough
Dogs N Dough

Follow the neon sign from Cross Street down a side street and head down the stairs into the basement bar; you’ll find yourself some right dirty dogs. This American-style bar has a proper chilled out vibe, with exposed brick walls, Read More

Dusk Til Pawn
Dusk Til Pawn

Good luck finding this; disguised as an old pawn shop with its barred front doors and guitars and other tat in the windows, Dusk til Pawn don’t look like no bar, it’s a stealthy hiding place away from prying eyes. Read More

El Capo
El Capo

If you love tequila, love cocktails and love tapas then this place is gonna fit you like a glove. If you say you’re not into tequila then PAH, you’re just sipping on the bad stuff, and here at El Capo Read More

Elixir
Elixir

Don’t be fooled by Elxir’s unassuming exterior; a pretty discreet frontage nestled between a couple of bookies on Deansgate, what’s important here is what’s behind those huge wooden doors. Elixir’s Tonics & Treats have been designed by its sh*t hot team, Read More

Epernay, Manchester
Epernay, Manchester

If you like Champagne, then you will like this place… possibly even love. With over 100 different types sourced from both large and small Champagne houses, there is plenty to work your way through… plus with a walk in fridge Read More

First Floor at Cane & Grain
First Floor at Cane & Grain

Hiding a bar this good should be a crime, but we’re gonna let that slide because we don’t want this cocktail haven filled with any Tom, Dick and Harry in town. Get your hawk eyes ready if you want in Read More

Gorilla
Gorilla

Don’t be fooled by the name, the closest thing you’ll find to a gorilla will be a hairy barman. What you will also find is a central wooden bar, some industrial touches like a chrome tiled ceiling, lampless bulbs and Read More

Guilty By Association
Guilty By Association

This late night hangout on Stevenson Square is a hot new addition to Manchester’s party scene. Head down to this basement bar for all the old school Hip Hop and R&B classics, along with a bit of compulsory bump ‘n’ Read More

Harvey Nichols Terrace
Harvey Nichols Terrace

If you didn’t manage to get a taste of House of Peroni last month and (ideally) it was because you’re up north then you’re in luck! Peroni Nastro Azzuro and that taste of Italian life are heading to Manchester for two Read More

Hawksmoor Manchester
Hawksmoor Manchester

Hawksmoor’s been keeping London meaty for years, and now they’re taking the party up north. They’ve taken over part of an old courthouse and stepping through those big wooden doors, you already know you’re in for something good. The dark Read More

Hula
Hula

Get low at this funked out tiki bar located on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, of all places. Wooden steps lead the way to a tropical Hawaiian paradise and there’s barely a hipster in sight, leave your beanie at Read More

Keko Moku
Keko Moku

Step into this den of tiki magic and we promise you won’t want to leave… get your Hawaiian shirt on, grab your fun loving friends and get down here! These guys are as passionate about rum as they are about Read More

Kosmonaut
Kosmonaut

Greeted with a WALK/DON’T WALK sign down a side street in the NQ, Kosmonaut has quickly become one of Manchester’s coolest hangouts. With leather booth seating, retro barber shop chairs and a dark industrial look with its exposed brickwork and Read More

Liquorice
Liquorice

A cocktail and wine bar in Manchester’s King Street area, Liquorice is situated down a sneaky little side street. This cocktail bar is one of the finest you’ll find and only a short stroll to the shops, perfect. An upmarket bar Read More

Lock 91
Lock 91

Just off Deansgate, this lock keeper’s cottage is a real hidden gem. Escape the cold in this homely bar and let the super friendly team get you well drunk on their playful cocktails. The bar has got loads of different sized Read More

Lucha Libre
Lucha Libre

Tequila lovers rejoice, Lucha Libra has made the short trip from Liverpool to Manchester and we’re into it. A mixture of Lucha Liverpool and their sister MAYA, this industrial style bar in the Great Northern warehouse is spread over two floors Read More

