Powered by Confidentials.com Search Subscribe
Search Subscribe
Guide

23 bars in Manchester perfect for after event drinks

Manchester Central

From sophisticated rooftop terraces to sports bars, breweries and underground cocktail bars, Manchester likes to keep everything in close proximity. We’ve rounded up some of the best bars and restaurants in Manchester city centre that are great for meeting up with colleagues or clients to unwind and mingle after a long day.

Each of the bars and restaurants on this list is personally recommended by the Manchester Confidential editorial team. We make it our job to sample and taste test around the city so that you don’t waste a second of downtime on rubbish pints or cocktails.

Looking for entertainment? The Blues Kitchen could be right up your street with its house band playing most nights alongside a cracking range of beers, wines, cocktails and softs. Local brews are always on offer at Bundobust and Seven Bro7thers. And if it’s cocktails you’re after, look no further than the stylings of The Alchemist, The Jane Eyre or Three Little Words.

Keep scrolling for 22 bars in Manchester that are perfect for after event drinks:

  • Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester
    Spinningfields

    20 Stories

    Restaurant - European

    Manchester’s highest – and possibly finest – restaurant, bar and terrace. D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant, 20 Stories was the opening of 2018. Floor to ceiling windows (and a huge, outdoor terrace, the same size as the entire restaurant floor), afford breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside, while the menu offers modern British, seasonal dishes. 

    More details
  • cosy nook in 53two manchester cafe bar
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    53two

    Restaurant - Bar

    With a gentle gradient throughout and a lowered bar, 53two is one of Manchester’s most inclusive and accessible venues. Half bar and cafe, half performance area, this unique space under Manchester’s Grade II* listed railway arches is the perfect stop for a drink and a snack before hitting the town or the local theatres – including the one in-house.

    More details
  • Inside Albert's Schloss, the Bavarian-inspired cook haus and bier palace in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Albert’s Schloss

    Restaurant - European

    Albert’s Schloss is a Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former Manchester and Salford Wesleyan Mission building (est in 1910) you’ll discover a vast bar, real fires, perfectly preserved original plaster, and a wall stuffed generously with flowers by floral artists’ Frog. You’ll also find a stage, DJ booth and network of beer pipes and tanks serving unpasturised Pilsner Urquell to hordes of adoring punters.

    More details
  • Cocktails at The Alchemist Spinningfields Manchester
    Book Now Spinningfields

    The Alchemist Manchester Spinningfields

    Restaurant - Global

    The Alchemist in Spinningfields was the original of three Manchester venues and has a good-sized outdoor terrace and plenty of copper colours and bronze hues. And while base metals don’t magically become gold here, theatre is promised at The Alchemist.

    More details
  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    BOX Deansgate

    Restaurant - Global

    BOX is all about big-screen sports, booze (including two-for-one cocktails) and blokes singing – “bandeoke” is a thing and it exists here – live music Thursday to Saturday, shuffleboard and tournament-themed food (Six Nations served up fiery dragon fries and a burger de Paris).

    More details
  • Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup served at The Blues Kitchen in Manchester city centre.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Blues Kitchen Manchester

    Restaurant - American

    The Blues Kitchen Manchester is the first opening outside the capital for Columbo Group, which also owns the Jazz Cafe chain. And while we always enjoy treating cut-and-paste transplants from London with a healthy dose of scepticism, this one serves Manchester’s food (and music) scene well.

    More details
  • Book Now Greater Manchester

    Bundobust Brewery

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    A real Northern success story, the second location for Bundobust in Manchester and the fourth in the family of northern-based restaurants (Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Liverpool have come before), the Bundobust Brewery is a welcome addition to Oxford Street at the southern part of the city.

    With a menu that mirrors its sister restaurants, the food is a reliable selection of Indian-style vegetarian small plates. Expect to find crisp okra fries dusted with black salt and mango powder and the iconic vada pav – a deep-fried mashed potato ball in a bun, with red and green chutneys.

    More details
  • Ducie Street Warehouse Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Ducie Street Warehouse

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Ducie Street Warehouse is all sorts of things, but one of those things is a restaurant. It’s an all-day affair with everything from classic brunches to late-night cocktails. On the menu you’ll find a good selection of small sharing dishes and large plates – it’s a sociable kind of place. And of course, you’ll also find Ducie Street Warehouse’s signature focaccia flatbreads.

    More details
  • Inside Elnecot, one of the new generation of restaurants in Ancoats, Manchester.
    Ancoats

    Elnecot

    Restaurant - European

    Named after the first recorded name for Ancoats, Elnecot (meaning ‘lonely cottages’) takes its influence from historical cooking methods with lots of fermenting, a little foraging and a few nose-to-tail dishes.

