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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 = live sports, 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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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 ~

A 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

Lammars 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
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 with regular live music and a fantastic jukebox

Odd Bar Manchester
4) Trof
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
  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 food served disco or club 
~ near the city of manchester stadium ~

you'll find this amazing £4.5 million bar and restaurant just 10 minutes away from Piccadilly by taxi (or a 30 minute walk). Without doubt the most impressive bar in Manchester, if not the UK!

Cinnabar Manchester
8) Epernay
real ale served food served disco or club live music nights
~ in the northern quarter ~

A 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

Cuba Cafe Northern Quarter Manchester
cocktail menu food served disco or club
~ on princess street ~

The 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.

Obsidian Bar Manchester
real ale served food served disco or club live music nights
~ on oxford road ~

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.

Bar Odder Manchester
real ale served food served   live music nights pool table beer garden
~ near the town hall~
Pride Of Manchester Awards Winner...
~ Best Pub in Manchester 2008 ~

very 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.

Old Nags Head Manchester
13) Bluu
14) Cask
cocktail menu food served 
~ spring gardens ~

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.

Room Manchester
16) Mojo
17) Walrus
real ale served cocktail menu food served live music nights 
~ spring gardens ~

The 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

Browns Manchester
cocktail menu  food served disco or club live music nights live football open after 2am  
~ off peter street ~

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. open to 6am

Manchester235 Casino Manchester
cocktail menu  food served disco or club live music nights beer garden  
~ off oxford road ~

Mega 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

Pure Space Manchester
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