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Happy Mondays: 50 bars open on a Monday in Manchester

2 months ago

Ever found yourself out and about on a Monday evening with nowhere to go? Many restaurants and bars across the city have made the decision in recent months to shut up shop on Mondays and Tuesdays. We totally get why, but sometimes you just need a mojito after work to see you through the rest of the week.

If you’re looking for a list of bars open and willing to serve your fave bevs well into the evening despite the fact that it’s the first school night of the week, keep on scrollin’.

From trendy cocktails at design-led The Alan, to craft beers at Seven Bro7hers or drinks in luxury at The River Restaurant, here are 50 Manchester bars open on a Monday that we think are worth their salt (with a shot of tequila too).

  • dishes at new hotel The Alan in Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Alan

    Restaurant - Modern British

    With its neutral hues and natural foliage, stripped-back bricks and leather booths, The Alan is a tranquil space in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner – the open-plan kitchen serves all day from first thing till late evening – or indeed coffee and cocktails in the bar.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • arlos cafe bar manchester northern quarter
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Arlo’s

    Restaurant - Global

    Arlo’s Insta bio is quite upfront: “coffee deli wine.” Three of the few words we have underlined in our well-thumbed traveller’s phrasebook, wherever we’re headed. In this case, it’s the Northern Quarter, so the phrasebook is not much use, but the words are manna from heaven.

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  • Book Now Castlefield

    Atomeca

    Restaurant - European

    From coffee and fresh pastries first thing to curated wines and small plates come evening, this self-styled “all-day European drinkery” and carry-out teams your favourite liquid refreshment to its appropriate accompaniment, sweet or savoury.

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  • The striking glass pyramid that houses the entrance to Australasia in Manchester city centre
    Spinningfields

    Australasia

    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and the craft of the food make any occasion feel like a million dollars at Australasia.

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  • Street View Exterior of BAB NQ Manchester Restaurant
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    BAB NQ

    Restaurant - Middle Eastern

    If you feel it’s time to spice up your life, look no further than this Northern Quarter indie, where the main offer is ‘kebabs worth sitting down for’. Yep, BAB by name, ‘babs by nature, but that’s not doing the menu full justice – there are also meze small plates to mix and match, skewers and shawarmas, and non-babs such as an epic surf & turf spread.

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  • Book Now Chorlton

    Barrio

    Restaurant - Mexican

    Barrio bar and kitchen brings Mexican and a bit more to Chorlton’s foodie “barrio” (quarter) Beech Road, using locally sourced produce (Frosty meat; small-batch soy-free chickpea Tohu from Fu Fighters) and offering a secret south-facing suntrap garden out back to boot.

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  • Pool tables at Black Dog Ballroom
    Northern Quarter

    Black Dog Ballroom

    Restaurant - American

    Booze, food and pool is on the menu at Northern Quarter’s Black Dog Ballroom, a New York-style speakeasy hidden downstairs at the iconic Manchester institution that is Afflecks.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Black Friar

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation project. Now a modern British restaurant and a traditional pub, it has two distinct settings with menus to match.

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  • Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup served at The Blues Kitchen in Manchester city centre.
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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Backyard burger, Bunny Jackson's, Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Bunny Jackson’s

    Restaurant - American

    Bunny Jackson’s touts itself as a dive bar and, while there is indeed ‘cold beer, frozen margaritas and a lot of whisky’, you can still line your stomachs as burgers, bar snacks and BJ’s wings are served every day from noon until nine.

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  • 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).

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  • Eggs Benedict as served at Browns Manchester restaurant in the city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Browns Manchester

    Restaurant - Global

    All dark wood and polished brass, leather seating and stained glass, this former banking hall is cavernous yet intimate all at the same time – and the perfect decadent backdrop to afternoon tea, Champagne and lobster, or one of the freshly carved succulent Sunday roasts.

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  • Sashimi served on ice at Cottonopolis in the NQ
    Northern Quarter

    Cottonopolis

    Restaurant - Japanese

    Coined from the 19th-century nickname for Manchester, Cottonopolis is a quintessential Northern Quarter joint, with its wooden floors, towering beams and exposed brick in a grade II listed building. Walk through the grand entrance and you’re greeted with high tables, booth seating and atmospheric lighting, as well as a sweeping bar and an open kitchen producing billows of steam from bamboo baskets.