    More details
  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Escape to Freight Island

    Restaurant - Global

    Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Escape to Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this regenerated rail depot beyond Piccadilly Station. 

    More details
  • Grand Pacific Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Grand Pacific

    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour. Not in a big chandeliers, glass and chrome Spinningfields way, but with a decadent blend of colonial Raffles-style grandeur and some of the best of the city’s Victorian architecture.

    More details
  • The cheese and meat sharing board at Haunt - a recommended wine bar and coffee shop in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Haunt

    Restaurant - European

    When Peter Street lost its Caffe Nero it gained Haunt, an independent coffee shop and wine bar. Stepping inside, you feel like this corner spot in the beautiful St George’s House, with its views of the Midland Hotel and Central Library, has finally got the classy occupier it deserves.

    More details
  • Red chairs in the window of the stylish Jane Eyre bar and restaurant in Ancoats
    Book Now Ancoats

    The Jane Eyre

    Restaurant - British

    The Jane Eyre is a self-styled ‘neighbourhood bar’ offering seasonal food, classic cocktails and local beers. Presided over by Eyre siblings Jonny and Joe, it is, mildly disappointingly, not a Gothic homage to the Yorkshire based tragic-heroine but actually named after their late mum. 

    More details
  • The charcuterie boards at The Mews - a cocktail and wine bar just off Deansgate in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    The Mews

    Restaurant - Bar

    The Mews is one of a clutch of new places to set up shop on Deansgate Mews, or ‘deli alley’ as we’ve heard it called.

    More details
  • Manchester City Centre

    Mount Street Dining Room & Bar

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Set inside Manchester’s iconic Midland Hotel, Mount Street Dining Room & Bar is a chic space with an all day menu that offers a modern take on British classics using top-notch, locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients.

    More details
  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Refuge

    Restaurant - European

    Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester’s iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back to 1858, this DJ-run restaurant and bar is large and sassy.

    More details
  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Salt Dog Slims Manchester

    Restaurant - American

    “Steins, brines, and good times” – that’s how the saying goes at American-inspired Salt Dog Slims, new over from Liverpool, although tbh it’s probably more of the former and mostly the latter, but then who wants to get in the way of a fine rhyme as we all just try and rub along in this world?

    More details
  • The exterior of Sam's Chop House - a Victorian-style British pub and restaurant in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    Sam’s Chop House

    Restaurant - British

    The acclaimed and atmospheric Sam’s Chop House serves British classics from a kitchen where flavour is king. Part of the Victorian Chop House company, the menu is similar at Mr Thomas’s Chop House and the Albert Square Chop House.

    More details
  • San Carlo Bottega Selfridges, Seating and view
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    San Carlo Bottega

    Restaurant - Italian

    Head to any of the ristorantes in the acclaimed and award-winning family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional ingredients, artfully prepared, and served in super chic surroundings. Bottega, with its views of the historic Corn Exchange, is the place for Champagne and cicchetti-style medium-sized plates that are tailor-made for sharing.

    More details
  • Two pints of craft beer at Seven Bro7hers Manchester, also known as the Ancoats Beerhouse.
    Book Now Ancoats

    Seven Bro7hers Ancoats

    Restaurant - American

    This bar on Cutting Room Square from the Seven Bro7hers Brewery clan is perfectly placed to cater for the craft beer drinkers of Ancoats.

    More details
  • Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    Society

    Restaurant - Global

    Does Manchester need another hipsterish food hall? Probably not. But do we want one? Judging from the peak-time busyness of Mackie Mayor, Freight Island and Hatch, we most certainly do. Society, which opened in May 2021, is the latest place to offer a choice of indie food vendors in a communal-style setting. Its setting, in fact, is one of the things that makes it work.

    More details
  • On the menu at Three Little Words, Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Three Little Words

    Restaurant - Global

    Three Little Words is housed under the arches at the lesser-visited end of Watson Street, near Beetham Tower. Inside you’ll find the Spirit of Manchester gin distillery, a cocktail bar, and a kitchen serving small plates with thoroughly decent cooking. It’s certainly a place worth knowing about.

    More details
  • Manchester City Centre

    Wood & Company

    Bars

    With its disguised entrance and back street location, Wood & Co has the feel of a secret speakeasy only frequented by those in the know. The unmarked door is on South King Street, in between Cross Street and Deansgate. Descend the steps and you’ll find yourself in a tiled, sleek space centred on a marble bar that stretches the length of the room.

    More details
Close
Close splash advert