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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Fantastic cocktail bar inside the beautiful building that was once the Reform Club. An eclectic mix of antique furnishings, statues and the largest retro lampshades in Manchester, this is without question one of best bars in the city.
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.
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.
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
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
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 live sports including Premiership football, horse racing, rugby and gaelic sports make it popular with United fans especially.
The younger bigger sister of Odd Bar is a vibrant funky bar, next to the Dancehouse Theatre, opposite the BBC studios and Palace Theatre on Oxford Road. Popular with students and business folk alike, it's great for pre-show drinking and plays host to great live music and regular DJs.
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.