Castlefield is without doubt the most beautiful area of town to go for a drink, especially in summer when it can get incredibly busy.
Located alongside the Bridgewater and Rochdale Canals, the Museum of Science & Industry and the old Roman fortress on Liverpool Road, it houses some of Manchester's best independent bars and pubs together with some of the city's finest restaurants.
A wonderfully historic setting, Castlefield is an area you can't help but fall in love with and, when bar culture really hit Manchester in the mid 1990's, stylish Mancunians, footballers and celebs flocked to its trendy canalside bars.
Sadly, the area suffered badly when fashion dictated the crowds walk a few metres along the cobbled road to the nearby Deansgate Locks.
The likes of Quay Bar, Box Bar and Jackson's Wharf all closed down long before the Beetham Tower blocked their once beautiful view of Manchester's skyline.
Situated on Manchester's most prime real estate plots, their architectually brilliant shells were left to decay by landlords who tried and failed to get planning permission for huge ugly apartment blocks to replace the less profitable bars.
Fortunately, there are some wonderful new bars and pubs in Castlefield, which is seemingly busier than ever before, especially on sunny days or, with Old Trafford just a 30 minute walk along the canal towpath, when Manchester United are playing at home.
Situated in a stunning position with a huge patio on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal in the heart of the Castlefield urban heritage park, this Mancunian institution is without doubt Manchester's busiest bar when the sun is out. Antique furniture and portraits of historic figures from the city's past reflect the building's heritage. Popular for functions too
Stunning traditional British canalside pub opened in Castlefield, July 2012, by quality local operator Brunning & Price. Two floors of hidden alcoves, galleries and and a large outside patio with views over the canal basin make this one of the most beautiful places to drink in the city centre. As well as a large boules court, it also boasts 12 cask ales, over 50 wines and 100 malt whiskies
Situated in the heart of Castlefield, Manchester, Barca has built a reputation of becoming the most popular hangout place in this area. Barca is now under new management, which means they’ve had a complete refurbishment in the main bar and outdoor area.
Located on the 23rd floor of the landmark Hilton Beetham Tower at the Castlefield end of Deansgate, Manchester's sophisticated sky bar offers amazing views of the city and beyond. Table service and a fantastic cocktail menu, themed around Mancunian icons, add to the elegance. With a limited capacity, expect to queue for the lift in the lobby.
Located on the edge of Castlefield and Deansgate Locks in an early 19th Century lock keepers cottage, this beautiful building has been refurbished back to its former glory, opening as an independent bar with a home from home atmosphere in August 2012. A place to play pool or darts, relax on the sun terrace or dance through the night.
Atlas Bar on Deansgate has been a Manchester icon for last two decades, and has now matured into a quality operator of the highest order following a full refurbishment. Atlas still has that quirky individualism that has made it a go-to bar for years, but now it adds to that some amazing products, homely service and of course that huge terrace which can be fully covered so it can be used in all weathers!