The Manchester Opera House on Quay Street, is just a short walk from the crossroads with Deansgate and Peter Street, a busy hub of bars and pubs.
It's also very close to the delightful Castlefield area, where many theatre goers park their cars.
With traditional pubs, Continental beer bars, cocktail lounges, cheesy chain bars, award-winning gastro-pubs, nightclubs, private member's clubs, live music venues, casinos and even strip bars, there's something to suit everybody's taste when choosing where to go for pre-theatre drinks or an after show night out.
There's also many pre-theatre offers to be found in the bars near the Opera House Manchester.
What is widely recognised as Manchester's best cocktail bar can be found in Spinningfields, next door to The Opera House. Cocktails are carefully crafted using a variety of molecular drinks-making techniques that are every bit as much about the presentation as their extraordinary taste.
A simple yet sophisticated restaurant, & Bar evocative of walking into a Spanish tapería. Tapeo & Wine is located over two floors in a grade II-listed building with a smart, stylish fit-out, preserving original features while boasting Spanish flair, with copper beer barrel piping and dials adorning the main wall upstairs, while gauges hang downstairs.
Situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan Spinningfields, The Oast House is the perfect setting for anyone looking sip Champagne and guzzle beers from a vast seasonal selection of a well-stocked cellar that caters for all tastes.
Tattu’s opulent bar is located on the ground floor of the venue, the decor takes inspiration from nautical influences of body art, with suspended anchors and woven rope lighting above the leather booths and tables. The extensive cocktail menu has been created to offer customers a fresh and exciting take on classic cocktail combinations.
Contemporary private members club located in the heart of Manchester. Offering exceptional service and a sophisticated ambience within its elegantly designed amber and black interior the Milton embodies the style and warmth that is the signature of this great city.
A jumble of new bars, micro diners, art spaces, sun decks and ’weird sh*t’. The brand new street offers food from seven of Manchester’s foodie legends from Indonesian to Dutch dining, 3 unique late-night bars and space for indoor and outdoor seating.
The huge flagship branch of the Mancunian rum bar chain boasts live music every night, salsa lessons, cocktails and over 50 premium rums. Open late every evening this has quickly become the busiest bar in town. Opened October 2012
Suede is Manchester's biggest VIP super club, located just off Deansgate. Attracting a style conscious crowd every weekend. The club offers an indulgent clubbing experience, the large dance floor plays host to hundreds of partygoers listening to the best in RnB, Hip Hop and House.
Sakana Pan Asian venue pride themselves not only on their food offering but also the wide range of drinks they have to offer. With two very different bars within the same venue there is something for everyone. They have a comprehensive wine list ranging from £18 to £3600.
Every city in the world has its one emblematic hot spot that defines an era, a place that becomes the main attraction for generations of beautiful people and the centre of their nightly desires. In Manchester, that special place is LIV. Designed to impress through its amazing décor, music, dancing shows and internationally known artists.
Great Northern Square’s answer to craft beer and casual dining. Home to over 60 beers 12 of which are on draught, many of which sourced locally, as well as hosting an incredible array of craft and classic pizzas, No.1 Watson Street is a must-see venue in Manchester.
Fantastic Champagne and cocktail bar next to Manchester Central. Over a hundred Champagnes are available at very reasonable prices, all sourced from a wide range of large and small houses throughout the Champagne region. The award-winning mixologists also serve over 80 cocktails
Set in Manchester’s premier food and drink district, Spinningfields this new and exciting venue is inspired by the energy and vitality of the sub-continent. The bar at Scene can be enjoyed as part of your journey with Scene or as an ideal location to wind down or start the night.
Neighbourhood is a restaurant and bar inspired by the vibrancy and accessibility of the food and drink scene you typically see in New York, Las Vegas or Miami. It’s a place where you can grab brunch, coffee and a quick snack, afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner – it literally caters for all, offering something for everybody.
