Manchester Bars And Pubs You Have To Hit Up

Lifestyle / July 15, 2020
by Olivia Mannix

Lockdown has been eased and bars and pubs are now beginning to open their doors to the public once again. If you’ve missed a trip to the pub with your mates as much as we have, read on and make the most of this wonderful return. This week we are running through some of our favourite bars and pubs in the heart of Manchester. Enjoy.

Bunny Jackson’s

First up, we’ve got Bunky Jackson’s found on Jack Rosenthal Street. This place really is something special and is the home of the 20p chicken wing, top-notch live music, American sports, retro games and good times. Celebrate the return of bars and pubs by checking this place out.


This cosy Northern Quarter bar, found on Thomas Street, has all the necessary components of a classic Manchester bar. Enjoy a trendy stripped-back aesthetic featuring unique furniture and a relaxed atmosphere. The bar’s terrace garden is really the selling point and it is one of those places where you go for one but end up staying to chill out for hours on end. 

Cane & Grain

Another great place to enjoy in your downtime. Check out Cane & Grain, a hip New York-style bar, cast over three themed floors, bang in the centre of Northern Quarter. Delicious food, great drinks and an unbeatable atmosphere. The music is also top-notch and we can guarantee that you won’t want to leave. 

The Oast House

One of the most iconic bars in Manchester is The Oast House. Based in Spinningfields, The Oast House is a modern yet vintage escape. It was once home to hops and kilns, but now it is known to be a birthplace of good times and fantastic memories. This place has a huge amount of outdoor space so this is definitely one to check out with a group of friends.

Roxy Ball Room

Based in the centre of Manchester, Roxy Ball Room is home to a whole host of games to play with your mates. This is the place for a day sesh with a difference, so get your competitive hat on for a bit of entertainment with the lads. Roxy Ball Room also provides a top rock and indie soundtrack, great food, and a huge selection of drinks. 

The Briton’s Protection

Step into Manchester’s rich history with The Briton’s Protection pub. This grade II listed public house in Manchester features an ornate interior, open fires, plenty of real ales, and a little beer garden. This is one of Manchester’s oldest pubs and is definitely one for the bucket list whether you are just popping in or stay out for the day. 

Foundry Project

Dubbed as one of the happiest places in Manchester, Foundry Project is definitely one for the list. From morning to night, Foundry Project is a Northern Quarter hotspot where you can start the day with a coffee or end the evening with a dance. This relatively new addition to Manchester’s bar scene serving up a selection of unique drinks and a great atmosphere.


One of Manchester’s best-kept secrets is NQ64. We can guarantee that when you walk down into this bar, based on Short Street, your heart will skip a beat. NQ64 is an underground gaming den where you can also expect to find the best of retro arcade games and classic consoles. Alongside the games, the drinks list is pretty special with independent beer and themed cocktails.

Sinclair’s Oyster Bar

Is it even worth going to Manchester if you aren’t popping into Sinclair’s Oyster Bar? Based on Shambles Square, this tavern is a Mancunian icon and architectural beauty. Famous for its fabulous beer garden which always seems to be in the sun, Sinclair’s is one of the best pubs in central Manchester.

The Knott Bar

Tucked away under a rail arch in Deansgate, The Knott Bar is a top destination to take your right from breakfast to the break of dawn. It offers a sort of industrial feel which is trendy and cool. This bar has a great atmosphere and is a good bet if you want to visit somewhere that is a bit more relaxed.

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Well, there you have it. Some of our favourite places in Manchester. Where will you be heading to? 

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