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  • Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating
    Manchester City Centre

    Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

    Restaurant - American

    Describing itself as a full-time party bar and part-time pizza parlour, Crazy Pedro’s is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen margaritas to ice cold beers. It’s also the place to head if you haven’t settled the Hawaiian-pizza-isn’t-a-real-pizza argument.

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  • 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.

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  • Cocktails in the beer garden tucked away at the back of Electrik in Chorlton
    Chorlton

    Electrik

    Restaurant - Italian

    Elektrik is an award-winning independent bar with great coffee and a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails. They offer a people-pleasing menu of freshly made Italian-style pizza and, er, ‘pizza doughnuts’ (or fried gnocchi with cheese and tomato sauce).

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  • 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.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Fountain House

    Restaurant - British

    The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its modern old-fashioned surrounds and plentiful portions of proper pub grub – mostly British but with a little European inspiration – do the imposing building proud.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    HOME Restaurant

    Restaurant - Global

    One of Manchester’s flagship buildings, HOME is many things including cinema, theatre, art gallery and, of most interest to Confidential Guides, a restaurant and bar. In fact, make that a restaurant and two bars.

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  • On the menu at The Ivy Spinningfields, Manchester
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    The Ivy Manchester

    Restaurant - British

    The Ivy Manchester is an exuberant over-the-top place that’s perfect for glamming up and going out. The décor is wild yet smart and service is smooth and professional. The roof garden is a must.

    There’s an abundance about The Ivy with the costumed doorman, and the levels and levels of fun: The Ivy Asia; The Brasserie; The Ivy Roof Garden; the lurid floors; the lacquered screens; the mirrored central bar. It all adds up to a sense of occasion, a place where dining out is something special, something to dress up for.

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  • Red chairs in the window of the stylish Jane Eyre bar and restaurant in Ancoats
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    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. 

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  • Book Now Northern Quarter

    Lost Cat

    Restaurant - Global

    Don’t be distracted by the flowers – walk through the florists out front and follow the neon sign (“cheap food and fancy drinks”) to two floors of fun, with late-night bevs, daily happy hour, BOGOF cocktails, scran every day 5pm to 10pm, and bottomless brunch and DJs on weekends.

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  • Luck Lust Liquor and Burn Manchester Tacos
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    Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

    Restaurant - Mexican

    “Tacos, dreamos and burrito supremos”, that’s what the Northern Quarter’s Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn is peddling in its dive bar-cum-restaurant, with a dirty food and drink offer that straddles the Mexican-Californian border and a “killer happy hour” that straddles time zones.

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  • Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Manahatta Manchester

    Restaurant - American

    Manahatta is a New York-inspired cocktail bar on Deansgate. It’s well known for its party atmosphere, great drinks and bottomless brunches. The food menu focuses on American classics like burgers, dogs and BBQ chicken as well as healthier options like the superfood burger and the lean green powerbowl.

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  • Menagerie Manchester Brunch
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    Ménagerie

    Restaurant - Global

    Let’s get this party started… but not without lining your stomach first, fun fans. With tapas-style dishes for sharing as well as more substantial sit-down dinners, along with signature cocktails “designed to inspire”, Ménagerie is an immersive dining and drinking experience.

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  • The unusual art installations at Motley Restaurant Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Motley

    Restaurant - Global

    Located on the ground floor of YOTEL on Manchester’s bustling Deansgate, Motley’s antipodean-style menu ticks all the modern boxes with its uncomplicated seasonal menu. The low-milage, local and homely offering is the brainchild of head chef Nacho Llinares whose style is described as “good for the soul”.

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  • Book Now Chinatown

    Namii Kitchen & Cocktails

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    It’s got neon, it’s got pastels, it’s got faux foliage, it’s got innovative cocktails and it’s got Pan Asian cuisine with a definite lean Vietnam-wards. It calls itself “authentically modern”, but faithful to the Vietnamese way of life, it recommends ordering food for the table, tapas style.

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  • Dishes at The Pen and Pencil, manchester
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    The Pen & Pencil

    Restaurant - Global

    Whatever level of hunger you’re anticipating, you’ll not have a rumbling tum for long next time you head on up to the Northern Quarter, with the host of all-day eating options on offer at The Pen & Pencil ranging from light bites to proper sit-down dinners.

