The Northern Quarter has quickly become the most popular place to go for a night out with some of Manchester's best independent bars and traditional pubs to be found here.
Located around the revamped High Street and the 'original Northern Quarter' on Oldham Street, it's next to both the Arndale Centre and Piccadilly Gardens, and is named after the M4 postcode where it sits.
The Northern Quarter has always been famed for it's emporiums and independent shops, selling all sorts of weird and wonderful products, from retro clothing and rare vinyl, and collectable comics and smoking paraphernalia, to unusual furniture and superb art.
Today it is equally famed for its nightlife and is the most vibrant area of Manchester, with many young professionals living in the Northern Quarter's flats.
There's a whole host of privately owned bars and pubs in the Northern Quarter, with new establishments seemingly opening up on a monthly basis, each offering a fine array of foreign beers, local brewed casks, cocktails, spirits and food.
The Northern Quarter also has a high proportion of live music venues with the long standing Band On The Wall, Night & Day Cafe, Dry Bar, Matt & Phreds Jazz Bar and The Roadhouse all enjoying a great resurgence.
A mixed use venue from The Liquorists and Tone Photographer, available for private parties and used as one of the destinations in The Liquorist's Trails and for their Masterclasses amongst other events. Located in the residential Green Quarter, just a 5 minute walk from the Northern Quarter, there's a full premium spirits bar manned by international award-winning cocktail makers, a whisky lounge, photographic studio, full professional kitchen, a banquet dining area, table football and table tennis.
Located on the edge of the Northern Quarter in the residential 'Green Quarter' area, you'll find the RBG cocktail bar at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel with its suntrap terrace, perfect for summer drinking. With the Manchester Arena located just across the road, it's a popular pre-concert destination.
A science fiction, TV, film and arts themed bar, nightclub and Tex Mex diner all rolled into one in the Northern Quarter. Famous film props, memorabilia and posters, with an emphasis on Manchester based productions, provide the backdrop to great DJ's and live bands .
Amongst antique pharmacy cabinets, which give it an almost gothic feel, this multi-award winning Northern Quarter bar serves some of the best cocktails in Manchester. Fantastic DJs pump out everything from Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon to the Hot 8 Brass Band and Snoop Dog whilst a downstairs bar is also attached to Dough Pizza Kitchen by an underground tunnel.
Imagine a wonderfully Parisian place right in the heart of Manchester - lots of dark mahogany wooden panelling, rich leather seating, colourful glass lights suspended from old metal chandeliers, lush green plants, original 1930s art deco doors, old sepia mirrors and reclaimed brick, all in a place flooded with natural light.
This recently redesigned kitsch cocktail bar is spread across two floors and offers great cocktails, world beers, wines and ciders. At weekends, it's one of the Northern Quarter's most popular night-spots with DJ's spin everything from classic motown and Northern Soul to fringe-pop and modern classics
This Bohemian bar, set over two floors on Thomas Street, represents the Northern Quarter better than any other bar - an unpretentious place to relax with regular live folk music hosted by The Travelling Band, a fantastic jukebox, and DJs from Piccadilly Records, amongst others, spinning everything from funk, soul and blues to psych, Kraut and garage. Throw into the mix a great pub quiz and an amazing selection of ales and spirits, and you can see why this is one of the most popular bars in Manchester.
This quirky and cosy Grade II listed pub turned modern bar, in the heart of the Northern Quarter, offers a good choice of ales and whiskies. Set over two floors with squashy chaise longues, an outdoor smoking garden and a cosy basement with a pool table, it hosts regular live music and DJ nights.
Located in the Northern Quarter, opposite the Arndale Market and a block away from the main shopping area, this large High Street boozer is, as the name suggests, the most 'English' of venues. Leather sofas, bookshelves, prints on the walls and lots of dark wood set the tone for you to sup the wide variety of traditional cask ales, browse the decent wine list and enjoy great British food.
Extremely popular New York inspired speakeasy, diner, nightclub and pool hall all rolled into one. Situated in a basement underneath the famous Affleck's Palace in the heart of the Northern Quarter, it's open until 4am every day, boasting great cocktails, five pool tables, table football, a hidden VIP room, live music and DJs spinning hip hop, disco and house. This is one of the most popular bars in town so you should expect to queue around the block in the evening.
After much anticipation, Pieminister's pie and cider restaurant has arrived in Manchester. Already known to many across the North West for its delicious and original pies, Pieminister’s restaurant offers first-rate food and cider all day and evening, to eat-in or take away.
Opened in 2001, this is one of the original Northern Quarter bars, located next to the soul record shops on Tib Street. With a New York neighbourhood cafe feel, it remains just as popular today thanks to award-winning bouteque cocktails, a great import beer selection and tasty American food.
This no gimmicks Northern Quarter boozer opened in May 2012 and embraces the history and tradition of the area, combining a vintage pub design with contemporary features. Independently owned by three of the leading names in Manchester's bar scene, it’s not attempting to be a theme bar and just offers a good old fashioned selection of beers, spirits and wines with TV screens showing an array of live sports over its two floors. There's also a live acoustic music night once a month.
