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The Manchester cocktail bars that made the UK’s Top 50

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Schofield’s Bar in Manchester has taken the prestigious number one spot in this year’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars. And three more in the city have made the list, including one in the top 10.

Blinker was listed at number six, Speak In Code at number 12, and Project Halcyon at number 21. The four entries make Manchester one of the most represented cities on the list, after London and Edinburgh.

Get the lowdown on all the winning bars below. They’re all within ten minutes’ walk of each other so if you’re looking for a next-level, ultra-chic bar tour this is it, no Ubers required.

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  • Spinningfields

    Schofield’s Bar

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    Various prestigious best bar gongs have been awarded to Schofield’s Bar since it opened in Quay Street’s iconic Art Deco Sunlight House in 2021. The most recent being the number one spot in the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bar list.

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  • Blinker - one of the Manchester cocktail bars that made the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.
    Manchester City Centre

    Blinker Bar

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    The name for Blinker Bar comes from a forgotten classic three-ingredient cocktail made from rye, grapefruit and raspberry. It’s this curious collection of ingredients that inspired ex-Gordon Ramsay bars boss Dan Berger to create a menu that changes seasonally but still honours the classics.

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  • Project Halcyon - one of the Manchester cocktail bars that made the 2024 Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.
    Manchester City Centre

    Project Halcyon

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    The Halcyon Project Distillery is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and immersive cocktail experience in Manchester. Owned by the Zymurgorium Group and run by brothers Aaron and Callum, this bar is located in the heart of the city in the Bonded Warehouse and boasts its own in-house distillery.

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  • A cocktail served at Speak in Code - one of the best cocktail bars in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Speak In Code

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    Finding itself resting in the top 20 of the top 50 cocktail bars in the whole of the UK, Speak In Code makes everything in house and is passionate about flavour exploration, hospitality, oh, and hip hop, which inspires the drinks menu.

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