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.
Movie & music themed venue. Established in 2006, at the forefront of the ever changing culture of Manchester's Northern Quarter and remains the most popular cafe bar in the area. The interior look is quirky, with posters, memorabilia and various eye-catching props on display over two floors. The furnishings are comfortable & the island bar is stocked with a large selection of quality spirits.
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.
An illustrious Northern Quarter drinking hole, The Blue Pig brings carefully crafted cocktails, quality food, and some of Manchester's best DJs to its deliciously dark atmosphere, where wrought iron chandeliers and dark wood sit alongside original 1930s Parisian doors, a sweeping bar and a blue pig wonders around on the ceiling featuring hand-drawn graphics from Manchester street artists.
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, warm, friendly, good time place, that's served as a local of many residents, and a go-to place for visitors for over a decade. Throw into the mix regular live music nights, Manchester's best DJs, the most inventive pub quiz around, and an amazing selection of ales and spirits, and you can see why this is one of the most popular bars in Manchester.
Hidden behind a secret door and decked out with wood panelled walls, antique glassware, and of course, those taxidermy squirrel lights, the First Floor Bar at Cane and Grain is more than a subtle nod to the speakeasy. Drinks are cocktail led, with an emphasis on classics, but the menu also includes award winning creations from the bar’s skilled staff headed by Massimo Zitti.
The top floor of Cane and Grain is inhabited by The Liar’s Club little sister, The Liar’s Lounge - part rum shop, part dive bar, part tiki heaven, it’s a full on party venue that ensures the sun is always shining in Manchester, no matter what the weather is like outside.
The Rib Joint and Tap room is located on the ground floor of Cane and Grain. With its iconic 80’s skate posters, wall of skate deck tiles and limited edition David Bowie skate deck (given pride of place on a wall of its own), the ground floor bar is an homage to the site’s previous owner - seminal skate shop and free-party venue, Cast.
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.
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.
With bar stools made from tree trunks, a simple hanging piece of wood used as an outdoor sign and beautiful platter boards made from rare Mexican wood you don't need any more reasons to take a look inside this brand new bar.
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.
Concealed next to Afflecks Palace, this subspace venue has a lot to bring to the NQ. From live DJ’s, entertainment and sports to cutting edge drinks and bites; they’ve got something to suit everyone in this social hub. Based around the American dive bar concept; an informal term for a ‘neighbourhood’ bar for local residents to go to drink and socialise, it is set to become the latest addition to the Northern Quarters eclectic mix of venues.
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.
Located at Hatters Hostel, Hold Fast celebrates a bygone era of Victorian exploration and discovery. A place of oddities, curiosities and mythical creatures, this unique Northern Quarter venue has travelled to the abyss and brought something back... HERE BE MONSTERS.
Twenty Twenty Two is a unique bar, ping pong room and events space in the heart of the Northern Quarter, it offers more than the standard bar experience. Initially devised to be a blank canvas, the venue has grown into its own lane and developed its own aesthetic, taking direct influence from the city itself. The venue itself changes appearance several times a year as artists redesign the walls.
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.
The Blue Brick Club is an underground drinking den par excellence. It’s a beautifully designed, versatile space, ideal for a cosy, intimate midweek tipple, but it also boasts a spacious dancefloor on weekends. The venue is licensed til 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and customers are ensured a warm welcome from the early evening, right through to the wee small hours.
Montpellier's Cafe & Bar is set in the heart of the Northern Quarter offering a wide range of French cafe style cuisine in relaxed surroundings. Set over two floors Montpellier's offers an extensive range of wines, draught beers, and an ever changing cocktail menu.
An added touch of New York glamour has arrived in Manchester with the The Pen & Pencil bar and eatery on the corner of Hilton and Tariff Street. Taking its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York, which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’, The Pen & Pencil offers the perfect place for the NQ’s creative locals to chill, think, meet and enjoy great food and drink.
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!
A traditional family run Irish pub located on the outskirts of the Northern Quarter serving Manchester’s best Guinness. Come and try it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. The bar shows live sports, from premiership football, box nation to horse racing, and Gaelic sports. Also the home of Manchester’s Best Irish Bands.
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.
Fitzgerald takes pride of place in Stevensons Square above Rosylee and Hula Tiki Bar. The 20's styled bar has a speakeasy vibe about it, but focuses on all things 1920s, from the defiance of prohibition, to the indulgent excess of the wealthy, encompassing the creativity and imagination that flowed around the globe during that era.
Underground, edgy with a touch of industrial cool, Guilty By Association situated in the Northern Quarter is the basement bar with a difference. If you like a bit of urban cool, old school hip and cracking cocktails then this is the place to be! But that's not all check out the dope graffiti, while playing on the pinball and foosball machines!
Shack was born from what was formerly a clothing warehouse, using the whole of the ground floor of Hilton House designed from reclaimed wood, with its centrally located bar boasting a great selection of draught beers and also craft bottled beers, also serving classic and signature cocktails.
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.
Back in the nineties when Oasis were hanging out in Dry Bar around the corner, comedians who are now household names were honing their art at the only dedicated comedy club in the city at the time. The Frog and Bucket continues to provide a place to nurture new talent, for Manchester to check out the stars of the future and to see those acts that though they aren't a household name now they are at the grass roots of truly fantastic and exciting live stand up.
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.
El Capo is not your average Mexican joint. Yeah, they serve up delicious tortillas full of flavor, life-altering South American tapas, and wings that make you scream so loud the windows might shatter, they also boast an epic happy hour, daily specials, and the best damn margaritas in town! Bringing together traditional Mexican and South American design whilst preserving the historic integrity of Manchester’s renowned industrial architecture, El Capo offers a one of a kind experience.
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.
Lolas is a Tiki lounge with a touch of class. Relax in the bars chilled out atmosphere throughout the week with the bar becoming a lively haunt at the weekend. The bartenders have an extensive knowledge of classic cocktails to suit every taste bud and can each knock up some fantastic signature drinks at some real competitive prices within the Northern Quarter area.
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.