It's refreshing to see Manchester’s once vibrant eatery and bar scene brought to life again after a tough lockdown due to the pandemic, we are all in need of something to lift our spirits.
The northern city is awash with colourful venues from posing palaces to sedate stylish bars.
Throw into the mix a baby pink Tuk Tuk, sausage dog-style seating or enjoy a beer and chat around a campfire as there are a host of venues waiting to be discovered.
Here our sister-site 2Chill checks out a handful of the hottest go-to places when next in the city.
For a slice of classic old-school charm head to Schofield’s Spinningfields.
Opened by bartender brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield, the attention to detail in this stylish bar is meticulous.
The incredible cocktails and welcoming staff combine to make it a memorable occasion, so it feels like a treat whenever you visit.
Sunlight House, 3 Quay Street, M3 3JZ
The Smithfield Social
The Courteeners’ frontman Liam Fray co-owns this new bar on the Northern Quarter’s bustling Thomas Street where the Teacup Kitchen used to stand. Called The Smithfield Social, the New York neighbourhood-style eatery serves up brunch, small plates, Sunday roasts and sandwiches with the option to sit outside.
53-55 Thomas Street, M4 1NA
A Few Scoops
Giving ice-creams a grown-up twist, A Few Scoops is an ice-cream van minus the slightly ominous music. It also happens to be a baby pink Tuk Tuk that travels around Manchester. Keep an eye on their social media to see where this mobile ice cream shop is popping up next.
NQ64 on Peter Street
Following on from their success in the Northern Quarter, the team behind the retro NQ64 Arcade Bar has now opened up a place on Peter Street.
Resembling something out of Netflix hit Stranger Things, these graffiti-strewn drinking caverns provide an opportunity to travel back through time and indulge your inner kid with arcade games and consoles – only this time with a Pac’s A Punch cocktail or craft beer in your hand.
23 Peter Street, M2 5QR
The owner of this pink palace is the new Real Housewives Of Cheshire favourite Lystra Adams and as you’d expect given the name, the Boujee Restaurant and Bar is completely over the top.
An ode to pink, posing and partying, this is the spot if you’re looking for DJs, flamingos, dancers, bubbles, and Instagrammable décor, including a pink private jet interior and Barbie and Ken pods.
Manchester Hall, 34 Bridge Street, M3 3BT
Taking up residence on Manchester’s main thoroughfare, Motley is the bar and restaurant in the new Qbic Hotel that makes a welcome addition to Deansgate. Staff are super attentive, and the outdoor terrace is perfectly positioned to watch the world go by.
Even the random sausage dog-style seating is surprisingly comfy if you’re just nipping in for a drink. Food-wise, there’s an impressive selection, including burgers, flatbreads, and tacos.
115-121 Deansgate, M3 2NW
You don’t have to head to the countryside to enjoy a beer and chat round the campfire, as the new city bar Ramona has proven.
Located in a former garage in Ancoats, the team serves up slices of Pizza From Detroit, including vegan options, in their beer garden from Thursday to Sunday, and you can even bring your pup as they’re dog-friendly.
40 Swan Street, M4 5JG
The Blues Kitchen
Manchester’s thriving music scene can now add the Blues to its offerings with the opening of The Blues Kitchen, their first venue outside of London.
Taking over two floors, there is a bar and restaurant serving up bourbon, beers, and flavours of the Deep South all day and night, as well as a concert venue, which hosts live music throughout the week.
If you’re looking for comfort food, then dive headfirst into the unashamedly indulgent grub they’re serving up at American Pies. Items on the menu include Chicago deep dish pizza, deep-fried calzone and garlic knots, as well as their Americana-inspired pies that go by the name of The Martha Stewart and The Goldie Hawn. You might want to dig out your favourite elasticated lockdown trousers for a visit to this one.
58 Mosley Street, M2 3HZ
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