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Pubs & Bars in the Northern Quarter Manchester
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 and Matt & Phreds Jazz Bar all enjoying a great resurgence.

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key: real ale served= real ale, cocktail menu= cocktail menu, food served = food served, disco or club = disco, live music nights = live music, open after 2am = open after 2am
beer garden = beer garden, live football = live sports, pool table = pool table, Stag & Hen nights welcome = stag/hen parties welcome, gay friendly bar = gay bar
karaoke = karaoke , quiz nights = quiz nights, children welcome= kids welcome, Manchester United bar = popular with united fans, Manchester City bar = popular with city fans

The Liquorists Manchester Bar Crawls The Liquorists Manchester Bar Crawls
The Tequila Trail is hitting the NQ like an agave flavoured hurricane...and you need to be on it! The usual Liquorists promise...5 awesome bars, 5 top drawer tequilas, 5 outstanding Liquorist approved tequila cocktails, some awesome Cal Mex grub and a boozy host to whisk you from bar to bar and bring you cocktails like your bloody royalty...!!
cocktail menu  food served    ~ NO DRESS CODE | INVITE ONLY ~

RBG Manchester
RBG Northern Quarter Manchester
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.
cocktail menu  food served  beer garden  live football  Stag & Hen nights welcome  children welcome ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Infamous Diner
Infamous DIner Northern Quarter Manchester
Infamous Diner is Manchester’s first independent American diner, serving up classic, homemade eats the USA way – big on flavour, big plates and service with a smile. The 1950’s inspired ‘all American’ diner is located right in the heart of the Northern Quarter, and is the much anticipated addition to the Manchester food and drink scene.
cocktail menu  food served   ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Bar 21
Bar 21
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.
cocktail menu open after 2am disco or club food served quiz nights~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Apotheca Manchester
Aotheca Northern Quarter Manchester
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.
cocktail menu  food served  quiz nights ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

The Blue Pig
The Blue Pig
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.
cocktail menu  food served  quiz nights ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Walrus Manchester
Walrius Northern Quarter Manchester
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
cocktail menu  food served  disco or club ~ SMART CASUAL DRESS CODE ~

Tusk Manchester
Tusk Northern Quarter Manchester
Tusk brings a slice of Africa to the Northern Quarter, with tribal surroundings and a vibrant atmosphere. It may be small, but it has a big attitude. This intimate cocktail bar is the perfect stop for after-work drinks, a cozy evening with friends or the start to a big night on the town.
cocktail menu  food served  disco or club ~ SMART CASUAL DRESS CODE ~

Odd Manchester
Odd Manchester
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.
real ale served  food served  live music nights  quiz nights ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Cane & Grain - First Floor Bar
Cane & Grain - First Floor Bar
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.
cocktail menu real ale served  food served  live music nights   ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Cane & Grain - Liars Lounge
Cane & Grain - Liars Lounge
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.
cocktail menu real ale served  food served  live music nights   ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Cane & Grain - Rib Joint
Cane & Grain - Rib Joint
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.
cocktail menu real ale served  food served  live music nights   ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

The English Lounge Manchester
The English Lounge Northern Quarter Manchester
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.
cocktail menu  food served  beer garden ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Black Dog Ballroom Northern Quarter Manchester
Black Dog Ballroom Manchester
Black Dog Ballroom Manchester Northern Quarter
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.
cocktail menu  food served  disco or club  live music nights  open after 2am  pool table ~ SMART CASUAL DRESS CODE ~

Simple Bar Manchester
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.
cocktail menu  food served  beer garden  Stag & Hen nights welcome  children welcome(before 7pm) ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

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.
cocktail menu  food served  beer garden  Stag & Hen nights welcome  children welcome(before 7pm) ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Tib Street Tavern Manchester
Tib Street Tavern Northern Quarter Manchester
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.
real ale served  food served  beer garden  live music nights  live football  Stag & Hen nights welcome  Manchester United bar  Manchester City bar ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Dive NQ Manchester
Dive is a local neighbourhood bar based in the Northern Quarter, with everything from live DJ’s and entertainment to bites, beats and liquor; this is the perfect place to go to day or night. From lunch-time offers to afterwork drink deals, there’s something for everyone in their hub.
 food served    live music nights    Stag & Hen nights welcome     ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Cord Manchester
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.
real ale served  food served  beer garden  disco or club  live music nights   ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Hold fast
Hold Fast
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.
cocktail menu  food served   Stag & Hen nights welcome  ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Twenty Twenty Two
Twenty Twenty Two
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.
cocktail menu  Stag & Hen nights welcome  ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Dry Bar Manchester
Dry Bar Northern Quarter Manchester
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.
real ale served  cocktail menu  food served  disco or club  live music nights  beer garden  live football  Stag & Hen nights welcome  children welcome ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