The Lounge at Manchester House is a delightful bar situated on Level 12 of Tower Twelve in Spinningfields. The lounge and private terraces on Floor 12 have the look and feel of a movie stars pad. It’s slick, monochromatic dramatic and designed to be decadent, with wow wraparound views of Manchester.
Located underneath the Georgio Armani store in Spinningfields, a block from The Opera House along Deansgate, this beautiful Pacific Rim themed cocktail bar opened in May 2011 to widespread acclaim. From the same team behind The Alchemist, the cocktails are every bit as impressive whilst the DJ emulator is a real talking point
Australasia Bar and Garden is an extension of Australasia - a contemporary colonial oasis in the heart of Spinningfields. Combining modern Australian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours with a wealth of delicious cocktails, Australasia Bar and Garden offers a lighter side of the Australasia experience.
Set in a vast 12,000 square foot, semi-industrial space on the first floor of The Avenue North in Spinningfields, Manchester. Think artist's loft studio meets concrete warehouse: stripped back and raw. Showcasing sculptures, murals and art installations.
Manchester's most lavish casino, boasting an amazing cocktail bar, VIP lounge, live entertainment room, 2 restaurants and casino gaming tables set over two floors. open to 6am making it ideal for drinks both before and after the show
Plush Manhatten-style cocktail lounge inside the 5 star Radisson Bluu Edwardian Hotel, formerly the historic Free Trade Hall. Red lanterns lend a decadent air, with large ceilings, velvet red walls, black woodwork, antique gold wall coverings and black crocodile skin hide furniture complementing the excellent cocktails and fine wines
The second Dockyard pub to grace Greater Manchester located on the Left Bank of the River Irwell. The aim is simple- to provide Manchester city centre with a 21st century local, the pub boasts a 100 seater riverside beer terrace in which to enjoy some of the best beers currently being produced in Manchester and inside the bar is fitted out in a comfortable industrial style complete with cosy booths, large format tables.
This basement Tiki dive bar and Caribbean rum shop is packed every night of the week and its very late opening hours makes it a popular haunt with theatre performers and concert goers who take the short walk from the Opera House to enjoy the largest rum collection in town and, without doubt, some of the best tropical cocktails around.
They love to party all the time down at Pedro’s. From Slamming Soft Shakes at Lunchtime to Boozy Hard Shakes & Crazy Sharing Cocktails into the early hours. Come & check out Manchester’s largest Mezcal & Tequila selection, grab a Frozen Margarita and a slice of Pizza and watch the party unfold.
Traditional Irish pub, hidden away behind Kendal's House Of Fraser on Deansgate, which is famed for selling the best Guinness in Manchester. Tradtional Irish folk music and cover bands perform at weekends and NYE including Premiership football, horse racing, rugby and gaelic sports make it popular with United fans especially.
Located on the 23rd floor of the landmark Hilton Beetham Tower, just a short walk along Deansgate to the Opera House, 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.
Arcane is located on South King Street, a bustling, up and coming area of bars & restaurants, and is the brainchild of owners Mark Taylor and Gary Kilroy. The word ARCANE is defined as meaning “hidden, mysterious and understood by few”. The location and design of the venue goes a long way in describing what the owners were looking for and it takes a bold step away from the areas many concept bars.
Just a short walk down Deansgate to The Opera House, this beautiful early 19th Century lock keepers cottage 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.
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
Gaucho Manchester is a majestic, multi-level restaurant and cocktail bar set inside an old Methodist church. With the original organ at the helm, this is a venue steeped in history. From the open kitchen to the Art Deco glass panelled ceiling, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.
Family ran bar, restaurant and upmarket tea rooms next to Kendals House Of Fraser. Having gone an extensive refurbishment in December 2011, the bar offers fully stocked bar serves Champagnes, wines and cocktails, alongside a great choice of Afternoon Teas and an a la carte menu.
Winner of 'The Best Pub in Manchester' title for the past 2 years, this tardis-like boozer next to The Bridgewater Hall is a short walk to The Opera House and boasts over 200 whiskeys, great ales, a beer garden and two roaring fires.