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.
vibrant gay-friendly bar tucked around the back
of Piccadilly and across the road from Canal Street
in the same building as Basement gay sauna. This
tribute to legendary Manchester drag queen, Frank
'Foo Foo' Lammar, is a hidden gem that has scooped
the Pride Of Manchester Award for Best Bar in
Manchester two years on the trot
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.
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.
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.
friendly little Cuban-style bar, hidden away off
Hilton Street in the Northern Quarter offering
midweek salsa classes and classic soul club nights
at weekends. Get there early as it's normally
packed. Over 25 policy at weekends
swanky basement bar below the 4 star Arora International
Hotel on Princess Street serves some of the best
cocktails in town and boasts a Cocktail Club offering
discounts for repeat visits. Their superb Cocktail
School is ideal for parties and gifts.
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.
popular hidden gem of a pub, dating back to the
1880's, which was used as the regular in the Cold
Feet TV series. Boasting 4 pool tables, a video
jukebox, a rooftop patio and a function room,
this is one of the busiest pubs in Manchester.
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.
stunning new branch of the quality bar & brasserie
chain can be found in the impressive grand building
vacated by Atheneum at the top of King Street,
next to the designer stores. Real ales, rare imported
beers, fantastic cocktails and a great wine list
make this one of the best bars in Manchester.
Opened January 2011
popular cocktail bar and cafe boasting a great
roof terrace and fantastic 'Sub Space' nightclub
downstairs. Opposite the Palace Hotel, alongside
the Oxford Road rail arch, it's popular with both
students and professionals alike thanks to its
eclectic DJ rota covering everything from 80's,
cheesy pop, Northern Soul, Funk and Drum'n'Bass