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Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester

Zouk

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

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

Sunset at Australasia in Manchester city centre

Australasia

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Pan Asian

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

Pattersons

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

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

One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester

MUSU

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be...

Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester

The Laureate Restaurant

Manchester Restaurant - Global

So named because of Manchester University's 25 Nobel laureates, The Laureate Restaurant is a large and luxurious space located on one of...

Sunday lunch at Peaky Blinders bar in Manchester

Peaky Blinders

Manchester City Centre Bars

Peaky Blinders is a cocktail bar and pub with food which pays homage to the hit TV series starring Cillian...

Moxy Manchester

Manchester City Centre Hotel

The Moxy brand is the cool and funky little sister of the Marriott family. Tucked away just off Deansgate in...

The Warehouse Project - one of the best places to spend New Year's Eve in Manchester.

The Warehouse Project

Piccadilly Music Venues

If you’re into EDM or club culture you’ll know The Warehouse Project as one of Manchester’s biggest nights out. It...

Salt Dog Slims Liverpool

Ropewalks Restaurant - American

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

The Whiskey Jar

Northern Quarter Bars

The Whiskey Jar, in the heart of Manchester’s cool Northern Quarter, is housed in a stunning Grade II listed building,...

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

Volta

Didsbury Restaurant - European

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

Interior of The Rat & Pigeon, formerly Mother Macs

The Rat & Pigeon

Manchester City Centre Pubs

The Rat & Pigeon may be Manchester’s newest pub, but it’s an oldie too. The team behind the much-loved Crown...

Gorilla

Greater Manchester Bars

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

Salt Dog Slims Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

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

Dear Sailor

Manchester City Centre Bars

Dear Sailor is a reclusive bar but once inside, it’s no shrinking violet. It’s the sort of place where you...

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

The Font Chorlton

Chorlton Restaurant - European

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

Cocktail served at Three Little Words

Three Little Words

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

A bartender at MOJO, a bar in Manchester

MOJO Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

MOJO Manchester is a red-blooded rock and roll bar with an atmosphere that comes from a guitar-led playlist. The music...

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

Speak In Code

Manchester City Centre Bars

Finding itself resting in the top 20 of the top 50 cocktail bars in the whole of the UK, Speak...

Fab Cafe Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Is it really a drunken night out in Manchester if you don't (at least consider) heading to Fab Cafe? Or...

The record store at The Jacaranda - an iconic music venue and bar in Liverpool city centre.

The Jacaranda

Ropewalks Bars

Serious Beatles fans will know all about The Jacaranda. This bar and gig venue was opened by their first manager...

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Hawksmoor

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

The first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London opened on Deansgate in 2015 and is a confident affair. Well sourced steak...

A cocktail at Hummingbird - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars

Hummingbird

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Art Deco-style cocktail bar Hummingbird is one of Liverpool's hippest spots for a chilled night out. 

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 Bars

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

Cocktails at Berry and Rye in Liverpool

Berry and Rye

Chinatown (Liverpool) Restaurant

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

Outside Dusk Til Pawn cocktail bar on Stevenson Square, Manchester city centre

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Bars

Dusk Til Pawn isn't a pawn shop that trades around the clock as its name might suggest, but rather a...

A cocktail at Manolo - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars

Manolo

Ropewalks Bars

Inspired by flavours from the Carribbean, Manolo offers a variety of exceptional cocktails that stem from the region. The bar...

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

Porta Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - European

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

The River Restaurant

Salford Restaurant - Modern British

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

The private dining room at 20 Stories, Manchester.

20 Stories

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

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

Project Halcyon

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Halcyon Project Distillery is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and immersive cocktail experience in Manchester....

Outside G-A-Y

G-A-Y

Gay Village Bars

Love it or hate it, G-A-Y is a big presence on Canal Street. At busy times there'll be queues to...

A cocktail from speakeasy bar, Science & Industry, above Cane & Grain in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Science & Industry

Northern Quarter Bars

If antique glassware and taxidermy squirrels are your thing, this is your kind of drinking den. Hidden above New York-style...

A sunny spot outside Iconic Bar in the Village, Manchester

Iconic

Gay Village Bars

Iconic Bar is a hidden gem of the Gay Village. It's a dinky little place, tucked away from the hustle...

Inside Behind Closed Doors, a quirky bar in Manchester, the NQ.

