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The River Restaurant

Salford Modern British

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is Manchester's classic fine dining restaurant. Huge names that have run the kitchen...

Impossible

Manchester City Centre Bar

First and foremost a bar and nightclub, Impossible’s Instagram account is filled with a bevvy of posing beauties enjoying cocktails...

Chuleton steak as served at Sandinista - a punk-themed bar with Mexican food in Manchester city centre.

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre South American

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

Canvas Manchester

Manchester City Centre Global

Facing the Oxford Road Corridor in the CircleSquare innovation district, Canvas (from ents specialists BeSixth, of London's Pickle Factory and...

Lost Cat

Northern Quarter Global

Don't be distracted by the flowers – walk through the florists out front and follow the neon sign ("cheap food...

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

Australasia

Spinningfields Pan Asian

Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and...

Gorilla

Greater Manchester American

Gorilla is tucked under a railway arch, it has a slightly industrial vibe but it’s comfortable for all that. The...

Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Northern Quarter Global

Tariff & Dale is a Northern Quarter institution – one of the first to colonize the Rochdale Canal frontier, bringing...

Afternoon tea served at Recardo's in Hale - a cafe by day and bar and club by night.

Recardo’s

Trafford Bar

Patisserie by day, bar and club by night, Recardo’s landed on Hale’s Ashley Road in summer 2021. It’s a boujee-style...

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

Wolf At The Door

Northern Quarter Global

The team behind Wolf At The Door know a thing or two about adaptation. They launched as a highly stylised...

Wood & Company

Manchester City Centre Bar

With its disguised entrance and back street location, Wood & Co has the feel of a secret speakeasy only frequented...

Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

Manchester City Centre 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...

A dessert served at Riva restaurant and bar in Hale, Greater Manchester

Riva

Trafford Modern British

Bringing new life to Hale village is relaxed restaurant and bar Riva, which cleverly scoops up trade from morning till...

Cooper Hall in the NQ, Manchester is a big European style beer hall, great for a night out with a group.

Cooper Hall

Northern Quarter Bar

Cooper Hall is a European-style beer hall below Sevendale House in the Northern Quarter. The offering is simple: tank beer...

Outside dining at Porta Altrincham - a tapas restaurant recommended by Confidential Guides

Porta Altrincham

Trafford European

Spanish small plates and a menu that really delivers. Porta Altrincham might be another tapas place - but this one...

A colourful small plate served at Volta in Didsbury: a Confidential Guides' recommended restaurant

Volta

Manchester European

Volta is owned by Luke ‘Unabomber’ Cowdrey and Justin Crawford - the DJ-restauranteur duo behind Chorlton’s Electrik bar, the Electrik...

Three dishes served at The Font Chorlton: a Confidential Guides recommended bar and restaurant

The Font Chorlton

Manchester European

While the city centre Font Bar is often typecast as 'that student place with the really cheap cocktails', The Font...

One of the fine-dining dishes served at James Martin in Manchester city centre.

James Martin

Manchester City Centre British

A fine-dining restaurant inside a casino with a celeb chef name above the door? Alarm bells. Yes, James Martin has...

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre European

Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester's iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back...

The charcuterie boards at The Mews - a cocktail and wine bar just off Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

The Mews

Manchester City Centre Bar

The Mews is one of a clutch of new places to set up shop on Deansgate Mews, or ‘deli alley’...

The terrace at Pattersons - a bar specialising in fried chicken in Liverpool city centre.

Pattersons

Merseyside American

Fried chicken in a bar setting with a big emphasis on music, beer and cocktails - Liverpool independent Pattersons has...

Exclsve

Manchester City Centre Global

This bijou, black-fronted Bridge Street bar does small plates and signature cocktails, and, with gold-tinged puma insignia and monstera-adorned menus,...

Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester

20 Stories

Spinningfields European

Manchester’s highest – and possibly finest – restaurant, bar and terrace. D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant, 20 Stories was the...

A cocktail and food at Dive Bar & Grill in Manchester city centre

Dive Bar & Grill

Northern Quarter Global

Dive Bar by name... but not by nature. For starters, Dive Bar & Grill is quite a sleek space, traced...

One of the dishes served on the crowd-pleasing menu at Didsbury institution Folk Cafe Bar.

Folk Didsbury

Manchester European

Folk is a bit of an institution in Didsbury, having been on the scene for over a decade now. Even...

Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi

Manahatta Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

Manahatta is a New York-inspired cocktail bar on Deansgate. It’s well known for its party atmosphere, great drinks and bottomless...

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El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester

El Gato Negro Manchester

Manchester City Centre Spanish

El Gato Negro is an upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion restaurant that really, really works. Originally from Yorkshire, chef Simon Shaw has...

Sashimi served on ice at Cottonopolis in the NQ

Cottonopolis

Northern Quarter Japanese

Coined from the 19th-century nickname for Manchester, Cottonopolis is a quintessential Northern Quarter joint, with its wooden floors, towering beams...

Salt Dog Slims Manchester

Manchester City Centre American

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Salt Dog Slims, new over from Liverpool,...

Interior seating and blossom tree at Annyeong Manchester

Annyeong

Manchester City Centre Korean

You know Annyeong is a proper Korean restaurant because the menu is full of dishes you’ve never heard of and...

One of the dishes served at The Reliance in Leeds city centre: A Confidential Guides recommended restaurant

The Reliance

West Yorkshire Modern British

Head to The Reliance for Modern British dishes and homemade charcuterie in a relaxed dining room and pub, with craft...

Speak In Code

Manchester City Centre Bar

Finding itself resting in the top 10 of the top 50 cocktail bars in the whole of the UK, Speaking...

Crazy Pedro's NQ

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter American

This self-styled party bar is hot on super-chilled drinks, from frozen margaritas to ice cold beers. It's also hot on...

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The exterior of Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate - the first Hawksmoor to open outside of London

Hawksmoor

Manchester City Centre British

The best steakhouse in the North. Opening on Deansgate in 2015, the first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London is a...

Pool tables at Black Dog Ballroom

Black Dog Ballroom

Northern Quarter American

Booze, food and pool is on the menu at Northern Quarter's Black Dog Ballroom, a New York-style speakeasy hidden downstairs...

Salt Dog Slims Liverpool

Merseyside American

"Steins, brines, and good times" – that's how the saying goes at American-inspired Ropewalks gaff Salt Dog Slims, although tbh...

Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Manchester City Centre Indian subcontinent

Zouk specialises in 'apna' - home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent...

A cocktail from Dusk Til Pawn, a bar disguised as a pawn shop, on Stevenson Square, NQ, Manchester.

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Bar

With a window full of ancient TVs and H Samuel jewellery, you could mistake this place as a relic from...

Berry and Rye

Merseyside

Follow the faint sound of live blues and jazz to find this ultra hip, hidden bar. With no sign and...

On the menu at Three Little Words, Manchester

Three Little Words

Manchester City Centre Global

Three Little Words is housed under the arches at the lesser-visited end of Watson Street, near Beetham Tower. Inside you’ll...

A round of mezcal shots ready to be poured at NoHo, one of the most popular bars in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

NoHo

Northern Quarter Bar

NoHo is far from the only NYC-inspired bar in the NQ, or even on Stevenson Square, but it was one...

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