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Dry January: 10 best Manchester bars for alcohol-free drinks

2 months ago

One of the hardest situations to handle when you’re newly sober is a night out. And it’s not made any easier when you’re stuck drinking sugary softs for hours like diabetes doesn’t exist.

Thankfully, there are more exciting alcohol-free drinks nowadays than Fanta and sparkling water. And while most Manchester bars offer at least one AF beer, here are ten that go the extra mile. 

From the ‘Temperates’ list at Hawksmoor’s bar, to the seven-strong menu of lo-and-no ales, lagers and ciders at Band on the Wall, to the ‘Born Again Porn Star’ at Piccolino Caffe Grande, these places embrace sober-curious socialising and make you feel included in the fun. The only thing you miss out on is the hangover.

  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Atlas Bar

    Bars

    Atlas Bar is known as one of the originals of Manchester’s modern cafe-bar scene. And for its extensive collection of gins – over 570 varieties and counting.

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  • Band on the Wall - an iconic gig venue in Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Band on the Wall

    Music Venues

    So called because the performers used to play on a stage situated halfway up the wall, Band on the Wall has been a stalwart of the Manchester music scene for about 200 years.

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  • Spinningfields

    Dear Sailor

    Bars

    Dear Sailor is a reclusive bar but once inside, it’s no shrinking violet. It’s the sort of place where you could come in for a pre-dinner cocktail and end up dancing on the tables.

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  • Ducie Street Warehouse
    Northern Quarter

    Ducie Street Warehouse

    Bars

    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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  • A cocktail at Finders Keepers, a cocktail bar at Islington Marina in Ancoats
    Ancoats

    Finders Keepers

    Bars

    Finders Keepers, a quayside bar at Islington Marina is the perfect sunny day spot. Its thoughtful seasonal cocktails are the main draw with interesting ingredients, such as pear and vanilla ice cream and kumquat, that set them apart from the million Porn Star Martinis doing the rounds.

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  • Spinningfields

    Hawksmoor

    Bars

    The first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London opened on Deansgate in 2015 and is a confident affair. Well sourced steak and attention to detail have created a place like no other.

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  • Love From - an alcohol-free bar in Manchester city centre.
    Gay Village

    Love From

    Bars

    Karl Considine, host and founder of ‘What Next’ podcast, opened alcohol-free bar Love From as a two-week pop-up in October 2023. It’s returning in 2024 for Dry January and beyond with a three-month run in the elevated Bungalow building at Kampus, where it’ll offer a zero-booze mix of sober curious events, drinks and socialising.

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  • An alcohol-free drink from Mr Fitzpatrick's in Rawtenstall.
    Rawtenstall

    Mr Fitzpatrick’s

    Bars

    Mr Fitzpatrick’s is a venerable institution: Britain’s last temperance bar. If that makes you think of puritanical Victorians, fear not. Mr Fitzpatrick’s is hospitable and homely with feel-good comforts like hot chocolates, huge sundaes and Lancashire cheese pies with beans.

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  • Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

    Bars

    With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room, an open kitchen, and an oyster bar, Piccolino Caffé Grande Manchester is a real destination restaurant. (And, notably, it’s one that doesn’t price people out of the experience.)

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  • Spinningfields

    Schofield’s Bar

    Bars

    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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  • Cocktail at Sexy Fish, a restaurant in Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Sexy Fish

    Bars

    Sexy Fish is no mere minnow in the UK dining scene. It’s brought to you by Caprice Holdings, the group behind some of London’s most glam dining spots. Think of it as more of a humongous mermaid – beautiful and ever so slightly improbable.

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