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It's very hard to compile a list of the Top 10 best bars in Manchester that would suit everybody's requirements.
Some people love the Continental style independent establishments that sell German wheat beer or the back street boozers with their local ales, others look for the footballer-filled wine bars or chic cocktail bars with their dress-to-impress door policies.
The masses flock to the busy Anytown chain pubs whilst the dance crowd love the city's vibrant nightclubs.
For that reason we've compiled a list of the Top 10 best bars in Manchester, as voted by our readers (click here to vote), as well as provided a list of the most popular real ale pubs and your favourite cocktail bars.
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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 = NYE, 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
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cocktail menu food served disco or club live music nights quiz nights 
~ in the northern quarter ~

Antique pharmacy cabinets and an almost gothic feel give this Nothern Quarter cocktail bar plenty of character. A downstairs bar is also attached to Dough Pizza Kitchen next door by an underground tunnel.

Apotheca Northern Quarter Manchester
disco or club open after 2am
~ just off bridge street ~

This basement Tiki dive bar and Caribbean rum shop is packed every night of the week and is a popular haunt with bartenders from across Manchester, who flock here afterwork to spend their hard-earned tips on the largest rum collection in town and without doubt some of the best tropical cocktails around.

The Liar's Club Manchester
real ale served food served live music nights beer garden quiz nights Manchester United bar
~ next to the Bridgewater Hall ~
Pride Of Manchester Awards Winner...
~ Best Pub in Manchester 2009 & 2010 ~
Winner of 'The Best Pub in Manchester' title for the past 2 years, this tardis-like boozer next to The Bridgewater Hall is popular with musicians from the Halle & BBC Philharmonic orchestras and boasts over 200 whiskys, great ales, a beer garden and two roaring fires.
The Britons Protection Manchester
cocktail menubeer garden live music nights
~ great northern tower ~

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

Epernay Manchester
cocktail menu  food served   beer garden
~ spinningfields ~

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.

The Alchemist Manchester
 cocktail menu food served  children welcome
~ in the northern quarter ~

Opened in November 2011, this European style bread and wine bar offers great traditional ales and an impressive wine list with over 70 bins to choose from. An ever changing wall of media art and design make it a friendly and unpretentious place to sit and enjoy delicious freshly baked bread and great wines without feeling like a novice

Bakerie Manchester
  cocktail menu
~ beetham tower ~
Pride Of Manchester Awards Winner...
~ Best Cocktail in Manchester 2008, 2009& 2010 ~

Located on the 23rd floor of the landmark Hilton Beetham Tower, Manchester's sophisticated sky bar offers amazing views of the city. 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.

Cloud 23 Manchester
cocktail menu disco or club open after 2am quiz nights  
~ in the northern quarter ~
1950’s inspired Tiki bar in a Northern Quarter basement from the guys behind Walrus. Great cocktails, over 100 rums, relaxed beach tunes and tropical fish whisk you away from the Manchester rain
Hula Tiki Lounge Northern Quarter Manchester
  cocktail menu food served beer garden Stag & Hen nights welcome children welcome Manchester United bar
~ castlefield ~

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

Dukes 92 Manchester
cocktail menu  food served   open after 2am 
~ spinningfields ~

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

Australasia Manchester
real ale served food served disco or club live music nights
~ in the northern quarter ~
Pride Of Manchester Awards Winner...
~ Best Bar in Manchester 2008 ~

Odd Bar on Thomas Street represents the Northern Quarter better than any other bar - an unpretentious, bohemian decored, great place to relax spread over three floors with regular live music and a fantastic jukebox

Odd Bar Manchester
cocktail menu food served open after 2am disco or club
~ on bridge street ~

Combining shabby New York City dive style chic with great liquor, EATS and Rock n’ Roll from the last five decades - MOJO offers a slick, high octane environment with friendly and knowledgeable staff.

cocktail menu food served disco or club live music nights open after 2am pool table
~ in the northern quarter ~

New York inspired speakeasy, diner, nightclub and pool room situated in the Northern Quarter underneath the famous Affleck's Palace. Open until 4am every day, great cocktails, club nights and a hidden VIP room, this is one of the most popular bars in town and it's not hard to see why.

Black Dog Ballroom Northern Quarter Manchester
real ale served cocktail menu live football
~ in the northern quarter ~

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.

Tib Street Tavern Manchester
real ale served food served disco or club live music nights beer garden Stag & Hen nights welcome (hens only) gay friendly bar (friendly)
~ in the northern quarter / piccadilly basin ~
Pride Of Manchester Awards Winner...
~ Best Bar in Manchester 2009 & 2010 ~
This vibrant feel-good bar, tucked around the back of Piccadilly, boasts an eclectic clientele that includes almost all walks of life. A tribute to legendary Manchester drag queen, Frank 'Foo Foo' Lammar, it's a hidden gem that has scooped the Pride Of Manchester Award for Best Bar in Manchester two years on the trot
Lammars Manchester
cocktail menu  food served disco or club live music nights live football open after 2am  
~ great northern warehouse ~

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

Manchester235 Casino Manchester
real ale served food served  live music nights live football Stag & Hen nights welcome children welcome Manchester United bar
~ off deansgate, behind bridge street ~

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.

Mulligans Irish Pub Manchester
cocktail menu food served open after 2am
~ in spinningfields ~

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.

Manchester House
cocktail menu  food served disco or club open after 2am Stag & Hen nights welcome    
~ on peter street ~

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.

Revolucion De Cuba Manchester
cocktail menu food served 
~ on deansgate ~

Don’t be fooled by the indistinct exterior, It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Cutting edge drinks and products, exceptional service, intense experiences, a place with real heart, to kick-back, relax, enjoy and have fun .

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