One of the Northern Quarter's original bars boasts a recently refreshed interior which provides a popular meeting place for the creative types that flow through its doors. There's a fantastic choice of ales, a large whisky collection, artistic showcases and some great live music, open mic and DJ nights plus a beautiful white tiled wall basement, which is used as a creative events space.
Ever since Factory Records and New Order opened this historic venue on Oldham Street in 1989, it has overcome the changes of the years, stood the test of time and still remains one of the Northern Quarter's prominent bars and live music establishments. Both Shaun Ryder and Liam Gallagher were infamously once barred. Today, DJs spin everything from indie, Madchester and 80s electronica to 60s, 70s, funk, soul and Balearic beats. Downstairs you'll also find Dry Live, a popular live music and nightclub space.
Located on Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter, this dimly lit great little gem of a bar offers comfy Chesterfields in which to sit and enjoy some of the best cocktails in Manchester. A very popular bar with a young creative crowd, graffiti lines the walls with artsy murals of skyscrapers and cityscapes, whilst another wall is transformed into a movie theatre with old films screened during the week. Resident DJs turn it into a dancing den at weekends with the bar becoming a cool place to party.
Opened in December 2012 by the same people as NoHo, next door. This is a true Northern Quarter speakeasy, concealed behind the vintage guitars and televisions on display in the metal-barred windows of an old-fashioned pawnbroker's shop. Specialising in bourbon whiskies, the cocktails are amongst the best in Manchester and a free jukebox offers classic soul, blues, folk and rock.
Opened in 2011 by the same people behind Apotheca and Dough Pizza Kitchen, this very popular European style bread and wine bar offers traditional ales, cocktails and an impressive wine list with over 70 bins to choose from. In keeping with its Northern Quarter location, this is a friendly and unpretentious place to sit and enjoy freshly baked bread and great wines without feeling like a novice.
Opened during May 2013 in the building behind its sister bar Bakerie, this excellent pie and ale bar is the perfect place to try new ales and eat unique pies all made in house. Bakerie Pie and Ale has a weekly changing menu., always something new to try!
The original branch of the ever-going chain and the first of its kind in the North West, this Brazilian churrascaria restaurant on the corner of Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, boasts a separate cocktail bar with, as you'd expect, arguably the best Caipirinhas in town. Forró nights every Tuesday offer live Brazilian music to get you dancing and in the carnival mood.
This wild late-night 1950’s inspired Tiki bar in the Northern Quarter offers great cocktails, over 100 rums and even more hedonistic fun. Early doors, relaxed beach tunes and tropical fish whisk you away from the Manchester rain above to a Polynesian paradise before all hell lets loose when the flame throwers hit the Zombies and the resident XFM DJs get the party rocking. Open late every night, this is one of the busiest bars in the Northern Quarter, so expect to queue. Look out for the free rum tasting sessions.
This traditional pub turned modern bar in the Northern Quarter offers a good choice of real ales and draught beers, all complemented by a pool table, rooftop terrace and live sport. Owned by the same people behind the neighbouring R'House, Lammars and Lola's Bar, it has recently been refurbished with their trademark touches including an ice white bar lit by changing neon colours.
A friendly little Cuban-style bar, hidden away off Hilton Street in the Northern Quarter offering midweek salsa classes and classic soul club nights at weekends. Get there early as it's normally packed. Over 25 policy at weekends.
Kosmonaut has a laid back, artistic feel inspired by the bars in NY’s meatpacking district. The three bare brick rooms have been stripped back to reveal the former cotton warehouse’s original character and are filled with individually sourced reclaimed fixtures and fittings. The bar top and tables are graffitied from their days in school science labs and the light fittings imported direct from derelict communist factories .
Opened in December 2012, this very popular Northern Quarter blues bar offers an evergrowing list of whiskies, Pieminster pies, local ales and a fantastic cocktail list. The exposed brick walls of the old textile mill, in which it stands, add the perfect ambience with leather Chesterfield sofas, clever lighting, a piano, two dart boards, a live music venue in the basement and an outdoor heated seating area.
This vibrant bar, hidden away in the Piccadilly Basin area of the Northern Quarter, is named in tribute to legendary Manchester drag queen, Frank 'Foo Foo' Lammar. A hidden gem that became one of the busiest bars in town after being voted the Pride Of Manchester Awards 'Best Bar in Manchester' two years on the trot (2009 & 2010). DJ's playing motown, soul, 70's, 80's and disco attract an eclectic crowd, which includes everybody from bearded Bohemian types and fancy dress hen parties, to dressed to impress models from the agency next door, or those heading to the nearby gay village. Expect to queue (and pay) to get in at weekends.
This sports bar in the Piccadilly Basin area of the Northern Quarter, just next to Piccadilly Station, boasts 12 large indoor golf simulators which also double as huge screens for live sports, XBox 360 games, private karaoke screens or Microsoft Kinect bowling lanes and dance booths. There's also pool and table football offering the full sports experience. Previously known as Golftorium.