The Blue Brick Club
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.
 cocktail menu  disco or club  live music nights   Stag & Hen nights welcome   ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Lost In Tokyo
Lost In Tokyo
Stevenson Square basement bar known for it's wide range of and Japanese whiskies, sake, cocktails all served by the friendliest staff. With cosy booths, lit with paper lanterns and warrior princesses adorning the walls, you can take a trip into the Far East and enjoy an extensive range of fine whiskies and lush cocktails.
cocktail menu     ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

The Pen & Pencil
The Pen & Pencil
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.
 cocktail menu food served  real ale served ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

NoHo Northern Quarter Manchester
NoHo Bar Manchester
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.
cocktail menu  disco or club ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Dusk til Pawn Manchester
Dry Bar Northern Quarter Manchester
Dry Live Manchester
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.
 cocktail menu ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Ply NQ
Ply NQ
In the heart of the Northern Quarter on Stevenson Square. A bustling bar that serves up sourdough, Neapolitan pizzas from its mirror tiled, wood fired oven.  Its carefully crafted drinks menu includes twists on classic cocktails and craft beer sourced from local and international brewers alike.  PLY is a fresh, creative space and design-led concept and in addition to its specialty menus serves up a varied and interesting program of creative exhibitions and events.
 cocktail menu food served  real ale served ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Bakerie Manchester
Bakerie Bar Manchester
Bakerie Northern Quarter Manchester
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.
 cocktail menu  food served  children welcome ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Bakerie Pie & Ale
Bakerie Pie & Ale
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!
 food served  real ale served ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Hula Manchester
Hula Northern Quarter Manchester
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.
 cocktail menu  disco or club  open after 2am   ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

The Fitzgerald
The Fitzgerald
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.
 cocktail menu  disco or club     ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Guily By Association
Guilty By Association
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!
 cocktail menu  disco or club     ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

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.
real ale served  live football  pool table  Stag & Hen nights welcome    ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Tib Street Tavern Manchester
Crown and Anchor Northern Quarter
Crown & Anchor Manchester
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.
real ale served  beer garden  live football  pool table  Stag & Hen nights welcome  Manchester City bar ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Kosmonaut Manchester
Kosmonaut Manchester Northern Quarter
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 .
 real ale served cocktail menu  food served  disco or club       ~ SMART CASUAL DRESS CODE ~

El Capo Manchester
El Capo Manchester
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.
cocktail menu  food served   Stag & Hen nights welcome ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Lola's Tiki Bar Manchester
Lola's Tiki Bar Manchester
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.
cocktail menu  Stag & Hen nights welcome ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

The Green Sports Bar Manchester
The Green Manchester
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.
 food served  live football  pool table  Stag & Hen nights welcome  Manchester United bar  Manchester City bar ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Second City Bar Manchester
Second City Bar Manchester
Situated in the heart of Ancoats, SecondCity is a busy but friendly American themed sports bar where you can enjoy a cocktail, a pint or a coffee with friends, family and even… your dog! SecondCity is bringing the sports bar back to life with a modern and trendy touch and even has a PS4 with sports themed games for all your gaming needs.
 food served  live football  Stag & Hen nights welcome  Manchester United bar  Manchester City bar ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Cirque Manchester
Cirque Manchester
Introducing Cirque, the hidden gem Manchester has been waiting for. A unique Champagne House with a mysterious and alluring atmosphere set over 2 stunning floors. The 250 capacity venue is open each weekend to provide you with unparalleled service, a luxurious drinks menu and a totally unique experience every time you visit.
 cocktail menu   disco or club    ~ NO DRESS CODE ~

Nearby areas:
Pubs and bars on Portland Stret
Bars in The Printworks and Millennium Quarter
Pubs and bars in the gay village
Pubs and bars around the town hall
Pubs and bars near the City of Manchester Stadium
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Bluu cocktail menu food served disco or club beer garden Stag & Hen nights welcome  
Yard & Coop cocktail menu food served 
Keko Moku cocktail menu
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A Place Called Home food served
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57 Thomas Street real ale served
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Superstore cocktail menu food served
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Matt & Phreds
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