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  • 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.

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  • Book Now Salford

    The River Restaurant

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s classic fine dining restaurant. Huge names that have run the kitchen include Marco Pierre White, while diners have included Jose Mourinho and Kylie.

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  • 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?

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  • San Carlo Bottega Selfridges, Seating and view
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    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.

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  • The exterior of San Carlo Manchester with its distinctive orange awning.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    San Carlo Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    San Carlo is Manchester’s most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it’s said to have one of the largest turnovers in the UK. It’s also the place to be papped and there’s usually a bank of photographers outside to prove the point.

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  • Chuleton steak as served at Sandinista - a punk-themed bar with Mexican food in Manchester city centre.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Sandinista

    Restaurant - South American

    Named after the rowdy 1980 album by The Clash, bar with food Sandinista is one part wild Latin spirit and one part punk rock.   

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  • Dining at Scene Indian Kitchen Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Scene

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Scene was one of the first of the new wave of Indian restaurants that left the flock wallpaper and the dodgy neon behind to offer street food and authentic cooking. It’s still got it. Inside, it’s cool and contemporary but still casual, outside there’s a large terrace. The cocktail menu has been thought about carefully and the menu is full of the sort of real Indian food we’ve come to expect from our curry houses.

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

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  • 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.

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  • Tacos on the menu at Southside Tequila Joint Withington
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    Southside Tequila Joint

    Restaurant - Mexican

    You know those fancy places where there’s a flight of drinks matched to each food course? Well, here at Southside, it’s more like the food is matched to the drinks. And the drinks – particularly tequila and tequila-based cocktails – definitely come first, with happy hour, we’re told in no uncertain terms, “every damn day”.

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  • Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Tariff & Dale

    Restaurant - Global

    Tariff & Dale is a Northern Quarter institution – one of the first to colonize the Rochdale Canal frontier, bringing craft ales, cocktails, pizza and small plates to a previously ignored part of the area.

    It has industrial detailing that celebrates its location smack bang in the middle of former cotton warehouses – how about a hydraulic cotton press for character and a cosy romantic booth in the former lift shaft?

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  • A table set for dinner at Instagrammer's paradise Tattu restaurant in Manchester, Spinningfields
    Spinningfields

    Tattu Manchester

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Located in the heart of the Spinningfields business district, Tattu Manchester is an Instagrammer’s dream. Think penumbral lighting, body art-inspired cocktails and a full-size cherry blossom tree with hand-sewn silk petals. You’d be forgiven for expecting such opulent surroundings to outshine the food. Not so.

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  • Book Now Northern Quarter

    Terrace NQ

    Restaurant - Italian

    Terrace NQ has really grown into its name over the years. Instead of just one terrace up on the roof, it now has four outside seating areas: there’s a gorgeous courtyard at the side, seats at the back on Edge Street, and more at the front on Thomas Street. Plus that original, leafy rooftop garden which has its own bar. This is as well as their light and airy interior which you get to through ‘the prettiest ginnel in Manchester’.  

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  • A bowl of pho topped with fresh herbs from Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats, a recommended Vietnamese restaurant
    Ancoats

    Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Nelson Lam and Leo Tran’s Viet Shack empire started with a humble takeaway stall in the Arndale Market which quickly gained a reputation for its dazzling lunch dishes at bargain prices.

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  • A cocktail served at Wilson's Social, a cafe bar in the NQ, Manchester.
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    Wilson’s Social

    Restaurant - Global

    Glass-fronted bar and restaurant Wilson’s Social is part of the Selina NQ1 hostel, formerly Hatter’s. It’s a brunch, lunch and cocktail spot designed to appeal to the ‘digital nomads’, or as we used to call them, ‘backpackers’, staying in the highly Instagrammable rooms and dorms upstairs. 

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  • Window seating at Wolf At The Door - a bar serving taco and bao buns in Manchester's NQ
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    Wolf At The Door

    Restaurant - Global

    The team behind Wolf At The Door know a thing or two about adaptation. They launched as a highly stylised restaurant and cocktail bar serving NOMA-influenced small plates. Then changed their name (they were formerly known as Wilderness) and completely overhauled their menu. Nowadays they serve tacos and bao buns that keep the playful feel of the original offering, but with much more accessible prices. 

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  • 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. 

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