Luck Lust Liquor and Burn
Luck Lust Liquor and Burn

*NOW SERVING ALMOST FAMOUS BURGERS!* Inspired by an alcohol fuelled road trip from LA to Mexico, those crazy f***ers at Almost Famous decided it was about time Manchester was brought everything the Golden State had to offer. Located under Read More

Manchester House
Manchester House

You’d never know this place was anything other than an office block, until you take the lift to the 12th floor and discover this super slick bar. 360 degree views of pretty much the entire city, floor to ceiling. These guys Read More

Matt & Phreds
Matt & Phreds

One of the original Northern Quarter hangouts, Matt & Phreds is Manchester’s original live jazz joint. Famous for its live music which takes place six nights a week, the red neon entrance leads to a dimly-lit Prohibition style lair. Rustic wooden Read More

MOJO Manchester
MOJO Manchester

Mojo bars are legendary: it’s all red neon lights and sexy red leather booths up here, and it’s hot. With a massive back bar and a cool red Smeg fridge, this place has been serving cold beer and hard liquor Read More

Mr Cooper's House & Garden
Mr Cooper's House & Garden

Under the guidance of Simon Rogan, Mr Cooper’s House & Garden is named after a coach builder & philanthropist whose house and gardens (duh) occupied the site that is now the king of Manchester hotels, The Midland. Accessed from the Read More

Neighbourhood
Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood is Southern Eleven’s glamorous sister from New York, taking its inspiration from the various neighbourhoods that make up the city. Sitting in the base of Manchester House in Spinningfield’s Avenue North (in-between Waitrose & The Oast House), Neighbourhood is Read More

Noho
Noho

We’re big fans of bourbon-filled speakeasy Dusk Til Pawn and its super talented cocktail slingers, but its sibling next door Noho gives it a good run for its money. It’s the ying to Dusk Till Dawn’s yang, and with its Read More

Odd Bar
Odd Bar

Situated in the Northern Quarter (where the alternative mix with the business men) is Odd Bar, it’s a bit of a Manchester institution with three bars dotted around Manchester (Odd, Odder and Oddest). The atmosphere is relaxed and the decor is Read More

Opus One
Opus One

Manchester’s Free Trade Hall has had many guises; a trade hall (obvs), a concert venue (Dylan, Pink Floyd & Sex Pistols have all played) but now, it’s taken on a much more chilled out role as a 5* hotel. Opus One, Read More

Pie and Ale
Pie and Ale

Split into two ‘zones’ Pie and Ale is a masterful example of spaces within space. It’s cleverly chucked together approach of mismatch flooring, and haphazard seating make it a pretty unique place to eat and drink. It would be a Read More

Proof
Proof

Like Arcade Fire, the owners of this cool drinking den think that the suburbs are where it’s at, so they put Proof bar in Chorlton. Expect the trendy buzz of an inner-city bar minus the cr*p and the queuing – Read More

Red's True BBQ
Red's True BBQ

Red’s established itself in Leeds before hitting the M62 to rock up in Manchester. This place is like a bible belt-redneck-tailgate party in an abandoned fairground. The chefs are behind Chain Link cooking up meaty delights, the bar is a smashed Read More

Smoak Bar & Grill
Smoak Bar & Grill

Malmaison is pretty much Manchester’s sexiest hotel, Kylie and those famous gold hot pants often bunk down here. BarChick was pretty impressed from the off, the open hotel lobby blended nicely into the big industrial Americana style of Smoak and its Read More

Tariff and Dale
Tariff and Dale

  One of the latest shiny new cocktail dens to pop up in the cool kid Northern Quarter. Based in an old cotton spinner’s, this place has got all the elements of a trendy cocktail bar– leather booths, dangly lights and Read More

Tattu
Tattu

You say Tattoo? We say sexy inked skin or hot pop lesbians Russians kissing . Now Tattu gives us something else to think about – a big kickass Asian fusion bar/restaurant in the heart of Spinningfields. We were immediately drawn to the mahogany backed Read More

Terrace
Terrace

Located slap bang in the middle of Thomas Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the bar doesn’t bother with a sign outside, and it doesn’t need one either as reputation has people queuing down the street to get into this NY Read More

