Finding a good cocktail bar in Manchester isn’t difficult. There are plenty of drinking holes to cater for every occasion and to be honest, figuring out where to go can be a tough choice.

This list has one simple aim: to highlight the broad variety of cocktail bars you can visit with five completely different bars.  

The Fitzgerald

In a secret location that may or may not be off Stevenson Square (or is it?), The Fitzgerald transports you back to the 20s with a darkly glamorous interior and cocktails to match. Everything from the glasses to the music will make you forget all about the 21st century.

The cocktail menu is diverse with themed drinks as well as the usual suspects. You might also consider the prosecco on offer too. Sink into a soft armchair and soak up the atmosphere with a Hemingway Daiquiri and you’ll feel right at home.

Whiskey Jar

If whiskey is your thing then you are in the right place. With a menu of whiskeys organised by country (and again by region in some cases) you could probably drink something different every night of the year.

The cocktail menu is just as exciting with a host of unique drinks that change often. Keep things classic with an Old Fashioned or ask the bar staff for their personal recommendations – these guys really know their stuff and it’s worth a gamble to find out what they’re drinking.

Revolución de Cuba

There is no party like a Cuban fiesta and that is just what Revolución de Cuba offers. Tuck into some tapas or grab a large plate of Latin flavours and tropical soul before you dive onto the dance floor to bust your favourite moves.

Cocktail wise, rum is the natural base for any caribbean cocktail and an Old School Mai Tai is an excellent place to start. But if you are looking for a truly Cuban experience, a Caipirinha is the one for you either rustic or with passion fruit for a hit of Brazilian passion. Don’t mind if we do…

The Botanist

Whiskey, rum – the natural progression is to gin and The Botanist does gin like no other. With a focus on combining flavours from the greenhouse, these cocktails offer a fresh take on the classics as well as a few new ideas to try.

We’ve already talked about the Gin Martini made with Gin Mare and garnished with a sprig of rosemary and an olive but the alcohol free menu is also worth a look. Gone are the days of the sad orange cordial all night, this menu offers Berry Good Times and Homemade Lemonade among others made with fresh juices and fruit.


Proudly displaying its industrial roots with painted brick walls and structural steel pillars, PLY achieves an exciting atmosphere in a space that would otherwise be a warehouse. If you’re looking for a pared back casual night, PLY is the place to be.

The cocktails here make for the perfect post-sourdough pizza dessert with fruity flavours to tempt anyone. We are particularly intrigued by the grapefruitcello in the Ply Spritz which we haven’t seen anywhere else. The range of craft beers on tap are also a great draw alongside a range of sparkling wines.

Whether you are planning a sophisticated night travelling back in time, a chilled one with a pizza or have a craving for a certain spirit, Manchester has a bar just for you.


Just start with these bars and see where the night takes you…

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