Behind Closed Doors

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as a 'debauched cocktail bar' in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Behind Closed Doors aims to bring 'sex,...

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

Riva

Hale Restaurant - Modern British

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

Tease Me cocktail at Guilty by Association, a bar in Manchester

Guilty by Association

Manchester City Centre Bars

Guilty by Association is a late-night basement bar on Stevenson Square with fun cocktails, DJs and dancing.

A drag queen dressed in pink at Bar Pop

Bar Pop

Gay Village Bars

Open until 3am throughout the week (an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays), Bar Pop is the place to add...

Cocktail served at Sandinista in Manchester

Sandinista

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - South American

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

The exterior of Night and Day Cafe in the NQ Manchester.

Night & Day Cafe

Northern Quarter Bars

Without Night & Day Cafe, the Northern Quarter as we know it probably wouldn't exist. It was places like this,...

Inside Junior Jackson's bar, Manchester, Northern Quarter.

Junior Jackson’s

Northern Quarter Bars

Nestled away underneath the Northern Quarter's infamous Oldham Street, this is a tiny bar with a huge personality.

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

Folk Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - European

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

Impossible

Manchester City Centre Bars

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

Cocktails at Red Light, Manchester

Red Light

Gay Village Bars

Tucked away on Little David Street, surrounded by the trendy setting of new city living neighbourhood KAMPUS, is Red Light;...

Seating area at Lost in Tokyo, a bar in Manchester

Lost in Tokyo

Northern Quarter Bars

Lost In Tokyo is a Japanese basement bar on Stevenson Square. This Far East drinking den serves some far out...

Enjoy drinks in the sun at The Smithfield Social in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Smithfield Social

Northern Quarter Bars

The Smithfield Social fits in well to the Northern Quarter bar scene. It doesn’t offer anything radically different but what...

Lost Cat

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Global

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

Sig for The Peer Har, a bar and gig venue in Manchester's Northern Quarter

The Peer Hat

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Peer Hat is an odd combination. This Northern Quarter bar and gig venue mixes a cutting edge assortment of...

Sunday lunch at Diecast. Manchester City Centre.

Diecast

Piccadilly Music Venues

Diecast is a party venue and 'creative neighbourhood' five-minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

The Refuge

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

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

Royal Institution Bar - one of the coolest cocktail bars in Liverpool

Royal Institution Bar

Ropewalks Bars

The Royal Institution Bar was created for 'those who enjoy the finer things in life' and serves up well thought-out...

A Clockwork Orange-themed drink from Blockbusters NQ, Manchester

Blockbusters NQ

Northern Quarter Bars

If you're over the age of 25, chances are you probably remember visiting a video rental store as a kid....

Wood & Company

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

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

Inside Vanilla, a lesbian bar and club in the Gay Village, Manchester.

Vanilla

Gay Village Bars

If you're looking for a lesbian bar and club in Manchester, chances are you'll find yourself at Vanilla. It's been...

Cocktails at The Daisy

The Daisy

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as 'late night escapism', The Daisy is a subterranean haven of a cocktail bar in the Northern Quarter. Find...

Inside Big Hands, a bar on Oxford Road, Manchester.

Big Hands

Oxford Road Bars

The original Manchester dive bar, Big Hands is a rock n roll institution and the site of many messy nights...

Cocktail served at The Washhouse - a bar in Manchester city centre

The Washhouse

Manchester City Centre Bars

Tucked away on Shudehill is the blink-and-you'll-miss-it bar, The Washhouse. And, as it's name suggests, it's not what you'd typically...

A cocktail at Puffin Rooms - one of Liverpool's coolest cocktail bars.

Puffin Rooms

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Be transported back in time with a visit to Puffin Rooms; Liverpool's specialist whisky and cigar bar. With over 200 rare...

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

Cooper Hall

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

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

Tariff and Dale Restaurant Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

Crazy Pedro's Bridge Street Manchester Outdoor Seating

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Bridge St

Manchester City Centre 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...

Interior seating and blossom tree at Annyeong Manchester

Annyeong

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - 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 fine-dining dishes served at James Martin in Manchester city centre.

James Martin

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - British

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

Crazy Pedro's NQ

Crazy Pedro’s Manchester NQ

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

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

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

Wolf At The Door

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

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

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

The Mews

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

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

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

Recardo’s

Hale Restaurant - 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...

Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi

Manahatta Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - 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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