The Alchemist - New York Street
The Alchemist - New York Street

Set in the heart of Manchester, this is The Alchemist’s Spinningfields little sister, and was born out of the former’s popularity. If you’re into your drinks then this place will get you excited; every drink is pretty special Read More

The Alchemist - Spinningfields
The Alchemist - Spinningfields

The original Alchemist has now well and truly made its mark as one of the cool, sophisticated bars in Manchester. Based in the heart of Spinningfields, expect daytime shoppers and plenty of local office workers still suited and booted, stopping Read More

The Black Cat at El Gato Negro
The Black Cat at El Gato Negro

The Black Cat has rolled in the crowds (and awards) since it first opened up shop in the northern village of Ripponden back in 2005. So last year owner Simon Shaw bought the action from the middle of nowhere, to Read More

The Blue Pig
The Blue Pig

Head inside this European drinking den, with all its vintage glamour and you won’t be disappointed. The Blue Pig is a French bistro style bar with huge glass windows, and a proper vintage feel, it’s perfect for a bit of Read More

The Botanist
The Botanist

If you’re taking a girly girl (someone the polar opposite of BarChick) on a date, or if you’re catching up with the girls, The Botanist is the place. Guys looking for a pint? Keep on walking. Guys on the prowl? Read More

The Fitzgerald
The Fitzgerald

Head through the secret side entrance and up the stairs to The Fitzgerald, named after Scott F of Gatsby fame, to a chic 1920’s bar with staff in flapper dresses and guys in waistcoats. You’re going back in time b*tches. Read More

The Liar's Club
The Liar's Club

The owners behind the Black Dog Ballroom opened this tiki bar with the help of Captain Lyndon, aka Bacardi Tiki Champion 2010/11. The result? Tiki perfection and no less. Seriously, stroll down the stairs and into this den Read More

The Liquor Store
The Liquor Store

This intimate Manchester hangout has it all; a late licence, a back bar crammed with an insane collection of liquors from around the world, food, deals and bad ass tunes. It’s all bare brickwork in here, with vintage liquor store Read More

The Oast House
The Oast House

Think ski chalet/hunting lodge complete with a wrought iron roof and exposed brickwork outbuildings… nestled in the heart of the city, this place is cool and a little different. If you are hungry or just wanting somewhere chilled to hang Read More

The Pen and Pencil
The Pen and Pencil

This place pays homage to the legendary 1920’s bar on East 45th Street with the same name that was a boozy hangout for newspaper journalists and ad guys – the original ‘Mad Men’. Hit up the drinks menu for a big Read More

The Whiskey Jar
The Whiskey Jar

From the minute BarChick saw French Martini written on the cocktail blackboard, we knew that we’d get on well with the Whiskey Jar. Located on a great corner spot of Tarrif & Hilton at the Piccadilly end of the Northern Quarter, Read More

Trof NQ
Trof NQ

Alright, we’re into bourbon and we love a cosy hideout to drink it in. Based in a big, old Victorian building on the edge of the city’s Northern Quarter, this place is perfect for naughtiness, day or night. Spread over three Read More

Tusk
Tusk

Attached to Hunky Dory but with a totally different vibe, Tusk is an African themed cocktail shack. It’s no mud hut, it’s more like a fancy game lodge and BarChick was on cocktail safari. The Big Five was a natural starting Read More

Twenty Twenty Two
Twenty Twenty Two

If you manage to find Twenty Twenty Two there’s plenty to keep you occupied (head to where Cavell Street hits Little Lever Street) thanks to its mega cocktail of table tennis, alcohol and art. As soon as you descend the Read More

Under New Management
Under New Management

Don’t be put off by the fact that Under New Management (formerly Corridor Bar) is down some back alley in the less wag-fuelled part of town. It’s worth the visit… think of it as being more secretive than dodgy. Opened Read More

Velvet
Velvet

Starting life as an underground restaurant with its well-known fish tank-in-the-stairs, then opening a first floor bar. It has more recently added a boutique hotel, Velvet has become the glamour puss of Canal Street.  Decorated in red, rich purples and Read More