The converted arches on Whitworth Street West, at the bottom end of Deansgate house some of the most popular bars in the city centre.
Not to be mistaken with the Deansgate area of Manchester (a mile walk away), 'The Locks', as they are better known locally, are famous for their trendy bars and clubs, all offering sun terrace drinking in the summer.
The ten railway arches are home to six bars and a comedy club, all with a walkway and bridge hanging over the canal below.
The tram station at G-Mex sits above The Locks, whilst Deansgate train station is just across the road and Oxford Road Station only 5 minutes walk away.
There's a handful of other bars near Deansgate Locks that are well worth exploring, many dating back to the vibrant times of the Hacienda, which once sat on the corner overlooking this spot.
Castlefield, the most popular and picturesque part of town in the summer, together with the historic pubs in the Bridgewater area also sit next door.
An inspired fusion of cultures comes to Deansgate Locks with the, cutting-edge bar, club and restaurant, bringing a taste of Japan to Manchester. The ground floor lounge bar provides an intimate and relaxed atmosphere to drink the flavoured sakis and cocktails, whilst the downstairs nightclub and VIP room offer a high tech Tokyo vibe.
Located next to 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!
Located on the 23rd floor of the landmark Hilton Beetham Tower next to Deansgate Locks, 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.
In the heart of Castlefield, surrounded by stunning scenery, set alongside the Canal, Bar Eight is Manchester's best kept secret! This modern, comfortably sexy bar is complemented by friendly and welcoming staff, who are more than pleased to enhance your experience.