Peter Street has gone through many changes in recent years, most recently transforming from being the magnet for stag parties, hen nights and drunken revellers to becoming a more upmarket area with some of the best cocktail lounges and Champagne bars in Manchester city centre.
Alongside the more sophisticated bars, there's still a good selection of party venues for those looking for some raucous fun.
Stretching from St Peter's Square down to the junction with Deansgate, the Peter Street area is the ideal place to visit for pre-show drinks with The Opera House, Bridgewater Hall, AMC Cinema, Manchester Central (G-Mex), MICC, Palace Theatre and Manchester Town Hall all very close by.
At the bottom of Peter Street, cross over Deansgate onto Quay Street and you'll find more bars together with the Spinningfields business, shopping and restaurant development, just behind the Opera House.
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
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
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 and open to 6am, making it ideal for drinks both before and after the show. Just off Peter Street in the huge Great Northern Warehouse next to Manchester Central
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.
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.
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
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.
An English garden oasis amongst the towering glass structures of Spinningfields. If it's a beverage you're after then you are in luck...They stock a fine array of craft ales from all around the world, as well as a range of beautiful, award winning wines and spirits. Their specialty however, is an expertly devised cocktail list using some of the finest ingredients known to man.
What is widely recognised as Manchester's best cocktail bar can be found in Spinningfields, just behind 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.
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.
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.
Located underneath the Georgio Armani store in Spinningfields, a block down from Peter Street on 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.