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The Top 20 Best Bars in Manchester
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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Hold fast
Hold Fast

~ in the northern quarter ~

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.
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Mojo
Mojo

~ just off deansgate, 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.
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Mr Coopers House and Garden
Mr Coopers House and Garden

~ on peters street ~

A proper, grown up bar in the Midland Hotel! Try Mr Cooper’s inventive cocktails reflecting Simon Rogan’s signature use of unusual ingredients, combinations and styles in a truly unique environment. Mr Cooper’s House & Garden combines modern touches with the history and heritage of Mr Cooper himself, whose house and famous gardens sat on the site back in 1819.
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Kosmonaut Manchester
Kosmonaut Manchester Northern Quarter

~ in the 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.
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Epernay Manchester
Epernay

~ 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 .
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Odd Manchester
Odd Manchester
Odd Manchester

~ great northern tower ~

This Bohemian bar, set over two floors on Thomas Street, represents the Northern Quarter better than any other bar - an unpretentious place to relax with regular live folk music hosted by The Travelling Band, a fantastic jukebox, and DJs from Piccadilly Records, amongst others, spinning everything from funk, soul and blues to psych, Kraut and garage. Throw into the mix a great pub quiz and an amazing selection of ales and spirits, and you can see why this is one of the most popular bars in Manchester .
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The Wharf - Castlefield
The Wharf - Castlefield

~ castlefield ~

This Bohemian bar, set over two floors on Thomas Street, represents the Northern Quarter better than any other bar - an unpretentious place to relax with regular live folk music hosted by The Travelling Band, a fantastic jukebox, and DJs from Piccadilly Records, amongst others, spinning everything from funk, soul and blues to psych, Kraut and garage. Throw into the mix a great pub quiz and an amazing selection of ales and spirits, and you can see why this is one of the most popular bars in Manchester .
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Revolucion De Cuba - Best Clubs in Manchester
Revolucion De Cuba - Best Clubs in Manchester
Revolucion De Cuba - Best Clubs in Manchester - Best Clubs in Manchester

~ 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.
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Cane & Grain - Rib Joint & Tap Room
Cane & Grain - First Floor
Cane & Grain - Liars Lounge

~ in the northern quarter ~

It’s been a roller coaster of skate boards, stuffed squirrels, bamboo and, of course, rum, ribs, bourbon and beer but finally Cane and Grain is open with three floors all with a very different feel. If it’s lunch and a beer that you are looking for then grab yourself a seat in our ground floor Rib Joint and get stuck in. For a sophisticated cocktail lovingly created by one of Cane & Grains top bartenders then hit The First Floor Bar. Finally for a zombie fuelled Tiki party hit The Liars Lounge on the third floor.
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The Liars Club - Best Clubs in Manchester
The Liars Club - Best Clubs in Manchester
~ 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.
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Cloud 23
Cloud 23
~ on deansgate ~
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.
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Manchester House
Manchester House
~ 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.
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Apotheca Manchester
Aotheca Northern Quarter Manchester
~ in the northern quarter ~
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.
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The Britons Protection Manchester
The Britons Protection Manchester
~ next to the Bridgewater Hall ~
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 whiskies, great ales, a beer garden and two roaring fires .
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Hula - Best Clubs in Manchester
Hula - Best Clubs in Manchester
Hula - Best Clubs in Manchester
~ 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.
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Elixir Tonic & Treats
Elixir Tonic & Treats
~ 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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The Whiskey Jar Manchester
The Whiskey Jar Northern Quarter Manchester
~ in the northern quarter ~
Opened in December 2012, this very popular Northern Quarter blues bar offers an evergrowing list of whiskies, 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.
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The Liquor Store
The Liquor Store
~ blackfriar's street off deansgate ~
Hidden away at the end of Deansgate, just off Blackfriar's Street, is this celebrated artisan cocktail bar which proudly pays tribute to Mancunian legends from music, sport and TV. Opened in November 2012 to critical acclaim, its late opening hours and Manchester music soundtrack make it popular with those 'in the know'.
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Cinnabar
Cinnabar
~ near the city of manchster stadium ~
You'll find this amazing £4.5 million bar and restaurant just a short walk away from the City Of Manchester Stadium and only minutes from Piccadilly by taxi. Without doubt the most impressive bar in Manchester, if not the UK.
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Tib Street Tavern Manchester
Tib Street Tavern Northern Quarter Manchester
~ near the city of manchster stadium ~
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.
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